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'Slumdog Millionaire': The Great Escape

Danny Boyle's film is a hugely appealing slice of old-school Hollywood -- and Bollywood -- escapism.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

Why So Serious?: A Holiday Movie Previewnew

This year tragedy for tragedy's sake is on the front burner. It's nothing new, releasing dead-serious pictures at the dead of Christmas.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-17-2008  |  Movies

'Slumdog Millionaire' is Worth the Pricenew

I'm not entirely sure how a film in which a small boy gets permanently blinded by someone deliberately pouring hot liquid onto his eyeballs while he's unconscious ends up being hyped (by critics and audiences alike) as the "feel-good" movie of the year, but that's the strange case with Slumdog Millionaire.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  Matt Brunson  |  12-10-2008  |  Reviews

'Slumdog Millionaire' Director Talks About Mumbai Before the Terrornew

English director Danny Boyle was visiting Seattle a while back, raving about the inspiration Mumbai provided during the filming of his acclaimed new Slumdog Millionaire. Then we all know what happened in that city.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  12-08-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Slumdog Millionaire' is a Wealth of Richesnew

Along with its depictions of horrendous poverty, underage prostitution, child abuse and savage dehumanization of the developing world, it's also a terrific, feel-good film, an audience pleaser that offers a smidgen of hope in a world that's rapidly spiraling down the bowl.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  11-19-2008  |  Reviews

'Slumdog Millionaire': Game Show Masalanew

The potential for a treacly Good Will Hunting of the Mumbai ghetto abounds, but Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy think more in terms of a minor-scale Dickensian epic.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  11-14-2008  |  Reviews

From Manchester to Mumbai with Danny Boylenew

He wanted to make a movie from inside, and he's succeeded with Slumdog Millionaire, a vibrant, fast-paced, gorgeously mounted and soulful Oliver Twist makeover about Jamal, an inner-city youth who reaches the finals of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  11-14-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Slumdog' Gives Guilty Liberals Absolution Through Game-Show Gimmickrynew

There hasn't been a social drama this decadently over-hyped since City of God. Boyle plays the same game of pandering to liberal sensibilities while entertaining safe, middle-class distance.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  11-13-2008  |  Reviews

'Slumdog Millionaire' is One of the Best Films of the Yearnew

At first glance just another Third World children-of-the-slums weepie, it transcends the limitations of that slender genre in leaps and bounds.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  11-12-2008  |  Reviews

'Slumdog Millionaire' Gracefully Slides Between Fairy Tale Romance and Gritty Dramanew

It's a credit to the filmmakers that every moment, from the harsh street scenes to a Bollywood-style song-and-dance number, is integral to the story. In the end, that juxtaposition is what helps the film capture a sense of the "real" India, however tenuous the concept.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Louis Peitzman  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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