Love Aaj Kal - External Reviews

wogma rating: Pride of your DVD shelf (?)
quick review:

A film that is not funny but makes you smile wide because it makes you think, chew, mull. If you can't handle a "different" kind of love story - the practical, the contemporary, the possible - just shhhush away this instant! No need to read further. If you think you are game for a romantic film that is well thought over - don't go on reading this, book your ticket and one for me too. I can watch this one with each one of you again and again! The world wide web won't eat the detailed review before you come back, I promise!

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42 reviewers have given Love Aaj Kal an average rating of 3.8/5.0 (?)

25 yays
4 nays
13 so-so

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Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, A Fine Imbalance ...It's them you see on the big screen. The conversation is real, the characters are identifiable, and the lingo 'cool'... full review

So-So by Nita, A Wide Angle View of India ...The movie raises questions like What is love? How does one know whether this is really love? ... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...This actually ends up as an alternative and happier ending for Devdas with a more independent and intelligent Paro! ... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, aslibaat.com ...Like it or not, the characterisations intermittently become unsympathetic... full review

Thumbs up by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood ...Overall I found the whole thing cute, very believable, and fresh while still rooted in other traditions of love stories... full review

Thumbs up by Blogeswari, Blogeswari ...Not once do you see Leen fluttering her eyelashes - a la 'Love birds' types or putting that bun kondai running around trees only to put an official stamp to the retro bit. ... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...But here, he recaptures the grace as well as the grit of his first feature. He’s unafraid to show how love can make even good people become temporarily… not-so-good... full review

So-So by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...Saif Ali Khan is great; whether it’s the young Jai or the young Veer, he shines... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The subject matter is novel, never attempted before, but the material, the characters [Saif and Deepika especially] as also its execution is targeted at the youth in big cities mainly.... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Love Aaj Kal is the film of the decade... full review

Thumbs up by Anand Vaishnav, Buzz18 ...Any minuses? Yes! The second half could have been 20 minutes shorter. ... full review

Thumbs up by Hiral Sachde Thakkar, DearCinema ...The opening snapshot scenes portray how Meera and Jai hook up, establish their relationship and characters without wasting time... full review

Thumbs up by Deep, Deep's Home ...On the acting front, Deepika Padukone rocked... full review

Thumbs up desi hits ...It's Deepika's best work yet. Aside from looking stunning, she naturally transforms her character from the first scene to the very last scene.... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...The older romance has so much more soul, and contributes to most of the film's essence.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...the lack of chemistry between Saif and Deepika and their surface-level emotions never quite convince you that they're made for each other.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ... makes smart sense when he says love made people serious about life in yesteryears while seriousness towards life makes people abandon love in current generation... full review

So-So Indicine ...Its a D-R-A-G, the second half seems to go on forever! Should have ideally been about 30 minutes shorter... full review

Thumbs up by Amrita, Indiequill ...she nails the moments of quiet retrospection... full review

Thumbs up by Kalos, merinews ... If Jab We Met was the beginning, LAK is the middle and Ali’s next would definitely be the end of this trilogy.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...Saif is at his confused best in the movie, his role almost looks like an extension of his 'Hum Tum' role or Aamir Khan's character from 'Dil Chahta Hai'... full review

Thumbs down by Mr. Inketi, Mr. Inketis Weblog ...Veer’s (played by Saif Ali Khan) 1960s track adds nothing to the film... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...There is a real sweetness in this sepia-toned tale of love. ... full review

So-So by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...Still, the dialogue is especially witty and smart- relatable and relevant- except in a few parts where it tries too hard, desperately trying to keep a 'Hinglish' tone... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Now Running.com ...But the entire flashback angle with Rishi narrating his own story, something which sounds quite exciting on paper, doesn't really carry the same punch as the Saif-Deepika story. ... full review

So-So by Saurabh, Passion for Cinema ...I did like the non-linear narrative which was good for most of the part but at times a bit abrupt ... full review

Thumbs up by Chintan86, Passion for Cinema ...was i the only one who was amazed at the amazing creative screenplay of the movie??... full review

Thumbs up by Jehan Handa, Passion for Cinema ...Imitiaz has the film with it’s heart in the right place, neither is it down there in the cork with under the belt humor, neither is it up there in my throar with suffocating romance... full review

Thumbs up by RK, Passion for Cinema ...Focus is kept on the sanctity of love and less on an individual character. Jai, Meera, Veer, Harleen and Vikram all the five characters come across the power of love... full review

Thumbs down by Pankaj Mullick, Passion for Cinema ...Love does have its place in the overall happiness quotient of young India and distractions will come to naught sooner or later.... full review

So-So by Shubhashish Chakraborty, Passion for Cinema ...there are many sequences which break the Bollywood cliche, which deliver the exact opposite of what you see in typical Bollywood movies but then You had seen extremely similar sequences in JWM... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...Technically, the movie is brilliant, and rises a few notches above Jab We Met.... full review

Thumbs up by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood ...It also would have been nice to see things from Harleen Kaur’s point of view – she’s mostly voiceless throughout... full review

So-So by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...Cups of coffee, shared or sipped alone become metaphors for meeting, parting, remembering and longing.... full review

Thumbs up by Gohar Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...It’s not because of any discrepancy in direction or material but for the writing that is so different for the viewer, as they have not seen this type of subject before on the screen. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The sepiatoned track is the far better one. There is genuine charm as we see a new girl (whose name, I'm flummoxed to know, the filmmakers are hiding)... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...you instantly fall for the central characters, refreshingly flesh-and-blood with their set of quirks, flaws and strengths... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...In a few scenes, she expresses herself beautifully even without dialogues.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikha, Times of India ...All of Saif's babblings about love sans marriage and Deepika's discourses on career and cumbersome commitment are straight out of real-life ramblings in pubs, discotheques and coffee shops. ... full review

Thumbs down by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...It is far too verbose and over dependent on the hope that dialogue would carry it through.... full review

So-So by Neha Viswanathan, Within / Without ...But the worst offending bit was that at no point do you see Saif and Deepika grow in a relationship. Everything is based on dialogues, as opposed to gestures.... full review