The Namesake Synopsis
The son of East Indian immigrants feels caught between U.S. culture and family traditions.
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

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

By Steven Rea
It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.
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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,...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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If you have not yet seen Namesake... WHY??

By FilmEnthusiast
I often go to see new releases, but it is infrequent that the films I see stay with me days and weeks after the viewing. The experiences of the Ganguli family ring true for immigrants of all...

Very Good for all Indians

By thomaseapen
Its a good message to all indians who has been migrated to USA....

Outstanding movie

By hadzee
Mira Nair has done an absolutely fantastic job of illustrating the cultural issues faced by an Indian family which is trying to assimilate into the American culture. The story revolves around an...

A Delicate Balance

By egangbar
An outstanding movie weaving a family saga between three generations and between the old world (india) and the new world (America). While at times the pace seems slow, Ms. Nair is allowing us get to...


By slmetzger01
This was a very engaging and provocative piece of ffilm. The beginning makes one want to know what Ashtook will do with his life. His marriage binds him to his culture even as he embraces life in a...

Loved it

By finesse16
This is the best Indian movie made for an American Audience. I loved it and I cried so much. She needs to make more movies like this....

Great movie

By pmat
This is one of those movies which will grasp your attention throughout. All of the actors have acted pretty well and the screenplay is fantastic. I loved the movie....

Bring tissues!

By heathergray
Didn't read the book, but this movie was great! Bring tissues!...

A Movie That Does The Book Justice

By chrissywhite
I read The Namesake during a recent trip to India and decided to see the movie when I got back. I absolutely loved it! I particularly liked how the film portrated the relationships between the...

Rich Visual Experience

By nwdiva
What a wonderful movie! Great story line, great acting and cinematography. I was totally engaged! This is a must see!...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
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