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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review Critics


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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Even at its most predictable, the winning characterizations and soulful insights into aging keep the handsome film on a warmly satisfying track.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A refreshing, mature fairy tale.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    We suspect that the film will be about their various problems and that the hotel will not be as advertised. What we may not expect is what a charming, funny and heartwarming movie this is, a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Fabulously acted retiree drama will appeal more to parents.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is aimed at adults -- grandparents, actually. But that doesn't mean that teenagers can't see it, because there are lots of worthwhile inter-generational lessons about class issues, travel, friendship, tolerance, and what constitutes a healthy marriage. Expect some language (one "f--k," plus a few "s--t"s and other curses), a few racist comments (which are clearly portrayed as ignorant), and sexuality (a young couple kisses passionately, one character reminisces about a gay love affair, and another two are fixated on finding romance) -- including a couple of erection jokes. But with its stellar cast and humorous take on adventure in the "golden years," there's no reason teens can't join their parents in watching.

  • Families can talk about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's messages about transformation and travel. Does the movie make you want to visit India or somewhere else you've never been?
  • Why are there so few movies and TV shows that feature older characters? Teens: Does seeing a mostly 60-and-up cast make you not want to see a movie? Why?
  • What does the movie have to say about romantic relationships? Which of the relationships in the movie are healthy, and which aren't?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There are some wonderful messages in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel -- like that love shouldn't be based on class or family background and that it's never too late to try something new, change your life, or learn about a different culture.

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    Role models: Each of the characters is a role model (with the possible exception of Mrs. Ainsley, who's difficult and narrow-minded and doesn't really change much). Evelyn bravely takes her very first job and loves it, Graham rights the biggest wrong of his life, Douglas finds the silver lining of being in a country he's never visited before, and Madge and Norman look for romance even though some would say they're too old for it. Even "Young" Sonny stands up to his mother in order to follow his dream of running the hotel for seniors and marrying the woman he loves.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One character dies unexpectedly.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few of the couples flirt, and there are jokes about Viagra-like pills. Sonny and Suneina kiss passionately, and in one scene she strips to get into bed with him, only to discover that he's not the person in the bed.

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus a few uses of "s--t," "bollocks," "crap," "hell," "sod it," "oh my God," etc. One character makes several racist remarks at the beginning of the movie, when she refuses to see a black and then South Asian doctor. She wants an "English" (white) doctor.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at dinners and at a hotel bar.