Dabangg - External Reviews

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

Dabangg, and more so, Salman Khan, won't even allow a reviewer her right to roll her eyes. How can she be the snoot who ignores a packed house is dancing and clapping its way to the background score of an action sequence? She laughs at the silliness on screen and off. She walks out of the theater feeling happy for the people who had come to enjoy and made sure they had a good time. But enjoy, for her own self, did she? Nope. Not a chance.



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55 reviewers have given Dabangg an average rating of 4.0/5.0 (?)

36 yays
4 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...I can continue to wax lyrical about Salman Khan's performance, and I will be honest to admit I haven't been quite convinced with his roles in Veer and London Dreams, though I must say this role of his has converted me into a fan. ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Debutant director and scriptwriter Abhinav Kashyap keeps the story simple, conventional and pretty ordinary.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The surprise of Dabanng, however, is that this aggressive masala-fest, hero versus villain, is a mere bookend to the unexpectedly low-key relationship drama in-between, played out in an Omkara-land, resplendent in earthen hues, where politics runs headlong into passions.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Now apart from its weak storyline and script, what’s the greatest flaw in DABANGG? That’s the absence of any out of the box, solid and powerful villain standing against Salman Khan in the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...your complete Bollywood film.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...it has Salman like never before. Breathing fire and venom, Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey taps Salman's star power like no film has and the result is sheer magic.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...S. Vijayan's stunts and Sajid-Wajid's music are the positive factors of the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Akshay Rane, BookmyShow ...On top of it, the slick action sequences make the character larger than life... full review

So-So by Fatema, Cinemaa Online ...While a profitable film is always good news, the better news Dabangg brings is the arrival of a talented director in Abhinav Kashyap, assured of his story-telling.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The ecstasy in certain quarters over Dabangg seems to prove that no matter how much we may try to impress the West with sophisticated films set amidst the diaspora, or realistic films about starving farmers, we actually just want updates of the old B-Cinema... full review

Thumbs up Daily Latest News ...S. Vijayan’s stunts are really commendable and the score by Sajid-Wajid is already hitting the top of music charts. ... full review

Thumbs up desi hits ...The good versus evil, police drama is cliché so we can't say too much about the creativity of this film, but the repeated story was executed very well.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Arbaaz Khan as the mandbuddhi (slow-witted) stepbrother puts on a good show playing a character with slightly grey overtones.... full review

Thumbs up by dunkdaft, Dunkdaft ...Go, Get Dabangged... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...The hero must look into the camera and talk to you like you're privy to his inside track.... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions ...SANITY SAYS: I don't like it. Why is it so choppy? SalmanfanINSANITY SAYS: OOOOOH! BHAI IN A YELLOW SHIRT! CHOPPY KAUN DEKHTA HAI! WOW... Look at the fights! AWESOME... full review

So-So by Sukanya Venkatgarhavan, Filmfare ...You get the 80s melodrama spiced up with some 90’s style comedy propped up by some 2000 style treatment.... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...things do take a turn for much better in the second half and as the plot thickens... full review

Thumbs up by Karthik Pasupulate, fullhyd.com ...Sonu Sood, it must be said, does a great job with his old school villainy.... full review

So-So by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ... download DABANGG wallpapers So the question is, does DABANGG entertain? Yes, but only in handful portions. ... full review

Thumbs up by Somak Basu, Gomolo.in ... In an action movie, a Hero always steals the eyeballs but in Dabangg, separately everyone delivered a commendable performance.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama -Divs, Gomolo.in ...The screenplay holds you tight trough out the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Asif, Gomolo.in ...The music is superb,mind blowing...... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...It’s difficult to figure what the hero is fighting for really, but his own self. This makes the villain (Sonu Sood) terribly weak; eventual salvation, deeply unsatisfying; plot, fairly pointless.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...haphazardly plotted film... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...So Salman Khan's pelvis is more expressive than his face. His lip sync is distinctly dodgy. His dramatic scenes always border a bit on bathos. And he could always do with a few extra inches. But is there a movie that has tapped into his charisma as well as Dabangg? No.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...One doesn’t expect an intellectual or inventive story from a Salman Khan film but the writing by Abhinav Kashyup and Dilip Shukla is pretty predictable and dated.... full review

