The Reluctant Fundamentalist Reviews

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May 17, 2013
It's a timely narrative subject, but its treatment in The Reluctant Fundamentalist is fundamentally flawed.
May 16, 2013
Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.
May 10, 2013
Something is lost in translation, perhaps because Nair is at her best with more personal, less expansive epics such as Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding.
May 10, 2013
Ambiguity is at the heart of the novel, but Nair is never quite sure what to do with it.
May 10, 2013
As a culture-clash story the film works well enough, but as a character study it's a bit of a scramble.
May 9, 2013
An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.
May 9, 2013
It most disappoints as a thriller, the flashbacks and voiceovers and romantic entanglements so dominating the proceedings you forget that someone is bound and gagged in real time.
May 9, 2013
Boosted by a terrific lead turn from Riz Ahmed.
May 8, 2013
There's much to enjoy in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist': fine photography, juicy supporting turns from Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, and a powerfully sustained sense of a man adrift in a world going mad.
May 3, 2013
This sure-handed adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's international best seller shows Nair at her best.
May 3, 2013
Deliberately ambiguous, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions.
May 3, 2013
Despite the charismatic efforts of the British actor Ahmed, The Reluctant Fundamentalist gets bogged down in proselytizing and plot.
May 3, 2013
Takes [the book's] riveting tale and flattens it, blunting much of the nuance that made it a great read.
May 2, 2013
Handsomely crafted and smartly performed, the film works on its own terms. But in expanding the story's canvas, it dilutes rather than translates the power of the book.
May 2, 2013
Fairly insightful as a drama, but barely adequate as a thriller. Ahmed is pitch-perfect as the conflicted hero, but he's in two movies that cancel each other out.
April 28, 2013
Nair is so busy making sure we never lose sympathy for her handsome and charming protagonist that the film ultimately founders in a tangle of humanist platitudes.
April 26, 2013
It's a dogged, thoughtful and well-acted movie that might have been more effective if it kept a narrower focus.
April 26, 2013
Timeliness is certainly on the side of Mira Nair's uneven but fascinating The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
April 26, 2013
A movie imposing in its breadth and depth.
April 26, 2013
Alas, the film's relevance - and ultimately sane upshot - is buried beneath a meandering and oft-implausible plot.
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