Slumdog Millionaire Movie Reviews

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Release Date: Dec 05, 2008

Genre: ComedyDrama

Rating: (R)

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  • 5
    Slumdog Millionaire is a joyous, wondrous, colorful, vivacious, touching, disturbing, haunting, beautiful film. It is wonderfully performed and lavishly directed. I can not think of recent film that so thoroughly captured my attention. It has the energy of a Bollywood film, but without the song and dance numbers. (Stay for the credits, though) I highly, highly recommend this film.
  • 5
    Slumdog Millionaire is not just a piece of entertainment. It’s the kind of movie that reminds us that cinema can be true art. Thankfully, it does so in a way that’s also wildly entertaining.

    Director Danny Boyle mixes gritty drama and wide-eyed fantasy to tell the story of a young Indian man (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai who shocks everyone by beating the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The police bring him in for questioning, accusing him of fraud, and little by little his story comes out in flashbacks. The axiom “there are no coincidences” goes a long way towards explaining how his game show run ties into his background of poverty, violence and unrequited love.

    On the one hand a powerfully emotional love story and on the other a portrait, almost an expose, of the desperate situation faced by orphans in the Indian underclass, the movie’s shifts in tone will be too much for some, at least at first. Scenes of brutality and heartlessness flow into moments of hopeless romanticism. But that’s the way of all great fairy tales, and in the end that’s exactly what Slumdog Millionaire is: a fairy tale. Depending on what we see released in the next month, it may also be the best movie of the year.

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