Jolly L.L.B - External Reviews

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

Jolly LLB is sincere in intent and has perfect lead performances. But unfortunately, it isn't able to create a crisp environment. Perfect actors can't make lame defence & prosecutors into a good courtroom drama



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46 reviewers have given Jolly L.L.B an average rating of 3.6/5.0 (?)

26 yays
6 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Jolly LLB is no Munnabhai MBBS.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Deserving equal praise is Saurabh Shukla in his strikingly real portrayal of a judge not apt to be swayed by the lawyers’ spiel. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Watch it to witness a rare entertaining court room drama from Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs down by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...The usually dependable Arshad and Boman come across as strangely one-note here. Amrita is seen on the screen after a long time but neither her role nor her performance adds value to the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...This should've been a songless fare. The songs act as a hindrance, for sure. Even otherwise, the soundtrack is plain ordinary. Also, the pace slackens, albeit slightly, towards the middle of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Latika Payak, Bollywood Life ...Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi present a befitting satire on the Indian judiciary... full review

Thumbs up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Superlative performances & top-notch dialogues. Another high quality satire from Subhash Kapoor.... full review

Thumbs up by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Background score is decent but how we wish the film was a song-less affair as the average numbers don't add value to the film but definitely to the length... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The courtroom drama is enlivened considerably by Saurabh Shukla playing the judge, whose comments are funny and to the point... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...This is a brave subject to film. Which is probably why none have been made with such attention to detail before.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Kapoor sticks to subtlety instead of lapsing into brain-blasting melodrama.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha (IANS), Deccan Chronicle ...Engaging courtroom drama, sparkling performances... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Deccan Herald ...“Jolly LLB” is at best an average film — one that could have soared but is weighed down by faulty execution.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...There is one moment in the film that particularly moved me, which I wouldn't like to give away. Emotional connection is established and even milked in spurts.... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...The right amount of earnestness and honesty... full review

So-So by Mansi, Eat Pray Love Movies ...The songs seemed unnecessary and broke the pace (except the tiny winy mere toh...lag gaye ;) in the courtroom. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Jolly LLB’s screenplay maybe predictable, end of the day it’s inspired by the real-life case of Sanjeev Nanda. But what the story lacks in terms of surprise, the cast makes up with its performances. ... full review

Thumbs up by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...Jolly LLB has heart in right place (and funny bone too)... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...It’s quite an interesting story but the director is just a little too apprehensive to allow for any fiery exchanges.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...The story is simple, and the screenplay is tight enough to hold your attention. It lags somewhere in the middle, and the sudden songs do not help, but you will keep awake only because you believe in the underdog.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...When you walk in to view this movie, do pay special attention to a garlanded photo frame near a canteen stall inside a court premises and a quick conversation between the judge (Saurabh Shukla) and high-society lawyer Rajpal (Boman Irani), just before a trial. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Despite the uneven writing, Jolly LLB works because it has heart... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Positioned as a David vs Goliath clash, the film benefits from some fiery courtroom exchanges between its two leads and Saurabh Shukla playing the seasoned judge... full review

Thumbs up by Alisha Coelho, ...funny, smart, gets a little heavy duty in the second half but is a movie that is worth a watch.... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Not only is the tone uneven, the story plays out a tad too easy while moving towards its denouement. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Writer-director Kapoor must have been aware his biggest strength would lie in setting up showdown scenes between Arshad and Boman. The film thrives on their antagonistic chemistry. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Calling your hero Jolly is pure gold, especially when he is played by Arshad Warsi, who looks right at home as an average Joe trying to hack a living.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...The man who brings it all together is Subhash Kapoor who makes sure that each and every scene in the film is well placed, justified and doesn’t bring any slack in the narrative. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...The screenplay is fabulously done. Everyone in the film has well etched out parts... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint .... The best-written and most memorable character is Justice Tripathi, played superbly by Saurabh Shukla... full review

So-So by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...The film’s worth a watch for these hilarious and quirky moments. ... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...This Case Has Too Many Loopholes!... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Camera work is perfect in this film. There should have been some strict editing in the first half of the film along with few moderate cuts in the second half to make the movie crispy and powerful.... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Jolly LLB is what the minimum level of quality that as an audience, you should expect in a Bollywood film. Though formulaic and predictable, the story is also dependable and guaranteed to make you laugh while tweezing a tear or two out. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...He lets the screenplay do all the arguing on his behalf. The writing holds up rather well – it has legs strong enough not to give way under the weight of the ‘big picture’ that Jolly LLB seeks to project through a plain David-versus-Goliath skirmish... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Jolly LLB could've been a riotous watch on a serious issue with ample scope for sardonic and witty takes, however, it ends up becoming a melodramatic just above average affair. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...The satire on the judiciary, inspired by the Sanjay Nanda-BMW case, with Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani as rival lawyers, is too regular and square to take you by surprise the way Phas Gaye did... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...funny in parts but preachiness and the need to flaunt the film’s sincerity and heart get in the way... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...I wouldn’t call this film realistic in the true sense of the word. Cases don’t get wrapped up within a few dates. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...deserves applause for a real story and one with a lot of human interes. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...It’s only courtesy the disappointing scripting that the highest point of the film comes in the form of Saurabh Shukla who outshines almost everyone, even the main protagonists Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. ... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Jolly LLB’s idealism stems from small-town values of doing what is right.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...You will not like this movie if you don't enjoy courtroom dramas with moral twists. ... full review

So-So by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...While there is plenty of caricaturing (corrupt cops, rich perpetrator industrialist son, poverty porn), that could have been avoided like it was done successfully in the recent No One Killed Jessica, the one thing that works predominantly in favour of this film is Saurabh Shukla. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummanna Ahmed, yahoo! India ...The film is a fun watch if you are willing to overlook its minor indulgences and the slow pace of the first half.... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...And who says only superstars can draw crowd to the theatres? ‘Jolly LLB’ will prove the conventional notion wrong.... full review