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  • Summary: Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and DouglasNow that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.​ [Fox Searchlight] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Nev Pierce
    Feb 23, 2015
    80
    An entirely charming extension of the most unlikely franchise, gently handling big themes and dissolving cynicism with laughter. Maggie Smith is superb.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 17, 2015
    70
    It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Mar 4, 2015
    67
    Smith, Nighy, and Dench aren’t delivering audacious, reaching performances here, but there’s still plenty of charm and authenticity.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Feb 23, 2015
    60
    Luckily, there are just enough truths about ageing beneath its corny, farcical surface. Also, it’s hard not to enjoy two hours in the company of this cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 5, 2015
    50
    Thanks to its funny, attractive, emotionally on-point cast, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel puts the lie to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pronouncement about life having no second acts. In fact, it goes one step further to question why on Earth anyone would stop at just two.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 5, 2015
    42
    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a downgrade from the first, doing lots of thing wrong that 2012's sleeper hit did right.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 4, 2015
    38
    This sequel sorely misses the presence of Tom Wilkinson, whose out-of-the-closet character grounded the first film (but died at the end).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Mar 8, 2015
    10
    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is more joyous, fresh and funnier than the first one. Dev Patel, who is also starring in the monstrousThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is more joyous, fresh and funnier than the first one. Dev Patel, who is also starring in the monstrous robot drama- Chappie, gives a great performance. This film is a refreshing reboot from the aging senior comedies, but TSBEMH gives a new look at a whole new meaning at a whole new genre. Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2015
    10
    What a wonderful way to show us Indian culture! I love the bunch of older characters imparting their wisdom on the younger characters as theyWhat a wonderful way to show us Indian culture! I love the bunch of older characters imparting their wisdom on the younger characters as they try to extend their finances into a comfortable retirement and last phase of their lives. Maybe the movie won't win awards, but it's a joy to watch! Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2015
    7
    It is interesting to know more Indian culture in this movie in the Western world perspective. It was quite different from the BollywoodIt is interesting to know more Indian culture in this movie in the Western world perspective. It was quite different from the Bollywood movies.
    First of all, I did not watch the first movie so I did not know the background whatsoever. I did quite enjoy the movie. I was shocked to see how naive and childish Sonny with his character. I would be surprised if it is common in India.
    There are a few couples in the movies and each of them have their stories which make it a little bit hard to follow because several stories being presented consecutively and I feel like each story could expand a more. I know it is a long movie but I still feel something is missing in the story.
    There is some funny bits in the movie which is quite enjoyable.
    I would recommend to watch this movie...
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  4. Mar 17, 2015
    6
    Am I the only one who noticed that the "Hotel Inspector" plot was lifted from a Faulty Towers episode? John Cleese and Connie Booth shouldAm I the only one who noticed that the "Hotel Inspector" plot was lifted from a Faulty Towers episode? John Cleese and Connie Booth should have received credit as co-writers. A pleasant enough sequel, but I don't think I'll pay to see Marigold Hotel 3. Expand
  5. Mar 11, 2015
    6
    The gang's all back with less comedy and more romance. Dev Patel's charming innocent has turned neurotic, but almost all of the rest,The gang's all back with less comedy and more romance. Dev Patel's charming innocent has turned neurotic, but almost all of the rest, including Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Billy Nighy and whippersnapper Richard Gere, are bound for amorous entanglements. There's a big wedding that adds some festivity, but otherwise it's a parade of predictable interactions. It's slower and less charming than the original with storylines that aren't as original. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2015
    5
    Visiting “The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is like spending time with old, emphasis on old, friends who can be annoying and irritating butVisiting “The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is like spending time with old, emphasis on old, friends who can be annoying and irritating but are fun to be around.
    The star power shines brightly and it is sheer fun just to see the banter between the two Dames Dench and Smith, who can be cutting to each other but with an underlying tenderness. It is fun to watch Bill Nighy fumble, stammer and stutter in his pursuit of Dench. Along with Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Tasmin Greig, Penelope Wilton it is always a joy to watch the world of British actors enjoying every word they say as if it is for the ages.

    Though not quite in the Dench and Smith age range the American actors Richard Gere and David Strathairn seem to battling for the ‘silver fox’ title though Dench could give them a run for the title hair wise.

    Dev Patel, as the young and very enthusiastic owner of the original Marigold Hotel, and engaged to Tina Desai, is looking to expand and add a second exotic Marigold hotel and isn’t above using his mother Lillete Dubey as a pawn, thrusting her into Richard Gere’s arms to help the expansion plans.

    Both on screen and in real life Maggie Smith is 19 days older than Judi Dench and is not above using it to win a point or two. Watching these two Dames you hope they will be around a few more decades to entertain us but then the whole cast, the whole picture has only one job here and that is to entertain us and that they do.

    Director John Madden, as he did in the first film, keeps the actors and the action moving, getting out of the way of the actors so the audience can enjoy them as much as he seems to. Ol Parker, the screenwriter, hands one liners to the actors that he knows will get a smile if for no other reason than the way they will deliver them and that they do.

    Taking advantage of Jaipur, India, and the customs of the Indian people, the wedding that takes place provides an easy happy ending and an excellent Bollywood number.

    Like most sequels “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” doesn’t have the surprise element of the first but familiarity with the characters, plus the addition of Richard Gere, make up for not having that element of surprise. Add to the satisfaction of seeing superb British actors enjoying themselves, and who actually let you know they are, plus the enthusiasm and chemistry in their scenes will put a big smile on your face.
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  7. Mar 16, 2015
    1
    Big disappointment. A stupid sequal. The Dev Patel character was beyond appointing. He was totally annoying. Couldn't;t wait for the movieBig disappointment. A stupid sequal. The Dev Patel character was beyond appointing. He was totally annoying. Couldn't;t wait for the movie to end. Acting was good but dialogue was not nearly as clever as the first picture. Expand

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