Gabbar Is Back - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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One of those films that delivers exactly what you expect only to leave you in a more “meh” mode than you started out with.



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32 reviewers have given Gabbar Is Back an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

7 yays
14 nays
11 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Gabbar Is Back. Wish he had stayed away.... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...In short, 'Gabbar Is Back' offers little new than Akshay Kumar’s salt-n-pepper hair. The film claims to espouse the noble cause of the fight against corruption but presents the message in the most clichéd manner.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...umming up, GABBAR IS BACK directed by Krish (from South) has an okay cinematography, clever editing, some powerful dialogues and an uplifting background score, collectively pointing towards a relevant theme of corruption with all noble intentions and two key performances to enjoy. But since its content matter more or less remains the same with nothing fresh or innovative to offer lacking a lot on the logical grounds, the film doesn’t turn out to be anything more than a one-time watch and that too preferably in a single screen theater to have a better entertaining experience.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, GABBAR IS BACK is an average entertainer which will draw huge footfalls over the weekend due to catchy massy title, action drama and the fact that it is releasing on a holiday. Post the weekend, the film will have to rely on 'PWD' (Performance on Week Days) to see it sail through. If you are sick and tired of corruption in India, then, you shall find GABBAR IS BACK inspiring, else you may find it boring and preachy.... full review

Thumbs up by BMS Editor, BookmyShow ...Gabbar is Back is an action-packed film which has Akshay Kumar doing what he does best. Catch the movie to check out his all new action avatar and also to get an idea about how corruption is rotting various systems in our country, be it the government or the health industry.... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Director Krish and superstar Akshay’s GIB is a hectic, loud film that skids from one episode to another introducing characters — all prefabricated, one-dimensional ones necessary for simulating a vigilante melodrama — and pushing the story to its inevitable end.... full review

Thumbs up by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini ...Gabbar is a breath of fresh air among India ka so-called lame Tyohaar.... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Akshay the only saving grace... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Shoddy screenplay and exaggerated taking prevent a decent story from striking a chord!... full review

So-So by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini ...An abrupt affair of another ‘fight-against-the-system’ film with some flaws, some moments of its own and Akshay Kumar.... full review

Thumbs down by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini ...That one film out of the four that Akshay does without a storyline or great performances!... full review

So-So by sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...This Gabbar is meant strictly for the masala-of-yore fans... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Ramanaa was a good Tamil film. Its consequent adaptations in Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and now Hindi have confirmed the existence of the 'lost in translation' phenomenon. In this story's fifth rendition, filming gimmicks and juvenile humour upstage logical writing and character development. The end result is a lackluster and utterly pointless film trying too hard to impress.... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...V for Vendetta is not just ripped off visually but also aurally, thanks to Sandeep Chowta who simply recycles the background score and makes it loud enough to turn the Guy Fawkes mask’s smile into a sad emoticon. The only ray of light in this rumbling assault of stupidity is that the film is only two hours and ten minutes long, short enough to return home and assuage your grief by browsing Vijaykanth’s resplendent clips on YouTube.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The preachy overtones, the conscious sermonizing, silly antics, unbelievable action stunts, confounding logic in the sequence of events and Kumar’s staccato dialogue delivery don’t allow for much enjoyment here. Standard Stereotypes ,clichés, formulaic elements make it that much more difficult to make sense of. Director Krish and his editor manage to make it slick but the disjointedness and incoherence doesn’t stay hidden for long. Watch it only if you are a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan!... full review

