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  • Summary: Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. [Fox Searchlight] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Danny Boyle's finest since "Trainspotting." In fact, it's the best British/Indian gameshow-based romance of the millennium.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Director Danny Boyle's riveting and kaleidoscopic tale, based on Vikas Swarup's debut novel "Q and A," is exquisitely adapted to the screen by Simon Beaufoy.
  3. 100
    This is a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating at the same time.
  4. 89
    Like Mumbai, Slumdog pulses and throbs with raw, unadulterated life and the hope for a better Bombay, today. It's brilliant.
  5. 83
    Boyle, one of the premier stylists in the world fills "Slumdog" with ebullient energy and ceaseless invention.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    A stylish, ingeniously constructed bit of hokum, a sparkling trinket of a movie that's as implausible as it is irresistible.
  7. Doesn't hit its stride until the last 30 minutes, and by then, it's just a little too late.

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  1. Negative: 27 out of 196
  1. May 9, 2011
    A liberating and uplifting movie and the feel-good film of the decade, Danny Boyle delivers the Oscar Winning Slumdog Millionaire. And it's easy to tell why the film has won numerous awards. The film focuses upon Jamil Malik (Dev Patel) an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai and a constant on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, who is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. However he arrested in suspision of cheating. During his interrogation Jamil reveals his incredible and heartwrenching story of his life as a young boy growing up on the streets of Mumbai with his brother Salim, and how he loved and lost the girl of his dreams Latika (Freida Pinto), each question links to a memoir of Jamil's exhilarating life. Superbly well directed in the ever capable and inspring hands of Danny Boyle who delivers a beautiful film from start to finish and one that will live long in the memory, utterly unmissable! Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    This movie is ingenious, gripping, at times dramatic and at times quite humorous. It is well framed and original. Although, the way that things unfold is quite fictional and it is not always believable, it is a movie that most types of audiences will enjoy. It is definitely not a masterpiece, yet the performances and direction are remarkable and won't disappointed. It is not art house but it is not what I would call a typical is just a movie that discloses a reality that for most of us Westerners is unknown. As I have travelled (as a tourist) through many places in India, this movie has brought to my memory my own experiences up there. It has also reminded me not only of the beauty of that country but also of its misery; in spite of it, Indian people stays optimistic and proud of its roots. This film succeeds in exploring India's reality. It shows a country in which the difference between deprived and privileged classes is abysmal...but where the hope is not lost...Overall, is not an outstanding movie but it is indeed unforgettable... Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2013
    Stunning, Amazing, Brilliant, Full of love, intelligent. These are the few words that describe Slumdog Millionare and there are millions more. Dev Patel puts in an amazing performance, Danny Boyle directs a brilliant movie, Slumdog Millionare is a triumph Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2010
    Tea wallah gets to penultimate question on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", authorities arrest him on suspicion of cheating, reveals life story in flashbacks.
    Great feel-good film which tells a great story & Danny Boyle & the cast do a great job of bringing it to life.
    Brilliant visuals showing the extremes of poverty & wealth within India & has a good mixture of comedy, romance & a dark side to it.
  5. Jun 22, 2014
    "Slumdog Millionaire" is a truly heartrending, pulse-pounding, and electrifying filmic feat that clearly defines the unequivocal talent and mastery within the mind of Danny Boyle. Expand
  6. Apr 7, 2012
    Dans Slumdog Millionaire, il faut admettre que l'on peut trouver de tout! On a une sorte de conte naïf (qui peut agacer un peu, surtout à la fin), qui offre au film une légèreté bienvenue et rend l'affaire parfois drôle. On a également une vision de l'Inde plutôt cruelle, dénonçant sans vergogne par quelques scènes "dures" (des enfants rendus aveugles pour mendier) la pauvreté, mais toujours avec la bonne humeur citée à l'instant. Egalement une sorte d'hommage aux produits bollywoodiens (il n'y a qu'à voir la scène de danse pendant le générique final). Bref, Slumdog Millionaire est une véritable bouffée d'air frais, mis en scène avec savoir-faire et porté par un bon casting. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    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. Expand

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