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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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United Kingdom, United States · 2015
Rated PG · 2h 2m
Director John Madden
Starring Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, Maggie Smith
Genre Comedy, Drama

After opening his first hotel for “the elderly and beautiful,” Sonny has his eyes set on expanding to a second location, but must meet the demands of his customers while also preparing for his upcoming marriage. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

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John Madden's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel offers just as much joy, heart and chuckles as its hugely successful predecessor.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Luckily, there are just enough truths about ageing beneath its corny, farcical surface. Also, it’s hard not to enjoy two hours in the company of this cast.


The Dissolve by Keith Phipps

Where the first film kept insisting that drama and liveliness need not disappear in the golden years, its sequel feels almost like a rebuttal. Hopefully everyone involved will find something better to do before this unexpected franchise opens up a third location.


Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across.


Observer by Rex Reed

The senior set deserves a few crumpets with their tea, and Part Two, which takes up where the original left off, aims to satisfy.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

We all know Smith can deliver barbs like blow-darts, but Parker’s screenplay gives her a too-rare chance to do something more – and when she delivers a bittersweet, profound monologue towards the end of the film, it feels like you’re watching a classic Ferrari reach the end of an average speed check zone and whistle off into the distance.


Village Voice by Stephanie Zacharek

In the end, listing this sequel’s flaws and charms is a loser’s game, and I throw up my hands: I just had fun, maybe mostly because watching these actors brings me so much joy. There’s nothing second best about that, or about them.

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