The Namesake
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"The Namesake" is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol's name represents the family's journey into the unknown.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What holds it together are the subtle loving performances by Tabu and Khan, both Bollywoood stars. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Buoyed by terrific performances from Irrfan Kahn and the tremendous Tabu, the film is a bit homogenized but does a good job of exploring the dynamics of blending foreign cultures with American ways of life."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Mira Nair's film is called The Namesake which immediately focuses our attention toward the value of names and naming (and that theme is explored occasionally within the film), but to slip even further down the rabbit hole, the more intriguing area of disc"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"A fascinating and gripping drama on the search for identity..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It is a saga told in small pieces, a patchwork of short scenes that tumble after each other almost apologetically, as if they would love to linger a little longer, but there is too much to tell and only so much time in which to do it."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"This is a wonderful movie."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"lacks focus and never quite finds its footing"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Kal Penn, who got kooky for 'Harold and Kumer Go To White Castle,' shows his impressive serious side here as Gogol Ganguli, a guy who suspects that his given name may be a fatal turnoff with females."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The all too familiar tale of the upwardly mobile immigrants conflicted between tradition and modernity is played out for all it is worth."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Penn is just wrong for it."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Sprawling, uneven, heartfelt"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This movie is not bad, I just couldn't connect with it. The Namesake is poignant (I cried once) and spans many years with grace and great acting, but it may be beyond my ken to truly appreciate as it deserves."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"A magnificent meditation on what it might mean for many immigrants to be American in the 21st Century."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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