[Of] importance is the possibility that the film will bring Gandhi to the attention of a lot of people around the world for the first time, not as a saint but as a self-searching, sometimes fallible human being with a sense of humor as well as of history.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
A remarkable experience.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Attenborough's work lacks even the undercurrent of personality that David Lean brought to his films: the film has no flavor but that of the standard Hollywood hagiography.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Once in a long while a motion picture so eloquently expressive and technically exquisite comes along that one is tempted to hail it as being near perfect.
Variety Staff - Variety
In playing Gandhi, an actor must be less concerned with physical verisimilitude than with spiritual presence, and here Kingsley is nothing short of astonishing.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Attenborough shows once again his skill in managing the big set-piece.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
While Kingsley (who took one of eight Oscars) is the glue that holds this epic piece together, you must relish a cast that includes John Gielgud, Edward Fox, John Mills, Martin Sheen and Roshan Seth.
Andrew Collins - Radio Times
It's a slow, reverential biopic, but it compensates for its sedate pace with a dry, gentle humour and a humanity that befits its extraordinary subject.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Richard Attenborough's Gandhi is every bit as sumptuous as everyone had expected.
Robert Hatch - The Nation
Brilliant biography will engage preteens and up.
Liz Perle - Common Sense Media
Attenborough's crowning achievement as a director.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's safe to say that if you knew nothing about Gandhi before going in to the movie, you wouldn't know a whole lot more coming out.
Dean Essner - Film4
Ben Kingsley's title performance is amazing, particularly in the way he ages across the five decades which the film depicts.
Douglas Pratt - DVDLaser
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Gandhi is less personal than Reds, but also less complacent than Chariots of Fire and less doddering than Lean's own orderly post-colonial apologia, A Passage to India.
Fernando F. Croce - Slant Magazine
Every bit the biopic that Patton was, Gandhi is emotionally engaging but taxing on the viewer's stamina. Ben Kingsley is astounding.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Despite an intelligent title performance by Ben Kingsley and impressive cinematography in the manner of David Lean, this huge, clunky biopic offers less than meets the eye.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Despite an intelliegnt performance by Ben Kingsley in the lead, Attenborousgh's worthy biopic is too conventional in illuminating the venerable leader.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Its faults rather pale beside the epic nature of its theme, and Kingsley's performance in the central role is outstanding.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A true epic in every sense of the word!
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Overshadowing even Ben Kingsley's astonishing, transcendent performance in his first major screen role is a larger, more formidable presence: that of Gandhi himself.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Solid biopic, a little long, but well done.
Fred Topel - About.com
Attenborough's profound epic spotlighting one of the 20th century's most prolific spiritual men of peace. Kingsley's portrayal of Gandhi is impeccable and inspirational to boot
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
Marvelous. In every sense. Great movie.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Epic tale about one man's journey down the transforming path of wisdom and peace.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Offers a conscience-exercising, mind-stretching, and soulful experience as it honors the great Indian leader who was an ethical giant and a visionary.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's really not nearly as bad as I feared it might be.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Attenborough's heavy-handed direction nearly derails the film, but Kingsley's performance saves the day -- a rare thing of beauty, a joy that will be with us forever.
Dan Jardine - Daily-Reviews
An informative and enjoyable movie.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
...a huge, sprawling, old-fashioned epic...yet it manages also to maintain an intimacy with its subject that helps us to understand Gandhi as a person as much as an icon.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Ben Kingsley is nothing short of mesmerizing in the title role.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Both script and camera serve only as a canvas upon which the masterful Ben Kingsley paints a touchingly lifelike picture of one of the greatest men in history.
Joshua Tyler - Filmcritic.com
Worthy, handsomely mounted, but highly conventional and ultimately dull.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
The film opens with an acknowledgment that it can't do justice to an entire life but that it will content itself with capturing the spirit of the man.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
An epic biopic, over three hours in length, Gandhi captures the spirit of the man and his struggles.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
[The world] really needs this film.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews