Balle Balle! Amritsar to L.A.

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
Watch On
  1. 50
    Gloriously seductive musical sequences seem suddenly hokey and self-conscious when they're staged in Western settings, and the songs' English-language lyrics are painfully banal.
  2. 50
    The characters quickly succumb to stereotype.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    It’s very colorful, for sure, but the dialogue is lead-footed at best.
  4. 50
    In attempting to show us a love blind to class, culture, and color, she's (Chadha) also made it bland.
  5. 50
    A painlessly light introduction to Bollywood moviemaking, but it far too often feels like run-of-the-mill Hollywood fare.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    This clumsy attempt to merge Jane Austen's classic with Bollywood musical conventions falls painfully flat.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    Heart and art can make a beguiling pair. Those are mostly missing in this strained hybrid, which is less Bollywood than Follywood.
  8. 50
    Money can't buy happiness, but as Bride and Prejudice teaches us, it can get patience in bulk from a smart young woman of a practical mind-set.
  9. Unfortunately, it's also pretty banal -- translating the songs into English reveals just how dull their lyrics and sentiments really are. The colors are pretty though.
  10. 50
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that had Jane Austen lived to see the profits that have been squeezed from her most marketable premise, she'd doubtless have wept, then lobbied for her share of the royalties.
  11. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    It has charm, comedy and a populist concept, but is structurally weak and too self-consciously multicultural.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 9 out of 47
  1. Jan 8, 2011
    5
    Poor movie. Not so good mix between Jane Austen and Bollywood.
  2. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    i love this movie a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
    aishwarya rai acted beautifully..songs r amazing
    i watch it again
    i love this movie a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
    aishwarya rai acted beautifully..songs r amazing
    i watch it again n again..
    love aish forever!she is the best!!
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  3. LizP.
    Sep 15, 2006
    9
    Very fun. Wonderfully colorful, catchy songs and goofy dancing, some hysterically funny bits, a great way to bring P&P to today and have it Very fun. Wonderfully colorful, catchy songs and goofy dancing, some hysterically funny bits, a great way to bring P&P to today and have it still make sense. Ok, it's a bit clumsy sometimes, but so what? Have a sense of humor. Full Review »