Bahubali (Hindi, Telugu) - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) - But if you do, you may want to go to the cinema halls.
quick review:

One epic war sequence at the end of a story that is not only half-hearted, but also half-told.

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28 reviewers have given Bahubali an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

23 yays
3 nays
2 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Bahubali features one of the longest scenes of romanticised symbolic violation ever seen on screen. Why are we as a nation not angered by it?... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Rajamouli proves that it’s possible to reinvent even the “TASMAC song” — here, the dancers emerge from a pyramid of ropes, as alcohol flows from pitchers overhead. But the best sight of all is that of a filmmaker not, for a second, taking his audience for granted.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...So do watch BAAHUBALI at the earliest in whatever language you are comfortable with, though the dubbing does take away much of the actual essence, feel, emotion and impact of the scenes unarguably.... full review

Thumbs up by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice ...I read a tweet from a random viewer which said people are running out of superlatives to describe the grandeur that is Baahubali. I too am lost for words as the fan of fantasy screams and shouts for joy but has to wait patiently to see Baahubali: The Conclusion.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, despite having a first half that is rather slow, and a ballistic second half, a film like BAHUBALI makes you proud that an Indian filmmaker dared to dream big and accomplished it. BAHUBALI is definitely not to be missed. Call it a box-office blockbuster today, but tomorrow, it will be remembered as a classic.... full review

Thumbs up by Romal Singh, BookmyShow ...For the incomparable visuals; for the strong portrayal of women in several roles; for the chiselled Rana Daggubati and Prabhas who look good enough to eat; for the great battle scenes; for the captivating story line; and mostly for your own thorough entertainment. This movie is 100% paisa vasool.... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...You can see the effort and the money. But, you cannot see the heart or soul!... full review

Thumbs up by Rakesh Reddy, Desi Martini ...Baahubali is India's most expensive film and the most anticipated one too. Before I go with the review, I must say I am amazed by this man's vision... full review

So-So by Raja Satish, Desi Martini ...Watch it for visual effects and bits and pieces of technically appealing scenes spread over the film's canvas.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Bahubali is beyond your imagination – a film that takes Indian cinema to the next level. Don’t miss it.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Bahubali is truly an epic experience. Had the story not been so jaded, this would've gone into the history books as an all-time classic. But that's not the case. It has its set of storytelling flaws, but even those are overshadowed by Rajamouli's ideas and execution. This is definitely worthy of being India's most expensive film. It's a definite movie watching experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...This battle is Rajamouli's tour de force. It's elaborate, well-choreographed and has some breathtaking moments. Prabhas and Dagubatti are both in their elements as the warriors who approach warfare in two distinctive styles. The outcome of the battle is no surprise, but there are enough clever tactics and twists to keep the audience hooked. The biggest surprise, however, lies in the film's final shot, which gives you a glimpse into the sequel that will come out next year. And it's good enough to make you wish 2016 was here already.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...While the scale of the mounting is pretty much impressive, there’s no finesse or enchantment to the finished product, to allow for any great attachment. At best this is a notch higher than tele-series like Ramayana and Mahabharat but definitely way below the Gold standard of a Cecil B De Mille enterprise. S S Rajamouli has a lot to learn from this monstrous mistake!... full review

Thumbs up by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com ...There is frankly little point in us recommending (or not recommending) Baahubali - you'll watch it anyway. But still, here it is - go watch it. Baahubali gets an A+ for intent and an A- for execution, but it is still an A.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Sathyaraj as Kattappa is both noble and solid. He brings a certain charm to his performance, fully understanding the personality of his character BEN-HUR was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won an unprecedented 11. Let's see how our jury receives this EPIC! ... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, Hindustan Times ...What really makes the film work is that it is, at its heart, a fast-paced adventure, fuelled by themes of questing and redemption.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Bahubali given that I watched a Hindi dubbed version of the original Telugu film. Rajamouli is indeed a visual storyteller, and he brings the curtains down on this first part of his two-film saga with a curious cliffhanger. I can't wait for Part 2, which comes next year.... full review

Thumbs up by Mona Ramavat, india today ...History and histrionics, gore and grandeur, energy and entertainment; the first part of Baahubali has enough of these for us to look forward to the second, releasing next year.... full review

Thumbs up by Archita Kashyap, koimoi ...Be it the war sequences, or sword fighting; or a visual spectacle, or pure entertainment, watch Bahubali this weekend. Kudos to the dedication of S S Rajamouli and his leading men, Prabhas & Rana, for spending years putting this film together. Actually, in it’s imagination & Indianness, Bahubali might just be a whole new start.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...It is to the director's credit that every aspect of the film -- action, mind-boggling set design and choreography -- lives up to this epic film of gigantic scale. The choreography in the song that has Shiva disrobing Avantika to get her in touch with her feminine side, is an absolute gem. Don't miss it.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Baahubali is an entertaining, total paisa-vasool fare, especially in the second half where the war scenes will remind you of films like Gladiator and Troy. The battle scenes have been choreographed beautifully and shows Prabhas and Rana at their best as they join forces to beat back barbaric invaders.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well, it's said that good things come to those who wait, and if you can wait or pass through the weak first half of the film, the second half has lots of good treats for its cinematic fans. The fantastic direction, brilliant background score, flawless action scenes, spectacular scale and decent performances make this movie a valorous saga of entertainment.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Bahubali, save entertainment. Despite the talent that has gone into making this larger-than-life spectacle, it doesn’t prove to be half as bewitching as Eega. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The first part of the epic leaves behind dollops of rip-roaring entertainment to relish till it’s back to finish what it started in perhaps even more jaw-dropping manner. Rajamouli incites such confidence.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...But there are relatively small faults in a film that overwhelms and entertains through its sheer love for scale and visual wizardry. For the splendid visual feast it offers, and the solid performances, this one comes recommended!... full review

Thumbs up by SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO, The Hindu ...M.M. Keeravani’s music, Sabu Cyril’s art direction, Rama Rajamouli and Prashanti Tipirneni’s costumes are in sync with the film’s setting. Prabhas does his best in the dual job of playing the carefree Sivudu and the revered Baahubali. There was no doubt that Rana would look the part of a warrior, but here he shows his growth as an actor. Anushka Shetty is gutsy to take on such a role and emotes through her powerful eyes. Had she faltered, she would have been a ‘mera beta aayega’ mother one has seen in Hindi cinema of 70s and 80s. Yes, we want to see more of her. Tamannaah is impressive in her warrior princess act. Sathyaraj and Rohini are pitch perfect in their parts.... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...The casting is terrific. Ramya Krishnan in her short but substantial role is flawless as the feisty Raajmata. Tamannaah does the action bit well. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati are outstanding. They hugely contribute to making this routine good vs bad film a visual extravaganza...entertainment guaranteed. The scene which sees Shiva singlehandedly erecting a giant gold statue of Bhallala Deva is jawdroppingly iconic. Take a bow S.S. Rajamouli.... full review

Thumbs up by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...This film is worth watching simply to bask in the future of what Indian epics can be portrayed as, if only someone like Rajamouli can have the courage to visualise it! Watch it – you would want to hold your breath for the sequel. ... full review