Baby - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

While Baby has the usual trappings of being predictable in the larger picture, it grabs your attention and keeps it there, especially post-interval.



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30 reviewers have given Baby an average rating of 3.8/5.0 (?)

19 yays
3 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...'Baby' hinges heavily on the action and stunts by Cyril Raffaelli. It’s a taut, gritty thriller that aims to kick up patriotic fervour without getting overtly jingoistic. Recommended.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...A solid entertainer with a semblance of reality ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...This being the basic script of BABY could have turned it into a masterpiece espionage thriller minus all the unrequired mess and wastage of reputed artists seen in its first half. Anyway in its present avatar too it thankfully works well (only) in its final hour that surely deserves to be seen and enjoyed. So without expecting anything novel on the lines of A WEDNESDAY or SPECIAL 26, do watch it as a well shot racy thriller, ignoring the first half.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BABY is one of the finest films ever made in the history of Indian cinema. Not only because of its excellent cinematic credentials but also because of the balanced 'Thought' behind the film. Neeraj Pandey once again proves that he's a genius. This time he proves, it's possible to better Perfection. We say, hey baby, don't think, just go for BABY. Cinema at its very best!... full review

Thumbs up BookmyShow ...Akshay Kumar delivers a stunning, mature performance in Baby. The film is highly engrossing and sets the foundation for a thrilling climax.... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...All this, of course, gets forgotten when the film twists. Thereon, for the last 10 or 15 minutes of 'Baby', it keeps you on the edge and sends you off feeling happy. But, too little, too late Pandey has written the story, script and directed 'Baby'. Sometimes another pair of eye, another brain isn’t such a bad idea.... full review

Thumbs up by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Go baby go!... full review

So-So by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...One of the better masala movies of late.... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...And that they take on the Kingdom of Saud. But you know "baby steps" types. So, go watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Baby is a must-watch to witness and enjoy the incredible combination of Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar. Easily, one of the best films of the year.... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...Real world problems aside, watch the film for its well-executed action and ahem – that’s for you, ladies, for Pakistani hottie Mikaal Zulfiqar, who plays Akshay’s deeply connected contact in Gulf. And for the rejuvenated Khiladi Kumar, of course, who really knows how to kick some ass…... full review

So-So by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...While Baby is not a bad film, particularly by Bollywood standards, it is manipulative, ill-informed and lazily written. Its admiration and advocacy of violence is juvenile at best and irresponsible at worst. That said, Pandey, who is credited with story, script and direction, did have the good sense to show us that not all Muslims are terrorists, whether in India or anywhere else.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...Baby may not be the need of the hour, or it may just be what the country needs to snap out of its self-indulgent stupor and contribute to the nation's progress. Either way, it is a movie worth watching, for the content and the acting. Be prepared to be pepped after.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...For Akshay Kumar, this is a high adrenalin role that allows him no time to slacken his pace. He packs a mean punch in his role as a crack officer. Danny Denzongpa as the chief of BABY, guides the operations effortlessly with his guile and diplomacy within the government. All the villians including Kay Kay Menon inject that right dose of terror. The problem with Menon is that he gets repetitive in essaying roles. But Pandey gives him no scope for that. The Maulana's maniacal terror essayed by Pakistan actor Rashid Naz is the icing on the cake. ... full review

So-So by rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Enjoy it for the brisk action thriller that it is, and try not to think about how much better it could've been.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Following A Wednesday and Special Chhabis, Pandey works with a bigger canvas for his third film. But Baby proves that bigger doesn't always mean better.... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Khilnani, india today ...All the drama is in the second half, which is pacy and interesting. A little humor does work at regular intervals. Lead actor Akshay Kumar entertains and suits the role but a lot of actors in the film are wasted; you see them in a scene or two like Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher and Tapsee Pannu, they join him at different points in his mission.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Baby is definitely one of the best shot and visually appealing films in recent times. The film is shot across Kathmandu, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Mumbai. Across every location the cinematography is beautiful and every sequence is captured with such grandeur and scale that it enlightens the experience of watching a high adrenaline film. Special Mention to the DOP (Director of Photography) Sudeep Chatterjee. This is probably the first Indian film where an Octocopter Drone (like helicopter cameras) is used to capture aerial shots. Also, a lot of scenes have been shot on live locations like busy streets to keep the authenticity of the script intact.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Baby is a must-watch film with rich content. This action thriller will woo you if you are a fan of watching raw action where blood spills and guns are trotted. An honest work that dares to bare terrorism and its religious connection. What I loved most about the film was its quality to hook you... full review

