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When a penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, a police investigation reveals his amazing story. Slumdog Millionaire is the winner of 8 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture of the Year and Best Director, Danny Boyle.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 265
- Fresh: 245
- Rotten: 20
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing.
Fresh: It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God.
Fresh: The best movie of 2008.
Fresh: Slumdog Millionaire is an exhilarating ride -- a feel-good yarn about a Mumbai street kid directed by Danny Boyle with a wild energy that makes even Trainspotting (Boyle's calling card) look leaden-footed.
One of the best movie experiences you could ever have
This film is a true gem and deservedly won Best Picture. If you think you're too cool to read subtitles and watch a film that is overly sentimental and impalusible, you're dead wrong. "Slumdog Millonaire" relishes in all of its unbelivability and makes you believe in a better world for the future. Breathtaking, painfully realistic at times, and ulitimately uplifiting and captivating, it can be said that if you don't like or appreciate this film, you have no soul.
A Powerful and Evocative (Yet Terrible) Masterpiece!!!!
Anyone who truly enjoys movies would think that the Academy has some dummies voting some of the most droll movies of the year, as the best (take "No Country For Old Men" for example.) However with "Slumdog" winning best picture, at least they got some sense! The writing, music, acting, directing, editing, and other elements that make a good film are all top-notch, giving this film a breath of fresh air from the rest of the serious period dramas. It's artsy, yes, but definitely in a good way. The ONLY bad thing about this film is that despite it being inspirational, powerful, and evocative, it is terrible at the same time. Wait, what? are you thinking...but listen. It is a VERY dark film, children get blinded by hot wax, mothers are killed in from of sons, and girls are forced to have sex against their will. If this turns you off: DO NOT LET IT. It brings the messages of the film to a nice roundabout that makes it all the more enchanting. YOU WILL NOT REGRET WATCHING THIS.
I'm not usually the type to like Oscar-bait movies, but this was different. This is truly the best film I've seen all year, or even any year, for that matter. The story is of a poor, uneducated Mumbai teenager, Jamal, who goes on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", in hopes to capture the eyes of his long-lost love, Latika, and reconnect with her after many years. To his own surprise, on top of capturing her attention, he also answers every question right, and ends up generating a lot of bucks. Police capture Jamal on suspicion of cheating, and subject him to brutal interrogation the night before ansewring the final question. The fact is, losing his mother at a young age, and being forced to grow up as a poor Orphan with his brother, Saleem, he learned many things in the world; more than any student going to school ever would. Simple experiences he has lived through turn out to be the right answers on the game show. The final question comes down to can he reconnect with her after many troublesome, lonely years, and still answer the final question for a staggering 20 million rupees? This movie is not meant to be about the destination- but the journey it takes you on in its 2 hour length-span. It's truly an experience, and takes you on one of the most unique rides of your life. From the very beginning to the ending credits, it's a breathtaking journey, filled with shocking realism and a fairytale-like quality. You will be left breath-taken and moved, but also touched and happy. It's an inspirational, and truly touching film, that will stay with you long after you see it. Beware, it's a tear-jerker, but it's also a really fun film- despite it's R-rating- it's also very exciting film to watch. It's horrific at times, showing the sad reality of the slums of India, yet also informational and energetic. All three sets of actors who played Jamal, Saleem, and Latika, were very talented and did a terrific job, especially the young ones, who were phenomenal for their age. But it was the older set of actors (played by Dev patel and Freida Pinto) who truly gave the film emotion and it's magical-like quality. The directors and screenwriters of this film were phenomenal, who mixed the gritty reality of Mumbai with a fantasty-like quality, in one colorful, beautiful, breathtaking journey. If you think this is going to be one boring documentary over India, THINK AGAIN. The movie is colorful, visually dynamic, beautiful, educational, while also incredibly uplifting. The screen bursts into energy with the massive amount of color, charisma, and excitment brought into this film. You WILL leave the theater with a smile on your face, I can assure you that! It's the feel-good film of the year, yet also the best picture (it's a surprising mix, huh?), and reminds you of any classic Disney love story. And while I'm at it, I might as well remind you to purchase the PHENOMENAL soundtrack to the film. Not one boring track, the soundtrack provides an extra personality to the film, making scenes like kids running away from cops, into a mind-blowing and exhilirating experience. After a fast-paced journey, the movie finally takes a breath at the end, and gives you one of the most uplifting, emotional, and beautiful endings you will ever see! And don't forget to watch the FANTASTIC credits, which have an awesome Bollywood Dance-number, performed by the cast. I cannot possibly rave enough about this movie; you're truly missing out on one of the best films of all time if you do not see it. And might I add, DO NOT see this on your I-Pod! First-timers, have got to see it on the biggest screen possible, so I recommend running out to the theaters before it gets out, and see it there! Only see it on such a small screen, if you've already seen it many times (like me) and don't mind watching bits and pieces of it in the car. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie, and you will too! And Dev Patel is quite the cutie too ;) BEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2009
- © 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
- Slumdog Millionaire (Music From the Motion Picture)
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