Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children (2013)

At the stroke of midnight on August 15th, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Midnight's Children is beautiful to look at and poignant in spots, its script is too indulgent and Deepa Mehta's direction, though ambitious, fails to bring the story together cohesively.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A film bloated by excess material.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Faithfully adapted from Salman Rushdie's award-winning 1981 novel, the movie feels both too packed and too slight, overflowing with vivid details but lacking the structure to support their weight.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

There's nothing to hang onto here. Most scenes last only two or three minutes, and events don't accrue so much as they just pig-pile on top of one another.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

The effort to pack an already overstuffed picaresque epic into a film of more than two hours ends up an indigestible stew.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Amidst all the exuberance on screen, a major literary work has been given a new and accessible form of life.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A pretty but staidly linear epic drained of the novel's larkish, metaphorical sweep, and a collection of multi-generational love stories lacking their originally eccentric, fizzy charm.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A miniseries might have been able to knock this story out of the park, but the movie is a solid double.

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Walter M.
First and foremost, "Midnight's Children" is a suitably epic and pointed look at post independence India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as viewed… More