Thumbs up by shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Two minor complaints, though — wish they had gone easy on the background score and a glaring loophole that involves a laptop belonging to a terrorist. But everything said and done, this movie is a must watch.... full review

Thumbs up by joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Eventually, Baby turns out to be one of the finest films ever made in Bollywood. With a superb (and topical plot), excellent treatment, wonderful performances, never-seen-before locations, fantastic background score and an authentic narrative, it is one film that should be on your watch list this season. Coupled with the fact that the release timing of this film, which doesn't try to be pretentiously patriotic, couldn't have been better, it would certainly come on its own by the time Republic Day holiday comes calling.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, 'Baby' is a well made and fantastically presented film, which will keep you engaged throughout the film. It might lack some main factors in comparison to his last two releases, but has its own merits to boast about. The movie should have been more hard hitting and bit trimmed down. Nevertheless, right from the first shot of the film till the finale portion, despite of a few flaws 'Baby' is a neat thrillingly dazzling experience.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...One can only cringe. Baby is a superficial cinematic condensation of the shrill television images, newspaper headlines and communally-charged political posturing that we are subjected to day in and day out. Who needs more?... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty, Planet Bollywood ...Even though the film is engulfed in jingoism, it is far from being preachy. The action scenes, the chase sequences – everything complements the screenplay of the film and are not added without a purpose. Baby is a supremely engaging thriller that has a lot of intellectual depth as well. It does not insult the insult the intelligence of the viewers; instead it asks them to submerge themselves in the plot.... full review

So-So by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...While the plot in the second half holds itself nicely, Akki-Danny Denzongpa-Kher (Daggubati is just an add-on here too) offer their best to play it as real as it gets. The second-half, especially the climax is where the film has scored well and keeps you on the edge of your seat.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is full of improbable developments, convenient cinematic license and absurd portions. The only redeeming features are the ensemble cast, a few engaging action portions and a fast-paced second half.... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Akshay Kumar nails the part. Restrained without being monotonous, Akshay keeps the heart throbbing. Action choreographer Cyril Raffaelli keeps the stunts believable and the danger palpable in the lanes of Kathmandhu and Istanbul. The support actors don’t stay beyond their welcome. Taapsee impresses as the hard boiled agent in a demure salwar suit, Rana Dagubatti plays the hulk bit to the hilt. Not to forget Anupam Kher’s turn as a circumspect techie.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Balancing characters, conspiracies and cities, director Neeraj Pandey admirably keeps Baby rich, yet tight, researched, non-sentimental and steely-eyed. Neeraj's craft has grown - he's taken trademark touches from films like Special 26 and A Wednesday, setting them here on a grand scale, with a breath-taking climax. The cinematography - desert dunes in nothing but shaded moonlight - is elegant while dialogues are robust. One of Baby's crew tells Ajay, "Tension kya lena? Ulta, aapke rehte, mazaa aata hai."... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...‘Baby’ makes for an engrossing watch because the filmmakers are not interested in making a social commentary. The film deals with a definite conflict, backs it up with a coherent plot trajectory and delivers a compelling resolution. Yes, there are some excesses and cinematic liberties taken, but considering that ‘Baby’ delivers on its promise of entertaining, I am not complaining.... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...It is a must watch entertainer for every Indian. Go grab your tickets!... full review