Once Upon A Time In Mumbai - External Reviews

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Once Upon A Time In Mumbai is based on the underworld scene of the 70s, ruled by Sultan Mirza- A character based on Haji Mastan. It's a film that explores the power that Sultan Mirza holds on all Mumbai, his love story with film actress Rehana and his rise and fall with rebel sidekick, Shoaib, who is modeled on young Dawood Ibrahim.

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51 reviewers have given Once Upon A Time In Mumbai an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

34 yays
5 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Ajay Devgan comes hot off the successful Raajneeti, and his growing screen charisma is never beyond doubt as he chews up each scene he's in... full review

Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews .... The story is strong except for a few unfathomable turns, and it is multi-layered bringing in many interesting sub-plots, like that of Rihana’s dwindling filmi fortunes and Shoaib’s patient lover... full review

Thumbs up by Lipika Varma, AOL INDIA ...Ajay...his eyes narrate the depth of the character with great appeal. Kudos to the man!... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...so little violence and yet such simmering, understated intensity that it was hard to take the eyes off the screen... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Once Upon A Time is hampered by disappointingly life-size actors grappling with lines meant for mythical (anti)heroes... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...But all my excitement and expectations were only partly satisfied with few commendable performances in the movie and the rest was nothing great ... full review

So-So by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...f you intend to know more about the prime character references in the film, just turn to the numerous Google pages attributed to them... full review

Thumbs up by Akhlaq, BollyPlus ...how can a review be complete without negatives? But such is the precision of the movie that it is almost impossible to point out negatives... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...a fascinating story that talks of how the mafia came into force for the first time in Mumbai.... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Powerful script, strong screenplay, electrifying dialogue grips the interest level of the audience. Read more: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Movie Review | Kangana Ranaut | Ajay Devgan | Prachi Desai http://www.bollywoodmantra.com/movie-review/once-upon-a-time-in-mumbai/#ixzz0wwTAE13p ... full review

So-So by Aditya Mehta, BookmyShow ...In the second half, OUATIM turns into a full-fledged masala flick with the ‘70s look and ‘80s Bollywood treatment... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Mumbai, the crowded by-lanes of Dongri, the docks and the sleazy cabaret dens of the period come vividly to life.... full review

Thumbs up desi hits ...the action packed movie keeps the viewer on the edge of his and her seat until the very end, but at the same time the middle part could have been cut shorter... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Luthria is spot-on with the art direction, costumes, background score (simply brilliant and one of the high points of the film)... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions ...The art direction is good and slips only when Kangna Ranaut wears the Breakfast At Tiffany's style Black dress which is 1961 style and not something a star of the seventies would wear... full review

So-So by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...Ajay Devgn delivers one of his career’s best and gives his Sultan Mirza the required depth dignity and patience... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...The story is built on the line – “behind the myth is the city’s greatest betrayal story’. The screenplay does not give much importance to the betrayal... full review

Thumbs up Filmi Tadka ...The costumes reflect vintage fashion comprising elaborate hairdos, Hipster Saris, chandelier earrings for women, or flared trousers, long collar and long hair for men.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella , fullhyd.com ...Despite the plot being a little too easy-going and simplistic, and the fact that most of its characters have no logical conclusion, it is fascinating to see the simple-minded character-building... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ... No matter about the similarity, the bottomline is, it works big time... full review

So-So by Aakash Barvalia, Gomolo.in ...Milan Luthria proved that he is also a good narrator, by saving the audiences for not getting bored till the very end of the movie... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Few actors in mainstream films manage a self-assured, under-stated swagger, convey so much silently, sometimes just with their glance and droopy eyes. It’s a camera art. Bachchan perfected it as the ‘angry young man’. Devgn, you can tell, is his fine successor.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Yes, yes, with some changes of character here and there it could be Company. It is not, not even because of Devgn's presence.... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...The saddest thing about Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is its lame aspiration for grasping the coolness vibes when in fact the film isn't as flippant or slick as it thinks it is... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The film presents to you two equally powerful protagonists who are so strongly written charismatic characters that at no point they lose their onscreen heroism... full review

So-So by Prachi Parekh , J.A.M ...depicts Sultan as a righteous guy completely undermining his criminal activities, which gives out a wrong message... full review

Thumbs up by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...OUATIM works for all age groups, for men and women, for cities and towns, for masses and classes.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma , Live Mint ...Costumes, such as multicoloured nylon shirts, body-hugging saris and white bell-bottoms, nightclubs shimmering with disco balls and fuchsia wallpapers, and of course, R.D. Burman sounds—the retro groove is tastefully and arduously evoked.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar , MiD DAY ...The one hiccup in this near-perfect script is ... full review

So-So Mixed Bag ... The slow-paced yet engaging screenplay of Rajat Arora has been beautifully integrated with powerful dialogues which attained better substance due to the dim and eloquent eyes of Ajay Devgun.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...one of the major highlights of the movie is its dialogues. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Maybe we shouldn't give away the plot. Because the plot never gives itself away. It never betrays a phoney intent of purpose.... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...The music by Pritam is one of the best so far this year. 'Pee Loon' is a chartbuster and goes well with the film. ... full review

So-So by Ajit Duara , Open Magazine ...The problem is that the movie is too wistful about the good old days... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...Milan Luthria is content with the myth, in fact strengthens it.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...In actuality, Madhubala’s sister Sona, has protested against the film, in the capacity of the wife of Haji Mastan. Which is to say that the storyline isn’t an exact replica of the characters etched here, but the references are more than apparent.... full review

Thumbs up by Sethumadhavan, Passion for Cinema ...While Ajay has proven on numerous occasions that he is a wonderful actor and has done a gangster movie like Company, Emran looked like the dark horse to me.... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha , Planet Bollywood ...The dialogues are so straightforward that sometimes they may seem artificial, but these dialogues make the movie even more poetic and dramatic, so one could forgive the writer for it... full review

Thumbs up by Syed Firdaus Ashraf, Rediff ...Once again, thank you Raja for going on a sabbatical so that I could review this film instead of you.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Written by Rajesh Arora, the film is littered with clever gems which will make you laugh and sit up and take note.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Seeds and Deeds ...But in an attempt to keep the film easy to comprehend the writer overlooks errors in the screenplay.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film falls into another well-known ‘cop-gangster movie’ trap: the unreal (though very arresting and entertaining) dialogue... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The art director, Chandrakant Desai, equally shares the credit.... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...For a change, Kangna Ranaut is not playing an unstable and nuerotic woman. She plays a glamorous, happy girl and looks gorgeous in her different avatars. She has a flair for comedy and her chemistry with Ajay is effective. ... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Though the climax of the story is novel and would be loved by audiences, the second half of the story loses steam midway and it shows in the screenplay.... full review

Thumbs up by Raghav Ramaiah , Talking Popcorns ...Milan Luthria's style of story telling is different and is quite evident with Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and we saw that previously with Taxi 9211 too... full review

Thumbs up by Pratim D. Gupta , The Telegraph ...the build-up is smart but loses a lot of the fizz because Emraan’s character is not defined well... full review

Thumbs up Times of India ...Interspersed between this titanic tale of a ganglord and his wannabe are the tender love stories of the two fugitives. ... full review

Thumbs up by Fakir Hassen, TONIGHT ...Both actors deliver superb performances as they go about their relationships with disastrous results. ... full review

So-So by filmbear, Upper Stall ...The film is heavily dependent of the chutzpah of the actors... full review