Madras Cafe - External Reviews

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

Unevenly paced yet engaging, a must watch but not necessarily in a rush.

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37 reviewers have given Madras Cafe an average rating of 3.8/5.0 (?)

23 yays
4 nays
10 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Madras Café pulsates with life, a realistic feel and a sense of danger at every turn... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice ...This is cinema signifying a coming-of-age with unforgettable visuals and drama and a rousing mature ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact.... full review

Thumbs up by Bhagyashr​i Pawar, Bollywood Life ...John and Nargis, both known for their wooden performances have polished their acting skills... full review

Thumbs up by Shadab Hasnain, BookmyShow ...Madras Cafe, once again confirms that Indian cinema is seeing a significant shift and the future seems only brighter for Indian movies in terms of global recognition and establishing a status of cinema not as mere entertainment but also as a respectful art form. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The cast of non professional actors like Siddhartha Basu, Piyush Pandey, Dibang, Nissar Allana and others gives the film a realistic look,... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...This is a work of fiction.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ... Well-intentioned, but monotonous... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...A dramatic movie that sags in large parts due to its need to tell EVERYTHING. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sarita Tanwar , DNA ... The film is about India's role in the civil war in Sri Lanka... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Madras Café is a creditable effort despite its shortcomings... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ... Madras Cafe is a well intentioned film. But its packaging isn’t all that authentic.... full review

Thumbs up by Akshaya Mishra , FirstPost ...It’s easy for a movie like Madras Cafe to dissolve into the nonsensical in the true tradition of Bollywood espionage/suspense thrillers. But this film holds its own.... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Juhi Chaturvedi’s dialogues though, weigh down the narrative a great deal.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ... master stroke by director Shoojit Sircar.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Solidly directed by Sircar, who steers clear of typical Bollywood machismo and avoids oversimplifying characters or their motives,... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...The film tells a story we already knew. Yet it scores because of the way Sircar maintains intrigue, teasing viewers with regular twists Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/madras-cafe-review/1/300998.html... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta , indian express ...controversial end, and which, directly and indirectly, caused his own tragic end . ... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta , indian express ...controversial end, and which, directly and indirectly, caused his own tragic end . ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Madras Cafe is perhaps the best spy thriller ever made in Hindi cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ... Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham have teamed up again to come up with one of India’s most bold and matured political thriller... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath , Live Mint ...The fanciful screenplay, by Somnath Dey and Shubhendu Bhattacharya,... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Watch this one as it takes you back to a horrid chapter of our political history and makes you think.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...One of the best movies made so far in the political thriller genre, Madras Cafe is worth a watch for its realistic approach... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well there is lots of dum for all those who love to watch a decent political thriller.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...John Abraham's more nuanced performances. he is perfectly convincing as the man in charge of ops in Jaffna. UK-based reporter played by Nargis Fakhri are less plausible.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Madras Cafe is not your average Bollywood thriller. It crackles with genuine energy and is marked by true empathy for humanity.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi , Now Running.com ...Madras Cafe is a stupendous thriller and though it slips in some parts, the film is an overall winner. Cinema like this should be encouraged!... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Not a political, ideological film so much as a thril­ler about a grand conspiracy ... full review

Thumbs up by Stutee Ghosh , Planet Bollywood ...Madras Café is a treat without the generally accompanying melodrama and high decibel levels... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma , Rediff ...Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe is a swift, smart and serious study of an inglorious chapter of political history.... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The acting is as average as the film is – Abraham is earnest but doesn’t rise above what is a one-dimensional role. Nargis Fakhri’s character is also poorly sketched and doesn’t have much screen time.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ... This one’s an average thriller, elevated by the fact that it reflects back on a crucial and unfortunate political incident. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...‘Madras Café’ is most definitely several notches up in the genre of a political action thriller in Bollywood.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das , Times of India ... Madras Cafe's true star is its story which builds up to an agonizing end.... full review

So-So by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Madras Cafe’ undoubtedly makes for an engrossing watch, a little more attention to detail and the film would have been brilliant... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Madras Cafe’ undoubtedly makes for an engrossing watch, a little more attention to detail and the film would have been brilliant... full review