It's clear that when beloved matriarch figure Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) describes hotel entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (★★★) is attempting to write its own review. Sonny, she observes in a moment of droll understatement, gets a lot of things wrong...but never when it matters most. When he gets things right, it is a sight to behold.
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Alas, no. No to all of it. No to it being a holiday film, a love film, a romantic film, or a feel good film. No, above all to it being truthful about the world we live in. No to the masses being smarter than the critics. No to some of the best actors of our generation elevating mediocre material. I still can't bring myself to hate this movie, but I do feel sympathy (and yes, if I'm honest, condescension) towards those who embrace it.