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Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

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  • Summary: The year is 1893 when Britain's Queen Victoria was the unsympathetic ruler of India. This is an inspiring story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. The sunny, funny, toe-tapping Lagaan is the answer to those who ask why they don't make movies like they used to: They do, but in India.
  2. A movie that amply delivers on the epic promise of its title, entertaining, enlightening, and emboldening viewers with its deceptively simple premise and execution.
  3. An inspiring effort, lavishly lensed and featuring a spicy (if occasionally synthy) score from A.R. Rahman. Best of all, it's also something of a musical, as the characters are not above breaking into song and dance to serve their emotions.
  4. 80
    Lagaan may look naïve; it is anything but. This is a movie that knows its business — pleasing a broad, popular audience -- and goes about it with savvy professionalism and genuine flair.
  5. 80
    Gowariker's stunningly choreographed, four-hour spectacle (reportedly one of the most expensive films in the industry's history) is a fascinating mix of Hollywood genres and tropes.
  6. 80
    Not only the best I've ever seen, but also the Indian film that'd be most accessible to a Western audience.
  7. If you've never seen a "masala" musical, you may find Lagaan hilariously bad. Cartoony acting, dreadful dialogue, obvious dubbing, and meandering but ultrapredictable plots are simply part of the Bollywood package, along with six musical numbers and a bizarre mixture of romance, comedy and melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Gayathri
    May 18, 2006
    10
    Extremely good. It was perfect.
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    The best Indian movie by Amir Khan and well deserving. This movie should have already won a Oscar! The start is funny and during the play allThe best Indian movie by Amir Khan and well deserving. This movie should have already won a Oscar! The start is funny and during the play all those dramatic moments are great! This tale is about courage and teamwork and must be watched and even though it is 3 hours it is definetly worth it. Expand
  3. RD.
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    Brilliant movie. Aamir Khan rocks.
  4. SabineE.
    Jan 7, 2007
    10
    I loved the movie, it is one of the few Bollywood movies I have seen and it is by far the best. I would rate it much much better than what I loved the movie, it is one of the few Bollywood movies I have seen and it is by far the best. I would rate it much much better than what Hollywood churns out today. I could watch it over and over-I especially enjoyed listening to the soundtrack. Well done! Expand
  5. SidP.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    One of the finest movies ever produced in India.
  6. AbyB.
    Mar 5, 2006
    9
    Very well made, Exciting and very bold to make a film like in indian market which eventually clicked!
  7. Jan 22, 2012
    8
    Lagaan is a great movie and even surprised to know that it has cracked my GMAT Examination as well. I had joined Climb First for GMATLagaan is a great movie and even surprised to know that it has cracked my GMAT Examination as well. I had joined Climb First for GMAT preparation and I met Mr. Vinod there who has cleared his examination. He advised me to prepare strategy plan as per Lagaan movie. At Climb first, Vinod advised me that to crack GMAT Examination, 11 things are very important, same like 11 members in a team. 1. Quant, 2. English, 3. Analytical Writing Assessment,
    4. Level of Difficulty 1 & 2, 5. Keep in Mind about different range of questions, 6. Time Management, 7. Stress Management, 8. Shortlisting of Universities, 9. Tips for Interview, 10. I should justify why I want to do MBA, 11. Where I see myself after MBA. These are the 11 things. If we can coordinate and club all these 11, then we can make it as a team and can hit the goal. I really appreciate Vinod whom I met at Climb First to give these tips I applied and cleared my GMAT. I got a score of 730 in GMAT.
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