PK - External Reviews

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quick review:

Yet again, Rajkumar Hirani blends comedy with a social message and gets a point across. Even if the comedy doesn't work all that well, it is a film worth a watch for sure.



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35 reviewers have given PK an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

27 yays
0 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...PK is not as brilliant as Hirani’s Munnabhai 1&2, but it’s still an excellent film that throws up surprises every step of the way. It had me laughing out loud then crying like a baby. It broke my heart then raised my spirits. If I were a Bollywood writer, I might have ended this review with: Lagey raho, Rajubhai. I’ll just leave it at: Thank you for the Christmas gift, Team PK... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...In short, PK is an eminently watchable film. It’s good but not great. It’s funny but flawed.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... Hirani has become some sort of Madhur Bhandarkar, telling, essentially, the same story and simply focusing on a different facet of society. If the enemy-establishment was the medical profession in Munnabhai MBBS and educational institutions in 3 Idiots, it’s now the religious full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, Aamir Khan's PK is a solid entertainer that will surely entertain the masses and classes alike. An outstanding film. Go for it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srishti Dixit, Bollywood Life ...You cannot afford to miss this! Aamir has once again proved why he’s ahead of his contemporaries as a visionary and a thinker! We bet you will watch PK more than once.... full review

Thumbs up by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...PK is a fun film to watch. Watch it for Aamir Khan’s outlandish yet heart-warming performance. PK will make you smile, laugh and cry. And most of all, he will make you realize how important it is to believe in ourselves and humanity, rather then following any faith blindly. Just the perfect message to usher in the new year... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...WATCH IT! This film you will watch again and again on your TV and Laptop. Yes! Just like 3 Idiots. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...It’s not nice to pick on someone’s looks, but when it’s so distracting and animated a feature on the screen, it’s best not to pretend that all is well. Anushka’s lips speak of her unease with the girl we fell in love with in Band Baaja baarat. She’s trying to be someone she’s not and that just doesn’t work. It can’t.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... A story that puts across a message gently with humour and compassion. A must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini ... Even with all its flaws, I still loved the film ... full review

Thumbs up by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ... Entertaining, but not fresh. Given the trash we get each year, this is a huge improvement, albeit just a combination of K-Pax & OMG! ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Rajukumar Hirani follows a certain discipline with his filmmaking. Between him and co-writer Abhijat Joshi, they make sure their screenplay has certain finesse. They use dreamscapes to push in colourful songs. They do it maintain an integrity for their characters and story. Such attention to writing detail is a rare practice in India. But it’s a healthy habit of making films. And it ensures top notch quality, one that PK has in abundance. Reiterating, this is a Hirani, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra film we’re talking of. They’ve set high standards for themselves. But with dodgy and inconsistent dialogue and repetitive visuals which look too similar to 3 Idiots and Lage Raho Munnabhai, PK doesn’t quite match up to the mark. It’s certainly not Hirani’s best. But it is good enough to engage and entertain the majority of its audience.... full review

