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88
We suspect that the film will be about their various problems and that the hotel will not be as advertised. What we may not expect is what a charming, funny and heartwarming movie this is, a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.
75
A rare reminder from movies that the grand emotions are not only for the young and the middle-aged. They're the sweetness and torment of life until the last light goes out.
75
A refreshing, mature fairy tale.
75
The film is, underneath its surface of warm fuzzies, a precision instrument aimed directly at the heart of its intended, underserved older audience.
75
The attitudes evinced by most of the characters, and the movie itself, are those of the admiring tourist, and as two-hour tours go, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel goes smoothly.
75
As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours.
70
It all makes for a movie whose infectious charm outweighs some of the predictability that slips in around the edges.
70
Even at its most predictable, the winning characterizations and soulful insights into aging keep the handsome film on a warmly satisfying track.
70
It's a sweet-tempered folly in which all's well that ends well.
67
Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market.
63
So it's a shame that in the end Madden can't keep the tear-jerking from drowning this delicate cinematic flower. The book knew how to hang tough. The movie, not so much.
40
It's a shame, of course, that Madden brought the best to such an exotic Top locale without making the most of the opportunity.

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