Barfi! - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Everything you'd felt it would be after having seen the promos. Subtle, delightful, sensitive and thoughtful with some wonderful performances. Brings with itself a dream-like world that any lyrical film would.

Reviews

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71 reviewers have given Barfi! an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

58 yays
4 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Anurag Basu has a winner in his hands, and that's without resorting to sex or violence, but a healthy dose of charm instead. ... full review

Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...And then it has it’s comedic moments, very Chaplinesque and home-grown in nature. ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Priyanka Chopra -- an actress with experimental streak and talent that seldom gets the praise it deserves -- who is unbelievably convincing as the autistic Jhilmil, with her convulsive, erratic body language and a highly expressive face.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Leaving the bittersweet Barfi!, I was trying to think of another film that’s so sad that made me feel so happy watching it. I still haven’t come up with a name.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...for me the film was more a milestone achievement of Priyanka Chopra than the over-publicized classy triumph of Ranbir.... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ... the silence gets unnerving that you fight the urge to not get distracted... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ... the silence gets unnerving that you fight the urge to not get distracted... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The typical masala movie-loving audience may/may not embrace the film enthusiastically. Yet, I'd like to adjoin, Ranbir's character has relatability and one can only hope and also recommend that in these fast-changing times, an untouched theme like BARFI! is embraced with affection and warmth! ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The typical masala movie-loving audience may/may not embrace the film enthusiastically. Yet, I'd like to adjoin, Ranbir's character has relatability and one can only hope and also recommend that in these fast-changing times, an untouched theme like BARFI! is embraced with affection and warmth! ... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...The strength of the film is the nonlinear narration, raising your anticipation levels and making you curious about how the story is going to unfold. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...The sweetness of the film will evoke too many emotions inside you making you a tad-bit sensitive, while the harsh-reality will dawn upon you and make you think about what you’re missing out on.... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...Goodness! I am already gushing. It's the narcotic effect that Barfi has on you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Basu does tend to overdo the cute quotient, but the actors just carry it off. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...This is odd, given that most deaf and mute people usually attempt to make some sounds or the other while they express themselves largely in sign language. Maybe the one in this movie is conscious of looking too awkward, given so many cameras before him!... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ... Barfi fills our lives with everything that it lacks for two hours and thirty five minutes!... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...The screenplay does go through bumpy weather; But you may happily ignore the flaws... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...The body language can make it look caricatured but Priyanka hits all the right notes here. I could see the hunger in her to nail the part right and not disappoint her director... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Matching him scene to scene is Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil, the autistic girl who finds love in Barfi. It is nothing less than a shock to see a mainstream glamorous actress get into a role like this with such sincerity... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Ileana DCruz makes a fine debut as the love interest. She manages to convey complex emotions in a couple of crucial scenes very well besides looking gorgeous.... full review

Thumbs up by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...Priyanka as the autistic Jhilmil is to watch out for. She brilliantly portrays love, longing, jealousy and possessiveness without uttering a single word.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...The hero here has no dialogue, yet says so much with the serene smile, overt gestures and sign language, reminiscent of the tramp-like aura of Raj Kapoor. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Basu plays puppet master efficiently, using every tool he has at his disposal to craft his most honest film to date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Basu plays puppet master efficiently, using every tool he has at his disposal to craft his most honest film to date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...Shruti (Illeana d Cruz) doesn't give the slightest hint its her Bollywood debut. She is certainly not the prettiest faces around, but definitely someone who can act. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...when was the last time you laughed, not at corny jokes or because someone slipped on a banana peel, but at life's everyday quirks and charms?... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...A key factor why PC is so effective is Anurag Basu’s decision to not give her dialogue... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...it is also untainted by the invariable crisscrossing of mutual expectations, or the occasional messiness of egos, or the essential frisson of desire. It is devoid, by its very nature, of any of the elements of real-life love as most people experience it.... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...a multitude of epiphanies without a strong story to hold it all together... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...The supporting cast, too, rallies behind him, with some genuinely heartfelt moments from all of them.... full review

