1.5 Stars (out of 4)
Eight-year-old Ishaan is punished for his poor performance in school, until a caring art teacher realizes that the boy is dyslexic. Aamir Khan, who plays the teacher, uses his directorial debut to criticize the Indian educational system’s treatment of special needs students. Taare Zameen Par is overly long and treads no new ground for anyone who has even a passing familiarity with learning disabilities. But Khan at least does a credible job of showing the world as seen through Ishaan’s eyes.
No Rating (violence, language); 164 minutes; The movie’s title translates to “Like Stars on Earth”
This review originally appeared in The Naperville Sun on December 27, 2007
*I expand upon the above capsule review in this 2011 post about Peepli Live‘s failed Oscar bid.