Kaabil - External Reviews

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A decent thriller. If only there were a couple edge-on-seat plot points.



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37 reviewers have given Kaabil an average rating of 3.4/5.0 (?)

18 yays
5 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Sanjay Gupta appears lost. There are far too many emotional beats in this story, and that’s not his strong point. And Gupta’s forte – getting off on sadistic, slickly shot violence – isn’t something you expect Papa Roshan to endorse....

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, KAABIL is gripping, gut-wrenching and is likely to stay with you for a long time. Now that DANGAL has almost exhausted its run at the ticket windows, the box-office is quiet and subdued and KAABIL should have no difficulty filling seats at cineplexes, despite a strong opponent releasing alongside. Rich in merits, this film has the power and potential to emerge a success story at the box-office. Highly recommended! ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Kaabil is Hrithik Roshan‘s career best performance. Watch and marvel at what can easily be termed as the finest performance to come out of Bollywood in a long time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Chavi Pande, BookmyShow ...If you're looking for a good old revenge story where you root for the good guy, Kaabil is the movie for you. You'll be hooked to the seat to the very end, when you'll rise with a cheer for Rohan finally getting his revenge. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...The highpoint of ‘Kaabil’ is that, the plot of the film is very okay but the screenplay is intelligently played out. The film won’t bore you even for a second. ‘Kaabil’ is overwhelming, magical and a feel good film. The film is one of the most interesting revenge sagas made in the recent times. ... full review

Thumbs up by Yatin Sharma, Desi Martini ...Kaabil belongs to one man and that is its leading man Hrithik Dedicated Roshan. The actor who seems to have put all his heart and soul into the making of this riveting drama is worth the price of your tickets alone. While his earnest and hard worked performance compliments the tight script of the film, the straightforward yet seemingly outdated direction of the film by Sanjay Gupta keeps you thoroughly entertained. Kaabil is for viewers who don’t mind watching entertainers. Don't be surprised if the actor walks away with all major awards of the season next year. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...All of you who love tales of retribution. Kaabil is unmissable. Do not not miss it for anything . I mean anything. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pihu, Desi Martini ...Sanjay Gupta who is mostly recognized for his stylish display of stories takes a different route this time. However, he succeeds bigtime in keeping you engrossed. The film on the whole belongs to Hrithik as he single handedly carries the film on this shoulder. Go for this one you won’t be disappointed!... full review

Thumbs up by Akshay Kapoor, Desi Martini ...It's beyond the par performance wise. Hrithik gave a refreshing performance for a thriller genre. He covers every emotion his character demands love, action, grief, pain. Direction is captivating except some logical loopholes which can be ignored if you get a full entertainer. Story is enthralling till the end. A must watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Shakha Singh, Desi Martini ...Kaabil caters to the entertainment seeking audience in a way that it never loses its focus even once. At a runtime of just over two hours, the Hrithik Roshan starrer strikes all chords just spot on. With a tight screenplay and tighter execution, Kaabil hardly gives you anytime to deviate from its narration. The film that begins with a goofy yet appreciable romantic plot between its lead pair Hrithik and Yami, changes momentum in its second half to become an engaging drama! Kaabil won’t disappoint you. Go for it! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Kaabil is old-school, emotional and forceful. And an absolute must for all Hrithik Roshan fans. And if you aren't his fan, you might feel differently after this film... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...But none of the film’s frills match up to the Hrithik Roshan’s efforts. He carries this film on his capable shoulders. His perfectly nuanced performance is the reason you’ll enjoy the thrills of Kaabil. ... full review

So-So by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA', FirstPost ...If you are able to look past many of these niggles it’s thank to Hrithik Roshan’s committed performance which keeps you rooting for his Rohan all the way. ... full review

So-So by Swetha Ramakrishan, FirstPost ...Having watched Kaabil I can only say that Hrithik Roshan's considerable acting abilities deserved a better scripted movie. More's the pity, because this is a film that starts off smartly, but stretches unnecessarily in a bid to establish Hrithik as the ultimate saviour. Everyone's trying too hard by the end to make it Hrithik's heroic story. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...There’s neither realism nor grit- just a whole lot of subterfuge masquerading as compassion for the differently-abled, in the centre of this misbegotten revenge drama. Hrithik has his intense moments but Yami fails to pass muster. Suresh Menon as the sympathetic friend is bearable. The Roy brothers are vile enough to draw up the dramatic tension. The music is bearable, Dialogues are offensive and direction is far more visually challenged than the central characters. This one has little to recommend it other than as a showreel for Hrithik’s talents. There’s neither logic, respect nor truth in this telling! ... full review

