Don 2 - External Reviews

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

Smart lines and slick camerawork turns into tiring witticism and regular big-budget technicalities because it is over-written and over-stylized. The few extra seconds taken to establish a scene with elegance give the crux of the scene away. This keeps this action-thriller from being crisp. Multiple, smart twists are pointless if you are going to chicken out in the climax.

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43 reviewers have given Don 2 an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

13 yays
11 nays
19 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Thankfully, though the film is primarily a platform for Shah Rukh, Farhan treats his female star with respect. ... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...slick and stylish... full review

Thumbs up by Jay Mamtora, Bolly Spice ...Farhan Akhtar, who returns to direction after nearly five years displays a solid grasp of the subject at hand never once digressing from the unfolding plot with unnecessary toilet humour or unwanted songs... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Farhan Akhtar reasserts himself as one of Hindi cinema's stylish storytellers.... full review

Thumbs up by kshitij, Desi Martini ...Watch it !!!!!... full review

Thumbs up by Irfan Joomun, Gomolo.in ...SRK is so charismatic and stylish that he engulfs all the other characters in the movie as well as their footage. ... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Definitely watch it for Shah Rukh Khan’s performance and the stylised narration.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The smart moves by the characters is tediously explained again and again to show how the move was engineered, thereby diluting the whole effect... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Superbly Slick, Impressive Action... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, Mumbai Mirror ...The writing by Ameet Mehta, Amrish Shah and Farhan Akhtar is more style over substance attempting to camouflage cliches with the cool quotient.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...It wouldn’t be misplaced to say that the ‘Don 2’ stunts are probably the first for a Bollywood flick – a leap from such a high-rise building!... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The actor interprets him as an arrogant, agile, wicked and wild dare-devil who has the most bizarre schemes up his sleeves. But that's not all. He also has the chutzpah to carry them through.... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ... Watch the film for some awesome action sequences. And watch it for the King. He is truly back. ... full review

So-So by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...There were some obvious plot loopholes, but with the punchy narrative, you're hardly going to realize them until the end credits roll, especially to those that had a high level of convenience weaved into them.... full review

So-So by Devang Ghia, DearCinema ...The sequel however fails to live up to the standards of the original. ... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...So smooth at times that it slides off you like an egg off a Teflon pan leaving you marveling at the super high production values but wondering what the fuss is all about.... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Don Bourne Hunt is what it tries to become instead of staying just Don.... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...SRK Shines bright, wish the script did half as much... full review

So-So by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini ...Sleek, stylish and sexy - but the story doesn't match up to it.... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Had this been any other film we would've ignored the shortcomings and applauded the end. But since this is a film by the director who made Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya not to mention the actor in Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, we can't forgive the slacking.... full review

So-So by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...To say that the characters are wafer-thin is to halve the thickness of wafers.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...In the age of the Mission Impossibles and the Bourne Identities, it’s tough to make a thriller set mostly in a West European city sit up and grab your attention. ... full review

So-So by Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV ...Explosive yes, there's immense amount of shattered glass in practically every action scene. But SRK fails to deliver the action, looking unbelievable.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...Precocious and audacious, with his tongue wedged stubbornly in his cheek, Don is back in edgy laconic look back in rancour. ... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...With a self-obsessed and boastful lead character, hackneyed plot on a heist and faulty execution Don 2 fails to please the Don fans!... full review

So-So by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood ...The plot unravels into melodramatic pulp and Don’s proclaimed desire to rule the European drug market disappears right after he said it at the film’s start. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...plastic and explosive... full review

So-So by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...no edge-of-the-seat moments... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jhamkhandikar, Reuters ...Akhtar channels his inner Steven Soderbergh and a lot of the plot sounds similar to “Ocean’s Eleven”. However, what’s missing from this action film is some pace.... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Even then, the look of the film (clothes, cinematography, and sets) is classy and looks very International! Kudos to Farhan Akhtar for that!... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...There are some glaring errors in the script so much so that you feel the filmmaker badly undermined the audience’s intelligence.... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Priyanka Chopra is handicapped with an extremely sketchy role she can do nothing about. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The depressingly underwhelming (and numbingly long) Don 2 is less about Farhan Akhtar’s commitment to plot and character than hairstyling and haberdashery.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Its better we start making films around entertaining SCRIPTS and not STARS. (Review By Bobby Sing) Its better we start making films around entertaining SCRIPTS and not STARS.... full review

Thumbs down by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Apparantly, the director has put originality and imagination in backseat while making the film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Farhan perhaps gets to fulfill his childhood dream of creating his own thriller franchise (shoddy as it may be). SRK gets to wear his megalomania on his sleeve. Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta get to travel the world for free without any pressure to act. Boman Irani gets to ham endlessly. Kunal Kapoor finally gets another role. And Om Puri gets reduced to unintentional comic relief.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...They so badly want it to be a hit, it won’t hurt to buy a ticket. Provided they promise no more crime-glorifying, films putting a Don on a pedestal. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Shah Rukh Khan tries too hard. There is no aura of a Don around him. Nothing sinister even though he tries bloody hard. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today .... What it does come across as finally is a Mission Impossible meets Abbas Mustan. I have nothing against either except that it is instantaneously forgettable... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...boring SRK mega-mode... full review

Thumbs down Mixed Bag ...All gloss. No soul.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Flat punch lines are seen throughout the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...SRK loves the punchlines. They glorify him. Wait till Sallu hears them. ... full review