The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.

Movie Info

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Deborah Moggach, Ol Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $46.4M
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as Graham Dashwood

as Muriel Donnelly

as Evelyn Greenslade

as Douglas Ainslie

as Sonny Kapoor

as Madge Hardcastle

as Jean Ainslie

as Graham's Colleague

as Estate Agent

as Staff Nurse

as Dr. Ghujarapartidar

as Norman Cousins

as Madge's Son-in-Law

as Madge's Daughter

as Madge's Granddaughte...

as Madge's Grandson

as Taxi Driver

as Evelyn's Son

as Evelyn's Lawyer

as Hairdresser

as Graham's Cleaner

as Douglas's Golf Partn...

as Paramedic

as Airport Security Gua...

as Muriel's Physiothera...

as Young Wasim

as Public Records Offic...

as Rickshaw Driver/Grah...

as Boy Playing Cricket

as Rickshaw Driver/Evel...

as Sunaina

as Anokhi

as Mr. Maruthi

as Mrs. Kapoor

as Viceroy Club Secreta...

as Viceroy Club Barman

as Market Salesman

as Tap Shop Owner

as Tea Room Waiter

as Doctor at Clinic

as Restaurant Owner

as Rickshaw Driver/Jean

as Sunaina
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Critic Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (38)

It's a movie about finding purpose in life, late in life, that makes its point by first subjecting its characters to the most reductive grumpy-old-men/women shenanigans.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

A predictable, sugary-sweet confection that thrives on the liver-spotted backs of its sterling silver-haired actors.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

its difficult to sit through the final scenes without thinking of what Madden could have cut to earn Marigold Hotel a five-star rating.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Proof that even the young can mistakenly see the aged as elderly. Their bodies may have degraded, but their minds and spirits are no less sharp.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a true example of an ensemble piece where a group of veteran actors show that they are just as good as they ever were.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
We Got This Covered

Even at its most arm-twistingly obvious, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ultimately ended up leaving me somewhere close to smitten.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

For all of the criticism about this screenplay being too contrived and self assured, there is a life affirming heart beating here, and of course it doesn't hurt that the beating heart is in the hands of some of the best actors in the biz.

Sure, you probably will come away from this film not knowing anything new, but I know I walked away with a smile on my face. Yes, everything comes together, the guy gets the girl, etc. but at the core this film is about living - that it is particularly relevant to those of a certain age is irrelevant, as the message would be the same regardless of the age bracket.

The film starts in a rather shaky fashion, giving us the names and the impetus for each cast member to be heading off to India. Then you have the travel log bonding sequence and some slightly amusing culture clash stuff... but then slowly the film shifts gears and reels you in, giving each character a chance to breath and become more than a caricature, helped in no small measure by the superb understated acting of the core group of Brits. From the easy command and yet vulnerable Tom Wilkinson, to the henpecked gentle man portrayed by Bill Nighy, each performance has not a hair out of place. And heaven forefend if I neglect to mention the women folk: you have the two actresses from Downton Abbey, Penelope Wilton and Dame Maggie Smith... and for good measure, throw in another Dame with Judi Dench. All three are spot on and make the lyrical British script sing.

The film also gives a slight glimpse into Indian mores and values, from the remnants of the caste system to the arranged marriage and importance of family and honor - but that conveniently gets a wink, wink, oh nevermind bit of short shift from the script, as if attempting to bring serious drama into the affair would somehow ruin the lighthearted mood... but regardless, this film has many a fine moment and recovers from the shaky beginning to give you good solid entertainment and a life affirming, feel good mood that prevails. Not a classic, but you could certainly do much worse. As is stated several times during the film "Everything will be all right in the end and if it's not all right, then it's not yet the end" - a nice way to say keep on keeping on.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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