100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life--all the way from the Taj Mahal to Pearl Jam.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Moving and marvelous new cross-cultural family saga.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Namesake has a deep, alluvial poetry to it, like a mighty river reaching the sea. It's mysterious and ordinary, insightful and banal, rambling and precise, and it is altogether unexpected.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This immensely pleasurable film is anything but dry. It's a saga of the immigrant experience that captures the snap, crackle and pop of American life, along with the pounding pulse, emotional reticence, volcanic colors and cherished rituals of Indian culture.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The Namesake is suffused with radiant grace, and manages to be old-fashioned yet immediate, epic and intimate.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Showing the intricate dynamics of family relationships is something Mira Nair does as well as any director working today.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is a generational family saga everyone can relate to, and Nair gives it her special magic.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It is hard to imagine a better cast or production values so the film should find audiences among sophisticated urban adults.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.