(1998)

Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
Even blood, spilled so freely, has a distinctive intensity of red in this beautiful and harrowing film.
90
L.A. Weekly
Both visually and emotionally, a panoramic picture; Mehta wields a master's hand as she weaves together vistas of urban and pastoral India with thoughts on the nature of man as it keeps cycling out in the specifics of history.
88
Chicago Tribune
An extraordinary movie on many levels.
88
New York Post
A remarkable accomplishment. It takes one of the century's vast tragedies...and makes it heart-rendingly real and intimate.
80
Mehta's latest release, combines a similarly intoxicating visual immediacy and delight with a sobering outsider's long view.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Told as a melodrama and romance, not docudrama, and that makes it all the more effective.
75
Boston Globe
Hurls its Holocaust at us in a series of justifiably horrific images.
75
It's a passionate, beautifully mounted film -- but the agenda she sets for herself is too large and the conflicts she portrays too complicated to be illustrated in a single drama.
70
Los Angeles Times
Telling things through the eyes of a spoiled, precocious, troublemaking 8-year-old narrator is both an overdone device and not a particularly engaging one.
40
Village Voice
Mehta feels compelled to twist the screw, shamelessly plying her audience with mawkish tropes wearing the garb of "innocence."

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