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Based on 36 Critics
critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 22 )
  • The heavy plot sauce weighs down the movie. Director Lasse Hallstrom had similar buoyancy problems in 2000's bewilderingly Oscar-nominated "Chocolat." Here he lucks out big time with Mirren and Puri, two pros who know how to lift an audience over plot hurdles and turn a merely digestable diversion into a treat. show more

  • The result is that this is one of those rare movies that gets better as it goes along. show more

  • The folk-wisdom level is tolerable, just as the clichés and manipulations are palatable, because the story is full of life, and free of ironic additives. show more

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  • September 28, 2014 Kate
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    Helen Mirren fan here and she did not disappoint. Enjoyable enough but definitely for a much older crowd.

  • September 20, 2014 karen
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    waste of money

  • September 16, 2014 isthomas
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    SUCH a disappointment. Every great scene in the book is missing. What a shame. Read the book, instead.

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