• Released
  • November 2, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It opens our eyes to a subculture about which most of us know very little, but it is so unsteady in its focus that interest wanes.
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40

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A novel cultural focus, highlighting Guyanese citizens of Indian ancestry, isn't enough to sustain interest in the lifeless film, which will attract few outside the Indo-Guyanese community.
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40

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.
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40

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Complex story twists unfold to confusing effect, while characters angrily toss cliches at one another and revelations multiply rather than resolve murky plot developments.
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38

New York Post

Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Fifteen minutes into Festival of Lights you come to the discouraging realization that you know every infuriating plot beat that will follow.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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