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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (12A)

Comedy, Drama

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

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The critical consensus

[It] feels too calculated to offer anything more than disposable entertainment at best, and cheaply manipulative emotional kicks at worst.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 10/02/2012

The pleasure of seeing a supergroup of Brit-veterans soon withers in an OAP comedy that plumps for light laughs over deeper insights.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Samuels, Total Film, 13/02/2012

Mainstream cinema has ignored the grey pound too, tending instead to cater for adolescent boys. What a pity, then, that TBEMH is as schematic as any summer event movie, with character arcs that could be plotted on a graph from the minute our ensemble arrives at the eponymous, dubiously named lodgings.

**(*)(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 18/02/2012

Charming, delightful and highly amusing - just what you'd expect from the star studded cast of veterans.

****(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 20/02/2012

At times, you wish the Marigold gaggle had decamped to France, where at least directors such as André Téchiné and Francois Ozon could have conjured more interesting adventures than sipping gin near a man with a full head of hair. Still, don’t be surprised if your gran loves this.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/02/2012

Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare In Love), it’s lively, colourful and very entertaining.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 22/02/2012

Good intentions alone do not make a great film, and it’s certainly not: but it’s sweet-natured, good-hearted and decent.

***(*)(*)David Gritten, The Telegraph, 23/02/2012

Designed to represent and serve an ignored demographic, the film can’t be faulted in its intentions, just its condescending execution, which spoon-feeds the audience in a way its characters would surely disapprove of.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/02/2012

A warm and charming, if somewhat forgettable, little experience.

***(*)(*)Paul Weedon, Little White Lies, 23/02/2012

It is oddly like an Agatha Christie thriller with all the pasteboard characters, 2D backstories and foreign locale, but no murder.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/02/2012

By the time we realise the movie is as thin as a wraith and as winsome as syrup, with some nice moments, it is over.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 23/02/2012

Nighy and Wilkinson keep their dignity as quietly disappointed English gents, but honestly, could they not afford to do India on their own time?

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 24/02/2012

A goldie – and not just for the oldies.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 24/02/2012

It's just a tad ironic that a film in praise of new horizons should settle into such a well-worn groove.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 26/02/2012

Provided they don't mind being patronised and stereotyped by a shallow but not wholly untruthful film, then this target audience will be satisfied.

Philip French, The Observer, 26/02/2012

Feelgood fun for the over 50s.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 24/02/2012

Worthy sentiments, but the relentless tweeness will be too much for some tastes.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 23/02/2012

Features about Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (12A)

Fun in the sunset years

Sam Judah, The Independent, 14/02/2012

India: best exotic movie hell?

Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian, 16/02/2012

Penelope Wilton on enjoying a frisky exotic old age

Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 19/02/2012

An India tour operator's view on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Laura Barnett, The Guardian, 04/03/2011

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (12A)

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