No one killed Jessica - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Not every case might be a 'Jessica Lal' murder case, which can be repealed by the gusto of the 'aam junta' and one determined news lady. Not everything might come to culmination as easily as is shown in the second half of No One Killed Jessica. But the film gives us, what we need most - the strength to fight our fights and the hope that we will get what we deserved all along - justice.



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58 reviewers have given No one killed Jessica an average rating of 4.1/5.0 (?)

40 yays
4 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs up by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha ...I am sure director Rajkumar Gupta was put up against as a mammoth challenge where he had to inform, educate and entertain all at the same time. And he manages to perform all the three roles with elan and precision.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Kudos to director Rajkumar Gupta - delivering another ace after his debut film Aamir - for making a brave film that keeps you hooked for the most part, dipping only slightly in the second half when it stretches on needlessly... full review

Thumbs up Best Of Bollywood ...UTV, the producers, do smart work and skillfully embed a scene from Rang De Basanti where the characters are shown taking candle-lights to stir a movement. This of course, is true, because this scene was a catalyst in garnering public support for the Jessica Lal case.... full review

Thumbs up ...Director Rajkumar Gupta (of ‘Aamir’ fame) offers a gripping cinematic experience again, that too without a dominant male character. ... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...A smart, sophisticated film about an imperfect heroine is dominated by its near-perfect heroines. ... full review

Thumbs up by Steven Baker, Bolly Spice ...After a string of over-hyped and over-budget offerings from Bombay cinema in the final quarter of 2010, No One Killed Jessica is a welcome antidote, and it will be interesting to see what awaits this powerful film at the box office. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Script-wise, the director has tried to remain faithful to the episode that occurred during that fateful night and also what transpired subsequently, but besides depicting reality on celluloid, he adds the thrill element to the plotline, which makes it very viewer-friendly. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...The first half is just ok but the second half is more captivating. The dialogues are very convincing and touchy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini ...A definite watch for all... full review

Thumbs up by Harjeet Singh Rakhra, Desi Martini ...f Vidya has given strong performance as a seductress in Ishqiya, playing a subdued and unglamorous Sabrina would have been a cake walk for this talented actress.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Vidya Balan, as Sabrina Lal, sizzles in an understated deglam role. She brings a sense of grit and determination to the role, and makes one empathize with the anguishh and will to fight the system come what may. ... full review

Thumbs up by Yusuf Poonawala, Desi Martini ...The music of the film by Amit Trivedi, comes across as jarring, especially pre-interval. Besides the 2 famous songs, Dilli, Aali Re, the songs in the film, even though in the background, come across as a hindrance.... full review

Thumbs up Dunkdaft ...My only complaint to Rajkumar Gupta is - why the name of culprit is changed in the movie? Manu Sharama deserves to be hated by each who watches this movie. Or you thought Jessica and Sabrina's names should be retained to get more eyeballs ?... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...The film itself is self-assuredly placid in places and riveting in others. Yet at times you wish there was just that little something extra that would make you want to jump through hoops. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, ...The innovative title sequence involving newspaper headlines, along with Delhi's introduction sets the tempo right.... full review

Thumbs up by Khushbu, ...grips you from the word go... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The narrative is gripping, the music score (Amit Trivedi) uplifting, the screenplay tight enough to allow for very few slippages (only towards the end).... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Rani is a revelation as the star anchor with a heart of gold and the mouth of a sewer rat.... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Dialogues (by Raj Kumar Gupta) go with the mood of the film and are appealing.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...the film does seem one-sided. Would've been interesting to see a perspective from the other side. Whether it is Vikram's (the model based on Shayan Munshi) side or even one of the other witnesses. ... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...I have an intense desire to say that the performance delivered by Rani Mukerji was her best so far, but i would be exaggerating if i make this comment. The same goes for Vidya Balan and the remaining cast of NOKJ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Gupta has managed to stick to facts and yet add the right amount of fictional elements to make a film which is engrossing and extremely engaging as the main protagonists go through a sea of emotions in their journey towards justice and truth.... full review

Thumbs up by Raj Narayan, MSN Entertainment ...The movie sticks to a taut narrative and a reasonably tight script, though one really cannot understand the reason behind director Rajkumar Gupta's belief that only fire-spewing television anchors can fight crime and injustice and that heroism equals machismo.... full review

Thumbs up by Satyen K Bordoloi, Now ...In this case Tehelka, who did the sting investigation and Star News (and not NDTV that walks away with the praises in the film) that aired the footages did manage to right a wrong... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...Director Raj Kumar Gupta tries his best to keep his narration true to life. However there are times when he lets go off his restraint and the speed goes slack... full review

