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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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  1. Jun 10, 2013
    9
    A young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) comes to college in the US and stays to become a successful financial analyst. Events after 9/11 complicate his allegiance to both countries, while a hostage crisis back home provides the fulcrum between his past and the present political strife. There are some names in the cast (Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber), but it's Ahmed's charismaA young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) comes to college in the US and stays to become a successful financial analyst. Events after 9/11 complicate his allegiance to both countries, while a hostage crisis back home provides the fulcrum between his past and the present political strife. There are some names in the cast (Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber), but it's Ahmed's charisma and complex performance that makes this film so effective. It also helps that an accomplished director (Mira Nair) is at the helm. She has crafted a quietly suspenseful and completely involving political drama. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    9
    I was a bit 'reluctant' to watch this movie as I was aware that the plot had been expanded into a thriller, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of feeling let down every time there was a change from the novel, I found myself growing in anticipation as the series of events set in motion following the kidnapping of the American professor unfolded. Riz Ahmed turns out a stellarI was a bit 'reluctant' to watch this movie as I was aware that the plot had been expanded into a thriller, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of feeling let down every time there was a change from the novel, I found myself growing in anticipation as the series of events set in motion following the kidnapping of the American professor unfolded. Riz Ahmed turns out a stellar performance as the protagonist. Expand
  3. May 13, 2013
    10
    A brilliant film. Deals with issues we too often choose not to talk about. The music, cinematography, performances, and storyline are all top notch. A true return to form for Mira Nair!
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Omer M. Mozaffar
    Jun 11, 2013
    75
    Nair has made a very smart film, whose ambitions sometimes exceed the piece's depths.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Everett-Green
    May 17, 2013
    50
    It’s a timely narrative subject, but its treatment in The Reluctant Fundamentalist is fundamentally flawed.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 17, 2013
    40
    Lacks any real sense of vitality. And no matter how worthwhile a film's message is, it's difficult for audiences to care if the path to the payoff so often feels like a slog.