Thumbs up by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...The supporting cast, too, rallies behind him, with some genuinely heartfelt moments from all of them.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...There is too much of going back and forth from 1972 to 1978 to the present day. In between all the coming and going, the plot loses its sting... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...There is too much of going back and forth from 1972 to 1978 to the present day. In between all the coming and going, the plot loses its sting... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Music by Pritam is breath-taking.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...And yet, for me, Barfi was a singularly frustrating experience there was so much to like, but the film never became more than the sum of its parts.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Yet these lovely bits are offset by a messy screenplay packed with too many flashbacks, and a long-drawn second half that doesn’t benefit from the Gone Baby Gone-inspired subplot about a botched kidnapping.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ... it is infused with abundant whimsy, tenderness and dedicated charm that leaves the suspense as a mere hook that takes the story forward.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...What you get in the end is a love triangle - sweet, sublime and differently told, but obvious to the core anyway. There is a hint of a mystery in this story too, but it all ends without much of a surprise.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It’s good in many ways; what stops it from being a great film is a degree of fuzziness, and an insistence on prettiness. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...it doesn't rely on a very inventive storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...it doesn't rely on a very inventive storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ... fabulously entertaining first half, with standout performances by the lead stars. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Ranbir and Priyanka both deserve credit for not going over the top with their acting and keeping it quite natural.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Darjeeling has got to be far more mundane than what we see... full review

Thumbs down by Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times ...Despite a hard-working cast, a lush score, exotic location shooting and scattered warmth, "Barfi!" is ultimately more endurance test than entertainment.... full review

Thumbs down by Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times ...Despite a hard-working cast, a lush score, exotic location shooting and scattered warmth, "Barfi!" is ultimately more endurance test than entertainment.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Samant, MiD DAY ...Ileana makes a mature debut. Although she looks too young for her role, she manages to be competent.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...one of the most visually appealing movies seen in a long, long time... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...artistic and sensible cinema presented in a commercially way... full review

Thumbs up by Saumil Gandhi, Mumbai Mirror ...Huge credit to the director for making a film that doesn't sit comfortably in a slotted genre. Anurag Basu easily avoids pitfalls of overplaying a mute or an autistic character to evoke sympathy. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Silences seldom spoke so eloquently. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Silences seldom spoke so eloquently. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Barfi is an emotionally stirring yet joyous ride that will make you fall in love with love and life. A must watch for one and all! ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Barfi is an emotionally stirring yet joyous ride that will make you fall in love with love and life. A must watch for one and all! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ... The problem with the structure is that the narrative is complicated and non-linear. ... full review

Thumbs up by Afshan Shaik, Planet Bollywood ...All the simple events and feelings in everyday life are portrayed amazingly! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ... The problem with the structure is that the narrative is complicated and non-linear. ... full review

Thumbs up by Afshan Shaik, Planet Bollywood ...All the simple events and feelings in everyday life are portrayed amazingly! ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...As Jhilmil, Priyanka Chopra, god bless her soul, does indeed try valiantly to play autistic, but -- trapped not just by the film's most flawed character and plotline -- makes that cardinal mistake expressed so unforgettably in Tropic Thunder: she goes full retard. She's not bad, even very effective in a couple of scenes, but her character belongs to a different film. (Ideally a shorter one, because it does drag this one down.)... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Barfi's distinct equation with each of these girls produces some of the sweetest moments on celluloid that I've seen in a while.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Each frame is picture-perfect and some are bound to induce a sigh or two. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Ileana D’Cruz was also quite decent in her acting and looks so delicate and skinny that Priyanka looks like Tuntun in comparison.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The dexterous screenplay is aptly supported by the smooth editing as the film traverses between the present and past. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...At last, Anurag Basu has succeeded in making a movie attractive enough for the audience with his taste and his lead cast's best performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Bhawana Somaiyya, Star Blockbuster ...a refreshing story and completely unpredictable... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...They are not trying to compete in this world or trying hard to prove a point like the characters in Black. They are happy living a life together, far away from the madness of materialism of today. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tanul Thakur, theW14.com ...so many movies never seem to realize this. Which is why most of the movies look the same, feel the same. And we just watch and hear those movies, never feel it. Here, you experience Barfi... full review

Thumbs up by Tanul Thakur, theW14.com ...so many movies never seem to realize this. Which is why most of the movies look the same, feel the same. And we just watch and hear those movies, never feel it. Here, you experience Barfi... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... speaks volumes about unconditional love.... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... speaks volumes about unconditional love.... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...many might argue this is brilliant compared to the Housefulls, Bodyguards and Raaz 3s and loads of other junk that Bollywood throws up week after week. Yes, it is undoubtedly a notch above them cinematically but merely comparisons to mediocrity don't make a film great. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...one can’t decide who the shining star of the film is- Ranbir for his hilarious cute act or Priyanka as the autistic Jhilmil who yearns to be considered as a woman. ... full review