English Vinglish - External Reviews

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A simple Indian woman's complexes are explored with warmth and charm. Sridevi brings to us a home-maker's self-doubt with a wonderful performance despite the squeak in her voice and distracting accent.



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54 reviewers have given English Vinglish an average rating of 4.8/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...The film's story worked on many layers, and what I especially admired is how Sridevi becomes the spokesperson for lessons without being too overt about it, save for the ending speech that hammers in the emotion,... full review

Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ........Secondly I had seen the trailers, and Sridevi’s character in them seemed to be the kind of nauseatingly ultra-naive, over-sweet, over-moralistic person that Bollywood is so good at creating. .....I’m here then to tell you, O good readers, that none of my above fears came true. This is a fabulous film, even if it did have some flaws........ full review

Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...n excellent comeback vehicle for India’s most successful pan-India female superstar, but what makes the film work is that the director is not star struck.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...There are no villains in English Vinglish. Only imperfect human beings like you and I, who make that common error of taking loved ones for granted.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Apart from its admirable simplicity, EV also has an impressive Background Score and some good soothing songs well composed by the talented Amit Trivedi.... full review

Thumbs up by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...With no real scope for lip-synced songs, he does a marvellous job with the upbeat ‘Manhattan’, which really captures the beat of the city. The uplifting title track ‘English Vinglish’ and the fun ‘Navrai Majhi’. Overall an extremely praiseworthy film. Excellent performances, e... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Sure, masala movies are great fun, but a film like ENGLISH VINGLISH breaks the monotony, shatters the unwritten rules of the game and scores brownie points. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shweta Parande, Bollywood Life ...Now if these reasons are not enough for you to go watch English Vinglish, find your own…but you have to watch it to know, of course!... full review

Thumbs up by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Sridevi has surpassed all other comeback queens of recent times. You find her a little reserved in the beginning. But as the plot moves, you’ll know why she’s like that.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...But, as it is with all good films it’s not the what that matters, it’s the how—and the Shinde-Sridevi combo makes the very basic telefilms-like inspirational story work well with the little moments that bring out smiles and cheers. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...During her own career, Sridevi was widely criticised for her poor Hindi. It could explain her choice for this role. Restrained, distant yet effortlessly adorable, she certainly understands her character well. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...It’s these subtexts that makes English vinglish such a refreshing feel good film and to top it all is Sridevi who makes you feel for her character at every point in the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...The real star and backbone of this film is Sridevi. She emotes beautifully & it only feels like yesterday when she last did her last film.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Watch her in the scene where she is elated at being called an Enterpreneur for the first time in her life, and you know that Sridevi is a class act.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Modest clothes, simple one braid hairstyle and a gentle air makes her the perfect simple housewife. However, the Sridevi spark is itching to get out and I felt that strongly... full review

Thumbs up by L Romal M Singh, DNA ...Sridevi looked plastic in a few scenes — yes. Sridevi didn’t quite come across as a Marathi housewife in several scenes, much like rest of the cast — yes.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...speaks a universal language... full review

Thumbs up by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...The film is hard hitting without being overly dramatic and that's its USP. A trademark Balki film!... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Sridevi may flounder with her diction, but she never fails to convey the inner disquiet of her characters on her expressive face.... full review

Thumbs up by Vivek Bhatia, Filmfare ...Sensitivity is the forte of this film and it naturally works wonders. There are few well-written, delicious scenes which you’d wish would never end.... full review

Thumbs up by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...that single fluid moment, as we watch her face silently transform from happy to tremulous to brave, encapsulates everything that the film wants to show us.... full review

