Raavan - External Reviews

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

It's so confusing when seriousness is dealt with song and dance. Wish the film was advertised as modern Ram Leela performed in a tribal theater. That expectation would have prepped me to deal with the over-dramatization a lot better.



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61 reviewers have given Raavan an average rating of 1.7/5.0 (?)

16 yays
36 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...I thought the end result was something clever, boosted by great production values, and slick casting with the Bachchans and Vikram in leading roles.... full review

Thumbs down by Amodini Sharma, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...Ratnam seems to have made the film about good and evil incarnate instead of actual people because he uses characters that seem to have found their primordial roots; they scream, shout and prance around as if possessed. ... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Ratnam weaves a telling tale but clutters it up with unnecessary songs and a jarring background score that at times sounds as annoying as the drone of a thousand vuvuzelas.... full review

Thumbs up bigoye.com ...Ash’s beauty (sans makeup) and her facial expressions, well presented in close up shots, are quite the highlight of the film.... full review

Thumbs up Blogeswari ...The one (word) difference between both the films - VIKRAM. His body language, dialogue delivery is engayo when compared to Sodappal Bachchan. Abhishek Bachchan is really really bad. ... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...It’s tempting to think what a better actress, one less prone to dainty posturing, might have accomplished with this character, but Aishwarya, to her credit, at least, doesn’t frustrate you to the extent that her real-life husband does... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...The biggest and the most un-responsible portrayal on the screen is of “Hanuman”... full review

Thumbs up by Steven Baker, Bolly Spice ...The texture of the film is drenched in atmosphere, with scene after scene visually stimulating.... full review

So-So by GZP, BollyPlus ...Abhishek just couldn't carry the role of Raavan. He just wasn't the right choice for this role. Its not convincing at all.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...RAAVAN comes with the baggage of humungous expectations, mainly for the one name attached to it: Mani Ratnam. ... full review

Thumbs down by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...AR music is mind-blowing... full review

So-So by Raashi Malhotra, BookmyShow ...The second half reveals the reason for Beera’s wrath against Dev. As it unfolds it makes you wonder; maybe we are too strong in our opinions of good and bad.... full review

Thumbs down by Goher Iqbal Punn, Buzz Tab ...Mani Ratnam’s direction is good, he excels in well but the main culprit of the failure is script ... full review

So-So by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...30 minutes – Too little, too late... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Ratnam, with his Santosh Sivan and Manikanandan- shot pretty frames (but too many people falling in slow-motion down the same cliff into the same waterfall!), is curiously indifferent to his characters – you feel no sympathy, no tension, no shock, no relief... full review

Thumbs down by compulsivewriter, Compulsive Writer ...Abhishek has done a great job, breaking out into maniacal laughter. Govinda is wonderful as the modern day Hanuman... full review

Thumbs down by Priyanka Sabharwal, Daily Latest News ...factors that pulled the film down one is keeping the title like Raavan and showing him as a psycho... full review

Thumbs down desi hits ...The screenplay and direction of this film make great use of flashbacks. ... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...An adaptation is always more enjoyable when a maker gives an oft-repeated story a novel spin, and in that respect Mani Ratnam has taken an initiative worth lauding. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Economic Times ...Visuals convey Ragini’s thoughts in one of the scenes.... full review

Thumbs up Filmiholic ...Mr. Govinda Ahuja, for whom I confess I have long carried a torch. He has a smaller but charming role as the tipsy, chatty guard at the forest entrance who is subsumed into Dev’s search party and he delights.... full review

So-So by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com ...For a film whose point could have been made without relying too literally on the epic, Raavan tries to fill in every known point of the story with a modern equivalent.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...It's sad for Abhishek because he was fabulous in Mani Ratnam's earlier flicks YUVA and GURU. ... full review

Thumbs down by Pritam, Gomolo.in ...Aishwarya looks beautiful, but the movie didn't require her to look her beautiful self, mostly...so she negotiated for a couple of scenes, where she could strut her designer stuff and exude the glamour look... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...There’s nothing that you eventually learn or realise. Allegory ‘n’ all is fine.... full review

Thumbs up by Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter ...Vikram cuts a strong figure as the police officer, though in his dark glasses, he often resembles a sinister hard man from a film about a South American dictator.... full review

Thumbs down by Renuka Vyavhare, IMDB ...made with good intention, beautiful music and mind blowing cinematography but unfortunately lacking everything else! ... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...When she's not falling for the umpteenth time on a tree branch, or dancing awkwardly for Vikram, Aishwarya Rai either whines and yelps in a migraine-inducing tone, or stares vacantly, arching her eyebrows curiously... full review

