M. S. Dhoni - The Untold Story - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
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The film is more a story of middle-class India than about the most successful Indian cricket captain. And that's its charm.



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42 reviewers have given M. S. Dhoni - The Untold Story an average rating of 3.7/5.0 (?)

22 yays
2 nays
18 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Overall though, the screenplay lacks insights and depth. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story starts off well but does not seem to know where to go from there. ... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Kali Prasad Mukherjee is fantastic. All the supporting actors are. The girls (Disha Patani, Kiara Advani) who make the romantic tracks as painless as possible. Rajesh Sharma (Gruff Coach). Kumud Mishra (Gruff Official). Anupam Kher (Gruff Father). And the various locations from small-town India – they’re so vivid, they practically deserve membership in whatever our version of the Screen Actors’ Guild is. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...As a personal conclusion I would like to call M. S. DHONI as a Sushant Singh Rajput film much more than a Neeraj Pandey baby giving him the much deserving credit. The project is certainly not a six hit out of the park, but a four for sure, making M. S. Dhoni much bigger hero than he earlier was in the eyes of his numerous fans and countrymen appreciating this ‘made to order’ film. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...MS Dhoni – The Untold Story is an extremely clever amalgamation of two favourite national past times: cricket and patriotic jingoism. Director Neeraj Pandey adopts the voice of a serial director, going through episode after episode in Dhoni’s life with reverence. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, M.S. DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY hits it out of the park with a huge six on the account of its engaging narrative and a brilliant screenplay. In a nation where Bollywood and cricket are considered as religion, the amalgamation of both will work wonders at the Box-Office, setting new records. Don’t miss it for anything in the world. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaushal Modi, Bollywood Hungama ...Overall, M.S. Dhoni is the most magnificent Biopic comes out from Bollywood in recent time. Must Go For it. Worth Watching. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life ...The film ends with 2011 World Cup final match, where Dhoni hits that brilliant six to seal the deal. If you loved that moment and the man who made that moment real, then MS Dhoni: The Untold Story should be your weekend watch. Also the fact that it is Sushant Singh Rajput‘s best film to date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...It doesn't matter if you follow cricket or not as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's journey is inspiring, to say the least. The man comes from a humble background and defied all odds to etch his name in the history of Indian cricket. You’ll also get to relive the two World Cup wins under Dhoni’s captaincy- those moments will definitely make you chant ‘India, India’ once again. And you won't be alone! ... full review

Thumbs up by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...The movie ends on a high with Dhoni’s six at Wankhede stadium and it does give you goosebumps. Tight screenplay and good performances makes this one a good watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madan Mohan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - An enjoyable film everyone should see and enjoy even if one is not interested in cricket or films. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Deo Bharadwa, Desi Martini ...To those who like intelligent attempts this one is worth a visit. Do not miss it. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ... We all need to believe that dreams can come true with hard work and confidence. This movie does that for you. Buy a big tub of popcorn and enjoy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Garlnt, Desi Martini ...Even if you don't love cricket, it has something in it for you. This movie is a must watch ... full review

Thumbs up by Sharmaakash, Desi Martini ...Overall movie is worth watching and gives the value of your money of ticket. Not to forget ... mentioning the work of boss I.e. Neeraj Pandey awesome direction. If you are not a fan of Sushant then you will become one after this product. It has the potential to be a money spinner at Box office. 3.7/5.... full review

Thumbs up by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini ...By far, my most favorite biopic film is Bhag Milkha Bhag. And after that, I guess it's this film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Watch it if you love cricket. Watch it if you love movies. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story leaves you with a high that only a winning match can give you. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is a long film but it does well to both entertain and engage its audience despite its length. While it may not draw on major insights into Dhoni's cricketing career, it does make for a compelling story through his personal life. If you ever wanted to get up close and personal with MS Dhoni the person, this is the film to watch. Its a solid biopic, one that makes a true hero out of its subject. ... full review

So-So by Rajesh Tiwary, FirstPost ...I am no movie critic, so I will refrain from out star ratings. Instead, I would like to hand out a "man-of-the-match" award to Sushant Singh Rajput for a memorable portrayal of Dhoni. The movie had set out to chase a stiff target set by Dhoni fans and despite falling short, it can claim a moral victory and take a lot of positives from it. Cricket is the real winner at the end of the day! ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The first half moves along at an eventful pace even though it’s about a life less ordinary but the second half loses steam and becomes quite shifty with its romantic overtures and rabid flourishes in the cricketing arena. The cricketing aspects have been worked on beautifully and Rajput is imminently believable as the rookie cricketer gunning for gold standard. ... full review

