Dabangg 2 - External Reviews

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) - Stating the obvious: No rating applies to a Salman Khan film for Salman Khan fans.
quick review:

Dabangg 2 increases the dose of wannabe Rajnikanth, only this time around the serving feels lukewarm. But that means nothing to the Saman-fan now, does it? So eye-rollers like me, can continue with the eye-workout. The fans - well, like they need a go ahead from anyone.


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52 reviewers have given Dabangg 2 an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

17 yays
14 nays
21 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...What served to be disappointing is the lack of a strong villain in this one. We know how powerful Chulbul Pandey is, so it's important to get a credible villain who could hold his own as an equal.... full review

So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...I can’t recall the last Hindi film I saw which had such a sequentially compartmentalised screenplay... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Arbaaz Khan treads the safe path and follows the footprints of Abhinav Kashyap in the 2010 superhit, neither daring to experiment, nor displaying intelligence any more than the character he plays in the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Musically, it has a good soundtrack no doubt but still a little weak if compared to its part one.... full review

Thumbs up by Bodrul Choudhury, Bolly Spice ...However, one of the major disappointments was with Sonakshi Sinha’s performance as Rajjo. Although she was part of some major scenes, she was really just a piece of decoration throughout the film... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...DABANGG 2 is a typical Bollywood film. It's the kind of cinema we relished in the 1980s and enjoy to this date, but narrated in today's lingo and format. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...Thanks to Salman’s antics, a very predictable Dabangg 2 becomes entertaining, but only in parts. ... full review

So-So by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Considering the success of the original, retaining its high points in the sequel is a good idea. But I only wish the makers wouldn’t have stuck to it like glue.... full review

So-So by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ... For someone like me who didn't find the first part worthy of all the accolades it won, Dabangg 2 was slightly better or more tolerable to be precise (one reason for that is its shorter duration).... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Dabangg 2 has no soaring highs, but it delivers its entertainment in small, self-releasing doses and Salman Khan does it all—giggling, weeping (yes!), taunting, fighting... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...The audience was laughing away, even before bothering to hear the dialogues. They had come decided that would just love the movie.... full review

Thumbs down by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...Nirmala (Mahi Gill), the wife of Chulbul’s unemployed brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan), who is staying away from him in order to pursue her education. She plans to have a career as a school teacher like her father and keep her husband at home like a housewife! It’s not surprising that Makkhi is just a comic sidekick and Nirmala merely a guest appearance in the film. Because men like to be served food hot and will always remain obsessed about work or sex.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Expect the expected... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Prakash Raj just barks and barks but doesn't bite. Having seen him in all his recent Hindi films it was boring to sit through his repetitive performance. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Fevicol by itself is worth the ticket money at a single-screen theater. ... full review

Thumbs down by Danish Bagdadi, Desi Martini ...The Fevicol song has some truly crass and sexist lyrics and boy does Kareena Kapoor overdo it, it’s sickening. ... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...Salman, my hero is perfect (He can do no wrong) The movie thankfully isn’t even that long... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ... Dabangg 2 on the other hand is an oversmart attempt at cashing in on the Chulbul Salman wave, that does not leave much of an impact. Watch it once, forget it five minutes hence.... full review

So-So by Kanika Sikka, DNA ...It is quite an entertainer, but only for Salman fans (like me).... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Wannabe-Dabangg... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...All said and done, the cliches work because of the phenomenon called Salman Khan.... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...They clap if he so much as stands up, they thrill to his unsophisticated dance moves, they giggle with abandon when he makes silly faces. In the face of such a loyal loving khaandaan, who could possibly summon up the courage to suggest that the brat isn’t really that cute?... full review

So-So by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...The mere presence of Salman in the film makes you forget that it lacks a story; such is his persona. ... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The lack of even a semblance of a story is galling. The characterisations are even more caricatured. It’s quite clear that there was no script to power this project and sheer greed can only take it so far. ... full review

Thumbs up fullhyd.com ...The plot is as predictable as they come: corruption, evil, and a cop facing all this alone. However, both Raj and Dobriyal sell the evil, in as much as evil needs selling in a film like this.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Prakash Raj as Bachha Bhai is potent. He infuses terror when he comes on screen. Dobriyal too makes the best of the scenes he is given. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Music by Sajid Wajid is foot-tapping and chartbuster material, although quite a letdown as well, only if compared with ‘Dabangg’ ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Can someone please write a terrific plot for this terrific character?... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Clever punch lines are few and far between, and even Sajid-Wajid's music has a recycled quality to it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, In.com ...The comic-strip style credits in the beginning sets the tone of the film and the entertaining first half raises more expectations than what it delivers, especially in the action department. ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...With little to appreciate or applaud, Dabangg 2 simply seems like a bad memory of a good dream.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...We didn't need one but Dilip Shukla still does the formality of penning down a story to sustain the drama, action and slapstick. ... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ... It made item girl Kareena's 'Favicol' not sticky enough, and made me miss the truly jiggy Munni. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Dabangg 2 has a wafer-thin plot, too many songs and an overdose of action. ... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Deepak Dobriyal gets very little space as Gainda, but he’s a darn good baddie.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The other performances are unremarkable, except a cameo by Deepak Dobriyal as the town’s petty, diminutive, really bad guy. ... full review

So-So by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Chulbul ribs a few colleagues, donates money, teases his father, brother and wife. Wife gets angry, time for a song. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, MiD DAY ...And the most important question of all: When will Sallu take his shirt off, what with all that teasing with the vests? Questions, questions.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...This film might be Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut but he manages to do a great job. If masala fare is what you are looking for, Arbaaz delivers…and then some!... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Dabangg 2 is a typical mass entertainer and Bollywood masala film, where the main intention is to just 'Enjoy' the 2+ hours.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Dabangg 2 lacks the infectious verve and delightfully pervasive spontaneity of the film that triggered Bollywood's 100-crore craze a couple of years ago.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Quite unlike the sequels being made in the industry which hold no relevance to their predecessor, Dabangg 2 takes off as a continuation of its first part.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Dabangg 2 serves primarily as a reminder of what this Rs 100 crore addiction is doing to the art of entertainment. Entertainment, not filmmaking, mind you. Even escapism deserves to be treated with boundless imagination. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...less unwatchable.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ..."Dabangg 2" also objectifies women in the worst way possible.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Sonakshi Sinha, looking ethereal in her ethnic wear, delivers yet another solid performance. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Aces: Salman, Salman, Salman... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...His co-stars only aide in bringing out the various shades to his character. While Sonakshi Sinha is responsible for his romantic streak and only restricts herself to that courtesy zilch character-sketch and minimal dialogues, Vinod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan show his innocent boyish side as Chulbul goes ahead making prank calls to his father or teasing his brother.... full review

Thumbs down by Poorva Rajaram, Tehelka ...Dabangg 2 is made with schematic cynicism — one can literally picture the spreadsheet of tick marks that went into its fastracked script... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ... Why is it so important for Salman Khan to lose his shirt in every film? Because superheroes are all about the costume. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Dabanng 2 never takes its eye off its heart - Salman Khan.... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Salman and Sonakshi complement each other on the big screen and together they have infused life into their marital romance quite well in the film. ... full review