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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie's failures are all the more unfortunate because they detract from its central and conspicuous success, the performance of Riz Ahmed in the title role. Mr. Ahmed turns the quicksilver quality of the book's internal monologue into a tour de force of his own creation. He's a bright star in a dim constellation. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Despite the charismatic efforts of the British actor Ahmed, The Reluctant Fundamentalist gets bogged down in proselytizing and plot. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though Nair leaves us guessing as to Changez’s motivations, she also uses a pretty heavy hand in laying out the movie’s themes. The changes between the novel and the screenplay are equally unsubtle, especially in regards to the ill-conceived romance. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek

    Although The Reluctant Fundamentalist raises some complicated questions, in the end, it doesn’t challenge that much. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Nair likes to have fun even when her material is somber, and for this movie she deploys a rich palette and a multi-culti but mostly kitsch-free score that fuses old and new with a lovely Sufi devotional piece, and is peppered with Pakistani pop. show more

  • 88
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Deliberately ambiguous, The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions. It's a film that demands discussion afterward. show more

  • 75

    Nair has made a very smart film, whose ambitions sometimes exceed the piece's depths. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It’s a simple story, really, but Nair mucks it up with the hot-button suspense of the framing scenes: surging crowds and rooftop standoffs, panicky cellphone calls and crackling walkie-talkies. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Alas, the film’s relevance — and ultimately sane upshot — is buried beneath a meandering and oftimplausible plot. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • October 02, 2013 ks00000000166739
    Report This User

    Very good movie. Another side of what happened on 9/11

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