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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith
May 04, 2012
PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Patrick Pearson, Hugh Dickson, James Rawlings
Director: John Madden
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 3 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: May 04, 2012
DVD Release: Sep 18, 2012
Synopsis: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

Critic Reviews

  • Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
    As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.
  • William Goss,
    The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.
  • Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.
  • Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    They're stuck with a script, by Ol Parker, that's stuffed with contrivance and cliché, and doggedly repetitive as it tracks its characters' efforts to find new love and adapt to new surroundings.
  • J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
    The witty script, Eastern locale, and tony cast may summon up memories of the old Merchant-Ivory films.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
  • Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
    There are brutal truths about the declining years in Best Exotic, from loneliness to financial woes that can't be solved by getting a new job, but they are amply padded with comedy and cheery messages about acceptance; this is no bitter pill to swallow.
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