Not A Love Story - External Reviews

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quick review:

Superlative performances hook you into a disgusting story that comes from newspapers despite RGV going even crazier with his camera and sound departments.



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38 reviewers have given Not A Love Story an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)

8 yays
15 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Highly recommended for all lovers of intense cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...You leave the film with the painful sound of crashing dreams reverberating in your ears.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Try not to miss this one! ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Nanda, Filmfare ...The first 20 minutes of NALS is like an amateur film school project. But don’t make up your mind just yet. The movie picks up and how.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...Deepak Dobriyal gives a fine performance, especially in the rage scenes or the police custody scenes.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...The director does his job fantastically well by assigning adequate roles to the characters.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Ram Gopal Varma is in his elements this time and the movie is likely to be patronized by discerning crowd.... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...After several dismissal films, Ram Gopal Varma again comes back with a hard hitting crime of passion. His maverick style of shooting is evident in almost all frames. Closeups of actors, dark silhouettes are all there. ... full review

So-So by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...interesting in bits and pieces... full review

So-So by Ankur, Desi Martini ...Ramu Kills It, Well Almost ... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...5Ds may be the next best thing in filmmaking, and lighting a scene may be redundant when you use one of them, but what RGV should have remembered is that a 5D is also an unforgiving camera. It enhances every flaw (skin, colour, production design, texture, everything), and such realistic magnification is not for the faint-hearted. ... full review

So-So by Rachana, ...Leading lady Mahi Gill (DEV D fame) gives a top-notch performance from the time she is trapped in the ugly situation. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Not a bad story... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It's far from Varma's best work, but it's not entirely unwatchable. ... full review

So-So by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...There are a lot of familiar Ram Gopal Varma elements in Not a Love Story. But what is new is the relationship between Emile/Robin (Deepak Dobriyal) and Maria/Anu (Mahie Gill). ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Zakir Husain as the crime branch investigator is good.... full review

So-So Mixed Bag ...Deepak Dobriyal couldn’t score a success with his act. He is very good as an obsessive lover but beyond that, he has been pretty ordinary.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...True to form, Dobriyal plays his role of a loose cannon lover effectively, turning on the intensity in his eyes and body language to make the character believable... full review

So-So by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood ...Violence and blood are both expected and accepted but what is difficult to stomach is the placing of the camera. The angles from which scenes are shot are not just unusual but sometimes in bad taste and nauseating. ... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...If only Varma hadn’t gone ballistic in terms of his cinematography and background score, keeping things quiet and subtle, this would have been twice the film it is now.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...We are shown unnecessary lingering shots of the heroine's legs, underclothes, and chest... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...the film ends abruptly and leaves you with a sense of incompleteness, but while it lasts, it holds your interest.... full review

So-So by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...But as far as sheer anti-vision and shock therapy is concerned, this film might make you forgive RGV for all the sins that he has unleashed upon us prior to this effort (including his disturbingly devastating tweets) but strangely, it also makes you want to strangle him for being a tortured wizard of blatant exploitation. ... full review

Thumbs down Daily Bhaskar ...unconvincing from the word go... full review

Thumbs down by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...rudimentary filmmaking at the best... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini is a lust story... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Watching a really terrible Ram Gopal Varma film isn’t anything out of the ordinary anymore.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...The question that remains unanswered at the end of Not A Love Story is, why on earth did Varma make this soft-porn film, if not to satisfy his own predatory instincts and titillate the audience in the process? ... full review

Thumbs down by Piroj Wadia, Free Press Journal ...Performances are average: Mahie Gill manages her role creditably. Deepak Dobriyal as the obsessive fiancé is convincing.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...The expressive Gill does what she can, but her knees get more play than her face, which is crowded out by those shades. ... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Watch it for the artistes’ performances.... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Powerful performances by Gill and Dobriyal add to this raw potboiler.... full review

Thumbs down Mumbai Mirror ...It is half-experiment and half-RGV of old: misdirected and stultifying at its worst, it's highs marked with superb performances and a handful of riveting scenes... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Despite having a very gruesome and shocking subject, the faulty narrative makes it lose its impact leading to boredom. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Like in every RGV film without fail, there are a couple of moments, and here, besides the great chin-in-hand shot, there's a neat aside where, while the prosecution lawyers are roaring in court, the judge squeezes eye-drops into his eyes. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...The annoying thing was that Rangeela song they kept playing throughout the movie, especially as her ringtone.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...The courtroom drama will make you wonder what is happening and the climax will make you hate the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...You go into the movie hall knowing this is not a love story. You come out learning it's not a lot of things. But if you have a severe appetite for watching people getting severed, this would surely humour your kinky fantasy.... full review