Slumdog Millionaire 1.0 stars

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Feverish daydream, partly amorous, partly avaricious, around an unschooled Bombay teenager who, hoping to reconnect with his childhood sweetheart, climbs toward the top prize on the Indian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? It breaks down into three time zones, shuffled together in a jumble: the game show itself, the torture and third degree of the contestant by police who presume he’s cheating, and the flashbacks to the life experiences that explain how he could answer the questions. Much squalor and brutality, but filmed by Danny Boyle with a heedless, almost uncaring, exuberance and exhibitionism. Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irfan Khan. 2008.

Duncan Shepherd

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robert1978 Jan. 14, 2009 @ 9:44 a.m.

Mr.Duncan Shepherd should be removed from being a movie critic, every single good movie he gives it a bad rating and the best example is slumdog millionaire the movie got 4 golden globes , for a reason not just because you need a fresh critic somebody thats not over 60 or 70 and thinks that the only good movies are from his/her era the reader is read by san diegans that if they went by his criticism they wouldnt even go, so think about it. thank you

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inactive Jan. 14, 2009 @ 6:32 p.m.

Robert, You have to understand a couple of things. First, shepherd apparently just writes to stir things up. That appears to be his sole purpose. Secondly, I have never met anyone in my entire life who does or doesn't go see a movie solely based on a critics review. Do you??? Just because he has a masters doesn't make him knowledgeable about what YOU like in a movie. Think of him as the johnnyvegas of movie reviewers; there's alot on the page, but does really mean anything to you personally??

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Gian Ghio Jan. 17, 2009 @ 5:31 p.m.

Every once in while we see a movie that reminds us why we watch movies to begin with. Slumdog Millionaire is this year's must see movie. It is easily one of 2008's top movies and a likely candidate for Best Picture at the Oscar's. I would not be surprised at all if this movie pulls off the upset and takes home Best Picture. The directing was excellent and the screenplay couldn't have been better. The film finds Jamal being interrogated at a police station by an angry police detective hell bent on proving that he cheated on India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the police detective of various experiences he has had in his lifetime that have given him the answers to the questions on the show. The film reverts to flashbacks of him, his brother, and a little girl that laters becomes his love interest. He goes through a lot of s*&% (sometimes literally) to get to the final question on the show; rising out of nothing in the slums of Mumbai to being one answer away from being a millionaire. It is a feel good rags to riches story that puts the viewer in sympathetic position to cheer for Jamal. You want to see him win the money but in the end all you want to see is for him be happy. I think the true test of any movie that gets labeled as great is whether it can elicit a response from the person watching it. Slumdog Millionaire was a great movie because it made me smile as I left the theater.

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rickeysays Jan. 18, 2009 @ 1:25 p.m.

A really enjoyable ride. I loved the premise of the movie (the interrogation over how he knows the game show answers as an excuse for the flashbacks on moments of his life) and it didn't disappoint. It's really a fable of the power of "true love" to keep someone going through anything that life throws at you. My favorite scene (spoiler alert!!!) was when he doesn't use the answer given to him by the host of the game show, and gets it right. Then you realize it's because he recognized the host for what he was. Another guy who would do anything to maintain his position, at the expense of anyone else. Brilliant writing.

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