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Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

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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

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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: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  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. Jul 25, 2015
    9
    It is rare that a sequel is as good if not better than the original. With a cast like this one, it is not surprising that it is true for thisIt is rare that a sequel is as good if not better than the original. With a cast like this one, it is not surprising that it is true for this movie franchise. Let's hope they make a third. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2015
    7
    An enjoyable sequel that effectively does what a sequel should do -- continue the story without resorting to rehashing material from theAn enjoyable sequel that effectively does what a sequel should do -- continue the story without resorting to rehashing material from the original. While the film does suffer from a few relentlessly silly plotlines and some blatant overacting, the picture also introduces some interesting new twists and features a standout performance by Maggie Smith. Even though this may not be the best sequel ever made, it does a capable, entertaining and thoughtful job of presenting the next chapter in the lives of a coterie of colorful characters. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2015
    6
    I was disappointed having looked forward to the second film. The first was so sensitive dealing with the ageing occupants of the hotel andI was disappointed having looked forward to the second film. The first was so sensitive dealing with the ageing occupants of the hotel and their individual circumstances. The second mainly used the talents of these superb actors to back up a ludicrous relationship between the lunatic owner and his girlfriend - with bits of bollywood thrown in. I would not recommend it. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Sep 19, 2015
    1
    One of the worst movies I have ever seen. The plot is simple, slow and boring, the attempted comedy falls totally flat, and the movie overallOne of the worst movies I have ever seen. The plot is simple, slow and boring, the attempted comedy falls totally flat, and the movie overall doesnt make you care one bit about any of the characters. A waste of Richard Gere's talent. Expand

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