Jail - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

The word spells gloom, the vision it creates makes a shiver run down the spine. The things you've read about this thing called prison invoke the worst of your imagination. The Neil-Madhur combination brings this harshness to life.



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33 reviewers have given Jail an average rating of 2.3/5.0 (?)

12 yays
14 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ... Madhur, Manoj Tyagi and Anuradha Tiwari's script involves you in most parts. Raghuvir Shekhawat's dialogues are true to life.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ... It is not close to what prison cells are but Madhur manages to bring the uneasiness and fear that dwells deep within the prison walls.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, IBOS ... Here he strips not just his hero but also his plot free of all adornment to give us a long disturbing sometimes traumatic dekko at life behind those stone walls.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Does an individual, with a clean past, actually deserve Jail hell until proven guilty by the court? Especially when the very environment can turn an innocent into a criminal.... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...t is depressing at times and probably too hard to digest for most, but Bhandarkar's proves to be a master storyteller as he involves the audience completely into proceedings... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Now Running.com ...Bhandarkar maintains an unbiased point of view.... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...This has to be Neil Nitin Mukesh’s best ever performance and very difficult to surpass in future... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...Madhur has the knack of deriving award winning performances from his principal cast and in here Neil delivers an award worthy performance as Parag Dixit.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...While critically examining the movie we find that its USP is the human face of its each character in spite of their involvement in heinous crimes.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... Kudos to Bhandarkar for taking an ekdum different take on the notorious Indian jail. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...It’s hard-hitting, shocking yet relatable and thought provoking but certain flaws and exaggerated emotions leave the film short of a blockbuster.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Neil digs his teeth well into his character and brings a mix of seething angst, cathartic outbursts and hopeless resignation against his situation.... full review

So-So by Bobby Singh, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...However, the director’s excellence is still evident in a few well conceived sequences related with some important characters in the script. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...But despite the clunky writing, it's a relief to see Bhandarkar empathasise with his characters rather than exploit them for cheap titillation like he's done in earlier films.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...he falls short on detailing the internal intricacies of imprisonment and the story gets slack with no distinctive graph to the character conflicts. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...one feels that he could have done more to explore the effect this has on the individual's psyche. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Jail never becomes more than the sum of its parts... full review

So-So by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Neil Nitin Mukesh is really amazing in the character of Parag, when he becomes an inmate of the jail and does not know what to do... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, aslibaat.com ...In jail he succeeds in giving us a first account of what goes through the mind of a prisoner when he leaves behind the all familiar and takes on a new life.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Shouldn’t there be some restraint, a faraway shot of the nude outline of Parag (when he’s strip-searched upon entering prison) instead of a close-up of his crotch blocked out with pixels?... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...the Desai court proceedings work well as a bathroom break... full review

Thumbs down by Shweta Parande, Buzz18 ...no real highs or lows in the film... full review

Thumbs down by Priyanka Pulla, fullhyd.com ... One really wishes Bhandarkar would stop preaching with Shirdi Sai Baba style parables. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The formula is quite simple. You take the protagonist through hell in a murky setting that is the film itself. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Bigg Boss Season 4 set inside a jail... full review

Thumbs down by Priya, J.A.M ...The film looks like a bad documentary on Indian jails. ... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohammed, Passion for Cinema ...Like it or not it’s pouring cliches out here, from the hero finding the prison food ugh-ugh (did he expect sushi?) to the initial undressing parade.... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...The plot of Jail is unlayered and uncomplicated. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Bhandarkar's modus operandi is simple, to pick out a subject, decided on its stereotyped negatives, ones that are already more than well-entrenched in the public consciousness, and then vilify it.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...We also don’t get a real glimpse of Parag’s family who is serving a sentence of their own.... full review

Thumbs down by Samiya Shakir, StarBoxOffice ... Not only is he stone-cold expressionless, even his body language in the movie seems forced to stiffen up - no reason why confinement should make you so rigid- given that its a hostile atmosphere and one should be easy and learn to adapt.... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...Neil Nitin Mukesh alternates between woodenness and some extremely funny face-making in the name of intense acting.... full review