"a raffish and richly sited story...Darshan Bhagat (writing with Vijay Balakrishnan) has an eye for good casting, an eye for a good shot and an ear for solid dialogue...as a director he grabs real juices of humor, fear, greed and panic"
- David Elliott, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
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"funny and stylishly directed...a fast paced film that features strong performances"
- John Petrakis, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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"enthusiastic and inventive...Emory Van Cleve's gritty detailed cinematography pays homage to Scorsese's Mean Streets"
- Ted Shen, CHICAGO READER

"Pais is swell as a tragi-farcical low life right out of a Tom Waits song. Lively Anglo-Indian dance-pop soundtrack is another plus in scrappy micro-budget package"
- Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

"a tight little essay on the subject of karma...a promising first feature of an inventive creator"
- Enrique Fernandez, SUN-SENTINEL
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"huge success with the audience...Indian American version of Run Lola Run"
- Heidi Weise, NEUE WESTFÜLISCHE, Germany

"many of it's well crafted scenes capture the chaos, pace and diversity of New York immigrant life"
- Oliver Wang, ASIAN WEEK

"the film examines issues of work ethic, intergenerational conflict, and karma...One of the best attributes of the film is the spacy quirkiness Bhagat brings to the his portrayal of Bali"
- George Chen, THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

"Karma Local does a nice job of injecting multicultural themes into a familiar tale: a hapless hero's odyssey through seedy subterranean New York"
- Amanda Morrison, Editorial Profile, CITYSEARCH7.COM

"a wry New York comedy"
- Gary Dauphin, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"what's special about "Karma Local" is the perspective of the outsider (or the undersider) and the bemused feeling for the texture of immigrant life"
- Susan Cunningham, FILM THREAT