88

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Increasingly piquant tale of culture clash in 1954 post-independence India.
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80

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
Impeccably produced.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Acted with almost maniacal force by Jaffrey, Mary is at once fascinating and despicable.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Merchant brings keen insight and rich humanity to this culturally revealing tale of psychological unease in a tense postcolonial world.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Really just a lurid potboiler.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
An unsubtle allegory about a way of life withering on the vine.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Wants to make larger points, but succeeds only in being a story of derangement.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Nothing but tarted-up melodrama.
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20

TV Guide

By Steve Simels
A creepily unpleasant study of race and class.
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52 out of 100
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