Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 88
    One of those joyous films that leaps over national boundaries and celebrates universal human nature.
  2. 75
    An infectious celebration of life and love.
  3. 80
    Aims for pure joy and achieves it.
  4. The old-world-meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.
  5. 70
    Punjabi weddings are notorious for their lavishness, and Nair's intoxicating soap opera revels in the sights and sounds of this clamorous family ritual.
  6. Eminently disposable, but that's its charm. It stays with you just long enough to make you smile.
  7. Fans of Robert Altman's hit "Gosford Park" will find similar pleasures here: colorful characters, multiple story lines, and clever blends of comedy and drama.
  8. Nair's movie, far from being paste, is a string of small, exquisite gems.
  9. Has an engaging warmth and an effortless sense of life. It also has an instinct for the humanity and universality of situations that are comic, romantic and quite seriously dramatic by turns.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    When the groom's enormous procession fights its way through the hard rain and muck to the bejeweled bride, Nair's chaos downright sparkles.
  11. 75
    Ebullient, joyous film.
  12. Nair is not making a caricature out of Lalit or anyone else. She's inviting us into the inner recesses of her culture. And it's both pleasure and privilege to be one of her guests.
  13. 60
    The agile handling of the soap-opera elements -- conventional plotting at best -- finally makes "Wedding" a pop, facile take on Capulet versus Montague stuff, likable but square.
  14. It's a fascinating babel, and Nair, using the unfolding ritual of the wedding as a centre point, captures the competing sights and sounds with her own unique mix of cinematic borrowings -- think Robert Altman meets Bollywood.
  15. Delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.
  16. A feast for the eyes and ears as its story is a banquet for the heart.
  17. In the film's stronger moments, the artist in her definitely seems to be saying that the impulse to retreat into cultural fundamentalism carries dire risks, that much of what is old and traditional needs changing and there are some things about the detested process of globalization that are wonderfully liberating.
  18. With its colorful embroidery, Monsoon Wedding feels pleasurably grounded in a reality about which most Westerners haven't a clue. This may be their only engraved invitation.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Some of the movie's best scenes -- knockouts, in fact -- involve musical interludes.
  20. An air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual. Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
  21. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The film's bountiful warmth and gusto do their work. By the end, we feel part of the family, too.
  22. The beauty, vibrancy and complexity of Indian culture is on addictive display in Monsoon Wedding. If only there were more to the film.
  23. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Nair’s stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.
  24. 50
    A scruffy, thick-grained piece of work, shot in thirty days and scrawled not with luscious coloring but with the tense and inky markings of a society that is fighting to keep its reputation for togetherness, and wondering what that reputation is still worth. [18 & 25 Feb 2002. p. 199]
  25. 100
    Sheer delight. An ensemble comedy-drama that recalls Robert Altman's best work.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    They bring their characters to good, slightly surprising, quite satisfying places. And leave us beaming happily.
  27. 80
    Nair, who, in this film as in so many others, aims for the beating heart of the predictable movie moment.
  28. 70
    Monsoon Wedding is going to be a big art-house hit because it's one of those movies that reassures audiences that people in other countries are just like us.
  29. 58
    Gives just enough to forgive any of its initial flaws and eventually grows on you.
  30. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Splashy, noisy and downright fun.
  31. Pulsates with music, dance, color and laughter, but also glows with quiet moments of drama.
  32. 70
    Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair.
  33. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Contains an incest story line that's disturbing but shouldn't scare people away. Nair handles the subject with such grace and sensitivity that it becomes just another element in this complex celebration of family.
  34. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Exploding on the screen in a riot of movement, music and color.
  35. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    Monsoon Wedding is very colourful, happy and romantic. The film is a very nice family movie about a typical punjabi family. The laughs areMonsoon Wedding is very colourful, happy and romantic. The film is a very nice family movie about a typical punjabi family. The laughs are good and the acting is even good. The story delivers good time pass interesting hooking up film hint of lore. Lovely imagery and very good collection of songs. Vijay Razz as DubeyJi is very funny and the captions help you understand what the comedy is about. There are so many reasons to watch Monsoon Wedding- from the Rain to everyone falling in love. When it rains it pours for this family! I agree with Roger Ebert- this is the type of movie people tell their friends to see. Full Review »
  2. AbyB.
    Mar 5, 2006
    Very predictable story line. Movie is too slow , no clear cuts... Random takes.
  3. JaspreetS.
    Feb 10, 2006
    One of the most enjoyable movies to come out of india lately. Love that Mir. Dubey.