3 Idiots - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Though 3 idiots is a little more slapsticky than the Munnabhai series, the crass humor seems to be with a purpose. What remains fascinating is the blend of comedy with his social messages, as usual. He makes being good look so simple.



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52 reviewers have given 3 Idiots an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

40 yays
1 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...Amir plays a college kid here, and while he’s actually 40+ he does manage his character quite well.... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...But what probably goes wrong is that director Rajkumar Hirani seemed to have started enjoying the film so much that he just could not cut out a lot of unwanted scenes.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Borrowing only scraps from Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Five Point Someone’, Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi churn out some delectable idiotgiri, laced with juvenile humour and tear-shedding moments.... full review

So-So by Blogeswari, Blogeswari ...Raju Hirani is a master at pizhinchifying sentiness out of you with a tinge of humor and 3 Idiots is of the same type.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Ignore his primitive staging, and Hirani is our Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the Gallic charmer who, through the winsome whimsies of Amélie, set about ameliorating the world’s ills with a hop in the step and a gleam in the eye... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...fulfills every promise it made and entertains the viewer completely with its engrossing and enlightening content based upon some real life happenings, we see and read about every day.... full review

Thumbs up by Rima Bhatia, Bolly Spice ...All the songs are shot beautifully and do help to progress the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...All izz very, very, very, very, very well. ... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Aamir Khan again shines in this film. He was superb in every department of acting. Madhavan also created a strong impact. Sharman Joshi was equally superb.... full review

So-So by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...The cracks begin to surface when the plot meanders from its core. Lot of scenes in the second half are long and over drawn.... full review

Thumbs up by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema ...The film makes a hard hitting comment on the education system of today. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...The strength of the film lies in its screenplay that seamlessly moves back and forth in time.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...The following review may strike you as gushy, overzealous, or exaggerated in praise. But films like these are made once in a while and, so, superlatives are in order.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...Rancho is a cheerful, optimistic whiz kid who is impossibly indifferent to success or failure, and while letting him tower around what is technically a world of lesser mortals, Hirani puts forth his counsel on the issue, vehemently terming it murder.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...All these aspects and more are beautifully woven into the screenplay to sock you right under your chin without sounding preachy.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...t has an aphorism for every occasion-especially the memorable one, all izz well-but it is more than the crackling writing. ... full review

Thumbs up by Susan Jose, India-Forums ...Sharman Joshi is one person who was there in the last adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel and also in this one. He has a gift for comedy. But in this film, the boy is seen struggling to break out of his shell.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india.com ...This is a movie made in a burst of inspired lunacy and thank god for madmen such as Raju Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi for making it possible.... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, indiainfo.com ...The director is strangely shy of displaying emotions. So he counters the melodrama of his third hero Raju Rastongi (Sharma Joshi)'s life with black-and-white 1960s' self-mocking background music... full review

So-So by Anuj, Indian Auteur ...Hirani seems to possess an enthusiasm reminiscent of the French master, Jacques Tati. His films, much like Tati’s, consistently choose to exist in a state of indecision – perplexed between the lure of a fruitful future and the charm of a simpler past... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The introduction sequence of the principal is hilarious and so is an annual day Hindi speech of honour by an NRI student.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Over-the-top sequences (read the section below), melodrama, unrealistic situations just don’t work.... full review

Thumbs up by Amrita, Indiequill ...He’s sharp, he’s supercharged, he’s quick, he’s one of “The Khans” (note the capital letters). There are a lot of things Aamir is, but a fuck-up ain’t one of them. Even when Aamir plays a loser, he’s a heroic, righteous loser.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta, J.A.M ...Although the story of the film is not the best, it is the execution by Hirani that takes the cake... full review

Thumbs up by Vidhi M, merinews ...R Madhavan shows the most ease with his guise of Farhan Qureshi, affably switching to flashback and the present.... full review

Thumbs up by Kautilya, MH-31 Fun Unlimited ...10 out of 10 to Aamir Khan... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...Based on Chetan Bhagat's novel, Five Point Someone (though only a miniscule part has been adapted from the book; the rest is all original), here's a story of three friends studying in an engineering college... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Chase your dream and shine like the 3 Idiots. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mr. Inketi, Mr. Inketis Weblog ...After an awfully long time and in the midst of an industry steeped in depression we have a film where from the first scene to the last there is something fun happening on the screen... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, NDTV ...We don't make original thinkers who could pick up a Nobel prize for an invention. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ... if flogging the sacred cows of our institutionalised system of governance in cinema is not just an excuse to pull out all stops and let the young heroes have all the fun that their more disciplined counterparts deny themselves. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...The camera work and sound design too is just about perfect.... full review

Thumbs up by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...Despite the fact that 3 Idiots is an eminently watchable film, it is undeniable that this is a film in serious need of some trimming.... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Hirani’s childlike sense of fun does go risque and politically incorrect in the vignettes of college life. But then, isn’t irreverence, impertinence and colourful lingo the trademark of being young?... full review

So-So by Prasanth Vijay, Passion for Cinema ...Bollywood is famously peeved by details, more so when they are real.... full review

Thumbs up by Movie Magik, Passion for Cinema ...Amidst all this entertainment, laughs and tears, Hirani gives viewers ample to ponder about.... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Above all the trio manages to handle their each problem and lead their lives happily as well as have fun to the core.... full review

Thumbs up by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...In Three Idiots, I can say that I finally found a little bit of myself on the screen. No actually not just “a little bit”. A lot of me.... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...he end stretches a bit too long and some things are just too away from spontaneity.... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...It’s not that ‘3 Idiots’ is a flawless work of art. But it is a vital, inspiring and life-revising work of contemporary art with some heart imbued into every part.... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...The film is a must watch for every Aamir fan.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...full-on commercial entertainer with boisterous songs, romanticised idealism and jaunty buffoonery -- traits we have always adored Hirani for. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...borrowing a Farah Khan-style old school flashback but refusing to go all-out funny -- and instead labouring really hard to make a point, the aforementioned one about college and suicide. I repeat it because he does, and he does it over and over again.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Several portions immerse you, only to lead nowhere. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The three actors look like college students though they are 30 plus. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manish Gaekwad, StarBoxOffice ...Where David Dhawan has slapstick, Sooraj Barjatya is a wedding planner, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has delusion of grandeur, Madhur Bhandarkar has faux grit, Rajkumar Hirani rummages through all these pockets to serve his consommé of cinema which has everything going for it... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The director has been ably aided in this venture by the superb script and screenplay of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nova, The World As I See It ...The lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are very well thought of. My fav song of the movie is: “Give me some sunshine“.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The high point of the film is the fact that director Rajkumar Hirani says so much, and more, without losing his sense of humour and the sheer lightness of being. ... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ... Still, you wish it could have musically a little stronger... full review

Thumbs up by Aman Kanth, ZEENEWS.COM ...‘paisa vasool’... full review