The Attacks of 26/11 - External Reviews

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The Attacks of 26/11 tries to tackle two questions - Who are these terrorists? And can we face their terror with anything but helplessness? A little tact, a few fumbles. A little beyond the obvious, a few facts edited/changed.



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37 reviewers have given The Attacks of 26/11 an average rating of 2.2/5.0 (?)

11 yays
15 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Apun Ka Choice ...a stunning wake-up call... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The film not only chronicles the terror attacks, but also pays homage to the sentiments of the people of India and especially the heroes and victims of 26/11... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...It’s unapologetic about its violent stance. The loud intimidating background score proves it. But more importantly the film is passionate in its recreation of a horror most people would not want to recollect.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...RGV and Eros International should dub this film in as many languages as possible. Methinks it should have an international release. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...What could have been an insightful film on the ill-fated incident almost ends up being a detached docu-drama thanks to RGV's tangential take on the attacks of 26/11.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...Call it a dramatic adaptation but one thing can be said for sure that reality would have been much more troubling than what one sees on screen. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aishwarya, koimoi ...The style of narration suits the news-mode more than the movie-mode.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Screenplay has been decently written ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Ram Gopal Varma adopts an otherwise largely matter-of-fact approach. It cuts both ways. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Several colleagues who had covered the attacks live, were disappointed that the film was a poor representation of the actual events. That put aside, the film does manage to involve the viewer and their emotions with its raw portrayal of the attacks and powerful performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...a comeback of sorts... full review

So-So by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life ...Thought provoking yet definitely not the last word on the terror strikes... full review

So-So by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...However, scenes like the baby crying near his dead mother inside Taj or the wounded girl sobbing between a carpet of dead bodies at VT is quite spine chilling. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ... It’s a Ram Gopal Varma movie that’s just better than anything he’s made lately... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...A film like this deserved the RGV of Satya not the RGV we know now. This could have been his fight back film. Alas!... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...Ram Gopal Varma is infamous for his crazy angles and disturbing camera movements, but in The Attacks Of 26/11, he lets the visuals breathe and live.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...The tragic absurdity of constables fighting heavily armed terrorists with stones and lathis hits you.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...The film has its soul-stirring moments but they are very few. ... full review

So-So by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Some measured acts, some moments of horror... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...If that be the biggest highpoint of the film considering some of his previous works, even his representation of certain elements deserve to be lauded.... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...he shows a lot more restraint in the second half and Nana Patekar single-handedly lends the film a little dignity.... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...What RGV's re-appraisal of that injury does, is remind us that the spirit of the city is indefatigable; inspite of still bleeding hearts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Newcomer Sanjeev Jaiswal plays Ajmal Kasab, the lone 26/11 terrorist to be caught alive. It’s hard to assess his performance, such as it is, since he’s given little to do in the film apart from resemble Kasab.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...It feels like the dignity of those people who lost their lives is being violated. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Two gruesome hours after as i walked out of the theatre, I was wondering how a film like this gets released in the screens while the censor board sits cutting songs and midriffs in scenes from other films! ... full review

Thumbs down by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...I don't want to talk about Nana Patekar because I do not understand why he'd agree to do the film in the first place. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ... These are distressing sequences but must I see a child crying in the middle of this mayhem while the terrorists wait and let Ramu have his dramatic moment?... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...The Attacks of 26/11 feels like a over decorated half baked dish that has the right ingredients and toppings but lacks the taste to titillate your appetite.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ... Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan should consider himself lucky he doesn’t get a mention in the film (the NSG is a mere footnote) unlike Hemant Karkare and Vijay Salaskar who are reduced to extras of the dumb filmi cop variety.... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...The unstintingly gory recreation of these tragic deaths seems especially a pity because Varma was once gifted enough as a filmmaker to be able to grip us without it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live, jingoistic and almost hysterical tone... full review

Thumbs down by Alisha Coelho, ...Poorly acted and amatuerly shot... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It had the potential to be both smart procedural, and spiffy action, but '26/11' sinks somewhere in the middle.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ... a cheap rouser... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...ends up disappointing his fans.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...But it is RGV who has the last laugh as he guilt-trips you into standing up through his reversescrolling end titles in memory of the lives lost in 26/11... full review

Thumbs down by Vaihayasi Pande Daniel, Rediff ...gave me a headache... full review