Gandhi
Gandhi (1982)

It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to the screen. When it finally reached fruition in 1982, the 188-minute, Oscar-winning Gandhi was one of the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Richard Attenborough is typically sympathetic and sure-handed, but it's Ben Kingsley's magnetic performance that acts as the linchpin for this sprawling, lengthy biopic.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

In playing Gandhi, an actor must be less concerned with physical verisimilitude than with spiritual presence, and here Kingsley is nothing short of astonishing.

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Time Out

Its faults rather pale beside the epic nature of its theme, and Kingsley's performance in the central role is outstanding.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Tthe film Gandhi is more stuffy than stately, more prestigious than prodigious. It never quite captures the essence of Gandhi, or the influence he exerted on other leaders, including Martin Luther King. It's a broad but shallow river of information.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Once in a long while a motion picture so eloquently expressive and technically exquisite comes along that one is tempted to hail it as being near perfect.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A remarkable experience.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Above all, Kingsley's astonishing performance, capturing both Gandhi's divine light and his irresistible simplicity, inspires this ambitious film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Attenborough's work lacks even the undercurrent of personality that David Lean brought to his films: the film has no flavor but that of the standard Hollywood hagiography.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Of] importance is the possibility that the film will bring Gandhi to the attention of a lot of people around the world for the first time, not as a saint but as a self-searching, sometimes fallible human being with a sense of humor as well as of history.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Attenborough shows once again his skill in managing the big set-piece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A sincere biopic about a most admirable man, and enriched by Ben Kingsley's impressive performance - even if the story is in fact more didactic than really… More
Christian C
Ben Kingley is excellent. (I still cannot forgive him for appearing in Uwe Boll's "Bloodrayne", which is shameful!) A powerful story and a… More
Cynthia S.
Ben Kingsley is definitely one of the best actors around..it absolutely shows in this wonderful film.
Daniel Mumby
In my review of Chariots of Fire, I remarked that "the legacy it has left behind for British filmmaking has not been one of unmitigated benefit." By… More
Chris Weber
It's been ages since I've seen this, so my review is being dictated primarily by memory. Perhaps it's time for a rewatch? Richard Attenborough… More
Raymond Wieser
Watching Ben Kingsley play Indian politicial and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi is a truely breathtaking and remarkable experience to say the least, but… More

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