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  • Summary: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 2, 2012
    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: Claudia Puig
    May 3, 2012
    A refreshing, mature fairy tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 11, 2012
    Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 28, 2012
    Even at its most predictable, the winning characterizations and soulful insights into aging keep the handsome film on a warmly satisfying track.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 4, 2012
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 18, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 3, 2012
    A blandly middling crowd pleaser.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. May 12, 2012
    This novelistic tour-de-force takes us to the Anglo-Indian genre of E.M. Foster's "Passage to India," but in modern, post colonial dress. It is literate, funny, and a reminder of what great acting and warm humanity can mean in a film - as opposed to robots and aliens romping in 3-D. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2012
    I Have a decent tolerance for sweetness in a story, so I didn't squirm when it became obvious where this was headed, and you would have to be foolish to expect otherwise from such British standards. Aside from that, this was a joy to watch. Almost every shot was planned in a way that delivered extra beauty or emotional punch. There was no sense that India was used only for background, the location was in every shot with gorgeous light, grunge and authenticity. And I am glad to be alive in a time where such elderly talent can employed as the focus of the story rather than a comic or tragic sidetrip. Revelatory, really. Humorous, touching, and intimate. My only gripe is that there were too many storylines, and I could've easily done without the romance by the younger Indian couple (the fact that their dialog was delivered in English didn't help). But to carp about this misses the point, that this was made in an EPIC manner.... the art direction and photography were STUNNING and there is plenty to enjoy in the story and quality acting. Like many movies, I only think it would've been stronger if it was 15 minutes shorter. Expand
  3. May 4, 2012
    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. Expand
  4. May 29, 2012
    Parts of the story you've seen many times before and are predictable (the romance between the hotel's owner and his girlfriend comes to mind) but most of the movie is fresh and eminently watchable. The acting is superb across the board as you would expect with a cast of this magnitude. The storyline of Tom Wilkinson's character is especially moving. The exotic location of India and it's wonderful people make you want to visit the country. Overall a nice movie-going experience. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2012
    From the point of view of an Indian, Dev Patel's character - and indeed the roles played by all of the Indians - is poorly conceived and entirely unbelievable. From the point of view of a movie buff, one witnesses subtle and stunning performances delivered by its lead actors (and thankfully, Dev Patel is not one of them) despite an oversimplified plot line. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    A very charming movie that manages to feel very human. A fantastic cast helps bring the movie up. It basically brings several characters together, each with their own story that we get to see come to a close. It manages to bring some touching moments together but in the end I couldn't help but feel some of what this movie has to offer was wasted on me because I was too young to understand it. Still I do admire this movie. Some of the plot lines end in a predictable manner but still managed to keep me watching. I can't really say a bad thing about this movie, it may be aimed at an older audience but the movie is still charming. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2013
    Too many characters that are boring, irritating and offer nothing significant to distinguish each other in this overlong bore of a film. It seemed like an artificial attempt at adding depth to an otherwise run of the mill story, that actually ended up having a million clich├ęs. Expand

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