Thumbs up by Amrita Ranjan, Indiequill ...He’s not trying to re-interpret, deconstruct or elevate it. He’s simply and methodically bashing in the heads of random people who get in his way in a manner that makes you feel like he’s doing it for you as a personal favor.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta , J.A.M ... Though there's no compelling plot here, its just the way all these characters play off each other that's a joy to watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...The screenplay also may not be the most ideal screenplay or one which offers novelty but it is, at least, clear and conveys everything in a straight and simple manner. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma , Live Mint ...the film’s writing rests on the dialogues, inspired entirely by Hindi heartland humour, which debut director Abhinav Kashyap obviously understands... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...The story of ‘Dabangg’ is plain but the screenplay is electrifyingly tight and the director Abhinav Singh Kashyap loaded the moving script with tonnes of entertainment... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...If one thought that Salman was great in 'Wanted', then he is absolutely brilliant in 'Dabangg'.... full review

Thumbs up Mumbai Mirror ...The genius of the character starts with the very name, Chulbul Robin Hood Pandey, and then instantly clicks because it’s so close to the real hero.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhishek Gurbani , My Take on Flicks ...The character of ‘Chulbul Pandey’ seems to be tailor made for Salman Khan because he fits in to the role of a ‘good’ corrupt cop completely with his distinct style and mannerisms.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...It's the role of a lifetime and Salman Khan bites into it like a starving man devours a feast. He inhabits it fully, strutting and swaggering and even, spoofing himself. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...And Dimple Kapadia, wheezing, coughing, groaning and ranting her way through the mother's role (what got into Dimple???) hams her way through this action drama where being opulently outrageous comes naturally to everyone. ... full review

So-So by moviemagik , Passion for Cinema ...But a good script is still a good script, and that is exactly what this film lacks. The story is too simple and straightforward, and is deliberately kept that way while other aspects were given importance.... full review

So-So by Padmaja Thakore , Passion for Cinema ...Salman Khan doesn’t play the character, he plays the star the audience sees him as.... full review

Thumbs up by Irfan Makki , Planet Bollywood ...However, I wish an equal amount of effort was put into sketching the rest of the characters in the movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha , Planet Bollywood ...If the writing is excellent, the execution by Kashyap is top-notch. Aadmi mein dum hai. He handles each scene with so much finesse that you’ll end up getting gripped with the whole film. I can’t wait to see what Kashyap intends to direct next. ... full review

Thumbs up by GreatBong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...The excellent way Abhinav Kashyap, brother of Anurag Kashyap, lays out the opening fight set-piece sets the mood for the entire movie.... full review

So-So by Abhishek Mande, Rediff ...In a way Dabangg is an ode to Salman's off-screen persona -- macho, large-hearted, unpredictable and bigger than life.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...In the beginning, it was endearing. But then it began to seem contrived, forced and totally unnecessary — just like the film... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...Naturally, a war of the Moustaches is about to erupt. Where the hell is the shaving cream, please?... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...One wishes there was more of Sonakshi Sinha; she makes a promising debut and plays her character with a quiet strength.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The title track, 'Tere mast mast do nain' and 'Munni', composed by Lalit Pandit, are the icing on the cake.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Leave your brains, knowledge of physics , and hoity-toity attitude behind while watching the film... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Sonakshi Sinha, the gorgeous daughter of Shatrughan Sinha who plays the part of Rajo, comes out with a confident performance. ... full review

So-So The Friday Freak ...For a crisp action thriller, the screenplay lags in between, and you will find yourself twiddling your thumbs between one Salman Khan appearance and another for a while.... full review

So-So by Sahil Khan, The Tossed Salad ...Malaika Arora-Khan sizzles the screen as always in Munni Badnaam Hui. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...For anybody who wants to know what is the on-screen definition of Bollywood (read popular mainstream Hindi cinema), Dabangg is truly text book fare.... full review

So-So by filmbear, Upper Stall ...The whole idea of Robin Hood is lost as there is hardly any focus on 'robbing the rich and giving it to the poor', save for a couple of stray, forced instances. The analogy is fraud. ... full review

Thumbs up by Spicezee Bureau , ZEENEWS.COM ...Kudos to Kashyap for extracting out great performances from the entire star cast of ‘Dabangg’.... full review