Brothers - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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Long, slow and futile. A few smooth yet powerful action moves. That's it. Then, the only words that linger are - long, slow and futile.



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31 reviewers have given Brothers an average rating of 1.9/5.0 (?)

5 yays
12 nays
14 so-so

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So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...After all the hype that ‘Brothers’ kicked up, the film turns out to be a disappointment. Watch it for Akshay Kumar, if you must.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all, informing the viewers about a new form of sport titled MMA (Mixed Martial Art), BROTHERS could have been a much better Hindi sports movie if it had its focus right on the sport and not all those forced inclusions. So you can give it a skip if you are not a big fan of action or ring fights. But the viewers interested in this particular sport form and free style action would mostly enjoy the second half of the movie as a one-time watch alone and nothing else.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BROTHERS is a huge letdown on the account of its slow pace and lack of emotional connect. At the box office, the movie will enjoy huge footfalls over the weekend due to Independence Day Holiday and lack of credible opposition at the cinema halls. The real struggle for the film however will start from Monday onwards, which would turn out to be the deciding factor of the fate of the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Biprorshee Das, BookmyShow ...You should watch this film for the passionate performances by the actors. And if family dramas are your thing, do not give Brothers a miss. Whether a fan of the original Warrior or not, Brothers will not disappoint you. Did you think we ignored Kareena Kapoor Khan’s appearance in an item number? We didn’t. Miss it at you own peril. ... full review

So-So by Shefali Saxena, Desi Martini ...Emotionally gripping yet overstretched first half mars the entertaining second half!... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ... Mess , stinking desolate ugly mess all over.... full review

So-So by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini ...Karan Malhotra had just one job. To remake the Hollywood film Warrior. And he made a mess out of it.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...The remake of Warrior could've been nice if not for the director's over-indulgence. Inconsistently swings between good and melodramatic!... full review

Thumbs down by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Oh Brother! What a Bother.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...It’s nowhere close to Warrior. But there’s the Akshay-Siddharth on-screen combo, how can you miss that? ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Brothers offers a whole new experience to MMA action. Hindi audiences will enjoy the novelty. But all said and done, this should’ve been done with a lot more finesse... full review

Thumbs down by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...The other problem is that mindless violence makes sense to Malhotra, judging from the way it dominates both this film and his previous one, a remake of Agneepath. Evidently, Malhotra doesn't believe violence has a psychology or reasoning. It, like gravity, just is, and we should be awestruck by it.... full review

So-So by IANS, Free Press Journal ...While the story is credited to Gavin O’Connor and Cliff Dorfman, it is adapted by director Karan Malhotra and Ekta Pathak. There is a feeling of deja vu with the characters, the setting and scenes. They seem to be inspired by many Hollywood and Hindi films. Case in point is the street-fighting scenes which were recently witnessed in Anuraag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet”. Overall, “Brothers” is a well-made emotional drama worth a dekho for the paisa-vasool fight sequences.... full review

Thumbs down by Nupur Barua, ...Jacqueline Fernandez is required to look pretty, and to incite and entice Akshay Kumar. This she does with ease, and even seems pretty convincing as a mother of a pre-teen. Ashutosh Rana and Kiran Kumar, mostly the latter, light up the screen considerably. Shifaali Shah looks piqued, for some reason.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Also, for the record, both the actors bring out the mean streak in the boxing ring. Akshay and Sidharth do justice to the boxing bouts. There is also Kareena Kapoor who comes on screen for an item number in the hope of injecting some sizzle. Poof! It just fizzles! That's what happens when you try hard to look sexy. ... full review

