Mary Kom - External Reviews

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

Over-dramatized. Over-fictionalized. Over-commercialized. Too episodic. An inspiring story nevertheless.



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37 reviewers have given Mary Kom an average rating of 2.7/5.0 (?)

9 yays
6 nays
22 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Despite some major grouses with the film, I’ve come away from the theatre admiring Mary Kom and being a little in love with Onler. Mission accomplished, Omung Kumar.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, MARY KOM is definitely worth a watch. The icing on the cake is that the film has been made tax free, something that should help the film in pulling the audiences to the theatres, besides the word of mouth. Go for it... full review

Thumbs up by Srishti Dixit, Bollywood Life ...Box your way to the nearest theatre if you have to because PC has won our gold medal for this one!...

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...For the average multiplex viewer Mary Kom could be a wry affair. No songs, no action, sparse boxing scenes... but there is the occasional punchy dialogue and PC's heroics. Might not be the bout everyone's looking for. But hats off to MC Mary Kom. If anyone deserved a special place in celluloid it's this awesome champion.... full review

Thumbs up by koel Purie, india today ...I would never have known about him and so many other influences and little moments if it wasn't for the film. For that and for charging me with pride and inspiration I am giving it 3.5 stars.... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood ...Mary Kom commands respect not just as a sportsperson but also as a courageous, resilient and wonderful human being. Mary Kom is an inspiring story of a woman who battled several odds to emerge as an international boxing champion. The film is inspiring and entertaining in equal measures. Go for it!... full review

Thumbs up by Laxmi Negi, Rediff ...Result: Only time will tell if the movie will be a hit or a flop but Priyanka has surely emerged as a better boxer.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Who would have thought that a female sportsperson from Manipur battling financial problems, disapproving parents, family responsibilities and lack of basic facilities would rise to this level, win at the Olympics and be awarded the Padma Bhushan. The film is about the triumph of a person who makes it against all odds. Mary Kom is an important film that's hugely inspiring. But more importantly, it's also great fun to watch. Book your tickets, I say!... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...But the main reason why Mary Kom appeals is because it doesn't just give you a ringside view of boxing; it leaves you rooting for our sportsmen who have put India on the world map.... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...On the sidelines, Sunil Thapa fits the bill as the dour, stern coach and Shakti Singh excels as said slimy official of the boxing federation.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Hence you can go for it as an informational film, to know more about the pride of our nation, the fearless MARY KOM, who is still ready to win many more fights in the next Olympics too. But not as any great inspiring biographical movie doing any kind of acceptable justice to the subject matter here, putting it honestly.... full review

So-So by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini ...Mary Kom - Magnificent; Mary Kom The Movie - Materialistic! Just a one-time DVD watch!... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...An engaging and inspiring movie though not as soul stirring as Mary's real life story must be.... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Bad research, bad execution and over-dramatization of cliches ruins the tale of a fearless fighter from a land in strife!... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Watch the film for PC. She packs a punch. A performance like that deserves to be seen.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...There is of course another dimension to Omung’s creation. One that strives , quite blatantly, to give Manipur-the little known north-eastern state of India, mainstream recognition. In that he does manage to ace.... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua , ...Omung Kumar, or rather his wife, spent some time on designing the sets, especially the interiors. However, the production design fails to capture the mood of the movie. The costumes are above average, in contrast. The cinematography is great in some of the boxing sequences, but in general just sleepwalks through the movie, without much thought for the actor or the set. The music is decent, and the editing, lazy.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...There are certain 'sugar free' and 'iodex' moments which punch huge holes in the screenplay. Producers will have to be wary of such impediments. If you believe in the subject, produce it with passion; don't make a joke of it by making it an opportunity to promote products. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra,, Hindustan Times ...Despite its flaws, though, Mary Kom is a worthy attempt. The film has sincerity and has been crafted with care. Apart from Mary herself, it gives us a terrific male role model — Onler, who encouraged Mary to return to boxing while he looked after their twin sons. Has anyone given that man a medal?... full review

So-So by Raajiv Masand, IBN Live ...n the end, the film ticks off each of Mary Kom's career achievements and key personal struggles, but doesn't tell you much more about her as a person than the innumerable headlines do. There is blood and sweat and grit in this story, but very little genuine feeling.... full review

So-So by suarabh Dwivedi, india today ...In case you're the kind of person who shares the spirit of sportsmen, then it's worth a shot trying to ween your kids away from their smartphones and showing them this movie. The screenplay holds the movie back, something even the talented starcast and their fine acting can't make up for... full review

