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91
Mehta's feisty, featherweight romantic comedy makes the case that even the most flamboyant cinematic conventions are as universal as they are exotic, especially when they conspire to produce that glow of happily ever after.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Fabulous idea/faulty execution is the review.
50
L.A. Weekly
Perhaps it is simply impossible, even with affection in your heart, to craft an evocative homage to the expansive musical melodramas of Bollywood on a small-scale indie budget.
50
Lacks the sharpness and sophistication necessary for it to appeal beyond Indian audiences.
40
The A.V. Club
It's just mediocrity, further soured by bad intentions.
40
Though occasional flashes of the radiantly bi-cultural romp that might have been peek through, writer-director Deepa Mehta's hybrid is strangely clumsy, given that she's an experienced filmmaker familiar with both Hollywood and Bollywood conventions.
30
Disappointingly shallow and not terribly funny romantic comedy.
20
The direction is as flat as the script is thin, forcing actors to stumble through roles that make little sense. Costumes and sets border on the grotesque. Mehta is a fine enough filmmaker that this one can be written off as an aberration. Sometimes East and West really aren't meant to meet.
20
Depressingly parochial.
10
Village Voice
Too amateurish to lampoon or evoke either film industry, Bollywood/Hollywood is a movie that owes its presence in theaters to a certain ethnic soccer comedy still circulating like a virus.

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