The Mystic Masseur Synopsis
A former teacher (Aasif Mandvi) writes a book about Hindu faith.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This delicious fable reflects Merchant's great love of language, his delicate visual sense, and his ability to make you think and laugh out...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Thanks to the clever, caring touch of director Ismail Merchant, working from a script by Caryl Phillips, this steadily engrossing film...
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75

Chicago Tribune

A warm-hearted gem of a film based on the V.S. Naipaul novel of the same name.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Though difficult to understand at times, the language -- a combination of local patois and the characters' particular Indian accent -- is...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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50

Boston Globe

Offers no tangible sense of Ganesh's genuine convictions (beyond a thirst for fame), nor of the essence of his character. By the time...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The pace is slow and the story neither takes off nor arrives anywhere.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A haunting allegory about the rise and fall of a figure who possesses powerful charisma, if weak karma.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
The novel is a sharp, Dickensian comedy; the film is just plain dull.
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Rated PG | For mild language