Race 2 - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Race 2 is the Dabangg 2 of thrillers. The action brings more 'laugh out loud's than wows. The twists make your tummy churn instead of making your grey cells work. And yet I have this tingling feeling that the film will do well commercially. Why? Just generally. Like my friend described it, "Watch it. Leave it."

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51 reviewers have given Race 2 an average rating of 1.6/5.0 (?)

7 yays
25 nays
19 so-so

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So-So by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Heavy reliance on CG is also telling, but here the CG still seemed rather cartoony, which suited the hyper-reality style of the world that the characters in Race exists in. ... full review

So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...here’s a bit of mindless fun to be had with Race 2, but for the most part it is such an unimaginative replication of Race 1 that it’s hard not to feel taken for granted as a viewer.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...But semi-clad babes or beefcake hunks seldom a taut thriller make.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ... Elena cheats in card games with the aid of microchip-enhanced sunglasses, though everyone knows that the real reason for the appearance of this accessory is so that Ranveer can inspect it and park it in its rightful place, in the midst of her décolletage.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...both John Abraham and Saif Ali Khan act tough but Saif is a clear winner here getting a better role in the script. They both get full marks for their style, physique and charisma but sadly the unconvincing twists and turns in the script don’t let their characters impress the viewer... full review

Thumbs down by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice ...Both Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham largely carry the weight of this film on their shoulders. They did a very good job in essentially keeping the film alive for everyone. ... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The post-interval portions start with gusto, but the writing isn't foolproof. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life ...even though we are partly satisfied that we finally managed to deduce what Race 2 is all about, there are still a lot of things we just couldn’t digest... full review

Thumbs up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...If you like the original Race, you will definitely like this one as well. The hit director duo take it a notch higher with this one in terms of locals, star cast and production value. ... full review

Thumbs down Buzz in Town ...Drowned in a cacophony of one offkey song after another, wallowing in their one-note wickedness and getting high on their endless bouts of drinking, partying and masquerading , the characters in "Race 2" are a laugh. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The plot is the usual Abbas Mustan maze of scheming, double crossing, bombastic dialogue maaroing and some steamy stuff, though much less than in Race. ... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...There we go again. Where there are wheels, there’s a way.... full review

So-So by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...The curse of the 2nd half strikes again as you just eyegasm & nothing else. ... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...Though Anil Kapoor has a charm about him, it doesn’t suit him when he says stuff like “Cherry, I can’t pop your cherry.” All his lines are hugely sexist and vulgar and so not funny.... full review

So-So by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...Since I didn’t exactly expect something better than the first film, I was perfectly placed to not have my head exploding by the end of it. No, it doesn’t match up to the first but who cares?!... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Race 2 is slick, severly glamorous and sufficiently fast paced to prevent yawning... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ... don't think you ought to know what the plot is because it doesn't matter. what matters is, are the twists being thrown at you at a frantic speed? and are they good enough?. the answer is NO!... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, DNA ...It's hard to pinpoint where the leakage in this latest Abbas-Mustan adventure-caper begins to seep septically into the plot. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...It also educates us on the Shroud of Turin, a sacred artefact that, as Aditya Pancholi points out, even Hollywood movies haven’t dared to steal––is he perhaps suggesting that all global thieves use Hollywood heists as their sacred template?... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...eyond its ultra-cheesy goofball humour Race 2 has some kickass action sequences, the highlight of which is a Parkour chase across the city. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...If you’re still giving the story any benefit of doubt, a fight sequence that takes place mid-air, between broken aircraft windows and open airplane doors will make you wish you’d never admitted to wanting to make sense of things.... full review

Thumbs up by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...Race 2 is shot beautifully, with a crisp edit and has all the action you’d want and more... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The fight choreography where Armaan and Typhoon fight to death is shabbily orchestrated. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com ...Anil Kapoor should stop, seriously, stop. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The styling of John Abraham's character is not upto the mark. And there can only be one reason for it - not to overshadow Saif. ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...‘Race 2’ does not have great songs like ‘Race’ but still music director Pritam has managed to give some decent scores like ‘Beinteha’ and ‘Party on my mind’. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...I went into Race 2 totally prepared to have a blast, but here's the shocker: The first half is just plain boring. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...And yet, compared to so many lazy blockbusters recently, Race 2 is skillfully made and sincerely performed.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Deogire, In.com ...Despite a delicious-looking cast and promising trailers, Abbas Mustan's latest offering falters more than it delivers.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...However, Saif’s cold and clean industrialist is still worth watching out for. He cuts the correct figure, even though he dances uncomfortably, looking a bit embarrassed doing what he is asked to.... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...it would be interesting to play Race and Race 2 side by side on two adjacent screens, to check out if twists are introduced in the story at exactly the same points of the runtime.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...'Race 2' looks exactly like 'Race'. Which may have been intentional because plush locations and pretty playthings and buff men are very much Abbas Mustan trademarks. But all it does is cause a dismally same-same feeling.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...What the film still succeeds in doing is keep your attention alive right through it’s narrative and not quite turning into a boring outing, even in the second half.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...after witnessing many a heist thrillers from the West, this one sounds like an unnecessary distraction. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...The screenplay, by Shiraz Ahmad, is all fluff. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Padukone, Patel and Fernandez are accidental and inconsequential flourishes in it.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Performances, phew, the film has more close-ups of cars than faces, so the lesser said the better... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ... For a thrilling experience and some eye-candy fix, do go and watch the latest Abbas-Mustan flick. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...the last shocking scene before the film ends, and many more were impressive, striking and spellbinding.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The brawny John Abraham (replacing the relatively scrawny Akshaye Khanna of the earlier film) ensures that the sequel has a markedly higher beefcake and testosterone quotient. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...The high octane action, glamour and grandeur cover up the flaws of Race 2. ... full review

Thumbs up by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...That’s definitely a first for a Bollywood film to have such incredible chases and yet make them believable.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...This might have been a stylish film ten years ago, but the world and Bollywood has moved on. Blowing up cars and robbing banks are passe.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...To be fair, the Allah Duhaiyi song is electrifyingly picturised; one of the film's highlights.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ... a great film for thrill seekers!... full review

So-So by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...The action is hi-voltage and the narrative zips along at a cracking pace but the zing that keeps a good thriller going is missing. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...While Saif maintains the thrill in this thriller, Anil Kapoor brings about the much needed light-heartedness with his one-liners.... full review

Thumbs down by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...From this point, we arrive at an indefinite loop in the flowchart that helps us to end the film wherever we want and set it up for the sequel. The loop goes thus: A: I have a plan. We con X (X keeps changing). B: Cool. Shake hands. C: Yummy! *Insert fruit based innuendo*... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...Saif was not even trying to hide his Kareena tattoo... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Wish they'd traded in their glitzy stilettos for running shoes and slick suits for a solid story.... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM ...The supporting cast of Aditya Pancholi and Rajesh Khattar play along well. ... full review