The Mystic Masseur
The Mystic Masseur (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 5, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though pretty to look at, The Mystic Masseur is too slow-paced and lacks narrative tension.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A real clunker. A well-made, thoughtful, well-acted clunker, but a clunker nonetheless.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

An affectionate, sun-bathed memoir.

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Chicago Tribune

A warm-hearted gem of a film.

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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star

A worthwhile way to spend two hours.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A puzzling experience.

Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A lyrical metaphor for cultural and personal self-discovery and a picaresque view of a little-remembered world.

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