So-So by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...It’s also one of the braver films we’ve seen from commercial Bollywood because of Hirani doesn’t shy away from pointing a steady finger at those who would inflame communal tensions for petty, personal gain. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...But even if you were bothered by all the film’s gaffes, there’s an interesting cameo towards the end to make sure you leave the theatre with a smile on your face. PK might not be the repeat value juggernaut like 3 Idiots, but it does have better content, execution and a more socially relevant topic. Props to Hirani and team for saving one of the most enjoyable movies of the year for the last.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...I won’t add to the spoilers by revealing a fatal flaw in the ending but needless to say this well-meaning film is not one that is likely to achieve much staying power either in the hearts of the public or in the theatres!... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...A movie with a message - one would not expect less from Rajkumar Hirani, of course - PK is worth a watch, and maybe even two (especially the first half). It is a perfect film to end the year with, and to make you include humanitarian improvements in your New Year resolution list. Watch it also for the end - the surprise cameo of yet another actor makes you wonder if a sequel is due, and you hope there is.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...PK is a simple film with a strong message-of love, peace and humanity. That is what every religion teaches us. If only we humans understand that. The message by Pope Francis last week [at the start of the review], aptly sums up the situation. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times ...PK is, to put it simply, a Hirani-esque adaptation of a not-so-novel subject. But his version of it is one of the more entertaining ones you'll get to see.... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...PK is a fun film with proper dose of ‘gyaan’. It’s a film that shouldn’t be missed and it’s brave because it attempts to create a better world. Another winner from Rajkumar Hirani. It would be hard to stop it from owning the box-office as well. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajiv Masand, IBN Live ...PK sticks faithfully to Hirani's well-oiled formula, and yet there is no question that it's a courageous film. Packed with sharp dialogue and genuinely funny moments that offset the lack of subtlety, it is easily one of the year's better films. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five for PK; the director's best since Lage Raho Munnabhai. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, if the first half of PK made us feel like Hirani was at his very best, the second could possibly be his worst so far. It felt like the post-interval portions were directed by a different director and not Hirani. One of the hallmarks of a Hirani film are the strong supporting characters and PK has no character that stands out. There was too much focus on PK and that's what undid the film. Having said that, PK is definitely better than 95% of the films that are made in Bollywood. It deserves a watch but doesn't have the repeat value of 3 Idiots or Munnabhai films. Don't make the mistake of expecting too much and PK will keep you hooked.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...PK is a must watch and surely ends 2014 on a good note. When there is a confluence of smart direction, excellent content and an actor like Aamir Khan at hand, there is little that can go wrong. If you don’t end up asking the same questions as PK to yourself, then you may want to consider yourself an alien. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Sharma’s Jaggu is a competent act, without frills or gimmicks, and in their small roles, Dutt, Irani, Sushant Singh Rajput and Saurabh Shukla leave their mark.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY's script lacks the laugh out loud and memorable moments that Hirani's earlier films, 'Munnabhai MBBS' or '3 Idiots' had, but nevertheless there is a healthy dose of subtle humour which keeps you chuckling once in a while. But its potent dialogues make up for the lack of laughs. That one gripping and extremely effective scene where pk is taking on the shrewd godman (Saurabh Shukla) is alone worth the ticket. ... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...All of that would still have been okay had the climax carried a punch. That doesn't happen though as there is absolutely no build up towards the pre-climax and the climax. No wonder, before you know, the film is through... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, this movie has all the creative dum required for a good film and will add up in the list of elite films from our Hindi cinema. The minor comparisons and expectations might dilute the viewing experience as well as the financial output of the film on a small basis. Nevertheless, it's a must watch for all Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and good cinema lovers as due to them you will surely get intoxicated with the goodness of popular Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV ...PK is a winner all the way, a film that Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt would have been proud of had they been alive. Rajkumar Hirani is without a doubt their most worthy standard-bearer.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara , Now ...The deficit in the screenplay aside, the director in Hirani shines again. Every other department of filmmaking is top notch. Even the songs, which did not quite impress as an independent album, blends perfectly well into the film. It is a film that has the Hirani stamp all over it - an entertainer with a message. And of course it too has tremendous repeat value. And yet, PK is not Hirani's best! ... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood ...PK is one of the best films to have come out this year Although it falls short of expectations, it still has enough entertainment and several heart warming moments to keep the audience happy. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...This is an out-and-out Aamir film, and he soars. PK is no satire -- it's a bit too toothless for that -- but it is a rollicking mainstream entertainer with ambition to evoke some introspection, one with compelling moments and some genuine surprises.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...It is amazing that the makers thought of bringing us such an entertaining and thought- provoking film through the eyes of this unique character. Perhaps we all need a PK with us. As PK says, Earth ki to lulli baji hui hai.... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Hirani is a master of giving issues a human face. He is an expert on emotional manipulation and stages the most contrived of situations with conviction. Why let logic get in the way of good drama? Yet, it strangely works when you see the why of the scene than the how or the what or the where. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Some supporting acts and special effects could've been sharper though while at points, editor Raju Hirani should've been sterner with director Raju Hirani in trimming tighter scenes.... full review

So-So by Karan Bali , Upper Stall ...All in all, PK has enough going for it and is worth a watch. That is something one can't really say about most of our films, and even more so this year that surely till now must be one of Hindi cinema's worst ever. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM ...PK` has enough substance to keep you hooked to your seats for the entire run time. If you find your attention wavering in the first half, the second half of the movie will put your doubts to rest. The story only gets interesting and picks up pace towards the end.... full review