Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 2, 2012
    88
    We suspect that the film will be about their various problems and that the hotel will not be as advertised. What we may not expect is what a charming, funny and heartwarming movie this is, a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 4, 2012
    83
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 2, 2012
    83
    Director John Madden and an ensemble of polished actors in their second primes make this a constant amusement and a nice alternative at the movies.
  4. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Apr 28, 2012
    80
    Charming, delightful and amusing - just what you'd expect from the star-studded cast of veterans.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 11, 2012
    75
    Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 10, 2012
    75
    Graham is the most affecting character by far, having returned to India for the first time in 40 years to track down an old lover. His story unfolds in surprising, deftly handled ways, and could easily have justified a film of its own.
  7. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    May 10, 2012
    75
    As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.
  8. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 4, 2012
    75
    The film is, underneath its surface of warm fuzzies, a precision instrument aimed directly at the heart of its intended, underserved older audience.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 3, 2012
    75
    A refreshing, mature fairy tale.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 3, 2012
    75
    A rare reminder from movies that the grand emotions are not only for the young and the middle-aged. They're the sweetness and torment of life until the last light goes out.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 3, 2012
    75
    The attitudes evinced by most of the characters, and the movie itself, are those of the admiring tourist, and as two-hour tours go, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel goes smoothly.
  12. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    May 8, 2012
    70
    It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 3, 2012
    70
    This leisurely paced two-hour movie is a reasonably tasty banquet for the same Anglophiles who embrace "Downton Abbey."
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 3, 2012
    70
    It all makes for a movie whose infectious charm outweighs some of the predictability that slips in around the edges.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 3, 2012
    70
    So no points for originality. Madden tries to make up for this with sheer British acting personality and nearly succeeds.
  16. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 1, 2012
    70
    The plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.
  17. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 30, 2012
    70
    Judi Dench is especially good; playing a vulnerable character, for a change, she allows her habitual toughness to give way to uncertainty, fear, and moments of gathering resolve, and she delivers one of her most wide-ranging and moving performances. [7 May 2012, p. 81]
  18. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 28, 2012
    70
    Even at its most predictable, the winning characterizations and soulful insights into aging keep the handsome film on a warmly satisfying track.
  19. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 28, 2012
    70
    The powerhouse cast is so capable, the actors just about manage to play the picture as if it were a "Midsummer Night's Dream"-style frothy farce, with marigold garlands and picturesque poverty.
  20. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    May 2, 2012
    67
    Mostly The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stays focused on the cutesy, low-stakes personal journeys of its English characters, characters it would be hard to care about if they weren't brought to life by actors who give the film substance and gravity it doesn't otherwise know how to earn.
  21. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May 2, 2012
    67
    Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 4, 2012
    63
    So it's a shame that in the end Madden can't keep the tear-jerking from drowning this delicate cinematic flower. The book knew how to hang tough. The movie, not so much.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 4, 2012
    63
    Wilkinson's reflective and regretful searcher, burdened by secrets, is also touching, as are Dench and Nighy's creations, so it's easy to cheer them on as they inch toward revelations and rebirth.
  24. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 3, 2012
    63
    A little youth is injected via "Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel and Tena Desae, but they are supporting players. Still, as one might expect from a group of actors in this age range, the performances are impeccable. Experience does count.
  25. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    May 2, 2012
    63
    The film is home to some unique redeeming factors, but it panders to viewers by diluting its lesson, which teaches that some comfort zones can only be truly abandoned on the other side of the world.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 18, 2012
    60
    An uplifting and colorful crowd-pleaser, it's built on a wealth of cinematic contrivances -- all designed to make sure things, indeed, turn out all right in the end -- but the result is just too good-natured to begrudge.
  27. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 11, 2012
    60
    For all its calculation and manipulation, there's a very human movie somewhere within Marigold Hotel. You might just have to wade through a thousand clich├ęs to get to it.
  28. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 10, 2012
    50
    Filled with some marvelous dialog and quips delivered by some of the best in the business. There are worse ways to while away the time.
  29. 50
    Unfortunately, the script, based on Deborah Moggach's 2004 novel "These Foolish Things," might better be described as pure British stodge: high-starch English comfort food of more sentimental than nutritional value.
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 3, 2012
    50
    It's predictable fluff, sometimes pleasantly so, at others times irritatingly.
  31. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 3, 2012
    40
    It's a shame, of course, that Madden brought the best to such an exotic Top locale without making the most of the opportunity.
  32. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 1, 2012
    40
    Madden pads the film with shimmering images of Jaipur and its surroundings; a midmovie funeral sequence - 'cause somebody's got to kick the bucket! - even manages to be somewhat evocative and moving. The rest makes you long for senility to set in, but quick.
  33. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 28, 2012
    40
    It is oddly like an Agatha Christie thriller with all the pasteboard characters, 2D backstories and foreign locale, but no murder.
  34. Reviewed by: Mark Samuels
    Apr 28, 2012
    40
    The pleasure of seeing a supergroup of Brit-veterans soon withers in an OAP comedy that plumps for light laughs over deeper insights.
  35. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 3, 2012
    38
    A blandly middling crowd pleaser.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. May 5, 2012
    9
    Great cast playing off one another effortlessly and a nice story. The audience applauded at the end, people genuinely happy that they had gone to see the movie on it's first day out. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2012
    9
    An absolutely delightful and pleasurable movie to watch. Let it make your day. Superlative cast of characters taking you to an exotic location. The cream of the British acting aristocracy. Music byThomas Newman directed by Madden. No computer effects, no botox. Just a pleasure to watch and enjoy!

    The audience actually applauded for the joy they had been given,
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  3. May 4, 2012
    9
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is an interesting movie, that have an interesting and great plot, the development is really fantastic, and the characters are incredible. This movie is really interesting. Full Review »