Action Jackson - External Reviews

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quick review:

145 minutes of super-stylish action. There is about 10 minutes worth of story somewhere in there. But, does that really matter? And does it count that it doesn't matter?

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33 reviewers have given Action Jackson an average rating of 0.5/5.0 (?)

0 yays
26 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...At the end of this mind-numbingly unentertaining film, I consoled myself with the closing credits in which Prabhudheva (kindly note the spelling) appears in his dance-wiz avatar playing choreographer to the lead cast. He’s so vastly superior to Ajay in that department, that you can’t help but appreciate Ajay for sportingly demonstrating his shortcomings to the world. What he was thinking when he accepted this film though is a mystery that may never be solved!... full review

Thumbs down by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Loud, crass, clichéd, hammy, Action Jackson is a film that leaves you begging Prabhu for mercy.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...We are all looking for that pleasant fragrance in our films, dear film-makers. So better try to be the third intelligent son in your upcoming ventures……..gracefully!... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, ACTION JACKSON is a highly avoidable affair.... full review

Thumbs down by Prateek Sur, Bollywood Life ...Only a die-hard Ajay fan can walk out of the film without regretting the of time and money spent and wasted on the film.... full review

So-So by Samiya Dinware, BookmyShow ...A must-watch for die-hard Ajay Devgn fans, Action Jackson has intense fight scenes and foot-tapping songs, but lacks logic! The film features a wonderful cast and a few one-liners that make up for the missing elements. Nevertheless, Action Jackson is full of mindless comedy and if you’re looking for a fun film this weekend, you can probably give this action drama a try!... full review

Thumbs down Daily Bhaskar ...If you want to have fun time with your friends, where bashing the film is all what you want to do. Watch it. Otherwise skip ‘The Criminal Baby’.... full review

Thumbs down by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...There are bad films, there are so-bad-they-are-good films. And then there is 'Action Jackson'. Bollywood has trained us well enough to know that we are not to use our grey cells one bit while watching films like 'Action Jackson'. We have sat through Sajid Khan’s seven-course torture fest 'Humshakals', we can sit through anything. Right?... full review

Thumbs down by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini ...To this movie, make no commitment or appointment, just avoid this painful punishment!... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A nonsensical story made worse by too many songs, too much violence and way too much stupidity. Avoid ,avoid and avoid... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Why did this film get made ?... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Endure this only if you are a true blue Ajay Devgn fan, otherwise revisit Rowdy Rathore, Prabu Deva's better version of Action Jackson.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ... It’s as if director Prabhudheva wanted to make two distinct movies with the same cast. When he couldn’t make up which genre to go with he put the two together to make an ambiguous mix-genre movie that’s too inconsistent to garner any appreciation.... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, FirstPost ...Dum? Well, it's a proper dum ghutne (suffocate) wali film, which should be part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' and needs to be sent to its worthy place which is a dustbin. It's high time our film makers should find their existence and remember that we are from that country which is known for making good song and dance type of entertainers and not a mindless project type of films. The action is repetitive and the Jackson part seems like spoofing the legendary dancer Michael Jackson, who if, was alive today would have surely told every fan of his after watching 'Action Jackson' to go beat it, just beat it everyone associated with it.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ... It’s certainly a big confounding mess. And Sonakshi’s ‘Singham to Chewing Gum’ admission signifies the extent of the degradation that a prototype actioner has to undergo in an effort to appease an audience thirsting for something different. ..Because the difference here is just not good enough. ... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua , fullhyd.com ...Action Jackson does not need endorsement. The film regulars who enjoy this genre will watch it regardless of feedback. This movie, too, may cross the not-so-elusive 100-crore mark. Watch it if you are a __________ (insert any Prabhu Dheva / Rohit Shetty / Salman Khan / Ajay Devgn / Akshay Kumar action flick name here) fan, and just need to be entertained. Be warned, however, that the songs and the action can get pretty loud.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...As for Ajay Devgn, he goes through this mindless script and direction with the conviction of a committed player. He dances, fights, emotes and jokes around with style, never once giving you the impression that he is part of this nonsensical farce. He is in a zone of his own. His fans are in for a crazy time. They will have AJ and Vishy to choose from! ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra,, Hindustan Times ...I’ve seen plenty of bad films this year but Action Jackson raises the bar on awful. I’m sure I’ve lost a few brain cells with this one. I request you to stay at home — I have suffered it so you don’t have to.... full review

