The Namesake
The Namesake (2006)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 2, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An ambitious exploration of the immigrant experience with a talented cast that serves the material well.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Intelligent and insightful, The Namesake celebrates family in a unique way.

Fernando F. Croce

Sprawling, uneven, heartfelt

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

This is a wonderful movie.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Penn is just wrong for it.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A moving generational drama focusing on a Bengali family but searingly universal in its subtle, tender grasp of love, regret and the search for identity.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

lacks focus and never quite finds its footing

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
A beautiful journey through places, times, and mainly the souls of a group of fascinating people, struggling to find themselves in the midst of all the changes… More
Jennifer D
I actually watched this for a Film & Literature class and really liked it. The struggles between old world and new world were interesting and are something… More
Chris Weber
This film, about a young Bengali American wrestling with a cultural identity crisis, is a nice take on the culture clash/cultural identity film, and also marks… More
danny d
this is a really good film. universal ideals seen from two different cultures make this film profound. a few of the performances of the actors were really good… More
Lucas Martins
A beautiful film, great screenplay and direction that brings a terrific cast. Fresh.
Alice Shen
Decent, ambitious intentions for adapting Lahiri's brilliant novel (which is very much an epic saga for under 300 pages) but had too many scenes, too… More