Shanghai - External Reviews
Visually appealing because of raw, rugged ambience and characters, Shanghai ultimately ends up being yet another political drama that chooses the quick-fix, short-cut. In a film that has shades in characters that are unique to Hindi cinema, the patch-up job in the writing of the climax is a serious let down.
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38 reviewers have given Shanghai an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...The strength of "Shanghai" is its tight screenplay by Urmi Juvekar and Dibakar Banerjee and the meticulous details leave no scope for arguments. What adds to the flavour is excellent cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis and the marvellous use of sound, both ambient and otherwise, to build up the tension in the political drama.... full review
Thumbs up by Fatema H. Kajalwala, India Entertainment ...Sketched with infinitesimal detailing, the film seems like a textbook in visual storytelling. If he milks sound and visuals to the maximum, he also invests it with a subtle symbolism that makes for an enriching viewing we seldom experience.... full review
So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...SHANGHAI remains a fine political thriller but not a great one and certainly not a film made for the masses. It lacks the entertainment factor needed to win over the viewers and it also doesn’t have the pace of an energetic powerful thriller... full review
So-So Movie Talkies ...'Shanghai' is not a typical masala entertainer and a movie-goer might be justified in complaining that the pace of the film is a tad slow and that there is not much in terms of entertainment value. However, having said that, Banerjee's latest offering makes for a powerful impact.... full review