Naam Shabana - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Good news: There is a woman beating up bad man after bad man to save the world. Bad news: That is not qualification enough to make a film good.

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31 reviewers have given Naam Shabana an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

8 yays
14 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...I have never seen Manoj Bajpayee rendering such silly dialogues with a funny, supreme conviction ever before on the screen in his entire career.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...Shivam Nair surely does a decent job in directing the thriller film but it’s the weak and disjointed screenplay that acts as a spoilsport... full review

Thumbs down by ARNAB BANERJEE, Deccan Chronicle ...Pannu acquits herself well, but why does she have a mono expression face running through the film’s 148 minutes, one would wonder? ... full review

Thumbs up by Samedha Arora, Desi Martini ...Shabhana is not a cute Baby, she's Badass ... full review

So-So by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...Why do the under cover agents give breathing time to the suspects to escape and cause fatalities when a single immediate shot is enough?... full review

Thumbs down by Megna Santhosh , Desi Martini ...Megna Santhosh Most of the scenes leave you strangled with an array of unanswered questions... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...The film is not as gripping or fast-paced as you’d expect a thriller to be. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, FirstPost ...Now if only they had devoted time to building up her character and developing a credible story around her.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...the ridiculous excuse that women have a sixth sense that makes them more lethal without gadgets is laughable really... full review

So-So by Indranil Majumdar, fullhyd.com ...In Sukumaran's defense, he plays it really well, despite being mocked by some shallow writing and character development.... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...The first half is terrific and Akshay Kumar's entry is rightly planned.... full review

Thumbs up by Manjusha 
Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ... some top-notch performances from some of the most talented actors in Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs down by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...While the revenge part is meted out in typical Bollywood style, he resorts to his own style when handling the thriller.... full review

Thumbs down by Vivek, India Entertainment ...This is not to insinuate that the film (and the team) isn’t smart, both are, but a film meant to be centred around Shabana doesn’t remain so till the end and that disproves its smartness... full review

So-So by Samrudhi Ghosh, india today ...here is also a subtle dig at quintessential action sequences where the hero and the villain rip off their shirts and have a fist fight (think Dabangg), which elicits some chuckles.... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...Neeraj Pandey, who directed Baby has written the screenplay of this spinoff but the mark is completely missed with this movie... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Oddly, in one of the scenes where Shabana finally steps into the agency headquarters, we don’t see a single lady, not even as a desk employee. ... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...Almost as baffling as the remixed number Zubi Zubi thrust in leading into Akshay Kumar being bathed by a lissome lass, allegedly a source of crucial information... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...She was born with one expression: pursed lips, with an occasional grin, and a permanently brooding face. She wears a standard uniform: salwar kameez, sneakers, haversack, and a thick black wrist watch.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...oes have its moments, though that doesn’t mean the numerous flaws in the film are to be ignored... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Both Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher make the most of their limited screen time and even while their body language says 'I'm working on a holiday', they know this film barely demands any more. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Taapsee Pannu, in Shabana's guise, comes out swinging. But keeping the momentum going proves very difficult. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...The film is on solid ground when she’s throwing punches, but little else is as compelling.... full review

So-So Now Running.com ...Manisha LakheOf course you've seen it all before... full review

Thumbs up by Vaihayasi Pande Daniel, Rediff ...Taapsee is super. But that's not to say that the rest of the cast isn't tremendous.... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...But the movie is undermined by the slowburn narrative, deafening background score, bloated running time (148 minutes, including songs) and the belief-beggaring missions that mark Shabana’s evolution from a studious teenager into a killing machine.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...the narrative gives the protagonist a chance to normalize the heroic tendency.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...The film feels like an infinitely long drawn and highly predictable affair in which Pannu does her routine mechanically—with a no make-up look, some brusque talk and several mixed martial arts moves.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Straight away it reminds you how women are no longer helpless when teased by a bunch of drunken louts... full review

So-So by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall ...Through the film, Akshay Kumar is constantly seen holding her hand and walking her out of trouble.... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, ZEENEWS.COM ...It is a remarkable performance but then this is a remarkable film. The two halves of the narrative are almost like two different films, both equally irresistible. ... full review