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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    This plot, recycled from Austen, is the clothesline for a series of dance numbers that, like Hong Kong action sequences, are set in unlikely locations and use props found there; how else to explain the sequence set in, yes, a Mexican restaurant?
  2. 75
    Bright, colorful, and exhilarating.
  3. 75
    Lightweight but utterly beguiling.
  4. 63
    You could do worse for a date movie than Gurinder Chadha's campy, exuberant cross-cultural take on Austen's much-filmed 1812 novel.
  5. Aside from the singing and dancing, it is the color and pageantry of India as filtered through the work of cinematographer Santosh Sivan that captivates us.
  6. Under the direction of "Bend It Like Beckham's" Gurinder Chadha, this festively busy and exuberantly multicultural charmer is its own intriguingly postmodern creation.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    A Hollywood take on a Bollywood movie. But the Bollywood portions - echoing over-the-top Indian movie musicals - are far more entertaining than the Hollywood segments.
  8. Works because of its heedless, heart-on-its-sleeve spirit.
  9. Bride has atmosphere and charm, but the exotic flavors have often been toned down to avoid complaints.
  10. Good, clean fun, and the view is fabulous.
  11. It's "knowingly" off-the-rails--and if you're in a tolerant or adventurous mood, very entertaining.
  12. The film is uniquely spirited, radiating the exuberance and sexual heat of an Elvis musical, a characteristic shared by its songs and dances.
  13. 63
    The mere idea of making a musical version of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day India is delicious, though, and Chadha's lively imagination and good intentions almost make the concept work.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Austen nuts may rend their frocks, and Bollywood buffs may split their cholis, but there's an immensely likable, almost goofily playful charm to Bride & Prejudice that finally wins the day.
  15. Here's yet another take on "Pride and Prejudice,"...but all spiced up as colorfully as a dish of curry.
  16. It's got practically everything you could stuff in front of a camera, with the possible exception of Rip Taylor throwing confetti. Dancing transvestites? Check. Elephants? Check.
  17. It's the small, smelly details that elevate this Indian-fusion retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel from trifle to bona-fide delight.
  18. Like an Elvis Presley musical from the '60s, filled with shiny bright colors, bouncy music and happy, smiling, pretty people.
  19. 70
    A big, sprawling, sweet-natured mishmash with plots upon subplots and enough characters to make the head spin.
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 »