ABCD - Any Body Can Dance - 2 - External Reviews

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Lots of great hip-hop moves. If you are looking for story, move on.

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35 reviewers have given ABCD - Any Body Can Dance - 2 an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...If only a teeny bit more attention had been paid to the writing of ABCD 2, this could have been a great film. Well, even with its blemishes, it is remarkably entertaining. Now waiting for ABCD 3.... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...An eminently watchable dance movie that overstays its welcome.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...For a while, I wondered why the drama was so severely undercooked. The kids are accused of copying dance moves, but we never get a satisfactory explanation. They enter a qualifying event in Bangalore, and we don’t get the nail-biting moment where the judges keep us hanging about the winners. The performance happens. The audience responds positively. Cut to next scene. But it’s a good thing the director, Remo D’Souza, keeps cutting away to scenes of dancing. Otherwise, we may have had to endure more laughable subplots like the one involving Prabhu Dheva. He seems to be auditioning for a part in a spin-off titled Any Body Cannot Emote.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Strangely, we call the first one made as per a specific genre and target audience but forget the same rule when it comes to rate a similar attempt by our own filmmakers.... feeling the inferiority complex. So forgetting all the criticism, if you really love dancing and have a dancer’s soul waiting to be given a chance then do go for ABCD 2 in the theatres and just enjoy the show.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, ABCD - ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 makes for a good viewing and this film will surely find its way to its target audience - the youth, as the film has the right mix of content and visuals in it.... full review

So-So by Tushar Joshi, Bollywood Life ...ABCD 2 will work for those who just want to enjoy some cool dance numbers. Those expecting a solid story line might be disappointed.... full review

Thumbs up by Vidula Menge, BookmyShow ...Apart from its fantastic dance sequences, the film gives you a sincere Varun Dhawan (How can you not love him?), 3D put to good use and a climax that you will enjoy. - ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Sushant Pujari, Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal, Punit Pathak and Lauren Gottlieb are the real dancers here, though Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor are super earnest—hip hip requiring more coordination and energy than balletic grace. Similarly, the actors can get by with charm—no great acting muscle required. The film is enjoyable and hits its target audience of youngsters. That is more than what can he said about a lot of films that pass off as hits these days... full review

So-So by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...Yes, it can get better, but ABCD 2 is definitely one step in the right direction. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini ...Dance-lovers will rejoice but cinema lovers won’t!... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Predictable boring fare... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Unless you don't tire of watching dance for two hours, you might give this a miss!... full review

So-So by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...ABCD 2 might work for you if you just want to enjoy some cool dance numbers. There is little in the film apart for that to entertain you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...3D films in Hindi cinema are a rarity. Movies focusing entirely on dance are just as niche. Put the two together and you have a solid proposition for a commercial entertainer. Great looking lead pair, dancing their socks off and the visuals are pretty neat too. ABCD 2 is a dance film that makes its viewer feel like dancing. Michael Jackson would approve!... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...But that’s enough fun, let’s talk business. The sequel will be about a bunch of rookie dancers from Nalasopara, making it big. I know why I called these films ABCD - Any Body Can Direct.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Varun Dhawan has already proven that he can emote with the best of the new breed of actors and in this film, he proves he can work hard enough to convince us of his dance abilities. Shradha Kapoor, still whiny in performance, also proves that she is worthy of her dancing shoes. As far as the dance goes, most of the actors do well. It’s the acting that suffers. most of them sound awkward and ill-at-ease when in close-up. The cinematography has it’s high moments during the dance but when it comes to drawing out emotions it looks suspect.... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...Remo D'Souza has managed to incorporate some interesting choreography in the movie, and the dance sequences are worth watching. The cinematography, enhanced by some great locations and innovative steps, is pretty good.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...If you ask me, the performances are not a patch on the earlier movie; they are patchy, not fluid. Moreover, you lose the grip on the movie within the first 30 minutes after you realize that there is no plot to take it further. It's just a push and shove scenario, hoping to get lucky.... full review

