Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 6, 2012
    It opens our eyes to a subculture about which most of us know very little, but it is so unsteady in its focus that interest wanes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 12, 2012
    Complex story twists unfold to confusing effect, while characters angrily toss cliches at one another and revelations multiply rather than resolve murky plot developments.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 7, 2012
    A novel cultural focus, highlighting Guyanese citizens of Indian ancestry, isn't enough to sustain interest in the lifeless film, which will attract few outside the Indo-Guyanese community.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 6, 2012
    Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 6, 2012
    It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 6, 2012
    Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Nov 6, 2012
    Fifteen minutes into Festival of Lights you come to the discouraging realization that you know every infuriating plot beat that will follow.

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