Thumbs up by Swaroop Thotada, fullhyd.com ...Despite everything we've said, ardent Dhoni fans will however have a ball. The film gives them plenty of elevations of their hero, more than plenty references to many other cricket legends, and original cricket footage at accurate moments, and more than everything, relives the best highlights from Dhoni's cricket career. Watch it if you are a fan. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Neeraj Pandey's MS DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY is similar to this. It is not a bad movie by all means but it's a miss opportunity to score a significant mark in the world of Indian biopic on screen, looking at the caliber of Pandey as a film maker and potential of MS Dhoni as an inspirational sports phenomenon ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...While this may not be Pandey’s best Bollywood innings, it’s definitely watchable. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...But you have to give to Pandey to keep it intriguing enough for you to get hooked throughout the three hours. Unquestionably entertaining. Also, it’s the role of a lifetime for Sushant, and he has aced it. ... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...Neeraj Pandey's fourth film is his biggest yet but it is not his finest work. That honour still goes to his second feature, Special 26. But with a physically committed and emotionally measured performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and enough untold and lighter moments, MS Dhoni manages to give us a glimpse into the cricketer albeit only till 2011. MS Dhoni The Untold Story may not bowl you over, but it is an inspiring tale which reminds you that the road to success is mostly prolonged like a test match and not as entertaining as a Twenty20 tie.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Conclusion: MS Dhoni is the perfect story material for a Bollywood movie of this scope and size. His story lends itself naturally to the underdog spirit and the director didn’t need to do much to get it right. The lack of a soul is something which is bothersome, but what it lacks in intimacy is made up for by the goosebump moments of Dhoni’s life. The 3 hour plus runtime doesn’t feel too long because there’s so much ground covered in the movie and the expanse is so vast. Everything that needed to be showcased of his life is there. If you’re a fan of cricket, MS Dhoni is a must watch, and if you’re not it still makes for compelling viewing. ... full review

Thumbs up by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...The film is more of a tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni than one which helps you get a deeper insight into the man. Dhoni deserves all the success he has received as a sportsperson but instead of a hero-worshipping vehicle, one was expecting a film that would, apart from highlighting his achievements, explore a more vulnerable side of his personality. Despite the film not delivering all that one would have liked it to, it still turns out to be a largely engaging fare. ... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...M.S.Dhoni -The Untold Story is certainly a must-watch if you’re a fan of Indian cricket. Get to know the man behind the composed, confident, match-finisher of Indian cricket team.... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...M.S. Dhoni is a blandly professional piece of work. This might be enough for fans of the man, but for anyone who’d hoped that the first ever film about a still-active Indian cricketer might have traces of insight or daring, this will likely be a disappointment.... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Would this have been an easy to movie to make, keeping all my initial apprehensions in mind? Far from it. The fact that the filmmakers really pull it off, I’d say, That’s the way, Mahi way! ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Also, Dhoni's life is not as dramatic as that of Mary Kom or Milkha Singh or Paan Singh Tomar, so there are limits to the amount of intensity and drama the makers can add to the narrative. The cricket sequences are quite well shot, (The special effects applied in the movie during the cricket match sequences are way too good and the makers of the film deserve a hearty pat on their backs for their technical wizardy in that department) but again, there is nothing about the controversies that surrounded Dhoni's life or his interaction and bonding with his team-mates and other things that might have made the film more interesting and multi-dimensional. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Director of films like A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby, Neeraj Pandey steers this story with the conviction and game of a conveyor belt handler, loading one sequence after the other in succession, with little thought to the overall impact. Seamlessly merging his lead with match footage, he adds a touch of docu-drama to this biopic. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...But so what? M S Dhoni - The Untold Story is targeted at fans of the cricketer and they are legion. Some might also want to watch the film for Rajput's spirited and spot-on performance. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...So even though your head knows this is far from a no-holds-barred, warts-and-all biopic, your heart is happy to settle. Much of the credit for that must go to the finely executed cricket scenes, and to the film’s terrific ensemble of actors led by Sushant Singh Rajput who does some of his best work here. ... full review

Thumbs up News18.com ...Overall, the film is a must watch for every cricket lover because it aptly tells the tale of an extraordinary man. The struggles are real and so is Sushant's acting. There isn't any shocking revelation, just inspiration and determination of a born talent who along with right people by his side, became the legendary captain. ... full review

So-So by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...It's actually for the supporting cast that you should go watch this film. How else would you know how this star was made? ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...It is a fleeting scene, but teases the idea of a truly good film. We could have had something special, something close to Rush, a proper sports film with conflict and heart and internal struggle. ... full review

So-So Sify Movies ...Overall, the film is not as exciting as a one-day cricket match. Instead, it is like a Test Series that definitely touches the right nerve. ... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...The film catches the game at the grassroots—but instead of the usual portrayal of bureaucratic stranglehold what you see is an unquestioning commitment and passion for the game in the many officials. In a way, the film then becomes a piece of nostalgia, harking back to the innocent days of cricket. ... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...Nonetheless, this cricket movie hits sufficient sixes making the ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ chants reverberate in the theatre. ... full review

So-So by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...No doubt having its strong moments and enough crowd-pleasing sequences, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story still finally falls short of being there, unable to convincingly knock it out of the park. More importantly though, the wait for that perfect Indian biopic, shorn of all righteousness and hero worship, still continues… ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...There are most definitely some moments that will give you goose bumps and the Dhoni’s frustration often tugs at your heartstrings. But this story – the tale of one of India’s favourite sons – could have been much more. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM ...In the end, we can only say this 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' is a masterstroke by Sushant Singh Rajput that is a treat for all the cricket and Bollywood lovers. It is a family entertainer and we expect it to work wonders at the Box Office. ... full review