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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Comedy . Drama

As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

Actors: Tina Desai , Diana Hardcastle , Ronald Pickup , Penelope Wilton , Celia Imrie , Bill Nighy , Maggie Smith , Richard Gere , Judi Dench , Dev Patel , David Strathairn , Danny Mahoney
Directors: John Madden
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2015-03-06
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  • Nev Pierce

    An entirely charming extension of the most unlikely franchise, gently handling big themes and dissolving cynicism with laughter. Maggie Smith is superb.

    Empire Full Review
  • Thomas Lee

    I would gladly see the movie again, if just to see Smith do her trademark grumpy English thing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The senior set deserves a few crumpets with their tea, and Part Two, which takes up where the original left off, aims to satisfy.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the end, listing this sequel’s flaws and charms is a loser’s game, and I throw up my hands: I just had fun, maybe mostly because watching these actors brings me so much joy. There’s nothing second best about that, or about them.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Predictable, corny, and mild.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If Hollywood must have franchises, we could do worse than one highlighting people who have lived a long life and are not on altogether friendly terms with technology. But imagine what this cast could do with something less tutti-frutti!

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    True to its title, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a mildly inferior sequel, diluting the modest charms of its predecessor. Said charms do remain, however.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kimber Myers

    Smith, Nighy, and Dench aren’t delivering audacious, reaching performances here, but there’s still plenty of charm and authenticity.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    All manner of subplots weave their way through the film, which teems with "colorful" characters and saccharine cliches. But, like the first film, it's next to impossible not to find diversion in the company of such stalwarts as Dench and Nighy and Smith. And George Thorogood is, happily, never heard from again.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Once again, a first-rate cast helps slightly elevate this sentimental Britcom.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    More like a serving of lukewarm treacle than savory tikka masala.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    You can’t shake the feeling the script is trying too hard to please, upping the drama despite the fact that what made the first film so enjoyable was its relative simplicity.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie's smooth to the point of blandness, but its faces really do tell a story. And having Gere's silverly mane share the same film with Strathairn's is almost too much fabulous hair for one diversion.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Dench and Nighy are class personified. The secret here is merely to luxuriate in the pleasure of their company.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    Like its predecessor, the film is a charming example of what great actors can do with mediocre material.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It's asked in the film, "How many new lives can we have?" The answer, it turns, is however many we want. And as long as Dench, Smith, Nighy and Imrie stick around, the same probably is true of "Marigold" movies.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Allie Gemmill

    John Madden's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel offers just as much joy, heart and chuckles as its hugely successful predecessor.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Luckily, there are just enough truths about ageing beneath its corny, farcical surface. Also, it’s hard not to enjoy two hours in the company of this cast.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    We all know Smith can deliver barbs like blow-darts, but Parker’s screenplay gives her a too-rare chance to do something more – and when she delivers a bittersweet, profound monologue towards the end of the film, it feels like you’re watching a classic Ferrari reach the end of an average speed check zone and whistle off into the distance.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Also effective is the romance between Gere and Lillete Dubey, an Indian actor who play's Patel's mother.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    The film has only the sheer charm of its cast to get it by, and it says a lot about the actors that they nearly pull it off.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Thanks to its funny, attractive, emotionally on-point cast, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel puts the lie to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pronouncement about life having no second acts. In fact, it goes one step further to question why on Earth anyone would stop at just two.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    If you can’t guess that the whole thing ends with a big dance number, you’ve been snoozing in your samosas.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Director John Madden and his crew make India the most alluring, scrubbing any hint of squalor from Jaipur, and filming in the cooler months. Nobody sweats. That means that this time, this “Exotic” hotel is more a place to check into briefly, in passing, and not the sort of place you’d want to lose yourself in.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Where the first film kept insisting that drama and liveliness need not disappear in the golden years, its sequel feels almost like a rebuttal. Hopefully everyone involved will find something better to do before this unexpected franchise opens up a third location.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a downgrade from the first, doing lots of thing wrong that 2012's sleeper hit did right.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kate Stables

    This genial, over-stuffed return boasts more national treasures than the British Museum. But tinny plots and predictable scripting mean it lives up to its title.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    "Second Best" might not be second-rate, but neither is it the match of the first "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Even the Bollywood ending, a pleasant echo of “Slumdog Millionaire,” is intercut with darker reminders of dwindling days. Much of this sequel is clumsy, and awfully silly, but consistently shallow it is not.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    In aggressively sunny picker-uppers like the Marigold movies, there is a thin line between adorable and insufferable. And in the second “Marigold,” Mr. Patel has succumbed to his tendency toward cuteness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Yes, there are good moments from a team of veteran British actors, but overall, this return visit to the 2012 gray-set rom-com is deadly dull.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The appearance of Richard Gere as a new guest whom everybody assumes is a plant from the multinational hotel chain that Muriel and Sonny have been wooing is straight out of the “Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers. Where’s John Cleese when you really need him?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a sluggish also-ran compared to its predecessor.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    The result feels strained and slapped together, crammed as it is with silly mistaken identities and misunderstandings, adolescent jealousies and slapstick jokes. It’s a sitcom in a sari. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This sequel sorely misses the presence of Tom Wilkinson, whose out-of-the-closet character grounded the first film (but died at the end).

    New York Post Full Review
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