2 States - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?) - The ultra-keen could consider the big screen
quick review:

Debutante director Abhishek Varman gives us a Chetan Bhagat adaptation that doesn't attempt to offer any more heft than what the book does. It provides instant gratification primarily because of a charming lead cast and an excellent supporting cast that rises above the rather tame writing.

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41 reviewers have given 2 States an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

15 yays
8 nays
18 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...That being said, 2 States is moody, low-key, pleasant yet steeped in the idiosyncracies that mark relationships even in contemporary, seemingly forward-thinking India. It revolves around a likeable lead pair, and is unusual in tenor as Bollywood romances go. With all its flaws, it touches the heart and had me rooting for Ananya and Krish to end up together. When that happens in a film, you know it’s worked. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...Binod Pradhan's cinematography is the opposite of epic. And that's the truth which these urban characters represent... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...This mean that Chetan Bhagat may have been boning up on Greek drama while writing his bestsellers? I feel like I’ve just been hit by a tranquiliser dart.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...But for the rest, 2 STATES can easily be rated as a partially entertaining one time watch with the charmingly brilliant Alia Bhatt & the other members of her two diverse families.... full review

So-So by Núria Bonals Hidalgo, Bolly Spice ...2 States is an enjoyable film, though an average piece of entertainment. It feels too long and the narration is quite irregular. The story would have benefited from a better balance between romance and drama, which would have allowed the leading couple’s performance to stand out more intensely.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...2 STATES is one of the finest movies to come out of the Hindi film industry of late. This is one of those rare Hindi movies that commands a repeat viewing. Strongly recommended! ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, Bollywood Life ... 2 States creates a world where characters don’t shout to be heard. They just belong to a world where being proper, politically or otherwise, is not always a pre-condition.... full review

Thumbs up by Prathamesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...Hate Chetan Bhagat or love him, loath his books or swear by them, but you definitely can’t ignore him and most certainly can’t ignore this delicious movie made with sincere efforts and heart. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Trying to remain faithful to the book makes the film too long with large chunks of banality. The novel needed updating and adapting instead of slavish copying to make it relevant to the times. But even as it is, 2 States serves its commercial purpose—romance, laughs, some sniffles, music, dance, family values, wrapped with a glittery bow. ... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...2 States is a complete family entertainer which has everything positive about it. There is no over the top drama or heavy action scene. For everyone who has read the novel, keep your expectations in check. WATCH IT... full review

So-So by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...A special mention for the music and the background score which nicely complements the narrative and the cinematography makes every frame look lush with colour. The editing is at times abrupt, but the sincere performances and the freshness of the film makes these glitches seem too small. It won't be wrong to say 2 States is a good state for Bollywood to be in... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...2 States is a simple romantic comedy with some wonderful moments ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A very romantic watch that left me all starry eyed and moony. ... full review

Thumbs up by Somesh Sinha, Desi Martini ...Merits repeated viewing due to its chartbuster music, relatable storyline, fantastic performances & mainly, the jaw-dropping technicalities! ... full review

So-So by aneela zeb babar, Desi Martini ... Do you believe in Karan Johar's IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVING YOUR FAMILY? How you answer this question depends on whether you will like this movie ... full review

So-So by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini ...Surely 30 min too long, this ones a one time watch ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, DNA ...Watch it with friends.... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...The film is another testimony to the changing times at Dharma Productions. Business-wise, they have tied up with Nadiadwala Grandsons and its a leap of faith for both the production houses to let go of old norms and boldly set new trends. We need more such collaborations as they spell exciting times ahead for cinema.... full review

Thumbs down by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost ...If all of the above don’t seem mildly disturbing, fictitious or a case of gross generalising to you, you’ll love 2 States. And since you’re not one of your kind, and, in fact, have millions for company, 2 States will be a thumping hit... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Abhishek Verman’s script could have done better with a fresher outlook. As faithful to Bhagat’s book as he could keep it,... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Having said that, it would also be safe to say that 2 STATES will find acceptance from the 'young in love'... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Parental opposition is one of the oldest conflicts as far as love stories go. Sure, the culture clash here gives us some genuine laughs. But at 2 hours and 30 minutes, this is a long, indulgent film that wears you out. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for 2 States. I've never rooted so hard for a couple to get married. If only so I could go home.... full review

