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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

6.82 h 10 min201315
Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan talks of the glittering future he has ahead of him. But then 9/11 changes everything. Attitudes shift dramatically, and his very name and face render him suspect.
Mira Nair
Riz AhmedKate HudsonLiev Schreiber
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Kiefer SutherlandNelsan EllisMartin DonovanChristopher Nicholas SmithOm PuriShabana Azmi
Lydia Dean Pilcher
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4.1 out of 5 stars

364 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 25% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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LendrickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's complicated
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This a subtle, intense film held together by excellent performances from the leads, including a dark haired Kate Hudson in a non-rom-com role. The script explores alienation, the immigrant experience, the post 911 backlash in the USA, and leads to question how (or if) the central character Changez goes from a lover of the USA to Islamic fundamentalist. There is not a lot of action and the flashback structure is a bit clunky at points, while Changez journey perhaps a little too reductive. But it held my attention throughout - it's a film of ideas that suggests there are no simple solutions.
6 people found this helpful
W.L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting cast, great book. Acceptable film.
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Great acting cast, great book. The storyline however, has been changed from the original which was all about the grey areas between our assumptions. The acting is top notch as you would expect from the cast although I would say that Kate Hudson was completely wrong for the female role: Brit Marling would have been better. My issue is that in a story that was all about our suspicions and intuition, this has been horribly Americanized. Very dumbed down with guns, black ops teams and 'CIA vs Terrorists' plots taking over the grace and subtly of the book. Still a good film, but be warned!
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SparkyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Acted & Thought Provoking!
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This film will challenge some of your assumptions about what it means to live in the west as a person from a 'suspect' country during the so called 'war on terror' and how western prejudice can push people into the very behaviour they fear. A thought provoking and moving story.
Frederick BrownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A story, which is necessarily slow in places to detail where the pilgrim's heart and head led him. A film that should be compulsory viewing for young adults to show them that their convictions are only those of the society they live in, and that as Peter Ustinov said 'Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.'
Amit KumarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Story, direction and acting - all awesome!
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Deserves 5 stars.
2 people found this helpful
Mr MahzoozReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent performances throughout the cast
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A thought provoking film showing a very different perspective on the problems faced by the world today. Excellent performances throughout the cast. As others have mentioned it was a struggle to hear the dialogue at times and many scenes were very dark and difficult to view.
Very different but excellent film. I will certainly watch it again in the future. Recommended.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, while away a couple of hours and relax
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Excellent film. The portrayal by the main characters are fantastic. It gives an insight into why certain things may happen.
Clever and entertaining.
MR ANDERSONReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, rare to see. Similar genre or topics as Mauritanian
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Great in depth geo political thriller drama reflecting the different level of prejudice and discrimination of minorities, simply due to their religion or ethnicity or country of their family
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