Blood Money - External Reviews

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

A strong middle hour sandwiched between twenty minutes of silliness at the beginning and an absurd last half hour, make Blood Money hanging between engaging and ridiculous. A clear indication that the writers didn't quite believe that they had it in them to give Blood Money a fair chance.

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33 reviewers have given Blood Money an average rating of 0.5/5.0 (?)

2 yays
28 nays
3 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...What’s irritating about the film though is the trite manner in which the actress’ child-like countenance and minimal makeup are seemingly being used as a metaphor for the middle-class innocence of the lead couple’s background, to be contrasted with the situation that they’re currently mired in. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ... Thankfully, the leading actors, Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri and Manish Chaudhari rise above the corny writing and deliver performances that make Blood Money a better film.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Having said that, I'd like to add that Vishal Mahadkar has executed a number of sequences dexterously. ... full review

Thumbs down by Jackie J Thakkar, BookmyShow ...with Blood Money they provide you with one of the biggest disappointments fathomable... full review

Thumbs down Daily Bhaskar ...Blood Money is like old wine in a new bottle and can be easily given a miss... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...theatre actor Sandip Sikand as the chief baddy’s busybody brother, overacts outrageously. Manish Chaudhary as the nasty piece of work is passable.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...Save your money... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...BLOOD(y waste of)MONEY... full review

Thumbs down by Aakanksha Naval Shetye, DNA ...With a climax that mocks the audience’s intelligence even by filmi standards, you see yourself go between ‘What the #@#@ and Yeah, right!’... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...The lead pair salvages the film to an extent, but a limited scope of the script binds them both from making it an entertaining trip. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...The rest of the cast is entirely unknown and inconsequential -- you are unlikely to see any of them again even in a Bhatt film. ... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...the lack of depth in the scripting does not allow for a fulfilling narrative... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The music is melodious to the extent that is carries the film through.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Tweet Share on Tumblr Email Print Click to play video Cast: Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri, Manish Chaudhary Director: Vishal Mahadkar 'Blood Money' stars Kunal Khemu as an MBA graduate who arrives in Cape Town with his wife (played by Amrita Puri of 'Aisha'), where he's accepted a job at a major diamond-trading firm. Even before he can change out of the clothes he flew in wearing, he's handed over the keys to a plush home, a swanky car, and some 'settling-in' cash. Like the character played by Tom Cruise in the 1993 thriller 'The Firm', from which 'Blood Money' is so clearly inspired, our hero is seduced by the lure of the new lifestyle that his job affords him. But when he stumbles upon the truth that his bosses are engaged in sinister businesses involving illegal trading, mafia funding, and murder, he must ask himself if he's comfortable living off such ill-gotten gains. Filmed indifferently, and without infusing the urgency that this kind of plot demands, first-time director Vishal Mahadkar delivers a bore-a-thon of a movie, complete with archaic dialogues and stereotypes for characters. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...And poor Amrita Puri who must squeak her way through one of the wimpiest of recent heroines on screen.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Like all Mahesh-Mukesh Bhatt ventures, ‘Blood Money’ has a story which starts off interesting but becomes familiar as it unspools, underwired with the usual flash. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Plus there are glitches galore. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi ...Kunal Kemmu does a convincing job as the young Kunal Kadam. He is very good in several scenes... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...Only Kunal Khemu comes out unscathed from ‘Blood Money’, a predictable story poorly executed... full review

Thumbs down by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...Mia has even less to do than what she wears.... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...though the film claims to be set against the backdrop of the diamond mafia industry, the director doesn't really go through the trouble to explain it in detail and more focus is given to the human drama factor.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Her character is asinine and Amrita Puri has no option but to play it that way.... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, NDTV ...The screenwriters seem to have decided on piling on the predictable with no respite in sight. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Known for their melodic numbers that have grown on music lovers, the tracks of Blood Money disappoint completely and sound a mishmash of Emraan Hashmi's songs. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...A disinterested, sleepy camerawork doesn't bother to zoom in and support the man's point. It sure as hell has no problem finding close-ups of Kunal's hot employee (Mia Uyeda) when she slips (strips) into a seductive avatar.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...A rare gem pops out, like the dialogue which says that most people are good, because they don’t get the opportunity to be bad. Highly debatable, this, but at least it’s an insight into the hero’s mind. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N GUpta, SmasHits.com ...Music is good, thanks to its music director. Wish we had a bit more of music. ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Kunal Khemu tries really hard to shoulder the dilapidated and dying storyline but fails in holding the audience attention. His portions are very unbalanced with a few good scenes followed by few bad ones.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Well Kunal, hope you know that the money you got paid for doing this film, that people around the country are paying to watch... Now, that's BLOOD MONEY! ... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India .... A faster pace, more potent dialogues, not to add some more dum in Kunal's voice, and a better background score - would have had greater impact. ... full review

Thumbs down by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...Soft porn - check. Plastic sidekicks - check. Overacting cast - check. Sexed up secretary - check. New director who depends on sufi style voices to hide his incompetency - check. Dumbed down plot written around exotic locations - Check. Emraan Hashmi - er... ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...Are you still reading this? Look up, even Kunal Khemu is pointing at the neighbouring screen where you could catch ‘Kahaani’ again instead.... full review

Thumbs down by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Puri speaks in the same way as her debut film, and leaves us to wonder whether she is the same behind cameras as well. ... full review