Aatma - External Reviews

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Aatma has a storyline flatter than Bipasha Basu's waistline. So, you end up having yet another lame horror film, that barely manages to spook you.



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39 reviewers have given Aatma an average rating of 1.3/5.0 (?)

3 yays
22 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs up by Rahul Nanda, Filmfare ...In terms of performances Nawazuddin steals the show. Although after his entry he goes missing for a large chunk of the first half his presence is felt even in small scenes. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ... relies purely on the content and, to a large extent, succeeds owing to clever storytelling... full review

Thumbs up by Raju Nihalani, Rediff ...Doyel's vulnerability in the school scenes -- where she is unable to respond and retaliate against an irritating classmate and an insensitive teacher -- remind me of Jugal Hansraj in Masoom... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...AATMA does have a new subject to talk about in the horror genre but the same cannot be said about its treatment on the screen unfortunately.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Bollywood Hungama ...At heart, "Aatma" is a custody battle for a child, a "Kramer vs. Kramer", where one of the parents is dead.... full review

So-So by Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life ...Do we even need to say anything about Nawazuddin. Make him a thug and he will steal you hearts; make him an apparition and he will vanish like a column of smoke, leaving an imprint on everyone.... full review

So-So by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...The biggest problem with Aatma is that it sends across chills in independent scenes which are well crafted indeed and executed with remarkable subtlety; but none of it comes holistically together... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Aatma is one up on the horrors that Vikram Bhatt and Ram Gopal Varma inflict on us off late.... full review

So-So by Kritika Deval, fullhyd.com ...So, there you have it. The beginning, the middle, and the ending, even before the latter two parts occur. All that is left is the scary bits - which are unevenly effective. ... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Dhawan is well-used and mostly effective, and is the high point o>f Aatma.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ... Instead of the focus being on the girl being possessed, there are various tangents thrown in as well, most interestingly being Nawaz’s chilling presence that indeed makes you wonder what he would do next.... full review

So-So by Ashay D, koimoi ...The screenplay by Suparn Verma is upright and blameless. Yes, there is some melodrama during vibrant scenes but that is excusable.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Camera work is good and gives a stylish look to the film. Technically the movie is neat and clean. Editing is fine, but could have been much better.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...it's sure to delight those who dislike extreme scares, and might disappoint hardcore horror junkies. ... full review

So-So by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...After RGV and Vikram Bhatt (Raaz 3D), we have another filmmaker who has taken horror a few notches up. And that’s ‘brave’ of him... full review

So-So by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...What sets Aatma slightly apart from the less-than-mediocre horror sagas made in India is the slick cinematography (Sophie Winqvist) and production design (Sukant Panigrahy), a combination of which creates a haunting-lullaby world within a bustling city. ... full review

So-So by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...But that does not imply that ‘Aatma’ is an excellent film. Rather it is more apt to say that it is an out-of-the-box film. The scary moments before the interval are more like foreplay.... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...To be fair, Aatma does start off well and keeps you engrossed for the good part of the first half. ... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...AATMA doesn't resort to appalling, nauseating visuals. It's low on gore, but high on atmosphere and mood. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...The kid is a helpful trick still. There is nothing more chilling than something sinister brewing in the fuzzy head of an innocent looking child.... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...an atrocious horror film, a total travesty... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Director Suparn Verma packs in every cliche possible- from RGV's leg level camera angles to Vikram Bhats flying knives, cheap prosthetics, and even a soundtrack that converts a lullaby into a horror anthem.... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Performances are strictly average. The always bankable Nawazuddin is reduced to hamming and spewing awkward dialogues.... full review

Thumbs down by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...For some inexplicable reason, a majority of the scenes open with Bipasha’s back to us. When she turns around, eight times out of 10, she’s wearing a slinky negligee that makes fans in the audience hoot and whistle. ... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...Despite the earnestness evidenced in the performances of the lead players, notably Bipasha, Doyel and Nawazuddin, there is little believability in this enterprise. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...But what does knock you is Nawazuddin's performance. This guy is simply amazing. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the rest of the cast or even of the script.... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...And at the centre of all this stands a heaving and crying Basu, clad through much of the film in well-fitting nightwear that seems a tad provocative for a woman battling a murderous ghost.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Moments like these are few and far between in this lazy film that doesn't even create the required atmospherics for a moody thriller. ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Deogire, In.com ...Dramatisation is kept to a minimum and there are some frightful thrills, however you're struck by a constant sense of deja vu since most of the plot devices seem recycled.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The lead pair is an unusual pairing, and it isn’t milked to a distinct advantage except evoking the curiosity of watching two very distinct talents pitted against each other.... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...The spirit is willing, but the treatment is weak... full review

Thumbs down by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...ips as the single mom does her bit dealing with a possessed daughter but the melodramatic scenes could have been easily avoided.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Although Basu and Siddiqui’s pairing is unconventional, it only works in spurts individually. Of course, Basu has been doing similar roles for a while now but Siddiqui shines in relatively new territory. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Thanks to Nordic director of photography Sophie Winqvist’s energetic camerawork and mood-inducing lighting, Aatma wears a unique look and feel. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Aatma neither scares you not entertains. Lack of spine chilling moments and wafer-thin of the story totally ruin Aatma's chances. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Bereft of logic, intrigue or indeed any horror, “Aatma” is an unremarkable film ... full review

Thumbs down by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ... Shernaz Patel as Maya's mom performs well. Tilotima Shome as Nia's class teacher looks attractive.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ... It definitely can psychologically scare you when you don’t know what’s wrecking havoc. However, in case of Aatma, you get to know the entire story in the initial few minutes itself. T... full review

Thumbs down by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...The gifted Jaideep, as the police officer who apprehends the role of a spirit in murders even before the godman comes into play but does nothing about it, remains a curious cardboard.... full review