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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: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 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
  2. Mar 14, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film that can best be described as OK. Let’s face the fact that it was never going to outdo its first film,

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    but it definitely gives it a valiant attempt. the films strongest asset is the cast even if a few feel wasted and i still think this feels like a tourist board version of India ignoring quite a few of the issues affecting India today. but the charaters are what make this movie as flawed as it sometimes gets theseare enjoyable. Would I describe this film as good? Probably Yes, I would say it was good, it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be!! What propels the film up is it’s cast and decent performances, I just think it could have been slightly better written. I think, given a bit more time and a few changes to the script , this film could have been great. I will say, however, if you enjoyed the first film maybe you should go and see it at the cinema. I would personally recommend you wait for it to come out on DVD though, especially considering that I would rather this film not be a box office success and encourage the idea of making a third film. Seriously, stop here!!
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  3. 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
  4. Mar 6, 2015
    7
    Overall the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film that can best be described as OK. Let’s face the fact that it was never going toOverall the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film that can best be described as OK. Let’s face the fact that it was never going to outdo its first film, but it definitely gives it a valiant attempt. the films strongest asset is the cast even if a few feel wasted and i still think this feels like a tourist board version of India ignoring quite a few of the issues affecting India today. but the charaters are what make this movie as flawed as it sometimes gets theseare enjoyable. Would I describe this film as good? Probably Yes, I would say it was good, it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be!! What propels the film up is it’s cast and decent performances, I just think it could have been slightly better written. I think, given a bit more time and a few changes to the script , this film could have been great. I will say, however, if you enjoyed the first film maybe you should go and see it at the cinema. I would personally recommend you wait for it to come out on DVD though, especially considering that I would rather this film not be a box office success and encourage the idea of making a third film. Seriously, stop here!! Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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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