Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is just one question away from winning a fortune on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But how has this uneducated young man from the slums succeeded in providing correct responses ... more »to questions that have stumped countless scholars before him? And will he ultimately win it all or lose everything, including his true love?
Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Surround / French: Dolby Surround Language: Dubbed: English & French / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1« less
Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY Reviewed on 12/23/2012...
I'm surprised (but not really) to see the snarky reviews of Slumdog Millionaire. Did it deserve to win the Academy Award for Best Picture -- absolutely!
I sat down with my teenage son to watch this one night on HBO and within the first twenty minutes I quickly realized this was not what I thought it was going to be -- this is a harrowing, unflinching look into the lives of young people in the slums of India. It was not pretty. Some parts were nearly unwatchable. But at the same time, it is a life-affirming, beautiful film. Kudos to Danny Boyle and the cast of relative unknowns (at least to most of us here in the US). Politics, schmolitics -- watch it for the story, and the immeasurable value of the human spirit.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 2/1/2012...
Shows once again what film fans have known for ages: the Oscars is all about politics. This film is hideous beyond belief. The director (Danny Boyle) has a very hit or miss track record. For every decent film he makes (28 Days Later) he seems to make a complete POS (The Beach). This film is a turkey. Pretensious and pointless. I've had more enjoyable times watching paint dry.
2 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Edna H. (tessiss) from FRANKLINVILLE, NC Reviewed on 12/13/2011...
I WILL ADMIT WHEN I HEARD OF IT I WAS RELUCTANT TO WATCH IT BUT FELT I SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY AN AM NOT SORRY IT IS A GREAT SHOW GIVING YOU INSIGHT ON HOW OTHERS LIVE AN SURVIVE, I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Holly R. (goldentwig) Reviewed on 8/16/2011...
This is a very "hard" movie to watch because it's so difficult to admit that an existence in conditions like this is so very real to millions of people around the world. However the storyline of the progression of the protagonist and his young love in this movie are phenomenal and amaze me every time I watch it. It's the kind of movie that you can watch many times and always catch something new each time. I highly recommend it!
5 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gail K. (PopcornGirl) from W SACRAMENTO, CA Reviewed on 12/30/2010...
This movie has it all: romance, intrigue, back-flashes, action, redemption, trials and tribulations (lots of them!)... one of my favorite films, if only because of the smart storyline (answers to a game show tied to the past--that's crazy!). But I also loved the acting, especially the main character who was so like-able. I'm always a sucker for tales of redemption, and this one has its character who finally looks out for someone else besides himself. Lots of scenes which show the poverty, and are heartbreaking to watch, that is so real in India--very gritty movie in that sense. Not a film to watch when you're feeling like something light, more like when you want to dig in and feel some emotion.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sherrye F. from HOUSTON, TX Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
It was a good story, but hard. The life of Jamal & his brother was so difficult, tragic, and unfathomable due being so alien to what I have known in the USA. It was sad, but out of all the sadness & pain there were moments of joy & revelation that gave Jamal what he needed to be a winner and rise above his lowly slum beginnings.
Patty D. from LA CANADA, CA Reviewed on 11/16/2009...
a wonderful movie for a family (not with young kids) to see together. i can't imagine this movie not provoking a family discussion!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gina & Dan S. (ginaps) from HALLANDLE BCH, FL Reviewed on 10/18/2009...
Liked the movie alot! Great storyline...but makes India one of the last places on earth I would go visit. Don't miss the credits!
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Suzanne B. Reviewed on 8/30/2009...
Very powerful film about class struggle, cultural strife, corruption and abuse in India as told through the recollections of a successful game show contestant. Extremely violent (hence the 'R' rating) and sad. Moving.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ivy J. (bookbean) Reviewed on 4/18/2009...
This is a VERY intense movie with a lot of graphic violence in it. The story line is excellent but there were times when we just wanted to turn away. I'm glad we watched til the end though it was worth it. VERY powerful movie though!
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Entertaining, but Oscar's "Best Picture"??? Ya gotta be kidd
Anton Karidian | Toronto | 09/09/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"No doubt, this movie is entertaining, but is it an Academy Award winner for Best Picture? The acting is a bit stiff, the story is Ok, the cinematography is amateurish. The story is very linear and straight forward....no surprises really.
It just seems that this film kinda went "viral" on the Academy and they jumped on the bandwagon and decided to purge themselves of guilt towards those that are impoverished and award this movie Best Picture. On the other hand, there wasn't that much to choose from in 2008."