Student of the Year - External Reviews
Student of the Year picks of several themes of love, friendship, parenting, unhealthy competition in society. But it does no justice to even one of them. It turned out to be pretty bad eventually but yet not as awful as I thought it'd be.
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47 reviewers have given Student of the Year an average rating of 2.3/5.0 (?)
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So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Too many students are a certain “type” of person that we’ve seen in a zillion films before: the spoilt rich boy “type” who hates his father, the bitch “type” who wants to get her claws into him, the heartless wealthy patriarch “type”, the-fat-boy-who-is-not-hot-enough-to-get-a-date “type”. To this mix is added Bollywood’s newly emerging favourite “type”: the OTT effeminate gay guy “type”. ... full review
Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...The newcomers are earnest (though Alia Bhatt looks alarmingly young; you want to avert your eyes when she shows up in a bikini), but how can you take them seriously when even their tears seem to have been flown in from the ramps of Milan?... full review
Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...You can tell how good the director is with choreographing moments from a beautiful sequence, right before the interval, when the two boys and the girl are at a wedding, there’s a lilting background score, no dialogue, and the whole story gets revealed merely with eye contact: the girl is in love with the new boy! Sadly the film hardly lives up to that wonderfully subtle moment.... full review
Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...I don't know why, but I get this strange feeling that the director was not fully involved or attached to SOTY. The mark of intensity that one has seen in his past films is missing. It's like a grand wedding reception with a poor food spread. ... full review
Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Not one of the three main leads fully breaks out of the ‘types’ they are assigned, even if you can see they have been schooled hard for their parts : the swimwear rounds are most impressive, the abs are washboard, the skin glistens, and they are all very glossy to match their environs, but the acting chops are slender... full review
Thumbs down by Priyanka Roy, The Telegraph ...Playing the college bimbette, Alia doesn’t have to do much more than just look pretty, something that she manages without getting a hair out of place. While her acting chops remain suspect, she looks like a dream in The Disco Song. And yes, no one does red lips better.... full review
Thumbs down by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...Rensil D'Silva's simplistic screenplay requires nothing but big names, and it almost aches to watch the final race towards the climax where 90% of the screentime is dominated by slow motion, beats and bulging sweaty biceps. Johar's generous tribute to Balaji, we're guessing. ... full review