So-So by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...You should watch ABCD 2 irrespective of whether you are a dancer or not, because the performances more than compensate for the forced emotions, poorly-written dialogues and the badly-woven storyline.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...If only director Remo D’Souza had curbed his enthusiasm and trimmed this film by a good half hour, it wouldn’t feel like such a slog. Despite all the high-energy up on screen, you feel drained after 155 minutes of non-stop song and dance. I’m going with a generous two-and-a-half out of five for ABCD2. Sure anybody can dance, but it takes more work to keep an audience consistently engaged.... full review

Thumbs up by Suhani Singh, india today ...The real highlight though is Suresh & Vernon's invigorating, breathtaking choreography which is unlike anything Bollywood has seen before. For that alone, ABCD 2 is worth a watch. That the group from Vasai-Nalasopara has a film on their accomplishment is a story in itself.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...ABCD 2 is a film for the dance afficianado and also for the general audience, if you can enjoy perfectly conceived and amazingly performed dance sequences. It is universal in its appeal and is a thoroughly entertaining sequel. Yes, it is bogged down by some shady dialogues, unnecessary backstories and average acting from the non-lead actors but it is a novel film which aims to promote dance in India. The 3D effects are a cool add-on to the whole package and kids will enjoy it more than their parents. This monsoon, drench yourself in some flavourful Indian popping and locking with ABCD 2.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...ABCD 2 is a fun watch for all those who love dancing. If you have two left feet when it comes to dance then at least get thrilled watching this. Surely, India’s best attempt at a dance film.... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...D’Souza, who worked for years as one of Bollywood’s most successful choreographers, packs the screen with writhing, seizing, arching, flying bodies. It’s thrilling stuff, all those flashy moves, rendered even flashier in 3D by Vijay Arora’s roving camera, accompanied by Sachin-Jigar’s EDM-heavy score. It is also choreographed to a T, and after a while I found myself wishing for something more free-flowing, with less precision and more personality. “We dance to express, not to impress,” says Suresh at one point. Their act struck me as the exact opposite.... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Varun, a terrific dancer, puts his heart and soul into the role and it is to his credit that he looks perfectly capable of being the leader of a professional dedicated dance group. Shraddha is the pleasant surprise as she shows off her newly acquired skill in a solo performance.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...In conclusion, watch the film only for the dance sequences...for a true underdog tale, revisit the prequel ABCD.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ... Well, this movie has some fantastic dance sequences and that too, in 3D with the help of superb dance performances by its lead actors. The length, weak screenplay and lethargic direction make this film end up as an average product where the actors Naachna Toh Jante Hain, Lekin Script Poora Ka Poora Tedaa hain..'. Director Remo D'Souza ends up the film with a note - 'Life is all about the next step', we would love to follow that by excusing this film and wait for his next venture.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...That pretty much is the story of ABCD 2: it shows us a great deal, but tells us little. For dance freaks, there is much on offer. For lovers of cinema, ABCD 2 is a hazy blur of a movie.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The build-up, however, is both -- clumsy and grating -- what with nearly every dialogue uttered in the first fifteen minutes crying 'cheater.' Equally tedious is Dhawan's attempt to rope in a drunkard Prabhudeva as mentor.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...As someone who wholeheartedly enjoyed ABCD, I have to say this has proven to be a disappointing and unworthy sequel. The film ends with a quote by Remo that says, 'Life is all about the next step'. We certainly hope Remo's next step has us dancing again!... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: A full time pass movie. Go bask in the glory of dance. ... full review

So-So by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...As for the emotional integrity, the film opens well when Remo creates a link between our classical tradition of dance and the contemporary variety through Suresh’s touching backstory but after that as long as the film remains on stage, it throbs with natural energy but the moments off it seem staged and predictable because Remo fails to think beyond the obvious links between the two.... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...The patriotic fervour in the climax brings a lump to the throat. If only the film had been 15 minutes shorter, the 'Jai Ho' would've resonated more!... full review

So-So by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...I understand hip-hop might be slightly more technical then just flowing with Bollywood dance but that’s just technicality. If a film isn’t capable of engaging you then what’s the point? Watch it if dance is the only thing that makes you move.... full review

Thumbs up by Dhriti Sharma, ZEENEWS.COM ...You may be in for a surprise if you thought that 'ABCD 2' would be totally as you predict. Roaring towards the end, the movie is absolutely realistic which is a great plus and you need to watch the film to know it all. Don't let your weekend be monotonous, grab a ticket – it's worth it.... full review