The Mystic Masseur
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The Mystic Masseur
Ismail Merchant, best known as the producing half of the successful Merchant-Ivory team, once again steps behind the camera as director for this story of life among Indian expatriates in the 1950s. Ganesh (Aasif Mandvi) is a young man who was born to a community of Indian exiles living in Trinidad. Always bright, Ganesh hopes to make a career for himself as a writer, but he lacks the money to pursue writing full-time, and his ideas about education clash with those of his employers after he gets a job as a teacher, leaving him with few prospects. Returning to Trinidad after the death of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"A real clunker. A well-made, thoughtful, well-acted clunker, but a clunker nonetheless."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"In the end ... the filmmakers are interested less in Naipaul's provocative world-view and more in his people, all of whom are wonderfully played, particularly by the lovely Dharker and James Fox."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"An affectionate, sun-bathed memoir."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Much of the humor is at the expense of these transplanted Indians, and would be considered exploitative had it not been made by people whom it's mocking."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A fairly dull adaptation of some highly regarded material."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A warm-hearted gem of a film."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"A worthwhile way to spend two hours."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"What could have become just another cautionary fable is allowed to play out as a clever, charming tale %u2013 as pleasantly in its own way as its self-dramatizing characters."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The faithful will enjoy this sometimes wry adaptation of V.S. Naipaul's novel, but newcomers may find themselves stifling a yawn or two during the first hour."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"A bore that tends to hammer home every one of its points."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Though Ganesh is successful in a midlevel sort of way, there's nothing so striking or fascinating or metaphorically significant about his career as to rate two hours of our attention."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A puzzling experience."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A lyrical metaphor for cultural and personal self-discovery and a picaresque view of a little-remembered world."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Occasionally funny, sometimes inspiring, often boring."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Film Threat
"Although some of its plotting feels forced ... The Mystic Masseur coasts along nicely on Merchant's sharply honed craftsmanship, which grants the stunning Trinidad locations an extra degree of lushness."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
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