Rajneeti - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A could-have-been, wanna-be political thriller lacks the sizzle and cursorily glances over the sleaze. And yet, despite the dull lines, modern Mahabharat is a tale worth watching.



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52 reviewers have given Rajneeti an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

25 yays
10 nays
17 so-so

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Thumbs down by Ramsu, 24 frames per second ...I was considering asking you to let that pass as well, but realized that your charity could be stretched only so far.... full review

So-So by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...It is long, heavily drenched in political stratagem, and reeks of the staples of good drama – deception, betrayal and wily, capricious people.... full review

So-So by Lipika Varma, AOL INDIA ...It’s not new that Naseer and Nana are excellent performers. ... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...These and a few odd stitches apart (including a club song), Raajneeti remains mostly a riveting watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...he movie straight away comes to the point and starts impressing the viewer from its first scene itself featuring Naseeruddin Shah... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...every socio-political movie fan's delight... full review

Thumbs up by Nauman, BollyPlus ...Manoj Bajpai’s career best performance in a main lead... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...the story alters constantly, unravelling in a serpentine manner and speed... so much so that you don't know what's gonna happen next. ... full review

So-So by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...script is water-tight. You will take time to grasp it.... full review

Thumbs up by Aditya Mehta, BookmyShow ...shows political rallies in a mind-boggling way... full review

Thumbs up by james, Buzz Tab ...Katrina has proved yet again that she is the best actress, the way she balanced her acting and played the role, it’s really remarkable.... full review

So-So by BollyFan, Cinemaa Online ...Krishna is more of a Shakuni, Shakuni is more of a Shikhandi, Duryodhan is just a whiny baby and the list goes on. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Even if such a story is told well, it is déjà vu for the audience... full review

Thumbs up by Sonali Singh, Daily Latest News ...Evidently, unpredictability is the largest power of this film.... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...you quickly realize that you've seen it all before... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D' Souza, Glamsham.com ... The ambience is perfect. Body language of each and every performer is 'politically correct'. ... full review

So-So by Aakash, Gomolo.in ...Though the movie is so good but still there are many negative points also. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...the filmmaker smartly suggests here, to set the Mahabharat around India’s present democracy, given the business of competitive politics is just as dynastic. ... full review

Thumbs up by Lisa Tsering, Hollywood Reporter ...Production values are top-notch, including a Western-flavored score by frequent Jha collaborator Wayne Sharpe.... full review

Thumbs down by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...The numerous sex scenes, smooches and 'A' rating are absolutely unnecessary - they add nothing to the story or characters. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...While his Hindi heart-belt dialogues and political jargons add authenticity to the film, at times it may be difficult for the audience to appreciate the proceedings... full review

Thumbs down by Amrita Rajan, Indiequill ...As all these lovely people try to get the better of each other with increasing amounts of violence, truckloads of minor characters are steadily mowed down. ... full review

So-So by Saurabh Datar, J.A.M ...Raajneeti leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately. ... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...narration would appeal more to the audience in the Hindi-speaking belt and the older generation than the youth... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...At least two-thirds of this 2 hour-50 minute film are an exact equivalent of a page-turner—and you can’t wait to find out what happens next. ... full review

Thumbs up MH-31 Fun Unlimited ...Arjun Rampal manages to give a decent performance - talks like a rockstar during rallies. ... full review

So-So by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...in his attempt to succumb to commercial parameters, Jha somewhat loses out on his unique ability to merge reality into the mainstream format of cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Partha Pratim, Mixed Bag ...While the movie gracefully and tactfully reminded us of the agelessness of Mahabharata in many of the scenes, it made a dead bomb of the famous scene where Kunti meets Karna... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...There is no hero in this film in the true sense of the term, only characters donning different shades of grey... full review

Thumbs down by Mr. Inketi, Mr. Inketis Weblog ...The first 20 minutes our entire group of 6 were looking at each other and discussing who is related to whom, why, and why are they so pissed of at each other? ... full review

Thumbs up by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...the relentless screenplay which moves swiftly, while the dialogue remains sharp,... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... The performances are strong—especially Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Nana Patekar—but the characters are largely one-note.... full review

So-So by kaushik chatterjee, No Quarters ...You can talk about cinematic and creative liberties all you want, but you cannot possibly justify such glaring inaccuracies... full review

So-So by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com ...The other problem with the movie was its runtime which is around 175 min. However, the intact and dexterous direction wins back your attention... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...A taut, clenched drama of devastating nemesis, "Raajneeti" moves across its epic-inspired canvas with a vigour and velocity that sweep audiences off their feet.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...My misgivings about Raajneeti started with the cringeworthy “Roop tera mastana” scene right at the start.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Passion for Cinema ...Nana Patekar as the dynasty advisor, keeps smiling as if were competing with Mona Lisa. ... full review

Thumbs down by Great Bong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...But truth be told, Mahabharat and Godfather had never been done together. Before Rajneeti that is. Wow. Kya idea sirjee.... full review

Thumbs up by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...Camerawork by Sachin Kumar Krishnan is simply superb. The way he has captured those vast mass shots deserves a bow... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...a chess game played by kids intent on killing bishops before thinking ahead... full review

Thumbs up by Vipul Tripathi, Reuters ...This film is a costume drama with white kurtas and cotton saris replacing wooden swords and bling bling battle dresses.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Conversely then, his cold-bloodedness comes across as a cinematic licence - a ploy to make his character more intriguing.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The director deserves kudos for the right selection of his cast and also for providing them with suitable roles. ... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ... Ranbir Kapoor is flawless and restrained as the cool, calm, classy and calculative younger brother. ... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ... Ajay Devgn, who plays the character of Sooraj, is good in the first half. In the second hour of the film, Ajay’s character seems to have been forced to go on the backburner by the director Prakash Jha despite of their excellent working relationship.... full review

Thumbs up by Vox Media, Sulekha ...a master peice out of a classic epic.... full review

Thumbs down by , The Friday Freak ...It’s too many characters, too much happening together, and important plot points just divested from the main sequence. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Interestingly, Katrina Kaif seems to slip into the high-powered shoes easily with her awkward accent and climax speech ... full review

Thumbs up by Fakir Hassen, TONIGHT ...Together, the loves and lives of all these characters, as they get entangled in the power struggles, dirt and gore of politics, makes for a compelling movie for those who love serious cinema.... full review

So-So by filmbear, Upper Stall ...here is hardly any time for the audience to register these moments and for the movie to garner sympathy of its protagonists. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ... The film has excellent background score, music, cinematography and direction.... full review