Touch of Pink 2004

Critics score:
36 / 100

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John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: Much of the problem with Touch of Pink rests with Mistry, whose nice guy appeal registers even less than it did in his previous starring vehicles, The Guru and The Mystic Masseur. Read more

Peter Debruge, Miami Herald: As much as it aspires to mimic the charm of old Cary Grant pictures, Touch of Pink is hardly worthy of comparison to even the least of Grant's films. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Pleasant but predictable comedy. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: How can [Rashid's] admittedly playful anti-Hollywood fantasy theme stick, when the movie itself is so saturated in big-studio values, fantasies and hokum and shot in a lower-budget approximation of the 1960s Hollywood style? Read more

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle: Ian Iqbal Rashid's movie, flawed as it is, works precisely because of its fantasy elements. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: There are two crucial bits of miscasting, one bad, one good, both distracting. Read more

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Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: There are hundreds of reasons for and possibilities in reupholstering romantic comedies with a queer eye, but the movies like Touch of Pink are too busy teaching feel-good lessons to even try. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: It takes a while for him to find the right pace and rhythm, but the overall result is diverting yet provocative, and Rashid is as strong a director of actors as he is a writer capable of creating complex, multifaceted characters. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: Its plot is hackneyed and banal. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: With closeted gay Muslim Canadian men so woefully underrepresented in romantic comedies, I'm inclined to swallow the marshmallow samosa that is Touch of Pink with a polite smile of international cooperation. Read more

Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail: Amuses and delights far more than it fails to surprise. Read more

Ariana Falk, Dallas Morning News: Could have made more of its quirks, but for all its sincerity, it's just another banal coming-out movie. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: One of those supposedly small, personal movies that feel as committee-made and calculated as a Hollywood blockbuster. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: For all the predictable devices ... as well as a plot that goes right, left, and idles on the train tracks, there's really enough going on here to sustain the film, even without Cary Grant. So he's a bonus, and a delightful one. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: The story is tired, the comedy forced and the mother's larger-than-life quirks are an acquired taste. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: The only real touch of class in the rickety little romantic comedy is Kyle MacLachlan's dead-on impersonation of Cary Grant's ghost. Read more

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Susan Walker, Toronto Star: A true romantic comedy, closely following the formula of the Cary Grant/Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies of the late '50s and early '60s, Touch Of Pink relies more on witty dialogue and an underlying current of irony than on plot twists. Read more

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Jorge Morales, Village Voice: Just imagine all the screwball possibilities -- they're squandered here. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: The movie pretty much collapses upon the fulcrum of Kyle MacLachlan's Cary Grant. Read more

Jen Chaney, Washington Post: MacLachlan's strong jaw line and his valiant attempt to act so very Cary aren't enough to save this film. Read more