Highway - External Reviews

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A warm yet emotionally violent story that sweeps you off your feet, but for a few scenes that go amiss.



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40 reviewers have given Highway an average rating of 3.6/5.0 (?)

22 yays
5 nays
13 so-so

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Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...Is this really a film? Or is it a poem that spills out metres of magnificence in a road journey where you measure life's worth not in years, but in kilometers.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The script and the performances provide the narrative tension through the long stretches of silence... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ... sum it all, for many it might be less than what Imtiaz managed to achieve in his ROCKSTAR. But for few others it would be just equivalent to an enriching journey with many worth relishing moments in its more than two hours of duration... full review

Thumbs up by Anjum Shabbir, Bolly Spice ...Highway is great watch, probably just short of being a classic for reasons which we can’t quite put our finger on yet, but it will leave you astounded and amazed with both it’s narrative and performances... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Meditative and scenic, this one is a winner all the way ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ... Highway is a beautiful work of art ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...A road trip movie with soul. Watch it if you are prepared for a long meditative journey ... full review

Thumbs up by Mmmarwah, Desi Martini ...Get on the truck baby, a little slow and different but this film is worth a visit... full review

Thumbs up by SOMESH SINHA, Desi Martini ...For taking Indian cinema to the next level, I doff my hat to the maverick, Imtiaz Ali. Take this highway and feel the journey, pronto! ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Both Alia’s and Randeep’s characters behave in contrast to each other, but their backstories have the same vein of tragedy... full review

Thumbs up by Swayamsrestha Kar, Fully Hyderabad ...Imtiaz Ali has given us a very difficult movie this time.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, Highway is a soul-stirring film that may not rake in the moolah at the box office, but will touch your heart. Watch it for Rahman’s fabulous compositions, brilliant performances and Anil Mehta’s camerawork.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...The film's powerful, yet deliciously subtle script (Imtiaz Ali) attempts to break down the mental walls surrounding our perception and preconceived urban notions of safety, happiness and love ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror ...Highway makes for the kind of cinema we need, perhaps not something we entirely deserve.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Highway is tantalizingly delicious and a journey you would want to embark on. Must watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Comfort not chemistry is what outlines the attraction between Alia and Randeep as they amble along higher altitudes of make believe.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Maybe there’s no need to intellectualize this beautiful bond and just savour it as it is. Just like the film. Do Not Miss! ... full review

Thumbs up by Janhavi Samant, Star Blockbuster ...But what’s interesting is the chemistry Imtiaz Ali creates between his two protagonists – two sides of India, one obscenely privileged and cocooned and the other unimaginably downtrodden and exposed – the journey he puts them on and the power dynamics between the two ... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Highway is far far from flawless but it is perfect imperfections and phenomenal performance make this flim amust watch. Embark on this journey... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Highway is not an easy ride. But it offers fresh breezes and new sights. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...This Imtiaz Ali film deserves not just loud applause but a standing ovation.... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Nonetheless, if you are looking forward to seeing a really hatke love story then ‘Highway’ is your destination. Assemble all your emotions and gear up to watch the film this weekend... full review

So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Unfortunately, with all this going for it plus an unpredictable ending, Highway cannot escape from the burden of its sketchy, incomplete feel... full review

So-So cinemaah ...Alia Bhatt’s performance makes Highway bearable—she throws herself into the part with sincerity, and in spite of the cuteness written into it, does not make Veera cloying... full review

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...A.R Rahman’s music comes with a guarantee of ‘super-hit’, but the maestro couldn’t deliver a soulful music this time. Music is a few notches above average, but it is not something which will stay in your playlist forever.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...After 'Student of the Year', she’s a big girl now, and will hopefully be seen in more such demanding roles. Doubtlessly, Imtiaz Ali deserves the credit for extracting the strong performance, as much as he deserves the discredit for reducing Randeep Hooda into a grimacing machine... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Highway ROAD TO NOWHERE Him and I. Lost children in a lost world that only Imtiaz Ali could fathom in his infinite wisdom... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Highway leaves you deeply dissatisfied... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...If there is an element of the fragile about her beauty, Ali has tapped it well. While on Randeep, the man just gave the Bollywood hunk a rustic edge. His silent intensity makes up for the flaws in his character despite limited presence.... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Highway whips up all the ingredients required for an intriguing film but goes wrong as a whole. It is bold subject handled flimsily and doesn’t come close to believable... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Watch it if you want to experience some good landscape on the big screen. - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/20939/highway#sthash.ex37Cmmu.dpuf... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...the movie has fantastic performances by its lead actors along with good concept and decent music attached to it. Still, ends up on a disappointing note due to its bland screenplay and weak story telling. Thus, would sum it up as this 'Highway' is a daring ride with some pot holes and seed breakers hampering the smooth ride... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ... Highway dishes out a trip that is definitely worth the price of the ticket. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ... Highway The film can ignite any restless, peripatetic soul. I sur­ely want to hit the highway soon. ... full review

So-So by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The only saving grace is the Oscar winning divine music team of A R Rahman, Resul Pookutty and Amrit Pritam. There is definitely no ‘Rockstar’ magic in this film though... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...HIGHWAY is a triumph for Alia Bhatt, who delivers a marvelous performance. Also, what you carry home, besides Alia's winning performance, are the stunning visuals, especially towards the second hour.... full review

Thumbs down by Vinod Talreja , Bollywood Life ...Highway is just a holiday trip that is being narrated and nothing else. It’s your choice – if you wanna give it a miss or then go drive along this highway.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Sound quality is excellent and the minimal background score fills-up a few of the gaps. Rahman’s folksy score also provides interim relief. But overall this is still a long-drawn out ya ‘r’wn!... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The film - a brave experiment on Ali's part, who uses long stretches of silence, improv dialogues, and characters over plot to drive the narrative - doesn't necessarily work. It's meandering and indulgent in many parts, tiring you out well before it's over. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...I wanted more because it comes from a director who knows, or at least has known how to transfuse exuberance in love, and joy in sheer movement. ‘Highway’ is pretty but stagey.... full review