So-So by rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Karan Malhotra’s Brothers is not Warrior. It relies heavily on the formula-driven content. Having said that, Brothers still offers you some fantastic fight sequences and a matured Akshay Kumar. You can also consider it a new film rather than a Warrior remake and be happy about it.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Brothers, despite its contrivances, leaves you choked more than once. How can it not, with all that unabashed emotional manipulation? Throwing in an item song, repeated flashbacks, and too many cutaways of an anguished wife (Jacqueline Fernandez), Malhotra lays it on thick to a premise already inherently melodramatic. He's further Bollywood-izing a plot that’s already 'too Bollywood' to begin with. The result is a film that’s trying a little too hard.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...When at one point the commentator says that the audience needs some recovery time from the tournament, he may as well be talking about those in the theatre. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Brothers is a remake that gets lost in the way since it is neither a complete rip off nor a refined Bollywood version. If you are looking for kick ass action, watch Warrior and if you are looking for a teary-inducing family drama cum action then watch Brothers.... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Sidharth Malhotra is impressively bulked up, but there’s a lost look in his eyes that doesn’t go with the fearsome reputation he’s building up in the ring. The greying Kumar, on the other hand, makes for a terrific David; beneath the low-key intensity, there’s a sadness that’s very moving. Shroff is entertainingly bad—I only understood 20% of what he was saying, but it isn’t exactly a stoic performance, so I got the gist. Yet, any sins the actors commit are nothing compared to the rank sentimental choices made by the director. When David has Monty in a clinch during their climactic face-off, we cut to a childhood memory of the two of them hugging. It’s difficult to imagine anyone making mixed martial arts cheesier than it already is, but Malhotra manages that here.... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The trying-hard-to-look-important Kiran Kumar (who plays Peter Braganza, a former MMA champ), the commentator-with-verbal-diarrhea-but-making-absolutely-no-sense Raj Zutshi etc. get in the way. A background score with lower decibel levels and smarter dialogues might have made this a better film. But still a good one time watch, especially if you are a fight junkie.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...The music of the film is decent enough and the Brothers anthem (when David and Monty train for the tournament) is one of the highlights of the movie... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well the movie has lots of dum over its action, emotional and dramatic scenes. Also, some fine performances and good action make this movie the latest flavour of the season. If you have seen the original Hollywood film, then this movie is not your cup of tea and also for all those who does not like slow pace action drama. As for others, 'Brothers' will be a decent entertainer, which displays the bonding of emotion and action scenes.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...It makes so much noise that any sensible point about brotherly bonding and filial fidelity that it might be trying to make is completely drowned out by the decibels. Take your earplugs along. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...If they were so hell-bent on changing the script, Brothers should've picked the flamboyant, over-the-top WWF in place of MMA. It's more in sync with Malhotra's masala aesthetics and the memory of Akshay Kumar taking on Undertaker in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi still delights. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The few gripping fights, Akshay Kumar's ace act, and a fabulous supporting cast makes the film reasonably watchable. Oscillating wildly between a sports movie and a melodrama, this is your dose of punch-drunk love!... full review

Thumbs down by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...If only Gavin O'Connor, who had directed and co-wrote Warrior, ever sees how his story has been brutalized by Karan Malhotra, he’d be shocked. The film glamorizes mindless violence and I wouldn’t suggest it to those who have feeble hearts.... full review

Thumbs down by AnuJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...The production design is sleek as Karan manages to create the feel of a mixed martial arts tournament on screen and along the way he smartly places the whole brain versus brawn debate and makes a case for making these bloody fights legal. lThe problem is, be it emotion or action, Karan is in no hurry to say cut. At times it works for the emotion to seep in but many times over elaboration dilutes the punch. The music is a let down. Kareena Kapoor deserved a better song and choreography for the special appearance.... full review

So-So by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...On the plus side, Brothers adapts Hollywood hit Warrior with a Bollywood beat. The script builds a powerful contrast between a bleak first half and a lively second. Following brothers-mothers movies like Deewar, Brothers revisits Bollywood's 'Ma' obsession, offering action, adrenalin and abs too. However, its angst could have hit a much harder punch - for when blood sours, it explodes.... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Such was the ordeal of sitting through the film, I was tempted to walk out at the interval. But I didn’t. And so I have this tale to tell: You can give ‘Brothers’ a complete miss, and you wouldn’t have missed anything at all.... full review

Thumbs up by Dhriti Sharma, ZEENEWS.COM ...Making the soft hearted audience a bit teary towards the end, 'Brothers' wraps up on a positive note, well, yes the typical Bollywood style. It's dragging climax makes you a little weary, and that is a major setback. This monsoon weekend, go grab a ticket and watch some incredible acting with a hint of breathtaking fight sequences.... full review