• Released
  • November 30, 2001
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • Drama
    Romance
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this funny, touching and haunting film, Patel cuts through stereotypes to show the hard truths of straddling two cultures.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Involving study of sibling and interpersonal relationships.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Ted Shen
Despite the familiar story, both kids are three-dimensional characters, and first-time director Patel embraces their generational dilemmas with feeling and wit.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
It's polished without being slick; well-paced and graceful and brought alive by stellar performances led by Jaffrey.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
An engaging, bittersweet tale.
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60

L.A. Weekly

An observant comedy of cross-cultural befuddlement in a half-assimilated immigrant family, with occasional spasms of propagandistic pleading on behalf of the younger generation.
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A better and more serious film than its forerunner, "American Desi."
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film's style is best described as utilitarian, but it gets the job done; the performances range from good to a bit amateurish.
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40

New Times (L.A.)

By Jean Oppenheimer
If only good intentions were enough to redeem a picture, perhaps ABCD would be worth a look.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Madhur Jaffrey and Faran Tahir fare considerably better as Nina's conservative mother and brother, leaving us confused ourselves: Why didn't Patel focus on them, instead?
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53 out of 100
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