Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    This well made, slightly cornball and riotously comical romantic comedy not only extols the old fashioned American dream, but charmingly celebrates the virtues of the great American melting pot as well.
  2. The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life.
  3. Full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S.
  4. 63
    Much of the movie's gentle charm comes from Mehta, the director's younger brother, making his acting debut.
  5. American Chai may not tell a new story, but in its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Mehta says it all so articulately and with such good humor.
  7. Perceptive, good-natured movie.
  8. 50
    The ethnicity of its leads is the only novel aspect of an otherwise bland exercise.
  9. There are no surprises in this movie -- not even in the Bollywood parodies, when the hero and heroine finally, subversively kiss. There is talent, though.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack. Missing the loose ends and ambiguities of actual conversation, the dialogue makes characters sound like they're delivering speeches rather than interacting.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.
  12. This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either "Beckham" or "Greek Wedding."

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