Festival of Lights
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
A rebellious teenage girl struggles to navigate a broken relationship with her mother and a troubled adolescence, while memories of her absent father continue to haunt her. After receiving shocking news about her father, she embarks on a journey from New York to Guyana to discover the truth about her family's mysterious past.
Trailer

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The travel-heavy third act, which leapfrogs a host of key plot points, risibly defies logic and clarity as the film barrels toward its forced and sentimental conclusion."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"A vivid portrait of the troubled journey of a mother and daughter who flee Guyana and try to set up new lives in America."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Shundell Prasad's self-consciousness also has an ugly side that's unusually insidious for films this preachy and relentlessly dull."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Interesting drama about an Indo-Guyanese teenager suffers from amateurish acting and writing."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Universal themes aren't enough to buoy unimaginative drama."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
More reviews for Festival of Lights on Rotten Tomatoes