The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As for the Marigold Hotel, well, it's not the Delano. But overall it's a fine spot to spend a couple of hours."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a movie about finding purpose in life, late in life, that makes its point by first subjecting its characters to the most reductive grumpy-old-men/women shenanigans."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"Proof that even the young can mistakenly see the aged as elderly. Their bodies may have degraded, but their minds and spirits are no less sharp."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"If you like films about travel, if you like watching film legends work together, you might want to check into "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Consummate professionals and some sharp writing and interesting cinematography make it worth the trip."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Basically, there's just too much crammed into "Marigold Hotel" for any of it to have impact. It may work as comfort food for old folks, but a bit less may have yielded a great deal more."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The old pros elevate Hotel's otherwise pat screenplay into that sweet spot where predictability fails to negate pleasure."
‑ William Goss,
"A predictable, sugary-sweet confection that thrives on the liver-spotted backs of its sterling silver-haired actors."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a true example of an ensemble piece where a group of veteran actors show that they are just as good as they ever were."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"It would be churlish to condemn The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in its entirety. It delivers some real laughs and offers brilliant performances from an experienced cast; just don't expect anything you haven't seen before."
‑ Mary Clare Waireri, Fan The Fire
"The movie itself is a mawkish comedy-drama-romance, but the astounding cast makes it feel like a night on the West End."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"There's little that's surprising about the film - everyone ends up pretty much where you'd guess - but that predictable quality becomes part of the pleasure of watching it, like a book that's happily reread."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"its difficult to sit through the final scenes without thinking of what Madden could have cut to earn Marigold Hotel a five-star rating."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Even at its most arm-twistingly obvious, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ultimately ended up leaving me somewhere close to smitten."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It may not be a particularly memorable film, but it's a joy to watch so much talent on the screen."
‑ Jeff Beck,
More reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Rotten Tomatoes