Chandni Chowk to China Reviews

  • Chandni Chowk to China is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the U.S. in the wake of the Bollywood-inflected Slumdog Millionaire. Let's hope it's not the last.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Chandni Chowk to China seamlessly adds kung fu to the usual blend of comedy, dance and melodrama.

    Rachel Saltz — New York Times

  • This Indian/Chinese cinematic hybrid is likable and entertaining but overlong and occasionally hokey.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Chandni Chowk to China is Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing, all-Hindi bid to conquer America.

    Michael Hardy — Boston Globe

  • Shapeless, shameless, and slapdash.

    David Chute — Village Voice

  • Think of the title of this Bollywood/martial-arts mashup as a riff on North by Northwest. And like that preeminent American entertainment, CC2C is stylish, slick and full of fun.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie's ostensible distinction is its coupling of Bollywood and kung fu, but it's really a self-realization course dressed up as kinetic comedy.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Chandni Chowk isn't going to appeal to those not already entertained by Bollywood and kung-fu movie cliches. But it could turn the charismatic Kumar into a global star, making the prescribed happy ending even sweeter for Warner Bros.

    Cary Darling — Dallas Morning News

  • Chandni has martial- arts montages and Bollywood song-and-dance numbers. As tacky as the latter are, they're the sweet -- and only? -- draw of the movie. They also give this slight comedy-adventure its epic and unearned length.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It will appeal to the large Indian audiences in North America and to Bollywood fans in general, who will come out wondering why this movie, of all movies, was chosen as Hollywood's first foray into commercial Indian cinema.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • If only it were as much fun as its trailer!

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • If Slumdog Millionaire's success has Hollywood thinking American audiences are ready for the authentic Indian movie experience, Chandni Chowk to China could quickly put the kibosh on that notion.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Chandni Chowk to China supposedly is the 'the first-ever Bollywood kung-fu comedy,' which makes me pray fervently that it will also be the last.

    Peter Schilling — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If Chandni Chowk to China is any indication, a combination of Bollywood and kung-fu movies is something the world needed without even realizing it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • Chandi Chowk is fun but somewhat exhausting, with several elaborate production numbers, a bullet-proof umbrella that also serves as a parachute, a magical potato -- plus a running time just over 2 1/2 hours, which is short by Bollywood standards.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • There simply isn't enough Indian spice to make this ancient Chinese recipe fresh.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The first-ever Bollywood kung fu comedy qualifies as deliriously and endearingly bizarre.

    Jason Anderson — Toronto Star

  • In fact, at two hours and 34 minutes, CC2C is too much by a half: too much dancing and fighting and too much footage of the Great Wall of China.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • Like the cinematic equivalent of someone appearing on Mr. Blackwell's Ten Worst-Dressed list, the movie is a garish mix of conflicting styles and genres, cross-pollinating overproduced musical numbers, cheesy melodrama, and kung-fu.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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