Thumbs up In.com ...2 States is a faithful remake of Chetan Bhagat’s novel and makes for a light, breezy viewing with very few lagging moments in it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Faheem Ruhani, india today ...Lastly, what was that long, boring psychiatric session that Krrish has with a faceless psychiatrist. If it was not there, would it have made any difference to the film? Unfortunately, 2 States is the kind of film that leaves you unsatisfied in spite of some good performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today ...2 States can be a good mirror for parents to understand their children. So take along your parents and enjoy the film. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/movie-review-2-states-alia-bhatt-arjun-kappor/1/356328.html... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...As a romcom 2 States has its share of moments, but they don't add up to make this an entertaining ride. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/movie-review-2-states-arjun-kapoor-alia-bhatt/1/356411.html... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It’s nice to see Bollywood attempting to create a contemporary young couple. I liked the way they proceed without fuss into that most modern of compacts — of attraction that leads to conjugation, minus coyness. It is done as just something that happens, a no-weightage progression. ... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...2 states is barely unwatchable but misses the magic of Chetan Bhagat’s novel. As a stand alone, it is endearingly done with Alia and Arjun’s scorching chemistry coming off as adorable. Despite a half baked soul, this movie is worth the price of your popcorn. I am going with a generous 3/5. The Bhagat fan in me is disappointed but the cinegoer isn’t.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Now if only the film would have been a crisper affair with the light hearted flavor of the first half moving well into the second half too, 2 States could have been so much more than it eventually turns out to be - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/20169/2-states#sthash.sZWh0XLG.dpuf... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...2 States is good for a one-time watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...2 States is a wasted opportunity to encash the popularity of a book. Despite the cast, the budgets and brand in place, the film fails to make a mark purely due to faulty execution. Not a funny or entertaining rom-com this one. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...And then there’s also the subplot of a bad dad (Ronit Roy, made for the role, with an Udaan behind him) suddenly turning good and helping out the estranged son. Why this sudden change of heart? And how? However, long after having watched the film, I am still wondering about another question: what purpose did the psychiatrist and her couch serve in the film? Clumsy touch that!... full review

Thumbs up by Paloma Sharma, Rediff ...Nevertheless, there's nothing that should keep you from watching 2 States. If you're as desi as I am and get senti about maa, there's no way you won't run home after watching this film and give your mother a big hug.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film targets a young audience, and they have to be prepared to appreciate the story at a slower pace than they are used to in commercial Bollywood cinema. It's worth the patience, because you get a well-cooked meal where all the flavours get a change to integrate with the dish. Worth sampling! ... full review

Thumbs up by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster ...It’s been some time that we have actually seen a good love story that plays within the set formulae. 2 States is right on that line. If you have been campus sweethearts, or are in the verge of giving up on love, watch it to try one last time…one more time. - See more at: http://starblockbuster.com/movie-review-2-states#sthash.RaQIb0Wk.dpuf... full review

Thumbs down by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...Arjun finally gets a role where he has to explore the vulnerability of the character without any props and he doesn’t disappoint. It is their natural charm, particularly Alia’s effortless approach that makes you invest in their relationship despite the fact that the narrative unfolds in a soap operatic tone.... full review

So-So by SUDHISH KAMATH, The Hindu ...A faithful translation of the book where the director is invisible... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...If you are in a mood for a Bollywood family saga with measured melodrama and the right amount of naach-gaana, visit 2 States... full review

So-So by Shivam Sharma, Upper Stall ...In the end, you'd be better off sticking with the book and skipping this one or if you really wish to watch two contrasting families coming to terms together, rent a DVD of Basu Da's classic Khatta Meetha. ... full review

So-So by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...While the performances tug at your heartstrings, it’s the labored pace that tests your patience. You enjoy it for the most part but the journey still tires you out.... full review

Thumbs down by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...Watch the movie for a lack of any other show to go to with your loved one. Despite the attempts of a modern love story, this 2 and a half hour movie can get to your nerves if you are expecting anything different.... full review