Slumdog Millionaire
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Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it isn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowdpleasing."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Slumdog Millionaire, a film so upbeat and colourful that, by the time you're relaying its infectious air of optimism to friends, you could forget that it features orphans, slaughter, organised crime, poverty, enslavement and police brutality."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Boyle set out to make this particular film rather than a gritty social panorama along the lines of Brazilian favela drama City of God. But keeping us cheerful takes the edge off the tougher insights into India."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent
"The movie's real star is the city itself, which is brought to hectic, exuberant life by Boyle and ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"The movie runs a solid two hours, but Boyle expertly handles the pacing."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"It's Oliver Twist by way of City of God."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Slumdog Millionaire is not the cure for all the world's ills, but it comes close. It solves, for instance, such endemic global problems as: a) sadness, b) lovelessness, c) cynicism, and d) the waning cultural relevance of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"This is [Boyle's] best movie to date and he's handled his actors with great sensitivity."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"As unapologetically entertaining as Boyle's winking tale about fate is, it brings with it recognition of India's worst social ills."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Slumdog Millionaire is a giddy, breathtaking experience, kind of like winning a million bucks. It's also tough, violent and shocking."
‑ Lee Grant, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The best movie of 2008."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"From an early footchase in which the careening camera gives us a tour of the maze-like slums, to the ridiculously uplifting Bollywood dance number that plays over the end credits, Slumdog Millionaire makes for kinetic, exhilarating entertainment."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Does it live up to the hype? For the most part, yes."
‑ Tim Regan-Porter, Paste Magazine
"This sensational, gripping film is what I call an efficient epic."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Danny Boyle's bravura command of the film medium elevates the melodramatic Slumdog Millionaire into a dazzling crowd-pleaser teeming with the sights, sounds and sensations of modern India."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
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