Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A decent enough plot butchered by filmi-ness viz, dialogue-baazi,  overt style, romantic track, songs and so on.

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33 reviewers have given Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

7 yays
8 nays
18 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force are not peopled by saints, but they remain institutions this country can be proud of. They deserve better than this immature tribute.... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is not for the connoisseurs. It’s a typical masala fare with songs, a romantic track, fights, explosions, shootouts to make for an engrossing watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...In other words, the star’s image had a lot to do with our perception of Thuppakki, and without that particular star, the film’s flaws stand out in sharp relief. Akshay Kumar is a good action hero, a good comedian, probably better than Vijay in both these departments, but he doesn’t have what Vijay has, a unique image – he’s a rather generic presence in his films. When he does the “mass moment” scenes, they don’t send a frisson through us, the way they would when these moments are enacted by popular stars with a strong image. He cannot carry a bad film. His films are good if the writing/directing is good, and here, these aspects are far from satisfactory. Holiday, like Thuppakki, is too long. The romantic track (with Sonakshi Sinha) is too bland, too sexist, too redundant. The emotional beats are weak – we aren’t invested enough in the characters to chew our nails over their fate. Murugadoss told me, in an interview recently, that in his remakes (like Ghajini) he fixes the problems in the original film. Didn’t he think these were problems? Or is the real problem the fact that there’s no Aamir Khan this time around?... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Plus it once again gave me the thought that what kind of creative satisfaction a director gets by directing the same film again, frame to frame in a different language repeatedly?... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...HOLIDAY - A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY is a slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay. Go for it! ... full review

So-So by Rukmini Chopra , Bollywood Life ...Watch it for Akshay and his amazing ability to make even the unreal stuff look real!... full review

So-So by Teena Elizabeth, BookmyShow ...If you are a 3A fan – Akshay, Action and Adventure, then this is a recommended watch for you. Rest all, please take a pass on this Bollywood movie. Yet another reason why you must watch Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, is the beautiful message with which the movie ends. Dedicated to all the Army personnel and their families, the movie salutes every person serving in the Defence forces keeping the nation safe and secure. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ... It’s Akshay Kumar’s show and he delivers with smooth professionalism. Holiday redeems itself by glorifying the Army without the usual chest-thumping melodrama that usually accompanies movie patriotism. ... full review

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...Despite endless loopholes, you can’t completely write-off Holiday. It is watchable despite its long duration and forced romantic scenes. However, if you are not a Akshay Kumar fans, we would suggest you to avoid it. ... full review

So-So by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...The unpredictable treatment of the storyline keeps you hooked. While going for the Holiday, you might want to take it again.... full review

So-So by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ... Holiday - This Movie Is Off Story ... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...An illogical plot mars what could have been a taut thriller about cops v's terrorists.... full review

So-So by Sarita Tanwar, DNA ... Watch this as a thank you to the army fellas. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Like most Indian masala movies, Holiday tastes best with a generous few pinches of salt. Akshay Kumar’s face looks too old to be a young army captain. But the way he jumps over cars and navigates down building faces is a feat even the fittest 20-year-olds can only dream of. He is the soul of this film. He makes it fun. He gives you your money’s worth. End of the day, that’s all that matters.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Music is passable, cinematography is colourful, editing is a bit slack and performances, a little too straight to be completely convincing. This is a film that could easily attract an audience starved for a big ticket exercise. And why not?... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...Holiday is a masala entertainer with a message, and definitely worth a watch. However, if you want the real deal (besides Akshay Kumar), we suggest you watch Thuppakki - it has a better screenplay, to begin with. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...For Sonakshi Sinha, this is another 'walk-in-the-park' kind of role, which she has perfected. For Akshay Kumar fans, this is a must-see movie. It will not only entertain, but will also help you spare a moment in prayer for the ones fighting on the borders of our country; our real heroes. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times ...However, despite these minor cribs, Holiday makes for a satisfying watch and will keep the audience coming. A summer hit is on its way! ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Akshay Kumar livens up the proceedings now and then, but a lot of it is just thookpatti in this Thuppaki remake. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Khilnani, india today ...If the biggest strength of Holiday is Akshay Kumar, then it's safe to say that the biggest weakness is its running time of almost three hours. Watch it if you are a die-hard fan of Akshay Kumar and if you have that kind of time!... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Almost as an after-thought, Govinda shows up in a large-ish cameo, looking most ill-at-ease and out of place. What is he doing in a film like this? When will the South ‘masala’ remake find a decent burial? It is long past its sell-by date.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Due to the lack of high voltage promotions, Holiday will take an average opening at best. But due to the lack of competition and the favourable release period, Holiday might turn out to be a decent grosser.... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Holiday is mostly a delectable film. With Akshay’s superfluous action sequences beguiling you to watch a film which isn’t even close to as brainy as it seems, I will still recommend you to watch it for the lump sum enjoyment it delivers. It isn’t a great film but surprisingly winsome and not entirely forgettable. Quite the value for the buck! I ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-saha, MiD DAY ...The other good thing about this film is that the negative characters are not the stereotypical ugh looking ones but smart, suave ones. Freddy Daruwala matches shoulder to shoulder and bicep to bicep with Akshay Kumar and their hand-to-hand combat on the deck of a ship is worth a whistle or two. The always dependable Govinda gives us comic relief as well. Watch this one. It’s total paisa vasool... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Just like Jack Bauer's 24 series that never lets it pace down, even Akshay Kumar's Holiday ensures that you are on the edge of the seat right through its playing time. Highly recommended!... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well, this movie has lots of dum for all good masala movie lovers. Its not a brainless comedy or an action film, but has intellectual thriller attached to it. It's one of the best masala entertainers from recent times and also from Akshay Kumar. Barring the length and few weak moments 'Holiday' is refreshingly engaging.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Akshay strives hard to make the most of a bad deal. He wins a battle or two, but loses the war. That, in a nutshell, is the story of the film as a whole... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...The bottom-line is if you have watched Thuppakki you might not find this remake anything to be excited about. But if you have not, Holiday A Soldier is Never Off Duty is a fair watch. Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, there are at least a couple of scenes which will leave you pleased.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Holiday is a remake of Murugadoss’s 2012 Tamil hit Thuppakki, which I hear was fairly watchable. What happened then? Did Murugadoss try to Bollywoodise the perfectly fine story? Reminds one of that phrase—“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ ... full review

So-So by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster ...Go on this Holiday trip…it is entertaining, engaging and is action packed. The right mix for this weekend! ... full review

Thumbs down by SUDHISH KAMATH, The Hindu ...If there is any justice left in this world — or a God — this is the kind of pop culture terrorism that should rightfully bomb.... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...This one applauds the jawans who live in the jaws of death, and is a 'wake up' call for all the 'sleepers' that abound. Bravo! ... full review

So-So by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...The movie is all about Akshay Kumar. He is the strong, sexy, patriotic army officer who can sing, dance, fight, has a sense of humour. Everything rolled into one. He single handedly finds the head of a terrorist outfits merely based on speculations and interrogation of two people. He even takes them down on his own. If you are a fan of the `Khiladi` of Bollywood, go ahead!... full review