Thumbs down by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...To put it briefly, watch Action Jackson if you are a Prabhudheva or Ajay Devgn fan, because otherwise there isn't a single dialogue you haven't heard and this is one of the films where they say 'Do not take your brains to the theatres'.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...This film is really an orgy of bloody fight scenes punctuated by too many tuneless songs, and some juvenile gags that might amuse a six-year-old. My heart went out to poor Kunal Roy Kapoor, so good in Delhi Belly, but wasted here as Vishy's comic sidekick. In one scene, he farts in the face of a man who's about to sip his tea, causing a storm in his teacup...quite literally. It's the least offensive bit in a film that assaults your senses and leaves you feeling battered and bruised.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Move over Humshakals and O Teri. The award for the worst film of the year goes to Action Jackson. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...Action Jackson is just action scenes and random songs put together to fill 145 minutes of screen time. This film is beyond repair... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Action Jackson matches up to neither Prabhudheva’s film making nor an Ajay Devgn film. It is an extreme downer for those expecting a full on action-packed ‘masala’ film. With a done to death plot and an absolutely nothing new to offer, the only thing that this film latches onto is Ajay Devgn who maintains his swagger well enough... full review

Thumbs down by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY ...You can give this one a miss but that depends on whether you always carry your brain along to the cinema hall.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Ultimately, Action Jackson turns out to be a single screen massy affair that could have indeed benefitted had the second half been as entertaining as the first.... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, it's a proper dum ghutne (suffocate) wali film, which should be part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' and needs to be sent to its worthy place which is a dustbin. It's high time our film makers should find their existence and remember that we are from that country which is known for making good song and dance type of entertainers and not a mindless project type of films. The action is repetitive and the Jackson part seems like spoofing the legendary dancer Michael Jackson, who if, was alive today would have surely told every fan of his after watching 'Action Jackson' to go beat it, just beat it everyone associated with it.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Action Jackson, a surefire Golden Kela contender, could give Humshakals a run for its money. Give it a miss. ... full review

Thumbs down by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...Final word - Action Jackson could be well described by one scene where Ajay Devgn does a moonwalk. He makes a joke of out the step just like the film makes a joke out of the audience's sensibilities. This is one of those films where every scene ends up being an inspiration for some self-pity joke for the viewer. Save your money... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Prabhudeva, bless him, gives us something too warped to be predictable, and it hurts how thrillingly close he came to getting the name just right. A film this focussed on what lies under the jeans should really have been called Action Johnson.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is worth a watch strictly for the cast and the songs. That’s if you’re willing to endure the unbelievably long and violent film for that. Clearly, Prabhu Dheva (Wanted, R…Rajkumar, Rowdy Rathore) is in no mood to let go of the stale Bollywood formula. And as the audience, you can either play along or move on!... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...This one, however, only amuses. It is the kind of torture Tarantino haters would want to inflict on him. Imagine Tarantino tied to a chair, cue ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’, and then play Action Jackson. But you know what? He might actually laugh.... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...The action sequences have Tarantino's Kill Bill influence. However, here the animation wipes jump out of nowhere almost startling you. Ajay romancing the sword in his bare-bodied avatar is exciting. He pulls off the comic and the Bazooka killing-machine acts with ease. Sonakshi shimmies well to Himesh Reshammiya's hit ditties -- Keeda and Chichora Piya with Ajay, who tries to do better than stomp. Manasvi shows her shapely body in a bootylicious gangster song, while Yami charms with her girl next-door act. If you're not looking for a mentally stimulating fare, enjoy this ride that is basically meant for the filmi keedas.... full review

Thumbs down by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Movie-goers expect to get entertained while watching a movie. Alas, ‘Action Jackson’ doesn’t even have an iota of entertainment quotient. Watch the movie only if you are an Ajay Devgn Fan!... full review