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  • Summary: Spanning two generations, two clashing cultures and two very different ways of life that crash into each other only to become lovingly intertwined, The Namesake is ultimately about the imminently relevant question: what does it mean to be an American family? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life--all the way from the Taj Mahal to Pearl Jam.
  2. The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    A thoroughly engaging, terrifically moving family story that's rich in beautifully observed and lovingly conveyed human detail.
  4. 88
    It has been said that all modern Russian literature came out of Gogol’s “Overcoat.” In the same way, all of us came out of the overcoat of this same immigrant experience.
  5. 80
    After trying her hand at Thackeray with "Vanity Fair," director Mira Nair has found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture.
  6. 75
    Making you feel the presence of absences - of the distant and the departed, of dreams that never quite come true - is the key thing that this uneven film gets exactly right.
  7. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    This Indian immigrant family saga is a pleasant watch, but given the emotive source novel, it’s surprisingly superficial.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Jennifer
    Dec 8, 2007
    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 Expand
  2. NikzadS.
    Mar 27, 2007
    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. Collapse
  3. ThomasH.
    Jun 24, 2007
    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! Expand
  4. Steve
    Mar 18, 2007
    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. Expand
  5. RobertI.
    Apr 1, 2007
    Touching film, sweet-spirited. Needed editing to cut out 15 minutes.
  6. MasonP.
    Mar 12, 2007
    Solid film; although I found it a little too predictable and found the acting of the lead role a bit lacking.
  7. RN.
    Apr 24, 2007
    Rarely have I been in such disagreement with everyone on a film. This one is just terrible, it is so bad you even notice the poor set and make up. The only thing I can say that is complimentary is the cinematography is good. Expand

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