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  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film is beautifully shot, with vivid production design. But because of the tale's lack of cohesion, it doesn't carry enough emotional heft. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    To be sure, there are many reasons to see the film. The cinematography is memorably vibrant, and the performances are solid, even if they pass by too swiftly. Most of all, of course, the subject matter remains fascinating. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the solid work of cast and crew, the film dawdles and fails to justify its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Midnight reaches its tender conclusion without ever achieving the emotional or dramatic heft that such an epic tale requires. show more

  • 63
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    There’s simply too much going on here — too many subplots, too many symbols, too many expendable characters — and certain interesting threads aren’t able to develop fully. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The result is no masterpiece, but neither is it a disaster. In its steady great-books way, the film is often truthful and moving. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Preserves much of the novel's intricacy and human drama, perhaps due to Salman Rushdie's involvement as co-screenwriter, even if it remains singularly unremarkable from a cinematic perspective. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    Thanks to Rushdie's sensitive handling of his own material, this is an adaptation big in both ideas and heart. show more

  • 60
    Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic

    The ambitious visual stylings don’t do enough to buoy a film that lacks a certain soaring spirit. If the adaptation is serviceable, it’s also dull — a disappointing fate for a story that’s anything but. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    The movie's pace flags a good deal once Bangladesh has been born in 1971, and the adult characters are much less interesting than their child counterparts, but there's enough here to entertain – and to send audiences back to the book. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    A miniseries, which the BBC once planned, might have worked. In this form, Midnight’s Children has the paradoxical misfortune of being both too rushed and too wearingly long. show more

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