The Reluctant Fundamentalist: critics a bit reluctant on compliments


As irony may have it, reluctance seems to be the key word that sums up critics’ view of Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Nair, owing to her widely artsy range of feature films closely escapes scorn with this one. Starring British actor Riz Ahmed as the protagonist Changez Khan and Hollywood star Kate Hudson as his love interest, the film sees some powerful performances. However ever so surprisingly, not one critic has urged his or her audience to go catch this film or “try not to miss it!” but inversely, as Robbie Collin wrote for The Telegraph “You leave the cinema with your teeth clenched, muttering: “at least it meant well””.

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