So-So by Faheem Ruhani, india today ...In a better filmmaker's hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.... full review

So-So by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...Mary Kom's story is a great one and we all know that. The film falls short in doing justice to Magnificent mary... full review

So-So Indicine ...Mary Kom is a film that decides to forego the realistic approach of telling a true champion’s story and takes the masala route to earn a few extra bucks at the box office. A national icon like MC Mary Kom deserved a better movie even though this is not unwatchable by any means.... full review

So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...The cinema child inside me was bruised and I could not bring myself to like Mary Kom. As a woman, I deeply respect her and draw inspiration from her. But the film that was aspiring to reach her story to millions falls prey to mawkish ways and tells a half baked, semi-impactful, immature story that doesn’t allow you to empathize, feel for or connect with the subject they are paying tribute to. This film was clearly a business vehicle that was made to draw money than to create good cinema for posterity sake. I am going with a 2.5 /5. I have not returned this upset from a film since Imtiaz Ali’s Highway which broke my heart for being insincere. This was a more unexciting experience. Ouch! Bad films inflict wounds.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Other such metaphors that pepper the dialogue may have been worse than this one, but my attention ran out. All I cared about till the end was how the woman was ducking, weaving, bouncing and punching, without knowing much about the sport’s nuances. So despite all the North-East claptrap and the thoughtless film-making, Priyanka Chopra makes Mary Kom worth watching... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Nevertheless, one has to acknowledge Mary Kom for a film it is as it brings to fore the tale of a woman who is amongst us and is aiming for bigger glories in the next Olympics. Though the film doesn't quite promise to be the next Chak De anthem, it is worthy enough to be a non-frivilous tale of a celebrity who is worth an applause, courtesy the actress who has gone an extra mile to do something different from what others of her ilk are doing.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The question is: should you watch Mary Kom? You should, the simple reason being that we owe it to the pugilist who has gone where few Indians have ever gone – to the pinnacle of her sport – and stayed there long enough not to be remembered as a flash in the pan.... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara , Now ...It is important that a biopic brings the legend to life, without or minimal of cinematic freedom. Mary Kom the film does not quite get that right. Nevertheless, this film still moves and inspires you enough. You would still root for Mary Kom as she enters the ring. But that's primarily because Priyanka Chopra brings that aggression into the character. No this is not quite the biopic that Mary Kom deserves. Yet, I would urge you to watch it. For the ones who seek to understand the champion pugilist better, just read her book!... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...The freshest thing about Mary Kom is that after countless Delhi-Mumbai, Punjabi-Gujarati backdrops, we finally encounter full blown Northeast in a mainstream commercial film. Wasn’t it in Dil Se that it was featured last?... full review

So-So by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM ...This could possibly be her career best role. I take back home respect for Mary's husband, Onler, who should be a major inspiration to all the men out there. You can go back home basking in pride knowing about 'Magnificient' Mary and only wish the country would be more supportive to these superstars who are fighting against all odds, to make India proud.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... Not so much a biopic as a sturdy melodrama... full review

Thumbs down by Deepanjana Pal , FirstPost ...Omung Kumar's Mary Kom is a bland film that quickly becomes boring because there's no tension in the story. But it has Priyanka Chopra. That was enough for those who financed the film because they believe that's all you, the audience, want. Perhaps it will be enough for you too, but if you're interested in Kom's real story, read Unbreakable. The autobiography Kom wrote may not be comprehensive or literary, but it is more honest, brave and fun than the film made in her name.... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak chakravorty, india today ...The film looks at a whole lot of subtexts including women's empowerment and racism but does not really deal with them. There is a sense of over-the-top artificiality about everything in Mary Kom.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...For a sports biopic running at what seems a reasonable length of 2 hours 3 mins, there're innumerable moments of restlessness in the film. Mary Kom doesn't have enough to pack a punch.... full review

Thumbs down by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Writer Saiwyn Qadras doesn’t care to share with us what makes Mary special in the ring. Priyanka’s presence ensures that Mary’s opponents are crafted as sheer cardboards. He does bring the regional bias and nepotism prevalent in sports administration into play but his expansive punches don’t result in scoring points and off and on make Mary’s struggle look rather one-sided on screen.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Go watch it anyway to celebrate the heroine, if not the boxer. Well done, PC. Knockout performance, indeed.... full review