Thumbs up by quintessential bakchod , Passion for Cinema ...To tell a true story director Raj Kumar Gupta blends a fine amount of fiction to make it sufficiently interesting. ... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...Audaciously, Raj Kumar Gupta has avoided the temptation of jamming in gratutious commercial elements. The superb music score by Amit Trivedi is deftly used in the background throughout, instead of the eminently catchy songs becoming a pretext for a cabaret or two.... full review

Thumbs up by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...What worked for me was the way the story was intertwined vis-a-vis the micro and the macro of life. Dying soldiers. Dead model. The powerful. The powerless. The victim. The witness. Helplessness abounds. Whoever you are. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...I could see handheld camerawork and steadicam operation for more than seventy percent of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Savera R Someshwar, Rediff ...makes you greedy enough to want more, to wish that a film, given its conscience-awakening plot, was more hard-hitting!... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...The cinematography is very very good!... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...One of the most priceless scenes of the film is where the murderer’s ghoonghat-clad mother tells her minister husband “kuch bhi karo, mere Monu ko kuch nahin hona chahiye”. But did this important (it speaks volumes about the murderer’s upbringing) scene need to be repeated thrice? ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...the movie is a lesson for commoners to fight for their rights until they get justice as it can be delayed but not denied for long.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Director Rajkumar Gupta's NOKJ is a serious and gutsy movie that has started the year on a good note. ... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...A brilliant fare... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The film makes you feel angry, sad, frustrated, bitter about the umpteen flaws in our administrative and legal machinery. But more than all this, it fills you with hope and confidence about your own self... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...So, scattered across the film, are tiny details that would lighten a rather tense scene, while retaining its sincerity and importance.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...It's interesting how the narrative ties the crime to Delhi's arrogance and abuse of power where every conversation starts with, "Janta nahi main kaun hun?"... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...superbly written and well crafted piece of cinema.... full review

So-So by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...The second half simply ignores Vidya Balan and one wished Gupta had parallel cut a little more like in the first half where Rani Mukerji doesn’t have many scenes but is never missing. ... full review

So-So by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...This is where Vidya Balan rises to the occasion with aplomb. She delivers yet another rocker of a performance to follow her grand acts in Paa & Ishqiya, establishing her as one of the most dependable actresses out there.... full review

So-So by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...A dramatized, viewer-friendly version for the uninitiated. For people who have already followed the entire course of events, this becomes a history lesson. The Director could have gone the extra mile, offering some food for thought or inspiring people for a change.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Gadre, Desi Martini ...Acting wise the movie neither belongs to Vidya nor Rani... full review

So-So by Renuka Rao, DNA ...the screenplay and story development are precise, enjoyable even. But they can’t add much to the film as the story is something that the audience is already aware of thus ruling out the element of surprise. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...But by showing the entire operation being carried out by a real news channel, he has himself distorted the facts and it is quite possible that audiences may in fact believe it was NDTV and Dutt that took the lead in the campaign. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...In the end, despite its cinematic excellence, the film remains a mixed bag because it shies away from pushing the envelope further.... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, ...Then comes the second half, when a Madhur Bhandarkar-esque shallowness creeps in.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Virtually every single supporting character is a cardboard caricature, and watching those courtroom scenes in which witnesses are called to testify, is nothing short of sheer torture because of the amateurish acting that's up on display... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... With a relentlessly moving camera, Gupta ably captures the layers of power and how ruthlessly and swiftly the powerless are silenced.... full review

So-So by Ajit Duara, Open Magazine ...Crowded with details, populated with dozens of bit characters and spread over years, No One Killed Jessica is a noble presentation but an exhausting movie experience.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...There are some interesting smaller acts like the cop played by Rajesh Sharma. Or Samara Chopra as the sexy-’n-spunky Naina Sehgal (inspired by Malini Ramani). But characters like Jessica’s mother turn out flat and Mallika Sehgal (a nod to Bina Ramani) gets caricatured. ... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...on the whole it doesn’t quite make the impact it should have.... full review

So-So by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Amit Trivedi’s music is just plain brilliant and lifts the film on every occasion. ... full review

Thumbs down by Vikramjit Singh, Desi Martini's foolish to expect the movie to be bang on target in a case where even the judiciary has faltered.... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Saying Fuck, bitch and some other abusive words doesnt make one look agro & tough and when Rani says those lines it looks like she is saying it to make an impact. It doesnt come out as her personality.... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Vidya Balan underplays Sabrina, letting the silence speak instead. Her face remains resilient in her pursuit for justice, even if the body language is timid. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...A film is sloppy if any or some of its parts are hurried through, but in No One Killed Jessica, the glaring negligence of everything except how the two main characters should appear and act spirals it down to the realm of mediocre Bollywood... full review