Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Bright dialogue and finely embroidered performances adorn The Guru like festive beading on a pair of made-in-India bedroom slippers.
  2. 80
    A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma.
  3. The first pleasant surprise of 2003, a cross-cultural romantic comedy that doesn't stint on romance or comedy, and- - when you least expect and most need it- - throws in some jaunty musical numbers of its own.
  4. 70
    Delightful screwball comedy.
  5. By the time a Bollywood production number segues into the finale from "Grease," the transition not only makes perfect sense, it sparkles.
  6. The Guru turns out to be just a flirtation with the musical rather than a full-on embrace. That's a shame because the musical interludes are where the film wears its heart and finds its soul.
  7. Hits more laughs than it misses and its characters are likable, empathetic people.
  8. Agreeable and slipshod in equal fashion, The Guru illustrates the subtle distinction between stupidity and goofiness.
  9. 63
    The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    As a dirtier Deepak, Mistry is blankly sweet, suitable for his role as Subcontinental Rorschach.
  11. 58
    Terrific musical numbers and interesting premise.
  12. 50
    Graham, back in the porn territory she aced in “Boogie Nights,” steals the show. In the winter doldrums, you don't kick at a movie that puts a smile on your face.
  13. It's a film pregnant with comic possibility that ought to be much funnier than it is.
  14. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Silly and soulful.
  15. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    It may have the melody, visage and basics of a Bollywood biggie, but truth be told, The Guru, despite it’s zest and lure, gives the far-off genus a bad wrap.
  16. Offers precious little inspiration, and the only irony it manages is surely unintended.
  17. Reviewed by: Dan Via
    A spirited rally in the final reel can't quite overcome the damage.
  18. 50
    As a romantic comedy this is a cut above the norm, satirical in its treatment of both spiritually bereft New Yorkers and materialistic Indian immigrants.
  19. 40
    The jabs at the expense of self-centered New Yorkers with more money than sense are so mild they're pointless -- if satire doesn't hurt, what's the point?
  20. 40
    There’s not a whole lot of heft to von Scherler Mayer’s romantic comedy with ethnic Indian entanglements; it’s like overdone naan, too flaky and ephemeral for its own good, but still somehow appetizing.
  21. 40
    It's refreshing to see an American movie with an Indian protagonist not played by a white actor in makeup, but it would be a lot more refreshing if that actor (Jimi Mistry) were given a character to play, not just a comic conceit and near-toxic levels of enthusiasm.
  22. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A generally entertaining but rather old-fashioned romantic comedy.
  23. A film that tries constantly to amuse, but succeeds only fitfully.
  24. 40
    It may have the melody, visage and basics of a Bollywood biggie, but truth be told, The Guru, despite it’s zest and lure, gives the far-off genus a bad wrap. [3 February 2003, p.98]
  25. 38
    Swami says, “Steer clear of The Guru, a dismally dumb sex comedy, lest you waste $9 and 90 minutes of your life you will never get back.''
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Celeste
    There are enough good scenes within the 94 minutes of The Guru to make an entertaining coming-attractions trailer.
  27. A grindingly conventional comedy that insists on tying up its subplots in pretty ribbons and bows.
  28. The kind of comedy that aims at "edginess" and "sassiness" without managing to be edgy or sassy for a second.
  29. 25
    Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
  30. Here is a truly unfunny comedy from Universal Studios, which seems determined to prove that Hollywood can be opportunistic and clueless at the same time.

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