The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Reluctant Fundamentalist is technically proficient, with solid acting and cinematography, but its message is so ambitious and heavy-handed that some of its power is robbed.

Robert Everett-Green
Globe and Mail

It's a timely narrative subject, but its treatment in The Reluctant Fundamentalist is fundamentally flawed.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

As a culture-clash story the film works well enough, but as a character study it's a bit of a scramble.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez's Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

It most disappoints as a thriller, the flashbacks and voiceovers and romantic entanglements so dominating the proceedings you forget that someone is bound and gagged in real time.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Every new revelation is signposted so heavily, you can almost hear the hammer blows.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Ambiguity is at the heart of the novel, but Nair is never quite sure what to do with it.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There's much to enjoy in 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist': fine photography, juicy supporting turns from Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, and a powerfully sustained sense of a man adrift in a world going mad.

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Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)

There is a lot of plot to get through, and Nair employs some interesting visual devices to help sweep us through the morass of characters and history as she tackles big themes in a complex layer of issues.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
A charismatic lead character and good production values, but the story just states the obvious and is rather pointless. I also found the love story sub-plot… More
Cameron Johnson
Man, that's a dull title, and you know what, the film itself isn't exactly the thriller they say it is. Yeah, I can't help but notice that… More
Cynthia S.
A little long, and a little slow at times, but I like how this film showed different perspectives, demonstrated how things are not always as they seem, and how… More
Chrisanne Chin
Wow! I almost missed this gem. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an ambitious film based on a story with a very strong message, brought to life by the very… More
Walter M.
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