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This delicious fable reflects Merchant's great love of language, his delicate visual sense, and his ability to make you think and laugh out loud, often at the very same time. Read full review
Thanks to the clever, caring touch of director Ismail Merchant, working from a script by Caryl Phillips, this steadily engrossing film captures the book's bracing humor and humanity. Read full review
A warm-hearted gem of a film based on the V.S. Naipaul novel of the same name. Read full review
A wry, affectionate delight, a human comedy about a man who thinks he has had greatness thrust upon him when in fact he has merely thrust himself in the general direction of greatness. Read full review
Though difficult to understand at times, the language -- a combination of local patois and the characters' particular Indian accent -- is as lush as the cinematography. Read full review
There is a very sharp, funny critique of ambition and self-made gurus in The Mystic Masseur, but it is obscured by a softening bloat. Read full review
Offers no tangible sense of Ganesh's genuine convictions (beyond a thirst for fame), nor of the essence of his character. By the time Ganesh's political downfall comes, in the same spiritless fashion in which his fortunes rose, it would take a mystic miracle to care. Read full review
The pace is slow and the story neither takes off nor arrives anywhere. Read full review
A haunting allegory about the rise and fall of a figure who possesses powerful charisma, if weak karma. Read full review
The novel is a sharp, Dickensian comedy; the film is just plain dull. Read full review
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