Ishaqzaade - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?) - That too only for the actors and treatment, don't expect anything from the story
quick review:

A love story we've gotten too used to over the decades to be interesting despite fresh performances and a slick, rustic treatment.



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40 reviewers have given Ishaqzaade an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

16 yays
10 nays
14 so-so

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So-So by Anna M.M.Vetticad , annavetticadgoes2themovies ...the film’s fun and seemingly feminist first half is marred by its anti-women second half.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Anupama Chopra ...Ishaqzaade does provide half a good time.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...If anything, you must watch Ishaqzaade for its young guns: Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all ISHAQZAADEY becomes watchable mainly because of Parineeti and some good music alone.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...This broadly engaging love story has a winsome pair who deliver dexterous performances, besides popular music and several poignant moments, which should appeal to fans of mainstream films. Go for it! ... full review

So-So by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...It might not be a zalzala of a film but offers quite some fireworks of entertainment.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Brilliant performance by the lead cast... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Ishaqzaade kicks off weakly and has its share of the deja pooh. Gradually, though, it gets under your skin..and rocks. Absolutely See-grade.... full review

So-So Desi Martini ...The film kicks off well and easily manages to entertain the audiences till the interval. The second half is predictable but Parineeti Chopra and her mind-boggling performance save the film. A decent watch!... full review

So-So by Rony Dcosta, Desi Martini ...Ishaqzaade is predictable yet engaging to an extent. Parineeti Chopra makes up for all the flaws to assure a good one time watch.... full review

So-So by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Ishaqzaade is an average fare.... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...The freshness of the lead pair, the fresh music and some crisp editing make for a decently entertaining two and half hours.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...It has the kind of passion and energy that leaves you feeling a bit weak in the knees.... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...The love story drags on till a point you stop caring. After the very slow start, things start picking up towards the interval. The second half is repulsive, length wise.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...He has a knack for creating atmosphere through authentic backdrop and dialogue. But by trodding the beaten track, he shows himself lacking in imagination and foresight.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...A fantastic Indian adaptation of Romeo And Juliet... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...There is entertainment to be had in the many moments of manufactured antagonism between the lead families but it doesn't sustain.... full review

So-So by Samrat Sharma, ...if you have any patience with the stale second half, the first half or so is going to enthrall you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Arjun has the screen presence to carry off a film on his shoulders. With Parineeti for company, he rocks the house.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...The movie breaks the mould of conventional love stories at many points with its abrupt twist and turns, though some might seem unconvincing, but as the movie progress they stop bothering you and go with the flow.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H.Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The film has so many little things to offer, ambiance, body language, language, cultural nuances and more. Amit Trivedi’s score has the small-town, slightly brazen energy and so does the action.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Overall, it feels stale, this business of using religious differences to divide true love in just this way.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...It’s all in there, and yet the result is mixed : some of ‘Ishqzaade’ hits the spot, the rest is a drag.... full review

Thumbs up by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi ...On the whole, Ishaqzaade is an entertaining fare which works on the strength of its first half and the performances.... full review

Thumbs up by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...The director captures small-town India perfectly and builds up his characters with requisite vigour. In spite of the choppy second hour, Ishaqzaade is still worth a watch.... full review

So-So by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...If only the second half had not meandered into a redlight area, this film would have been a great watch, but still it is worth a viewing.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Their palpable, volatile chemistry, shooting at each other one second, passionately kissing the next, is already half a reason to go watch the film, while the obvious talent they have in common makes for the other half.... full review

Thumbs down by on on on on on on on on on on Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Sadly, Ishaqzaade isn't quite as pulsating as the plot line might suggest.... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Maybe, it's the built-up of lack of focus on the emotional quotient; you don't feel for the yearning of the lead characters one bit neither relates to their issues.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...There is much craft on display, and some lovely moments, but the immense promise shown by the first half turns out as hollow as a politician's.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandika, Reuters ...“Ishaqzaade” isn’t as good a film as it could have been, but there are still enough reasons to watch it.... full review

Thumbs up Roochster ...I really liked it and totally recommend it.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Watch Ishaqzaade for Parineeti Chopra's spectacularly stellar performance. Watch it for Arjun Kapoor, an unquestionable star-in-the-making.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...A must watch and not worth missing!! ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...This saga of star-crossed lovers doesn’t quite win your heart. Could’ve worked best if for better writing.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Writer-Director Habib Faisal succeeds to a great extent in crafting an unpredictable first half full of spunk and spirit, but plays it boringly safe in the second, offering no new solutions or fresh perspectives in a story that has been done to death.... full review

So-So by Karishma Upadhyay, The Telegraph ...Ishaqzaade isn’t as good a film as it could have been but it is worth a watch.... full review

So-So by on on on on on on on on Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Ishaqzaade starts with a bang-bang, but ends up firing blanks. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...the script, barring some clever dialogue writing, is a big let down. None of the plot points and characters' change overs.... full review

Thumbs up by Shomini Sen, ZEENEWS.COM ...The film keeps you engaged in the first half and the important twist right before the break is truly mind blowing. The second half unfortunately loses pace and the predictability creeps in by the end of it.... full review