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Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (15)

Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (15)


A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

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The critical consensus

There’s more soap than significance in Mira Nair’s disappointing drama.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 05/05/2013

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

***(*)(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 06/05/2013

It’s clear why Nair, the director of Monsoon Wedding and Mississippi Masala and a culture-clash specialist, was drawn to the project. But you leave the cinema with your teeth clenched, muttering: “at least it meant well”.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 10/05/2013

Is Changez involved? The picture is long-winded and rather predictable but Ahmed is terrific and it’s beautifully made by director Mira Nair.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 10/05/2013

Nair keeps an honourable, even-handed line in this moral fable, and delivers her best work since Monsoon Wedding.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 09/05/2013

The visual and musical contrasts between soulless corporate America and a vibrant South Asian metropolis are over-emphatic however, and we’re left with a predictably soft ‘liberal’ film, which bemoans the fundamentalists (religious, political, financial) of both East and West.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 10/05/2013

An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/05/2013

Despite the fact that Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel is ambitious and occasionally thought-provoking, it’s also rather uneven.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 18/05/2013

The film holds one's attention through the seriousness of the debate it proposes. But one's interest is diminished as the dramatic focus becomes unclear, petering out in well-meaning rhetorical confusion.

Philip French, The Observer, 19/05/2013

Features about Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (15)

A radicalisation expert's view on The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Laura Barnett, The Guardian, 02/06/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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