Midnight's Children Synopsis
Children born on the brink of India's independence grow up in a country that is vastly different.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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50

Variety

By Peter Debruge
It’s a vibrant journey, but not a terribly illuminating one.
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Midnight's Children

By jean68vigo
A remarkable film about identity, allegiance, and personal relationships following the independence and partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Salman Rushdie, who wrote the screenplay based on his...

Magic realism meets history lesson

By tabraham60
Rushdie tells a brutal but finally uplifting tale of two boys switched at birth (prince and the pauper). In the process he gives up a history lesson of events in the Indian subcontinent from the Raj...

Not worth it

By P_Dubs
The casting was not so great, and some of the actors playing central characters did not carry their weight. I have not read the book, and following the story of the family across the generations was...

Midnight's Children -- Open Our Eyes!

By criticalfan
A beautifully filmed story of the lives of the babies born on the day of India's independence from British colonial rule. Many characters, trials, tribulations of the time -- plus magic! For...

Midnight's Children

By qwerty78
Beautifully made, intense, very close to the feel of the story and character development....

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