Midnight's Children
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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 Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinies meant for each other. Over the next three decades, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict, whether it be because of class, politics, romantic rivalry, or the constantly shifting borders that are drawn every time neighbors become enemies and decide to split… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"A film bloated by excess material."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"Amidst all the exuberance on screen, a major literary work has been given a new and accessible form of life."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"A highly eventful, allegorical portrait of the contentious dual nature of the Indian subcontinent."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Rushdie adeptly trims his sprawling tale down to a still-substantial 2 1/2-hour movie, which only occasionally seems to hurry."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The effort to pack an already overstuffed picaresque epic into a film of more than two hours ends up an indigestible stew."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"There are enough intermittent passages of power and beauty to get you through the slow spots."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A miniseries might have been able to knock this story out of the park, but the movie is a solid double."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Teeming with personality and digestible flights of fancy, only to be crushed by the overall narrative responsibility, unable to juggle faces and places to satisfaction."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Stirring, beautifully filmed and highly personal history of India does right by Salman Rushdie's celebrated novel."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Rushdie's script is faithful to his source novel to a fault. The lesson is that writers revisiting their work for another medium sometimes can't see the story for the words..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A sprawling, lumbering epic that manages to preserve a substantial amount of the book's content but achieves little of its magic."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Both dreamy and dramatic, a fascinating view of Indian history seen through the prism of a personal story."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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