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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 597 Ratings

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  1. Jan 23, 2013
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    slumdog millionaire is just a group of plot devices moving through a childishly contrived plot,
    doing solely what said plot requires them to do, with no heart to make me believe otherwise.
    these anti-characters go through NO development or change whatsoever, they begin the terrible "story" as good or evil, with no grey area, and remain good or evil when the "story" ends, they don't
    slumdog millionaire is just a group of plot devices moving through a childishly contrived plot,
    doing solely what said plot requires them to do, with no heart to make me believe otherwise.

    these anti-characters go through NO development or change whatsoever, they begin the terrible
    "story" as good or evil, with no grey area, and remain good or evil when the "story" ends, they don't even have much personality, jamal is good... because he's good, latika is good...
    because she's good, saleem is bad... because he's bad... they have no logical motivation, and
    before you try and tell me that saleem killing the owner of an orphanage/brothel is what made
    him evil... NO, saleem lets go of latika when they're escaping, saleem locks jamal inside a toilet, forcing him to swim through feces to get out (which is played for laughs)... saleem is a terrible person before he shoots the guy, and he's a terrible person after he shoots the
    guy... the fact that these aren't characters means the only time i care about anyone in the entire movie, is when saleem, latika and jamal are children... solely because they're little children, and nobody with a conscience can refuse to care about children who go through
    horrific torture and... WAIT WHAT??? that's right, this film centres around the torturing of children, the prostitution of children, the emotional suffering of children, you get the point, now let me explain why this is a problem, THIS IS WIDELY ACCEPTED AS ONE OF THE BEST FEEL-GOOD MOVIES OF 2008, doesn't the physical/sexual/emotional abuse of children just make any sane person feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I SINCERELY HOPE NOT! jamal and saleem had a terrible childhood which is revealed through flashbacks as terrible
    as the things they depict, it is from these flashbacks that jamal knows all the answers to
    the questions presented in an indian "who wants to be a millionaire" (which is impossble to
    cheat in, because only the host knows the questions/answers, and every variation of the show
    only uses LANDLINES to prevent connection failure, which renders two major plot points in the film completely invalid), but the most gaping plot holes arise when two of these flashbacks DO NOT EVEN GIVE JAMAL THE ANSWER, OR THE CHANCE FOR JAMAL TO FIGURE OUT THE
    ANSWER!!!

    oh, and they don't show jamal completing the general knowledge questions REQUIRED to appear
    on every variation of the show, which he would have failed at, because he is unaware that
    ghandi is on every piece of indian currency (even though he clearly earns indian money
    throughout the movie), if he doesn't know that, how much more does he not know? this alone
    renders the ENTIRE PLOT invalid...

    jamal went on the show because latika loves the show, and he loves latika, which is oh so
    IMPOSSIBLE TO BELIEVE BECAUSE JAMAL AND LATIKA HAVE NO CHEMISTRY, THEY HAVE NO COMMON
    INTERESTS, THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE AN IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE, this is what i meant when i said 'no logical motivation' jamal and latika are in love solely because the plot needs them to be, and dear god does it show.

    oh, and then there's the ending, now, all throughout the movie, there is a consistent theme: money is evil, so what happens... HE WINS!!! if the movie had any logical messages he would have lost, and realised, alongside the audience, that money isn't everything, but no...

    let me leave you with this: slumdog millionaire won eight oscars.
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  2. Nov 4, 2013
    0
    I find this movie very stupid it's confusing and highly overrated. The acting was very bad. The 2 hours that I spend on watching this movie, I could have done better stuff.
  3. Jan 22, 2015
    1
    Slumdog Millionaire is Danny Boyle's worst film so far. Boyle tried to ambitiously replicate Fernando Meirelles' City of God - a true modern masterpiece about life on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro - but he failed miserably. It's one of those terribly cliched and predictable movies where the lovable loser wins at the end and gets the girl and the money. The acting is weak and there's aSlumdog Millionaire is Danny Boyle's worst film so far. Boyle tried to ambitiously replicate Fernando Meirelles' City of God - a true modern masterpiece about life on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro - but he failed miserably. It's one of those terribly cliched and predictable movies where the lovable loser wins at the end and gets the girl and the money. The acting is weak and there's a glaring lack of substance. There's not a single transformation portrayed, no character arc just an overflow of sappy moments. It doesn't resemble a shred of reality and it completely skips the true horrors of being born in poverty. I have lived in England all my life but even someone as unaware as me could point out that kids who serve tea in India with no parents don't speak in English, certainly not with hints of a British accent. The film says that the only hope to escape poverty is by fortuity and for that people flourish it with awards? Danny Boyle's crowd pleasing "art" film is the very definition of mediocrity. It's manipulative trash simply made for the sole purposes of winning awards. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2015
    4
    I don't know why this got so much critical acclaim. It's boring as hell. The story jumps all over the place, and I get it's meant to be flashbacks or whatever but still, I barely even knew what was happening. And it got boring pretty quick.
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    80
    Absolutely perfect family entertainment for anyone over the age of ten. It is a celebration of not just the usual triumph of the human spirit, but a celebration of the human experience.
  2. 88
    The result is magical and life affirming, and will enrapture those who are not scared away by the mention of "subtitles."
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    70
    What's perhaps most fascinating about the film is Boyle's relentless focus on the realities of present-day India as a vehicle for his spectacle and laughs.