Bhoothnath - External Reviews

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

The first half-second half syndrome strikes again. Bhoothnath starts off with imaginative use of animation and has a cute, very enjoyable first half. The latter half not only makes you sorely miss all of it, but also replaces it with lectures (albeit short), a depressing attitude towards youth that go abroad for better prospects, and very avoidable religious connotations.

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26 reviewers have given Bhoothnath an average rating of 3.0/5.0 (?)

11 yays
6 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Sapna Wong, All Bollywood ... The first half of the movie is filled with youthful enthusiasm that will have both the young and young at heart smiling and giggling in their seats... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...The story seems to go in circles as the film focuses on the adventures of the kid and the ghost until Bhoothnath’s past catches up with him. Thereon, the tongue-in-cheek humour of the film wisps out of the plot... full review

Thumbs up by Razeen Shameem, Bolly Spice ...This could have easily been made into a movie that would have only attracted to kids, but with the right emotional quotient added, even the adults can enjoy it... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra ...To deal with such fiction requires high creative thinking and Vivek stand on this font.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...A lack of energy is nevertheless evident right from the beginning to which the usually vibrant SRK too succumbs.... full review

Thumbs down by Preeti Arora, Buzz18 ...At this point the film begins sloping downhill. No sorry, it begins a sharp descent downwards... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...Graphics work was pretty good, I guess we have reached to a pretty good level in the field of GFX... full review

So-So by Shubra Gupta, Express India ...Juhi Chawla's chandelier danglers turn into studs within a sequence... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com ...Music is where the makers could have scored heavily, peppering the film with peppy numbers... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...And Mr Bachchan, you smiled, cried, smiled, cried, as if you were at a photo-session. Sincere tip: a crash refresher course at the Pune Film Institute might help.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Problems arise somewhere beyond the half-way mark of Bhoothnath when this kids-friendly entertainer turns into something of a rona-dhona heavy Baghbaan rehash... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...The story rests on two shoulders -- the experienced [Bachchan] and the raw talent [Aman Siddiqui] -- and both shoulder the responsibility beautifully,... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Vivek Sharma proves to be a excellent story-teller ... He truly believes in the fact that content is king and it shows on screen... full review

Thumbs up by Harshita Kohli, indya.com ...Bhoothnath is definitely what the doctor ordered. For kids who are enjoying their summer break. For parents who need to keep the tiny tots occupied.... full review

Thumbs up by Vijay, MovieWalah ...although it's an intelligent stroke from a debutant director (Vivek Sharma), it falls short of being a masterpiece... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Mumbai Mirror ...He lists yet another charming old-man's role to a widely versatile repertoire of a leading man in his mid-60s.... full review

So-So by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...the attack of the Baghban clone aside, Bhoothnath itself isn't too bad... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ..."Bhootnath" glides forward with the unconscious skill of a little boat in a tranquil lake... full review

So-So by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...the first half of the film certainly feels padded and dreary... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Actingwise, Aman Siddqui is natural. His unrefined attitude glows onscreen... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Bhoothnath is more than a bit of a drag, despite the lead players trying hard to make it stick.... full review

Thumbs down SearchIndia.com ...Such is the banal story for which Vivek Sharma bears responsibility... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Technically, the film is superb with cinematography, songs, background score and editing all excellent.... full review

So-So by Pankaj Shukla, SmasHits.com ...'Bhootnath' could have been a super duper hit, if there were even few songs to catch attention of kids... full review

So-So by Kavita Ogale, Times Now ...a tighter screenplay and avoiding the moralistic Baghban kind of sentimentality could have made Bhoothnath a much better film... full review