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West Is West Reviews

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Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
It takes some getting used to, but be patient: Within the madness, there's definitely a method, and rewards for the reaping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 28, 2011
Although the comedy feels as broad as the Atlantic initially, once the main characters are transplanted to Pakistan things look up as the script begins to properly probe the emotional flaws of the characters rather than just opting for cheap laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
February 28, 2011
Not a perfect film but still entertaining in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2011
Once again, it is Puri's commanding presence that holds the film together, though as Sajid, young Aqib Khan has enough natural charm and confidence to make him an endearing scene-stealer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
February 27, 2011
Ekes some gentle yuks out of culture clashes and father-son strife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 25, 2011
It amounts to an amiable enough way to kill a couple of hours, but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Zara Miller
Little White Lies
February 24, 2011
It may avoid politics, but something is stirring beneath the fart jokes and biracial blunders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 24, 2011
Perhaps it doesn't have the novelty of the first film, but it's refreshingly un-parochial, with charm and fun, and Bassett and Puri are reliably excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 24, 2011
West is West is full of delights: Peter Robertson's airy cinematography is casually gorgeous, the Hindi film songs on the soundtrack are delightful, and the acting consistently top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Birmingham Post
February 23, 2011
It's colourfully shot, with a few witty lines, and pretty watchable. It's just not as good as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2011
It raises and addresses that deep-seated desire engrained in of us all: the sense of belonging and need for identity, without which we fail to really understand ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
February 18, 2011
A cross-cultural sequel that's as gently comical as the first was satirical. Despite lashings of Eastern promise, it's as British as a chip butty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
October 21, 2010
West Is West is something of a lightweight. Think of all that's happened since 1999. You wouldn't have guessed it from this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 21, 2010
While this sequel isn't as sharply funny as 1999's East Is East, it has some nice things to say about growing up in a multi-cultural society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 21, 2010
Enjoyable, emotionally engaging sequel with a witty script and terrific performances from Om Puri and newcomer Aqib Khan, though it's let down by some erratic editing decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
February 28, 2011
Broad, evasive and oppressively feelgood in tone, an affair over which veils should be drawn.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 25, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
February 24, 2011
By trying to do something different with the characters, the film omits much of the good-hearted yet slightly edgy laughter we enjoyed so much the first time round.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 23, 2011
The humour has broadened as surely as the vision and human authenticity have narrowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
February 23, 2011
With no culture-clash cliché left unplundered, Andy DeEmmony sets his camera to autopilot for a film which never decides who or what it's about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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