Gandhi (1982)

It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to the screen. When it finally reached fruition in 1982, the 188-minute, Oscar-winning Gandhi was one of the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 6, 1982
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Richard Attenborough is typically sympathetic and sure-handed, but it's Ben Kingsley's magnetic performance that acts as the linchpin for this sprawling, lengthy biopic.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Grievously doting and squeamishly evasive.

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Variety Staff

Once in a long while a motion picture so eloquently expressive and technically exquisite comes along that one is tempted to hail it as being near perfect.

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Rob Vaux

The movie aims primarily to demonstrate how such a man could accomplish so much, but also how monumental his task was and how it ultimately claimed his life

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

They simply do not build movies like this any more, which is a pity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Attenborough's work lacks even the undercurrent of personality that David Lean brought to his films: the film has no flavor but that of the standard Hollywood hagiography.

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Gita Mehta
The Spectator

The inability to capture moments of simple, uncomplicated emotion show up the hollowness and over-staged theatricality of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi with exasperating frequency.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

In playing Gandhi, an actor must be less concerned with physical verisimilitude than with spiritual presence, and here Kingsley is nothing short of astonishing.

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Frances Dickinson
Time Out

Its faults rather pale beside the epic nature of its theme, and Kingsley's performance in the central role is outstanding.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Tthe film Gandhi is more stuffy than stately, more prestigious than prodigious. It never quite captures the essence of Gandhi, or the influence he exerted on other leaders, including Martin Luther King. It's a broad but shallow river of information.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A sincere biopic about a most admirable man and enriched by Ben Kingsley's exceptional performance - even if the story is in fact more didactic than really… More
Christian C
Ben Kingley is excellent. (I still cannot forgive him for appearing in Uwe Boll's "Bloodrayne", which is shameful!) A powerful story and a… More
Cynthia S.
Ben Kingsley is definitely one of the best actors absolutely shows in this wonderful film.
Daniel Mumby
In my review of Chariots of Fire, I remarked that "the legacy it has left behind for British filmmaking has not been one of unmitigated benefit." By… More
Chris Weber
It's been ages since I've seen this, so my review is being dictated primarily by memory. Perhaps it's time for a rewatch? Richard Attenborough… More
Raymond Wieser
Watching Ben Kingsley play Indian politicial and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi is a truely breathtaking and remarkable experience to say the least, but… More