Department - External Reviews

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

The perennial "right vs. wrong" debate is put up against a new-sounding "Smartness vs 'an A-Rated word'". This complex debate soon becomes incomprehensible as characters become more and more ambiguous. Vague characters can be interesting but the experimentation with the camera is too distracting for anything else to be processed satisfactorily.



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38 reviewers have given Department an average rating of 0.1/5.0 (?)

0 yays
37 nays
1 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna M.M.Vetticad , annavetticadgoes2themovies ...There’s nothing novel either in the content or the presentation of this latest underworld story from The House of Ramu.... full review

Thumbs down by Pankit Narang, Apun Ka Choice ...Department is the same old story about the connections between the underworld, politics and police!... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...The film never picks up in its first half and post intermission too it fails to enthrall the viewer with the same ‘seen before’ twists in the old tale revolving around the underworld, police and politicians nexus.... full review

Thumbs down by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...the screenplay, characterisations, twists and turns do absolutely no justice to the concept. Not only that, a number of unwarranted songs and a surprisingly short running time, actually ruin the proceedings further.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...DEPARTMENT is neither novel, nor experimental, but a return to the tried and tested formula. Disappointing! ... full review

So-So Buzz in Town ...The world of "Department" is anarchic, destructive and apocalyptic. The narrative format imposed on the world of gangsterism is freewheeling almost chaotic.... full review

Thumbs down Daily Bhaskar ...a well-intentioned concept remains half-baked, thanks to Ram Gopal Varma’s style of filmmaking.... full review

Thumbs down Desi Martini ...With a frequently fluctuating screenplay, weird camera handling, unconvincing performances and several technical glitches, RGV’s Department easily outdoes his 2007 box-office dud Aag. A must skip!... full review

Thumbs down by Rony Dcosta, Desi Martini ...The camera technique which the director claims is his usp stays almost still only during Nathalia Kaurs item number.... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ... This one makes RGV ki Aag look like the Dark Knight.... full review

Thumbs down by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...You'll go on a murderous spree after watching this nightmarish piece of nonsense posing as film.... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Save yourself the bother of wallowing in self-pity and hate. Stay at home.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Department doesn't even have a story to tell. It's just a mishmash of crazy camera angles, endless fights and bombastic, sometimes downright vulgar dialogues loosely strung together.... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...One of Mr Bachchan’s best performances in one of the worst films of the year... full review

Thumbs down by Nupur Barua, Fully Hyderabad ...With one and a half hours of endless camera movement and meaningless sub-plots before intermission, Department can irritate and agitate you. The script is interesting, but its execution can drive you crazy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shivi, Glamsham Editorial, ...The camera angles are definitely innovative but instead of being an experimentation towards the narrative, they turn out to be the very narrative that only ends up killing that impact that could have been created. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, ...It’s a good opportunity lost for Ram Gopal Varma as he fails to score once again in a genre where he use to excel unfailingly year after year. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Varma has described Department as "Quentin Tarantino meets Prabhudeva". I honestly couldn't find flashes of either. To me, it felt more like pedestrian Ram Gopal Varma... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It's a lazy, indulgent film that tests your threshold for pain.... full review

Thumbs down by Vivek Kumar, India Entertainment ...The music is good and some fine shots of Mumbai have been captured in the camera, but a soul is desperately needed.... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...For an action film, the violence is badly photographed and looks dated.... full review

Thumbs down indian express ...Interesting idea that, if only his actors had something to talk about, and he something to say.... full review

Thumbs down by Mrigank Dhaniwala , koimoi ...Department is a below-average fare that will appeal only to a few audiences who will like the action, in spite of the ordinary script and the irritating narrative style.... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...Besides wasting resources and 132 minutes of your time, the terrible cinematography, flat lighting, loud and overdone background music (an assault on the senses) are more reasons for being unable to forgive Varma.... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...His latest is a criminal waste of actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Rana Daggubati, Abhimanyu Singh and Vijay Raaz. Even in the sheer visuals, RGV has lost his way, cinematography gone rogue in the name of 'rogue filmmaking'.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...So many times you’re missing dialogue and performances because the camera is overwhelmingly, utterly distracting. This would be acceptable if the visuals were any good, but they are not.... full review

Thumbs down NDTV ...In Department, the characters share a far more intimate bonding with their guns than with their friends. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Department can leave you with a massive migraine attack, watch his earlier oeuvres instead... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The director who showed us how to film violence is now sucking basic action scenes of their dynamism, leaving them dry and dead, but filming his movie's carcass from multiple angles... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...tacky production values, a convoluted and weak script, and some scenes that could be straight out of a soft-porn flick... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film flits between being a bad video game and a sordid semi-porn film.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...The film has many sub-plots which fail to connect and despite being a linear film, the storytelling is so badly badgered by the wonky camera work that it fails to entice the audience.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Department looks like it was shot with mobile phones by Snow White's seven friends during different stages of their drunken revelry. ... full review

Thumbs down by Priyanka Roy, The Telegraph is not only the camera work that leaves one nauseous. The content in Department is enough to make Varma’s recent films seem watchable in comparison... full review

Thumbs down by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Department, which should've been a taut, tense encounter between three strong men, is instead ripped to shreds by too many weak actors given puzzlingly large roles... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...The story, looking at the nexus between the cops, underworld and politicians, doesn't have one original thing to say, the acting performances with some truly bizarre characterisations - no, not in a good way - are so god-awful... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India just seems like a desperate wet dream to surprise and shock which manages only to annoy and disgust. ... full review

Thumbs down ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Department’ as a movie overflows with good actors – only to see them waste their acting skills on a B-grade script.... full review