• Released
  • April 26, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 2 hr 8 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 38 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A journalist interviews a Princeton-educated Pakistani man in an attempt to thwart the execution of a kidnapped professor.

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Deliberately ambiguous, The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions. It's a...
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75

RogerEbert.com

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Nair has made a very smart film, whose ambitions sometimes exceed the piece's depths.
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Nair likes to have fun even when her material is somber, and for this movie she deploys a rich palette and a multi-culti but mostly...
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The result inevitably pushes too hard at times and can't help but stray into melodrama, yet the film does an admirable job of transplanting...
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70

Village Voice

By Jonathan Kiefer
At times it's dense and sluggish, too much like a novel. But there is some exhilaration to be had.
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67

The A.V. Club

By Sam Adams
This might be the best week for The Reluctant Fundamentalist to open or the worst, but the timing doesn’t matter when the powder is damp.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Despite the charismatic efforts of the British actor Ahmed, The Reluctant Fundamentalist gets bogged down in proselytizing and plot.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It’s a simple story, really, but Nair mucks it up with the hot-button suspense of the framing scenes: surging crowds and rooftop standoffs,...
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60

Empire

By Damon Wise
Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling but ultimately this is middle rank stuff from the Monsoon Wedding director.
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30

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
By literalizing the idea of American military aggression and all that it implies Ms. Nair doesn’t just invest Mr. Hamid’s story with...
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Rated R | For Language, some violence and brief sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Powerful, edgy, but overlong film about search for identity.
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