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Midnight's Children

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Deepa Mehta

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Plot Summary

An epic film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India's whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. From the unlikely romance of Saleem's grandparents to the birth of his own son, Midnight's Children is a journey at once sweeping in scope and yet intimate in tone. Hopeful, comic and magical – the film conjures images and characters as rich and unforgettable as India herself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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41%
  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A movie that, if never exactly dull, feels drained of the mythic juice that powers the book, which won the Booker Prize in 1981. – Rachel Saltz, New York Times, Apr 25, 2013

Rotten: The film is beautifully shot, with vivid production design. But because of the tale's lack of cohesion, it doesn't carry enough emotional heft. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, May 9, 2013

Fresh: The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Apr 25, 2013

Fresh: In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving. – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Apr 26, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Not at all what we expected

Turned it off before it was done. Plot is all over the place. confusing to watch. start is pretty good. as the story goes on it gets worse and worse. A somewhat good story turns into a story of magic and intertwined characters.

Unfortunate mess

Couldn't watch till end because this movie, story line, directing, everything was all over the place. I rarely end movies before finish them and I rarely write reviews but thought I should for this one because it was so bad. It's a shame, I feel the book wouldn't be this bad, but the movie is one of the greatest flops I've ever seen. How does this stuff get published?

BIG MISTAKE!!!

NEVER GOT TO WATCH IT!

AFTER THE FIRST 5 MINUTES ITUNES BEGAN TO LOAD THE REST OF THE MOVIE; "THIS MOVIE WILL BE READY IN 9 hours and 45 minutes"!!!

YET ANOTHER REASON APPLE IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES

Midnight's Children
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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