The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Synopsis
British retirees move to India and find that their new home is a dilapidated hotel.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
We suspect that the film will be about their various problems and that the hotel will not be as advertised. What we may not expect is what...
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The film is, underneath its surface of warm fuzzies, a precision instrument aimed directly at the heart of its intended, underserved older...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A rare reminder from movies that the grand emotions are not only for the young and the middle-aged. They're the sweetness and torment of...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A refreshing, mature fairy tale.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Even at its most predictable, the winning characterizations and soulful insights into aging keep the handsome film on a warmly satisfying...
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By Ella Taylor
It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
So it's a shame that in the end Madden can't keep the tear-jerking from drowning this delicate cinematic flower. The book knew how to hang...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's predictable fluff, sometimes pleasantly so, at others times irritatingly.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's a shame, of course, that Madden brought the best to such an exotic Top locale without making the most of the opportunity.
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The Most Excellent Marigold

By wolfears
As a 68-year-old African American woman, I have been a victim of categorization, all my life. I was reluctant to see this movie because I thought it would be another glib tribute to the compartment...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By janier
I cannot tell you how much I loved this opened yesterday and was sold out at each showing..young and old says something about the refusal to cater to those who might want more...

I'd stay at the hotel

By Escapeforamoment
I loved the movie. The acting was superb, the characters interesting and quirky. The cinemtography earthy. Particularly entertaining for adults of a certain age. An inspring tale of the final...

The Best Exotic Trip You'll Take in 2012 - Starring Dev Patel et alia

By CherylFarney
This is a joyride through another culture and another time that tackles character and plot development with aplomb. If you have the chance to see this movie, go....

If you love Inida...or think you might

By msbasset
this is the movie to see - the Indian characters are completely true to form......the scenes of India engaging and completely correct; it's a sweet story that works at a number of levels....the...

for the over 60s

By pearl313
Absolutely beautiful movie. However, it would make no sense for someone under 65 to review it (or maybe even see It) because they would have no understanding of it. Loved it....

Great movie

By MotherNan
We really enjoyed the movie. It was funny, and sad and heartwarming and sometimes bittersweet. The characters were real - the kind that you can root for or feel sorry for or hope will change. It...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

By appleorchard
Terrific ensemble cast. and touching portrayal of courage, plunk, endurance, and pleasures of beginning again when issues of age, money, loss, and regret seem to make it impossible. Also nice...


By JTeti2
Anyone over the age of 50 will enjoy this movie. Set in India, it hides the extreme poverty and the true "untouchable" lower cast even in today's India, so there is nothing objectionable in the...

A true treat.

By HoodCritic1
I may not be the correct target demographic for this particular movie, but I did enjoy it immensely. I thought the cast brought a breath of life into each of their roles that gave the audience the...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.
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