Thumbs up by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...She puts the act back in acting with her performance as the subservient and tolerant Shashi Godbole ... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...there’s a very chaste Indian sensibility to the depiction that flirts with inequality in conjugal relations and extra-marital temptation only to reiterate the happily ever after wrap-up.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...Gracefully mixing the issues of a homemaker's self-worth and culture shocks of desis abroad, English Vinglish is an unhurried, heart-warming slice-of-life depiction of Shashi's adventures. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...This movie is a lesson for married couples, children, families and even friends.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...On the flip side, one does wonder that why did she never dare to make the move (to learn English) all these years, instead waiting to come down to USA to make her big-decision. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...English Vinglish falters in the second half. The pace drops and Shashi's English class seems like an outtake of Mind Your Language... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...There's little that's blazingly original here; much of it feels formulaic and predictable, in fact. Yet Shinde knows there's comfort to be found in the familiar, and she mines feel-good moments in been-there-seen-that territory. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Shinde is impressive with the feel-good portions but she does go over the top with melodrama in a bid to give the film its emotional core.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...The understated Adil Hussain plays Mr Godbole who is complacent when his wife’s laddoo-making abilities are to the fore, but is shaken when he sees her stand next to a good-looking Frenchman (Mehdi Nebbou) who is in her English class. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Without getting too preachy, director Gauri Shinde takes you on a journey full of life lessons. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The actor will not remind you of her electrifying old self here. She is mellow and restrained despite the characteristic tremor and shrillness in her voice. Her emotive skills are a thousand shades more restrained and calculated, fitting the role perhaps, but a far cry from the Sridevi we know. T... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...As Mr Godbole (Adil Hussain) does a fine job, but I doubt whether he will get many fans with this role.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Although the story is very simplistic and quite predictable, the scenes are so well-written that you will find yourself glued to the proceedings from the word Go! ... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...The entire screenplay is filled with light-hearted moments, emotional sequences, inspiring and also some funny sequences.... full review

Thumbs up by Saumil Gandhi, Mumbai Mirror ...Unlike her protagonist, the makers of the film have no complexes about the simplicity of their idea. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...English Vinglish stands tall on the shoulders of two courageous women, Gauri Shindi and Sridevi ... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ... The halting English appears a bit practised and we may keep debating about whether she looks too thin or if her nose is a bit off. But she is persuasive, delightfully spontaneous with the kids... full review

Thumbs up by Afshan Shaikh, Planet Bollywood ...Priya Anand fits into the role of an empathetic girl with a lot of freewill who likes her Shashi maussi and encourages her to learn English.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The result is simple, effective and undeniably striking: rather like the sarees Shashi constantly wears (and even, inexplicably, sleeps in.)... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Don’t we all have that relative or parent who struggles with a fancy mobile phone, or has trouble conversing with your friends, because they haven’t been able to catch up with the pace with which this country is moving?... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Sridevi has been a star in her years so to watch her again was a treat but I felt that she did hold back a bit. Obviously there’s been a huge gap after which she’s made a comeback and her character’s not supposed to be the typical dramatic housewife we’ve seen in the movies but the ‘Srideviness’ in her was missing. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Beautiful cinematography (Laxman Utekar) and dexterous editing (Hemanti Sarkar) elevate the film further. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ... Vivek Bhatia succeeds as a writer, especially for witty and well crafted dialogues... full review

Thumbs up by Bhawana Somaaya, Star Blockbuster ...The story, the treatment, the script and the characters, but most important the director. Gauri Shinde portrays the chronicle of a housewife with warmth and insights. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Right from the first scene to the end, Gauri projects a brilliant graph in the storyline with the many ups and downs keeping you glued to your seats.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...It is a delightful ensemble that makes sure you are entertained all through. Be it pretty Priya Anand who makes a fine Hindi debut, the charming French actor Mehdi Nebbou or any of the other supporting actors for that matter, they all get to make an impression ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Amit Trivedi's music is hummable. The title track, Gustak dil, the Marathi remixes of the Navrai Mazhi; all of it is mesmerising.... full review

Thumbs up by Banno, Upper Stall ...The film is aided by good music by Amit Trivedi, the tracks are hummable and catchy, and add a kick to what could easily have been a slow film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...designer Sabyasachi has done his job very well in dressing up Sridevi in colorful khadi sarees that suit her age and role.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... Wouldn’t a better way to go about it lie in showing that Shashi made a success of herself despite not knowing English? ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Just about okay shokayJust about okay shokay... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Sulbha Deshpande (as Shashi’s mother-in-law), Sujata Kumar (as Shashi’s sister) and Shivansh Kotia (as Shashi’s son) suit their roles to the T.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...English Vinglish, for all its surface gloss and clean family entertainer aspirations, doesn’t possess that little something needed to turn a one-dimensional account of the makeover of an unassuming homemaker into a convincing, universal drama about a woman’s empowerment. ... full review