Thumbs up by Ajay Kumar R, fullhyd.com ...Salim-Sulaiman's and Rajesh Roshan's ensemble fuses Carribean music with contemporary Bollywood tunes to render both the necessary amounts of romantic flavour and oodles of tension when required. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Though it will remain debatable why such a predictable and cliche story was chosen to reclaim Hrithik Roshan's lost glory at the box office.... full review

Thumbs down by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...Watch this if you are a fan of Roshan and you are in the mood for a love story laced with some stylised, bloody action. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Kaabil is not extraordinary, but it has all the elements of a ‘masala’ potboiler. The catch is that it’s been dished out in a typical Bollywood style which may not give it a novelty. But there isn’t any particular reason for not watching it. ... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema Kagalwal, India Entertainment ...But this ping ping pong ball session with interest becomes tiresome after a point when the long drawn out agony of the lead pair refuses to move you, or the shenanigans of the villains refuse to distress you. A film that was calling out to be vulnerable and raw quickly ends up being a cold, blunt butter knife instead. ... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...The film feels too good to be true after a certain point. Sanjay Gupta tries and tells his story well. There are several hitches that the viewer needs to deal with in this ride that he or she embarks on, much like Gupta's protagonist.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, Kaabil is one of the best films of Hrithik Roshan’s career. It’s intelligent, engrossing, entertaining and it had the audience clapping when Hrithik takes revenge. It’s not exactly the kind of film that would win over the critics, but should find acceptance amongst every section of the audience. ... full review

Thumbs up by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...‘Kaabil’ might have been packaged as a 90s style revenge drama but who cares about the packaging of a film as long as it gives you a bang for your buck, right? I found myself thoroughly entertained, got teary eyed and had my adrenaline rushing at several occasions while watching the film. I am pretty sure lovers of true-blue commercial Hindi cinema will go through the same experience as they see this film. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Kaabil is no where near perfect! Strictly for die-hard Hrithik fans who want to wash off Mohenjo Daro memories. A 2/5 for Kaabil. ... full review

So-So by Sunkhayan Ghosh, Live Mint ...Whatever we feel in Kaabil is because we see Roshan going through the range of emotions of his character; funny, considering, how the film would have benefited had it not served the star and given some of its energy to other characters and the screenplay ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...But if you were to keep your eyes glued to the screen and follow the blind man's graphite walking stick right down to the picture's climax, I'm fairly certain you won't be disappointed. Yeah, it is, for the most part, kaabil-e-tareef! ... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...As a producer, Rakesh Roshan has ensured that Kaabil turns out to be a commercial film for the audiences that has all the right ingredients in place and that too in the right proportions. It must have been quite a challenge to have three creative brains (Sanjay, Hrithik and himself) to blend seamlessly and deliver a product which is in just the right synch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...While the story isn't novel, if you must catch this one, it should be for the performances and for the manner in which the chain of events unravel. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...They do not spring any major surprises, but these moments of excitement in the second half, for whatever they are worth, should give Hrithik Roshan fans reason enough to go home happy. ... full review

So-So by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...This is perhaps Hrithik Roshan's best work, but the slow pace of everything: the dialog delivery, the hesitant walking, the dull songs (even the title track is a funeral dirge, and hence slow) make it a test of your patience.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The trigger point of his revenge may be an issue that plagues the country to disturbing levels but it serves nothing beyond an unabashed platform to vaunt a seething Hrithik, sentimental Hrithik, snarky Hrithik, sly Hrithik or spry Hrithik. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Thaker, Rediff ...Kaabil is a onetime watch only because of Hrithik Roshan. If you’re a die-hard fan, go for it. ... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...Kaabil is highly capable but also entirely bloodless.... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...Kaabil is a film about love and its abrupt send-off. It is a violent film. But the emphasis is on the damage done to the soul of the wronged man. It must be seen for Hrithik Roshan's incredibly moving performance and for the unexpected glimpse it provides into its director's romantic personality. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Roshan gives it his all but the effort shows. There is too earnest a performer in him for his own spontaneous good. Add to that the close-ups, the cloying sentimentality and twitching of every facial pore and muscle. He just needs to relax and wait for better films. ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Technically the film is adept, Thanks to masters like Sudeep Chatterjee (camera) and Resul Pookutty(sound). However Rajesh Roshan’s yesteryear hits—Saara Zamana and Dil Kya Karen in their remixed avatars are pale imitations of their original versions. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...Hrithik has done a great job when it comes to acting. Camera work by Sudeep Chatterjee and Ayananka Bose deserves a special mention while music by Rajesh Roshan is a treat! ... full review