City of Gold - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Sure, the concept is nice. But, the nice stuff stops there. I'm not at all passing a moral judgement on the characters' lack of character. It's just the loud and annoying way in which things play out that gets on your nerves after about an hour. And there is another 1.5 hours to go.



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22 reviewers have given City of Gold an average rating of 3.0/5.0 (?)

8 yays
4 nays
10 so-so

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So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The wife is played by an improbably glamourous Kashmira Shah, who, with her impeccable makeup and her supermodel curves, is the last person you’re likely to run into in a chawl in the nineteen eighties... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...The best scenes of the movie include the ones written around the young kids and adolescents, who are excited enough to hold the gun and pull its trigger to kill anybody... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The relationships, the violence, the language depicted in the film may shake you intermittently from your comfort zone. ... full review

Thumbs down by Aditya Mehta, BookmyShow ...Seema Biswas has played the poor, harrowed mother too many times to get it wrong... full review

So-So by Fatema , Cinemaa Online ...Based on Adhantar, a play written by journalist Jayant Pawar, the film is also meant to be a song of pain for Mumbai as it was, or could have been if not for this event.... full review

So-So by Alina Sen, ...does not shy away from loud, obvious, and melodramatic moments in the film, even though you wish for a bit more restraint in some scenes. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...The son-in-law of Khetaan Mills, Mahendra (Sameer Dharmadikhari), who wants to shut down and sell its land, is very unconvincing. His track is too filmi and lacks sting... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, ...He loses his focus of the main motive behind the film and ends up with dark, over violent and total negative. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...These angry young men, the ‘lukhas’ and Packiyas of the grimy world, playin’ carom, shootin’ the wind, could exist in any bombastic film such as this, without any burden of context. It’d still work. Violence and catharsis is essentially the point. ... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, IBN Live ...COG has an ensemble cast comprising the best talents from the Marathi cinema and theatre circuit apart from actual mill workers' children... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...the film is salvaged to a fair extent thanks to the arresting performances by the mostly unknown cast... full review

So-So by gaurav malani, indiatimes ...The screenplay by Jayant Pawar and Mahesh Manjrekar is character-driven with the story branching out into several subplots through each character.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...All his best films have pluck and a loud dynamism, almost always bordering on melodrama. City of Gold is no different, although it’s far inferior to Vaastav... full review

Thumbs up by Nilesh Raje, merinews ...The movie clearly depicts that money is not everything but money can make everything. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...t is not a pretty story and Manjerkar has made no attempt to tone anything down either.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...The trouble is that the director doesn’t know when to stop. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ...Mumbai never looked murkier and less inviting.... full review

Thumbs up by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...Mahesh Manjrekar deserves kudos for attempting such a film which exposes the nexus between the mill owners, politicians and corrupt bureaucrats... full review

Thumbs down by Preeti Aror, Rediff ...One huge flaw in the film is mill-owner Khaitan and his avaricious son-in-law Sameer Dharmadikhari (Mahendra). These two characters are flat, one-dimensional and mouth corny dialogues.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...There are some arresting moments – you truly feel for the plight of the workers, and are moved when their firebrand leaders climb on top of cabs and rev up the workers.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The high point of the film is its ensemble cast that may boast of no stars... full review