The Namesake

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 67
  2. Negative: 4 out of 67

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  1. ChetR
    Jun 16, 2008
    9
    Nair is beginning to fulfill her promise by evolving into a major filmmaker in a very specialized niche.
  2. L.JTan
    Apr 6, 2007
    10
    A moving lovingly crafted tribute to first generation Americans that rings true regardless of ethnic origin. A must see!
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    A powerful, moving film that everyone can relate to -- in particular those trying to meld the cultures of East and West and create a sense of home. Mira Nair's best work.
  4. NikzadS.
    Mar 27, 2007
    10
    This is a hard-hitting movie. So real and true to life and yet so beautifully crafted. Amazing work done by the actors of the movie, especially by Irfan Khan and Tabu. Excellent direction by Mira Nair. Its like reading the novel without the book, its like living with the characters themselves. It just doesnt get better. Its thought provoking.
  5. RD.
    Mar 28, 2007
    8
    Great movie. DOe snot preach that NRis are bad and Indians are great. Excellent performances especially by Tabu and Irfan Khan. But drags in the middle due to which it feels a little boring. otherwise an excellent movie a bit humorous, sad and even witty at times.
  6. RobertI.
    Apr 1, 2007
    8
    Touching film, sweet-spirited. Needed editing to cut out 15 minutes.
  7. TimD.
    May 15, 2007
    8
    A lovely, heartfelt, beautifully-acted film that explores relationships and family in the framework of cultural and generational contrast, with depth and complexity. Rich in emotional content and, in its low-key way, passionately told.
  8. Jennifer
    Dec 8, 2007
    10
    The movie is very rich and satisfying. The picture was beautifully laid out and captivating the entire time. A reviewer below said the book is better than the movie. I
  9. LR.
    Mar 13, 2007
    9
    A splendid movie. Mira Nair's movies are always beautiful to look at, the story and characters match the vibrant, realistic visuals.
  10. Steve
    Mar 18, 2007
    8
    Another great film from Mira Nair. What I like about this fim an dothers by Nair, is that she looks at the best and worst qualities of both countries and then blends them together. The weakest link of the film is Kal Penn. Once his character goes beyond high school, Mr. Penn is not as strong as the other actors.
  11. sfdafsadsfsa
    Nov 29, 2007
    10
    Excellent movie. Not as good as book though.
  12. MasonP.
    Mar 12, 2007
    7
    Solid film; although I found it a little too predictable and found the acting of the lead role a bit lacking.
  13. JayC
    Mar 16, 2007
    9
    Excellent family story of typical intergenerational communiction problems. It is not just because of cultural differences that families do not communicate well, but it does add a lot to this story. Excellent acting and plausable twists kept me interested as did the deep emotional content of the material and actors. I cared about this family and their well-being.
  14. Syzygy
    Mar 17, 2007
    8
    Delicate story lovingly told by a master storyteller. The arc of the narrative is large, spanning four decades and two very different continents. It paints a deep story about the power traditions maintain on immigrants against the allure their adopted country builds in them and their children. There is also an excellent character centered subtext that further enriches the story.
  15. PaulK.
    Mar 28, 2007
    8
    Good film. Definitely worth checking out, if you have an interest
  16. ChadS.
    May 12, 2007
    9
    To its credit, "The Namesake"(which tops the two-hour mark), could've been a lot longer without causing anybody(who isn't a philistine) to check their watches. If a director's cut exists, that's where we'll learn how Gogol Ganguli(Kal Penn) met Maxine(Jacinda Barrett). "The Namesake" has a truncated feel because Gogol is already treated like a member of To its credit, "The Namesake"(which tops the two-hour mark), could've been a lot longer without causing anybody(who isn't a philistine) to check their watches. If a director's cut exists, that's where we'll learn how Gogol Ganguli(Kal Penn) met Maxine(Jacinda Barrett). "The Namesake" has a truncated feel because Gogol is already treated like a member of Maxine's wealthy family when the audience is first introduced to her. Perhaps the filmmaker simply wanted to avoid the predictability involved in seeing a white family adjust to their offspring's "exotic" new friend, if acceptance into the fold is going to be the end-result anyway. "The Namesake" does a terrific job of not turning Maxine into an ugly American when she's inside the Ganguli household. Contrary to Maxine(who for the most part seems unaware of her countless faux pas' to Indian customs), Gogol and his sister are consciously arrogant about their American-ness when they return to their native India. "The Namesake" is mostly an amazing film about being an American on a cultural group's own terms. Collapse
  17. SayanG.
    May 13, 2007
    9
    Fantastic, real, alluring, with the smells of Calcutta and NY blended together 2 great cities of the modern world with history that spans and ties people across the globe. Bengali's should be proud!!!
  18. FredB.
    May 18, 2007
    7
    A movie that shocked me. I thought it was going to be a waste of my time. But its actually not that bad. No action, but a lot of touching scense.
  19. ThomasH.
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    Probably the best movie out this year! Great cast, with terrific Indian scenery. The best part is the message about foreigners trying to assimilate into a new culture, and the desire to keep traditions. This is the must-see movie of the year!
  20. Nov 28, 2011
    8
    I've never read the book, but the movie was very good. Well acted and moving. I would suggest not to watch it more than once or twice. 8/10 or 81/100.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    A thoroughly engaging, terrifically moving family story that's rich in beautifully observed and lovingly conveyed human detail.
  2. It is hard to imagine a better cast or production values so the film should find audiences among sophisticated urban adults.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    A richly compelling story of family and self-discovery.