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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 115 | Rotten: 33

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.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 11

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.



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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


Drama, Comedy

Deborah Moggach

Sep 18, 2012


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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (33) | DVD (3)

As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (11)
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The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source:
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There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

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

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
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.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

If you like films about travel, if you like watching film legends work together, you might want to check into "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Consummate professionals and some sharp writing and interesting cinematography make it worth the trip.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It would be churlish to condemn The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in its entirety. It delivers some real laughs and offers brilliant performances from an experienced cast; just don't expect anything you haven't seen before.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

It may not be a particularly memorable film, but it's a joy to watch so much talent on the screen.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Almost exactly what I expected (with a few very nice twists), and you know what? That's just fine.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If all you want to see is talented British performers of a certain age, then 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is for you. If you want something surprising, perhaps with a bit of an edge, then you'll have to look elsewhere.

June 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I went, as I imagine many people will, for some Quality Dame Time and I got it so I shouldn't complain...

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Penelope Wilton, as the sourpuss among the group, takes top honors. She is the only one who refuses to be taken in by the cheap exoticism and trite affirmations that Hotel offers its guests.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Perhaps only one of the stories rises above cliche, but they are all told well with the total being more than the sum of the parts

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Everything in Ol Parker's screenplay plays out in gently predictable fashion. It's up to the delightful cast, and to the light touch of director John Madden, to bring life and warmth.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Clothes may make the man, but they most CERTAINLY make the character," Bill Nighy says. "I spend quite a lot of time fretting over what a character would wear, how he'll look."

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This mixture of comedy and drama works because of the very talented cast. Some of the dialog is quite good, too. It is also nice to see an intelligent movie aimed at adults for a change.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

The acting talent elevates a run of the mill story to grander heights

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

Even if the film's amenities are wildly uneven, there's enough fun and poignancy in it to earn the property three stars.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Made with precision and verve, this retiree comedy uses veteran actors to bring out the joys and heartbreaks of a life-changing stay in a disheveled Indian hotel.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This was sweet, with banner acting. Nothing too exciting.
June 28, 2013

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.
March 20, 2013
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

After all the hype on tv trailers and the media hype, this turned out to be quite the dissapointment. The acting was good and the choice of people to play each part was also good, but overall story was rather poor. Maybe a Sr Citizens movie. 3 stars 2-24-13
February 26, 2013
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This movie gets extra points for its amazing British Cast and british comedy!
Although it has a great cast with the best of british actresses and actors coming together all in one movie,
showing that england does have the best of the acting talents this movie just lacks something! Its is funny and enjoyable and a very sweet drama! Thorougly enjoyable!
January 12, 2013
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

    1. Madge Hardcastle: One was rather hoping to fly under the radar, but one is a member of the royal family.
    2. Mr. Maruthi: Which member, madam?
    3. Madge Hardcastle: I'm Princess Margaret.
    4. Mr. Maruthi: It is most certainly an honor to meet you, madam. And may I say how well you look, especially taking into account that you died nine years ago.
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
    1. Evelyn Greenslade: Is it our friend we are grieving for, whose life we knew so little? Or is it our own loss that we are mourning? Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?
    2. Madge Hardcastle: When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
    1. Sonny Kapoor: You see? Profound satisfaction. Such is the inevitable result of a prolonged stay at the Marigold Hotel. To create a home for the elderly so wonderful that they will simply refuse to die. Stare death in the face and say... What are those men doing?
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
    1. Evelyn Greenslade: Didn't you have a girlfriend?
    2. Sonny Kapoor: She is my girlfriend no longer.
    3. Evelyn Greenslade: This is a disaster.
    4. Sonny Kapoor: No, no. Then we must treat it just the same as we would treat a triumph, madam. Is that not what your Mr. Kipling tells us? Although, of course, here we have a problem, because I, Sunil Indrajit Kapoor, have never had a triumph. So, of course, I do not know how to treat one. No, all I've had is a constant series of disasters interspersed with occasional catastrophe, an unending stream of total...
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
    1. Evelyn Greenslade: What's the use of a marriage when nothing is shared?
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
    1. Graham Dashwood: First rule of India; there's always room.
    – Submitted by Victor M (10 months ago)
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