Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 80
    The film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace.
  2. The story sometimes seems hesitant to confront the most harrowing implications of the harsh realities it portrays. But it benefits greatly from Syed's close-to-the-bone performance as the boy.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Director Mira Nair indulges in some melodramatic explorations, however, dangerously verging on a romanticized Oriental tearjerker mood.
  4. 90
    The real star of this film is the crowded, neon-lit byways of the city itself.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 11, 2011
    10
    It's reality, that is the key element in the film, making it an excellent film. It doesn't posess any Bollywood "flavor" but it contains an amazing story. Full Review »