London Dreams - External Reviews

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

There's drama. There are moments atypical of Hindi films. There's the regular Bolly-masala. It entertains and it engages but not for the entire length. Ultimately like many films longer than 2 hours it doesn't arrest you in your seats.

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40 reviewers have given London Dreams an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

13 yays
15 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs down by Nita, A Wide Angle View of India ...Another drawback of the film is that although the film is about music, it isn’t really about music.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...Shah does manage to take it ahead but completely falters in what could have been a worthy climax. ... full review

So-So by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Spiced up with racy humour from start to end, it packs in fair enough laughs but not enough musical thrill that is to be expected from a film of this genre.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...But despite all this high-mindedness, the individual episodes are right out of any old lowbrow Bollywood movie... full review

So-So by Bobby Singh, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...The emotional conflict between Ajay and Salman further leads to a completely unexpected and splendidly conceived climax which gives new meaning to the spirit of friendship between two artists and childhood friends... full review

So-So by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...The film only works because of the performances by both Ajay and Salman. Beyond that, London Dreams has very little to offer.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The narrative has some interesting moments in the first hour, but the actual story unravels only towards the second half. ... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music fails to rock.... full review

Thumbs up by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...While he doesn't get the crowd pleasing one liners, Ajay is the only actor who has the intensity to carry off the role... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, DNA ...Salman Khan steals the show. Controlled well by Shah, he delivers with spontaneity, lifting his scenes even if he is stuck with a character too good to be real.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...the climax at Wembley undoes everything that you'd have found right with the movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Thankfully, post interval the pieces are picked up and the script gets tighter. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Himesh from Aap Ka Suroor would’ve appeared more realistic. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...London Dreams is packed with unintentionally hilarious gems like that back-story involving Arjun's grandpa... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, IBOS ...Sponatenity is at a low premium among these wannabe rock stars. ... full review

So-So by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Now where have we seen this before? Yes, yes, everywhere.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Vipul Shah adds profound depth to the drama and the sensitivity in his direction makes you relate to the conflicts of both the characters convincingly.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...With well-etched characters, Vipul has also managed to extract brilliant performances from both actors.... full review

Thumbs down mag4you ...Asin seems to have done this film just to be in the big league.... full review

Thumbs up by Gloria D'Souza, merinews ...Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has provided music to the movie and no song seems out of place.... full review

Thumbs down by Ashish Gharde, MH-31 Fun Unlimited ...the plot is rotten and it stinks too – London Dreams might have been successful had it been released ten years back ... full review

Thumbs down by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...overlooks the most important part – the script... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...The director shows these streaks in him but never explores the dark side of Arjun fully... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Meanwhile 90,000 people, including Brits who I’m assuming cannot follow Hindi, are lining up to see these two men sing Hindi songs... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Shah also adds his own desi tadka, so our musical geniuses are made to trace their roots back to rustic Punjab, also to help throw some homely humour into the script... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohammed, Passion for Cinema ...This is not cinema, it’s a by-now-obsolete formula which you thought the director had wringed dry, and just about in Namaste London.... full review

Thumbs up by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...story, plots and dialogues that have been (re)worked upon, heartfelt acting, a fair mix and match of characters and their setting and where the narrative moves at a steady, consistent pace... full review

So-So by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood ...The film suffers from trying too hard to look “young.” ... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...The director very well expresses the emotions of the die-hard friendship that feel you relate with real life... full review

Thumbs up real bollywoood ...Ajay is excellent in his part and one can see the best villain awards coming his way at the awards for this year.... full review

So-So by Chandrima Pal, Rediff ...And the climax comes a bit too early, with the tail end of the film dragging on for an eternity. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bhargav Saikia, Reviews Etc By Bhargav Saikia ...Salman Khan delivers a stunning performance as Arjun's chaddi-buddy... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Arjun’s multi-layered character is the high point of London Dreams.... full review

Thumbs down by Pankaj Shukla, SmasHits.com ...Director Vipul Shah falters at the very beginning by choosing Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan for the lead roles. ... full review

So-So by Samiya Shakir, StarBoxOffice ...The film takes a predictable turn right from the word go.... full review

So-So by K K Rai, STARDUST ...the weakest link in the film is its music by Shankar Ehshan Loy... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...completely simplistic and linear, often bordering on the implausible... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...You wonder why Sejal Shah strives so hard to give the film a polish it didn’t deserve especially in some of the concert sequences. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Vipul has managed to give equal attention to both his leading men.... full review