Thumbs down by Anuj, Indian Auteur ...plays like a supermarket shelf with a gratuitous variety of products(aesthetic choices) – each of which Ratnam shows off his ability to purchase – but eventually, not taking any one of them home... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...Vijay Acharya’s dialogues don’t go well with the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij Mehta, J.A.M ...negatives outweigh the positives for this one... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...It is not clear why the two writers did not show scenes to very clearly establish why Beera is the enemy of law and what are his illegal activities... full review

Thumbs down by Abhijit Ranade, MH-31 Fun Unlimited ...Aishwarya’s power-packed performance is the highlight of this movie... full review

Thumbs down by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...The director's attempt to draw parallels with the Ramayan makes certain situations laughable... full review

Thumbs up by Karthik, Milliblog! ...There is enough intelligence pumped by Mani into this film but unfortunately the country is very busy trying only to compare it to the epic and being massively disappointed at the so-called literal adaptations.... full review

Thumbs down by Partha Pratim, Mixed Bag ...The scene where Dev decides to give his shaving plan a miss only to be seen completely clean-shaved in the next scene is one of those bad days of less sleep and poor editing by Sreekar Prasad.... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...The character of Beera is built up brilliantly by the director even before he makes his first appearance on screen.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachel Saltz, NDTV ...The real star, though, is Ratnam, a talented visual storyteller who directs action crisply and fills the screen with striking images... full review

Thumbs down by Kaushik Chatterjee, No Quarters ...Then there's the music - each inserted at the most inappropriate moments... full review

Thumbs down by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...Aishwarya Rai's performance and beauty, Santosh Sivan's cinematography and the crisp to-the-point dialogues act as the only saving graces of this Mani Ratnam film.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...The image of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plunging from the heights into a waterfall and getting trapped in a dry tree remains the one visual that surpasses all other recent celluloid mise en scene suggesting a link between nature and vulnerability.... full review

Thumbs down by Sujoy, OneKnightStands.net ...Raavan is not an epic by any stretch of imagination... full review

Thumbs up by Subhashish Chakraborty, Passion for Cinema ...It is a movie more than the sum of its parts for me. It’s not uniformly great. It alternates between being a great movie and a movie with its flaws.... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...The start of the film Raavan, the first ten minutes, zaps you with its superb look, inspired editing and brisk pace. If only the rest of the film could match it! ... full review

Thumbs down by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...Screaming even higher than she had done in the entire movie, she let loose—-”Wait ….wait… that’s not the Director is it? Oh my God…….. it’s actually Mareech in disguise? Oh no ! Ramu —-is that you?” There was no response. Just the silence of an empty hall.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, real bollywoood ...Priyamani playing Beera’s sister, in her brief role manages to bring out the pathos of her unfortunate character.... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...sloppily swaps antagonist with protagonist, and ends up giving an earnest Bachchan far too much scenery to chew in far too much spotlight. Oh yeah, this new Raavan is clearly Mani Ratnam Ki Aag.... full review

Thumbs up by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...wonder what the purists and Hindu fundamentalists will think about the departures of the film from the religious text.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...there is no urgency to the search it seems, because he has all the time in the world to stop at villages and ask for people’s opinions on Beera, to read maps and even to shave. You never get the feeling that he wants to find his wife.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...And then the film manages to confuse the viewer about whose side they’re on; and that’s the film’s foremost triumph.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ... 'Raavan' as a cops-and-robbers drama does not really relate much to the epic's characters... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...She brings out the layers of her character and is particularly graceful in the song Khili khili where she enchants you with her classical dancing.... full review

Thumbs down by K K Rai, STARDUST ...It is strange that Abhishek Bachmann, who plays the main character in the film and has such a terrific chemistry with director Mani Ratnam, fails to deliver in the role of an anti-hero... full review

Thumbs down by Nedumangadan, Sulekha ...This Ravan doesn't have even one head... full review

Thumbs up by justjoke, Sulekha ...the scene where Abhishek Bachchan expresses his love for Aishwarya between the waters is simply superb and for sure there are possibilities of audiences keeping quiet with shock or may freak out raising for applauses.... full review

Thumbs down by Idea, The Idea-smithy ...As a vision, the idea of telling Ramayan from Raavan's point of view is interesting but it didn't carry through in the execution.... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... the film is a string of breath taking images. So much so, you seem to forget -- and almost forgive -- the fact that the first half hardly has any story.... full review

Thumbs down by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Abhishek Bachchan gives it a lot of energy but is undone by the lack of a focus script and poor support performances. Govinda and Ravi Kisan are much too over the top as well.... full review

So-So by Amrita Rajan, Women's web ... Aishwarya Rai Bachchan screeches until you wonder at Beera’s restraint in keeping his finger off the trigger but is terrific in the moments where she brings Ragini’s dawning self-awareness to the fore. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Raavan’ is an out and out Abhishek Bachchan film, for the actor eclipses Aishwarya and Vikram to oblivion with his class act... full review