Thumbs up by Zehra Abbas, ...It's a worthy message which gets diluted through the medium of expression - a jingoistic, violent, vigilante fantasy. So don't bother debating the practical and ethical dimensions of Gabbar's fight - just have fun with it.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...The movie is entertaining, in the sense, that it touches on a very important topic of corruption and how the common man is taken for a ride. This one is even better than the much touted film on the common man, KHATTA MEETHA (2010). ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Gabbar Is Back is a full on ‘masala’ film with a lot of applause worthy scenes. The buck stops at Akshay Kumar. And, before I finish, Honey Singh has just bettered himself. Don’t believe me? Watch Chitrangada Singh’s dance number ‘Aao Raja’ in Gabbar Is Back. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...From the clumsy plotting and a manipulative back-story featuring a visibly disinterested Kareena Kapoor, to the been-there-seen-that action scenes and the uninspired score, there's little to recommend in this movie. At best, Akshay Kumar lays on the charm in a few well-timed sequences. But it's too small a reward in exchange for sitting through this boring film.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ... Gabbar is Back should be watched for what it truly represents: a commercial Hindi entertainer which tries to highlight a major problem of corruption which plagues the country. But the problem is, the issue of corruption isn’t topical anymore after the change in government last year. If it released a year back, maybe it would have been even more impactful. Regardless of that frailty, Gabbar is Back is largely entertaining and flows nicely; you won’t fall asleep because of the fast pace and also because of the glaringly loud background music. If you are in the mood for a full blown commercial Hindi entertainer, then Gabbar is Back is your best bet this week. And it is always nice to see Akshay Kumar in form!... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...If you enjoy films which have the good vs evil story with full on action and ‘Dhamakedaar’ dialogues, this is your film. For Akshay Kumar fans this one is a treat as the weekend watch. I found it entertaining in parts ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Gabbar is back, but you’ll wish he wasn’t... full review

Thumbs down by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The only saving grace of this film is Akshay Kumar, who not only looks dishy with a beard, but does try giving a convincing performance in this not at all convincing film. But then he should have chosen better.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Commercially, the film has taken the best start of the year and pretty much turns out to be the only one other than Akshay Kumar's own Baby to have done that. With single screens as well as multiplexes seeing good footfalls right from the first show, the film is set to gain moolah at the box office. In the times when audience are thinking twice, if not thrice, before venturing in for a film, Gabbar Is Back could well break the spell and justify the call of 'achche din aa gaye'.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well the movie is not a bad watch as it had a good motive attached to it with some decent performance by Akshay Kumar. It's not at par or even nearby to his last few good releases like 'Baby' or a 'Holiday' nor is bad like 'Entertainment', 'Shaukeens' or 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara'. If only there would be a strong soul and a great writing attached to the film, the impact of the film would had been as much powerful as the character of Gabbar from the film 'Sholay'. Failing to which,the corrupt officials need not be afraid of this new and bit soulless Gabbar.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Clearly, nobody put the makers of this film through the paces. They might have then known how to make the best of their limited cinematic resources and craft something less mucky.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...This is a constantly unimpressive film. At its best, Gabbar Is Back is occasionally watchable, and at its worst, it’s Shruti Haasan. Why would you even try?... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Akshay Kumar is dependably good in the film and the new fuller-haired look sits well on him. However, he needs to be paired with heroines around his own age, so the coupling looks natural and not ridiculous. By giving him a salt-n-pepper beard and making Shruti Hassan behave like an overgrown kid, the pair is made to look odd and the lack of chemistry is conspicuously glaring.... full review

Thumbs down by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...It has come at a time when the remake business has touched a plateau. Had it come in its infancy, Gabbar would not have sounded like babble... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...While the music's pleasantly seamless, the editing is razor-sharp, evoking Manmohan Desai, rushing you from one entertaining scene to the next, without time to figure things out - but just enough to feel. Now, Gabbar Is Back - and you'll feel his return rocks.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...The camerawork, editing and sound do nothing for the film, while the music, song picturizations and action sequences are nothing to write home about either. And the less said about the VFX bits, the better. All in all, GIB is simply not happening and is truly avoidable fare.... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...After watching this we surely need a real 'Gabbar' to blow some courage in all of us—and wipe out corruption from the root. 'Pachaas Pachaas Kos Dur Jabh Koi Rishwat Leta Hai, Toh Sabh Kehte Hain Mat Le Varna, Gabbar Aa Jaaega.... full review