• Released
  • April 26, 2013
  • (NY; 5/3 LA)
  • NR , 2 hr 20 min
  • Drama
  • 9 Fan Ratings
80

Empire

By Kim Newman
Thanks to Rushdie's sensitive handling of his own material, this is an adaptation big in both ideas and heart.
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63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The result is no masterpiece, but neither is it a disaster. In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving.
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63

Slant Magazine

Preserves much of the novel's intricacy and human drama, perhaps due to Salman Rushdie's involvement as co-screenwriter, even if it remains singularly unremarkable from a cinematic perspective.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
There’s simply too much going on here — too many subplots, too many symbols, too many expendable characters — and certain interesting threads aren’t able to develop fully.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is beautifully shot, with vivid production design. But because of the tale's lack of cohesion, it doesn't carry enough emotional heft.
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60

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
The ambitious visual stylings don’t do enough to buoy a film that lacks a certain soaring spirit. If the adaptation is serviceable, it’s also dull — a disappointing fate for a story that’s anything but.
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60

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
The film needs an injection of Bollywood’s unembarrassed, anything-goes, bigger-than-life spirit, which embraces willy-nilly — as does Mr. Rushdie’s novel — the vulgar, the fanciful and the frankly unbelievable.
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Even if you've read the novel, and are prepared for the long running time and haphazard structure, this isn't a movie you should expect to feel or even closely follow. See it if Midnight's Children is a novel you always wanted the gist of.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
To be sure, there are many reasons to see the film. The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating.
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50

Variety

By Peter Debruge
It’s a vibrant journey, but not a terribly illuminating one.
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56 out of 100
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