Kaminey - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Though Kaminey is directed in style it's still a typical gangster plot and is superficially written too. The focus on details of the shallow characters is sorely missing. Punch is forced into dialogue delivery to mask the lame lines. However, Shahid-Priyanka do well.

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39 reviewers have given Kaminey an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

32 yays
2 nays
5 so-so

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Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...Priyanka also outdoes herself as Sweety. Shrill in anger, squeaky with relief, or tremulous with emotion – she does it all well.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...The movie however turns out to be quite long, especially the first half. The pace in the second half shifts gears really well. ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, aslibaat.com ...True art as well as entertainment must toss up surprises, originality and fun to name just a few elements. Here instead you have cliches... full review

Thumbs up by Blogeswari, Blogeswari ...Charlie’s fpoonerisms sound quite funny and you actually look forward to them... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...If you’re attuned to this sense of larky mayhem, Kaminey is a scream – a quasi-existential action-comedy that owes as much to the postmodern Tarantino oeuvre as the more classical gangland bloodbaths... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...While he's mean as Charlie, he's totally cute as Guddu. And the amount of work it must have taken to swap between stuttering and stammering is only imaginable and is visible on screen... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...‘Kaminey’ will take sometime to impress you and to carry away with it but no sooner, you discover the charm, you are into the world of Vishal Bharadwaj’s story... full review

Thumbs up by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...he songs could have been placed better... full review

So-So by Deep, Deep's Home ...But somewhere in the 2nd half, I thought they lagged in between and things slowed down... full review

Thumbs up desi hits ...The script is strong and there is everything from action and romance to dark streets and rainy nights... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...It's as much about the much-celebrated devil in the detail, as about the multi-faceted artiste in him that lets him compose chartbusters... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Even when there is a flashback, it's not to bore, but to add value. Each scene is a treat.... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...I suspect only a music-composer who’s also a director could synchronise this so well on screen... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The non-linear screenplay is filled with unfamiliar twists and confusing turns that are likely to baffle you along the way... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Let's say, KAMINEY is bold, stark, funny and unpredictable and that's what works in its favour... full review

So-So by Debojit Ghatak, Indian Auteur ...It is because while it is a kind of film he loves to watch, or even talk about, and perhaps even make, it is not his film, in the way that Makdee was.... full review

Thumbs up indiatimes ...Vishal Bharwadwaj applies a complete different language of cinema to make the film look fascinating... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...The pace is quick, so quick that you probably would’t be able to grasp the film fully on first viewing. A second watch is highly recommended.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...the most memorable one is Bhope, played by Amole Gupte, who shows his acting prowess and potential facing the camera... full review

Thumbs down by Mr. Inketi, Mr. Inketis Weblog ...this film tries too hard to be a Hollywood-wannabe gangsta film and in the process forgets the basics of Bollywood entertainment.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Be warned: there are stretches of Kaminey that will thoroughly confuse you, starting with the first fifteen minutes... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Now Running.com ... He also confuses his audience on purpose in at least a couple of sequences and tests their intelligence.... full review

Thumbs up by George, Pacem In Terris ...There's a lovely scene between Sweety and Shahid on screen where she proclaims her love for him using the city names (read politically correct), Vishal can combine love and politics so subtly into the screen play... full review

Thumbs up by Sourabh, Passion for Cinema ...Omkara was more of Vishal’s film than Kaminey is... full review

Thumbs up by Sethu Madhavan, Passion for Cinema ...The cast has a curious mix of known names, debutants and people from other streams of cinema all coming together on screen here... full review

Thumbs up by Runumi G, Passion for Cinema ...But the surprise packet comes in the form of Priyanka Chopra, who completely merges with the character of Sweetie, a non-glamorous girl from a traditional Marathi family in Mumbai, modern, yet simple and courageous... full review

Thumbs up by Vasan Bala, Passion for Cinema ...Finally a film which follows the dictate get in as late and get out as early and in doing so breaking all the other rubbish presets we were used to... full review

Thumbs up by Neeraj Ghaywan, Passion for Cinema ...Kaminey opens the narrative’s harbinger; it’s not the path you take that makes the difference but the path you choose not to tread.... full review

Thumbs up by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood ...Old Guitar, New Strings... full review

Thumbs up by Gohar Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...The sequences after the interval to the climax, Vishal unwrap the things, which simply gets your eyes fixed on the screen. ... full review

So-So by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...the new “formula” of the 2000s, an “international” looking movie with a true Bollywood heart.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...And Vishal generously gives each character their time in the spotlight... full review

Thumbs up SearchIndia.com ...To waste any space on Priyanka Chopra who plays the love interest of one of the Shahids would be to waste bandwidth, electricity et al. So, let’s go green and ignore that abomination, who failed to distinguish herself in any way.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Masterful editing by Meghna Sen (Omkara) fits the challenging jig-saw together by the end, but not without leaving us insatiably thirsty throughout... full review

Thumbs up by Manish Gaekwad, StarBoxOffice ...In a film where Gandhi and Hitler are collaged together on a poster in Guddu’s hostel room, you can surmise the philosophy that went into the making of Kaminey. Kaminey is a term of endearment being used for both. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Kaminey mostly draws its powers from the brilliant music score (Vishal Bhardwaj) and the innovative cinematography (Tassaduq Hussain)... full review

Thumbs down by The Thirdman, Upper Stall ...The supporting cast is full of fine actors, all of who do their bit efficiently and seem to be enjoying themselves but again get lost in the heady pace and overall dizzy scheme of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Neha Vishwanathan, Within / Without ...Bengali mafia dons, spunky Maharashtrian girl, twins, a near perfect soundtrack, various dons, politicians, drugs, guns, money. And yet no sense of farce.... full review