Cocktail - External Reviews

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

A good chick flick is just the right amount of chewing gum for the brain. Light and breezy it is good while it lasts. Cocktail lasts till a little after interval when it starts moping and mulling. A promising start meets a generic, uninteresting end.

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36 reviewers have given Cocktail an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

14 yays
13 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down A Nutshell Review ...Ultimately there isn't much in the narrative to move you, or to sway you to the plight of the characters... full review

Thumbs up by amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...Even with it’s flaws, this is a well-made film. I’d expected better from writer Imtiaz Ali, but it is still a worth-while watch.... full review

So-So by Anna M.M.Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...bubbly in the first half, boring in the second, pretending to be free-thinking but actually narrow-minded and stereotypical to the core. ... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...What works in Cocktail is the film’s first half. It’s breezy, funny and laced with Saif’s roguish charm, Deepika’s raging dipsomania, and Diana’s winsome bashfulness. It’s in the second half that the plot goes haywire and despite all the scramble by Homi Adajania to cobble it together into a meaningful, touching piece of drama, Cocktail ends up being a good looking average film... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...I enjoyed watching both its performances and the treatment given to its predictable storyline before the intermission. But post that, the same narration turns so routine that it becomes really hard to even bear it for another hour or so.... full review

Thumbs down by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...Even as the first half with its free-spirit, cheerful vibes, and breezy treatment has you savoring the mix and going hic hic hurray, the second half just like a hangover the morning after makes you feel nauseous and dizzy.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...COCKTAIL has a fascinating first half, charismatic performances, harmonious music and the trendy look and styling as its aces, but the second half is not as tempting or intoxicating as the first hour.... full review

So-So Buzz in Town ...Cocktail nearly missed being an intoxicating threesome! Watch it once for the great music, fine direction, some great moments and Diana Penty!... full review

Thumbs up by Rony Dcosta, Desi Martini ...Word of mouth Two steps forward. One step backward. More of a Mocktail than a Cocktail but still worth a try.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Overall, its a fun movie to watch. You laugh, you sigh, you tap your feet, chomp your popcorn, leave the theatre and slip back into your routine feeling pleasantly happy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...There is nothing unbelievably novel about Cocktail but the beauty of the film lies in the authenticity of the storytelling.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...The best thing about Cocktail is that it is as different as a film can get within a very conventional format. ... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Homi Adjania’s direction is impeccable, with Padukone the jewel in his crown. ... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...The cinematography is not astounding, but the locales are. The production and costume designs are above average, and believable, but Diana Penty could have done with some better clothes. The music is loud, but there is no hint of plagiarism... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...It's a cocktail alright, but one which lacks punch. A flat drink with no fizz and lots of salt at the rim of the glass which knocks you back with its sting.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...The movie has a perfect title as it’s a great blend of Spice, Sour, Sweet and Passion in it. It’s only as you try to finish your ‘Cocktail’ drink you get a little bitter taste of some wrong ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Cocktail is a fun, romantic romp... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...even as the tone shifts uncomfortably from breezy, light-hearted fun, to heavy drama in the second half, you're never in danger of actually caring for the cardboard characters in this empty souffle of a film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vivek, India Entertainment ...There isn’t much in Cocktail for us to take home except the feeling of having watched a pleasant and warm love story that does not take our sensibilities for granted nor overdoes the gloss as a compensation for real romance.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...No loud background music, no motor mouth lines, just blessed quiet, the way sometimes you want to know what you are feeling without ruining it with chatter. But it can’t handle the being emo half as deftly. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Cocktail is a nice and enjoyable movie for the dialogues, songs and performances. But the second half is a real drag.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The costumes, sets and overall production design are hip. But none of it eventually matters because it is one of those romcoms which, while reaffirming the love-conquers-all formula, tests your patience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...it is a Hindi film after all and things have to get maudlin at some point.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...The story might be predictable and without any real surprises, but Adajania and his team get full marks as far as visual appeal goes. The cinematography, the styling and the way the songs have been shot are quite easy on the eyes. The film does have a fresh and colourful look and the music too is quite decent... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The second half gets serious and clichéd with one predictable outcome after another; a checklist for formula... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Cocktail has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Cocktail can make for a decent time-pass watch if you have the capacity to digest the cliched melodrama. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...http://www.planetbollywood.com/displayReview.php?id=f071512030252... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it's hard to focus on the positives.... full review

So-So Roochster ...I am quite disappointed with cocktail... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is well-packaged and looks good. But the story disappoints. Humour is consistent but not as funny as in other rom-coms. In places, the film tries too hard to be funny... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...There's a lot of fun and laughs in the first half. But the twists in the second half are a bit too unpalatable. The movie however culminates into a comedy. Like the script, the music is good too. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu ...All the gloss and sauce fail to make us feel for any of the characters because their transitions don’t pass muster. From the breezy first half, the film peters out into predictable situations, scenes that we have grown up watching. The pointless melodrama goes on and on, culminating in a resolution that is unbelievably cheesy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, Times of India ...Thereby after laughing on every formula of any love story, when this cocktail can't do away with the basic emotional ingredients of a love triangle, the film's nonchalant attitude backfires.... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Desai, Upper Stall ...A few well-executed scenes stand out, though they're still nothing out of the ordinary... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...The storyline of the movie is gripping and will keep you hooked and booked. Talking about the songs, they are as foot tapping as they could get. “Tumhi Ho Bandhu” deserves a special mention here as it will make you get up from your seats and shake a leg as the song is played on the big screen.... full review