Jab Harry Met Sejal - External Reviews

wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for DVD (?)
quick review:

A few lovely, honest moments; good performances but zero story doesn't work for this “boy meet girl” film.



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32 reviewers have given Jab Harry Met Sejal an average rating of 1.4/5.0 (?)

5 yays
19 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is occasionally funny, but not half as funny or cute or ruminative as it clearly thinks it is. Hats off to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for managing to raise the Centigrades in this otherwise pakau disaster. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The film is generic as well. Maybe after three “heavy” dramas – Rockstar, Highway, Tamasha – Imtiaz Ali just wanted to kick back and take a foreign vacation. But even such an outing can be written well, and the biggest surprise of Jab Harry Met Sejal is the utter lack of Imtiaz Ali “moments.” The songs seem misplaced.... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...A big disappointment for both the fans of Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali. They both need to think about what to do next. In separate rooms, please.... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...K U Mohanan’s cinematography is stunning. The locales of Europe and its bylanes are very well captured. Aarti Bajaj’s editing could have crisper and smooth. The way the song ‘Beech Beech Mein’ begins all of a sudden immediately after the intermission confuses audience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shakha Singh, BookmyShow ...The movie has all the three names at their best: Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali. We bet you will watch it twice if you are a fan of any of them. Shah Rukh Khan has again created the magic he is known for. The movie is fun, romantic and keeps you wanting for more. After all, the bass in Phurr with SRK doing the bhangda is not something you see very often. SRK is truly back and you will regret not watching him on the big screen. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...On the whole, it is nowhere close to an Imtiaz Ali film. Watch it only if you are an SRK fan or you want to see Europe for the worth of your ticket price. ... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Every now and then, Harry and Sejal keep asking each other “yeh kya ho raha hai”. Precisely what I was asking through the films two and half hour running time. That is not an Imtiaz Ali film I wanted. ... full review

So-So by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini ...The film is definitely not one of the best Imtiaz Ali films. It would be disappointing for ardent fans to see Imtiaz not focus on the screenplay and to leave so many points where the film could have been elevated. But nevertheless, this is a good entertaining film that will make up for a decent watch this holiday weekend! You should definitely give this film a watch once! ... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...I wish I could give a zero star but half is the lowest Desimartini will allow, so enjoy half the star dear Imtiyaz , given the content value of this movie even that is an undeserved bonus ! ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ...JHMS is a good entertainer at the end of the day and that is what counts. Go with a loved one, share your Coke and popcorn and sigh over finding both love and lust at the same time. Can take kids (even though the last sentence has lust in it!) ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...JHMS is a one-time watch for Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and their sizzling chemistry. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...HMS is a happy romantic comedy that you can sing and dance along with. Pritam's music is a stand out feature. The performances are really strong. The film's dramatic soul rests in Imtiaz Ali's usual Sufi belief where the story and characters tell you that the universe transpires to make lovers meet. That what you're looking for is looking for you. If romance excites you, this one's got all the right notes.... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is occasionally funny, but not half as funny or cute or ruminative as it clearly thinks it is. Hats off to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for managing to raise the Centigrades in this otherwise pakau disaster. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Imtiaz Ali’s first film with the King of Romance was expected to be something else but it’s not. SRK’s status as numero uno at the Box Office has taken a serious beating in the recent past with Dear Zindagi, Raees and Fan turning turkey.... full review

So-So by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com ...And that sums the film up. While everything in it is beautiful - the sadness is beautiful, the loneliness is beautiful, the actors are beautiful, the shots are beautiful and so on - these beautiful aspects are not organic. The film's scenes feel as if they are separate sections, and rarely ooze into each other. While each section of the film has its highs and lows, the movie on the whole loses its narrative flow. ... full review

Thumbs down by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Otherwise things are disappointingly lost in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, the touted rom com turns out to be a bore com, romance goes surprisingly 'Phurr' along with director Imtiaz Ali in this flick. ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...However, the cinematography that highlights the beauty of a handful European countries is pleasing to watch. But we wish that all that energy and love was devoted to developing a cracking love story. Watch this film if you are strictly a Shah Rukh Khan or Anushka Sharma fan. Others will hesitate to put a ring on this romantic comedy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is absolutely banal with some hummable tunes. It’s a big disappointment to see Shah Rukh Khan returning to his comfort zone and yet not performing at the top of his powers. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...t's a further letdown when Ali is unable to weave songs seamlessly into his narrative. There are too many of them, placed awkwardly including the otherwise infectious disco track Beech Beech Mein. The last-minute introduction of a supposed bad guy, unfortunately named Gas, is of no significance. Ultimately Sejal's fiance Rupen sums it up best: "Ek angoothi ke liye itna drama?"... full review

Thumbs down by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Watch Jab Harry Met Sejal if you have no one to meet and have a lot of time and some money to waste. Jab you see, tab don't tell us we didn't warn you.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is one of the biggest disappointments so far this year. ... full review

Thumbs down by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...While it is perfectly fine to have a certain approach or style in the way you tell your stories but a film should have some novelty value. It should have elements that distinguish it from the filmmaker's earlier work and should offer something new to the audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Umesh Punwani, koimoi ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is a film where I wanted to give out few spoilers so you should read and go watch the film. But, I can’t. Take this as a sign and don’t miss this beautiful journey of life with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Imtiaz seems to have settled into a comfort zone of his own. The cult of Ali the Incurable Romantic will only grow with films like these. But Ali the Director might need to branch out soon. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...This sucks, given this film is from a mainstream director with very strong sense of notes and visuals, who's used a star mainly as a tool to drive home his point about pain, loneliness, and love. Screw the story. That's not what we go to movies for anyway. It's okay if we've seen all of it before. Did I feel anything at all? Nope. Damn. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...If you are a fan of Imtiaz Ali, we suggest you revisit his Jab We Met and Highway instead of risking this film. However, if you are a SRK fan, the movie may be total ‘paisa vasool’ for you... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...This isn't an Imtiaz Ali film or doesn't seem like one at least. The maker who has transformed straight-laced stories into those of self-exploration and consequential epiphany, seems to be napping behind the camera here. With zero thought towards building on his characters, he barely furnishes circumstances or even plot points that would amount to any reflection. Pritam's numbers are barely hummable but serve as a distraction from the dreary proceedings. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...So what's there to like in this asinine film? Shah Rukh is still droolworthy. And he can still make you sigh. But then the bigger sighs are of despair. After the brilliant Raees, this looks like a pathetic excuse to holiday in Europe and 'Chalo, let's make some movie while we're there!' ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...And so it's only befitting when Sejal begs him in her best fangirl face to train her fiancé in the art of affection -- 'Meri life ban jayegi.' I only wish it's for a better love story... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Scroll.in ...For the amount it would have cost for travel, stay, food and party, Sejal may as well have just bought a new ring. ... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...The journey from Netherlands to Nur Mahal treats you to an opera, pole-dancing and SRK in every frame. Despite it all, you’re tempted to tell the filmmaker that the script of this travelogue that seems to have gone missing, could perhaps be languishing in his own backyard. Go search… ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...Your jaws will drop towards the end but I am not giving away the biggest spoiler! Go watch a light, fun romance drama this weekend. It is seeking you! ... full review