The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson star in this paranoid thriller following a Pakistani man who, fresh from Princeton University and ready to chase glory on Wall Street, is caught in a cultural divide after New York's Twin Towers are attacked. His American Dream slips into nightmare: wrongfully arrested, strip-searched, interrogated, and transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. Based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid.

2012Rating: M, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes130 minsUSA, UK, Qatar
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Mira Nair’s latest immigrant saga saddles itself with a laborious narrative structure and half-baked thriller elements in a misguided attempt to open up what should be an intimate, introspective story.

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Variety

Variety

press

Illuminating.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Get past the starchy title and you’ll find a compelling tour through noughties history with an admirably international outlook. Be prepared, though: this is a film that takes its time…

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

Ticking-time-bomb suspense is not Nair’s forte, so she relies on Michael Andrews’s Middle East–inflected score to do most of the heavy lifting in the present-day scenes, which feel shapeless and perfunctory.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

Riz Ahmed is superb as Changez (pronounced Chan-Gez, not like the Bowie song).

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.

3.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Boosted by a terrific lead turn from Riz Ahmed.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The tense dialogue between East and Post post-9/11 is turned into a tense, often gripping duet between a young Muslim professor and American reporter.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling but ultimately this is middle rank stuff from the Monsoon Wedding director.

3.0
0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

Deliberately ambiguous, The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions. It's a film that demands discussion afterward.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

This might be the best week for The Reluctant Fundamentalist to open or the worst, but the timing doesn’t matter when the powder is damp.

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Variety

Variety

press

Mira Nair’s latest immigrant saga saddles itself with a laborious narrative structure and half-baked thriller elements in a misguided attempt to open up what should be an intimate, introspective story.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Illuminating.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Get past the starchy title and you’ll find a compelling tour through noughties history with an admirably international outlook. Be prepared, though: this is a film that takes its time…

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Ticking-time-bomb suspense is not Nair’s forte, so she relies on Michael Andrews’s Middle East–inflected score to do most of the heavy lifting in the present-day scenes, which feel shapeless and perfunctory.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Riz Ahmed is superb as Changez (pronounced Chan-Gez, not like the Bowie song).

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intriguing film about the blowback involved when melting-pot America goes to war.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Boosted by a terrific lead turn from Riz Ahmed.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The tense dialogue between East and Post post-9/11 is turned into a tense, often gripping duet between a young Muslim professor and American reporter.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling but ultimately this is middle rank stuff from the Monsoon Wedding director.

3.0
0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

Deliberately ambiguous, The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions. It's a film that demands discussion afterward.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

This might be the best week for The Reluctant Fundamentalist to open or the worst, but the timing doesn’t matter when the powder is damp.

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