Student of the Year - External Reviews

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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 (?)

11 yays
15 nays
21 so-so

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Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...these kids are easy on the eyes and fit right into Karan Johar’s carefully constructed pseudo-realism... full review

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

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Siddharth Malhotra is a bit uptight, stilted but earnest no less,... 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 Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...simply takes some “Golden Hits of the Past” for a ride, changing all their original notes quite awfully. It also brutally murders the Cult song of Late NAZIA HASSAN in a cruel style... full review

So-So by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice ...Although Student of the Year is not Karan’s Johar’s finest work, it is an entertaining and well-structured film nonetheless. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...amongst Karan Johar's most accomplished works.... full review

Thumbs down by Prathmesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...Karan Johar wala fluff!... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...High-school romance fizzles out with the competitive feeling, yet keeps you feeling warm and fuzzy.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Student of the Year is enjoyable because it is familiar-- friendship, love, loyalty, rivalry, ambition all blended with energy and fizz.... 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

So-So by Shradha Singh, DearCinema ...SOTY is not just a ‘feel good’ film, but a ‘feel pampered’ film where a lot of grandeur has been cherishingly taken care of.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Fresh coffee with Karan... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...All fluff, no soul!... full review

So-So by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...Karan Johar blends his entire portfolio in one humongous SOTY, which makes for a fairly entertaining ride, a true escapist delight.... full review

So-So by Kanika Sikka, DNA ...Though Alia has very little role to play, with all the attention on the leading boys. She leaves a mark with her glamorous presence... full review

Thumbs up by Raedita Tandan, Filmfare ... Varun is charming; his brilliant dancing skills deserve a special mention.... full review

Thumbs down by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost ...In a world in which Yash Johar’s son creates a star vehicle for Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter and David Dhawan’s son, it’s probably natural for life to seem preordained. I wish another world were possible.... full review

So-So by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost ...It’s all about watching Karan’s make-believe world.... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The tone is sentimental, the kids are card board tarzans and Janes while the script plays out it’s numbered twists with mechanical efficiency – but the attachment that is generally the by-product of a KJo effort, is difficult to come by. ... full review

So-So fullhyd.com ...Rensil D'silva may have penned a decent story, and the idea of an exclusive school for spoilt brats may not be an unbelievable one, but the execution leaves much to be desired.... 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

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Sidharth Malhotra looks great and does a decent job as a new comer; he needs to concentrate on his dancing skills which are horrible along with the emotional scenes... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...His films work as both designer porn and soap opera.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Too long by about twenty minutes, the film could’ve done with some tightening – perhaps the clunky treasure hunt sequence could go?... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...If ‘Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hain’ wrote a completely new chapter in unrealistic dimensions of glamour and ‘cool’ then ‘Student of the Year’ simply takes a leaf out of that by-now old formula.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ... Strange, but you don't mind the film despite its unapologetic brainlessness. The key lies in Karan's storytelling. For all its pulp packaging, SOTY doesn't have a single dull moment. ... 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 up Indicine ...there isn’t a dull moment in Student Of The Year... full review

So-So by Roshni Devi, koimoi ... Varun Dhawan does very well as the spoilt brat but there are a few places where he needs to buck up. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Malhotra and Dhawan, though meant to be unlike each other, are prototypes of the same, narrow idea of manhood—a cosmetic fusion of athleticism and polish. Both actors live up to the job.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...The first half drags with its silly flashback songs; the second is slightly more purposeful. As Karan Johar films go, this film entertains but only just. Period. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...the college cafeteria is swankier than a five star restaurant and the kids seem to do everything but study in the college. What works for the film its share of campus humour, the thrilling sporting events and the overall easy on the eye visuals... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...The screenplay was aptly written and designed, which was further very well narrated and portrayed in front of the viewers. ... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ... The climax is well worth the wait because this is where Johar runs into home stretch and gives SOTY one mighty emotional heave and almost wins you over.... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...In terms of natural screen presence, neither Malhotra nor Dhawan is a patch on SRK.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...So the complexities in life of the characters are pretty much about not having mellowed down clothes to wear for hospital visits or not finding their designated parking spots for their Ferarris. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...reatment is Karan Johar's forte and it is what makes his first film with rank newcomers, despite the absence of a logical plot, so fresh and zany.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Both Malhotra and Dhawan are good in their roles, which mostly involve wearing half-open kurtas or body-hugging denims and sweaters... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...The campus drama with the three newcome protagonists of the film is a lovely story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Star Blockbuster ...While you do get connected and feel for the characters, their romantic trials and tribulations don’t manage to move the viewer. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Writer Niranjan Iyenger puts dallops of humour centring around Rishi Kapoor who does full justice to it and gives some delightful moments to the audience.... full review

So-So by Anuj Sharma, The Hindu ...Rensil D’ Silva’s fast-paced screenplay hints at the specks of darkness beneath the gloss that Karan and his team effortlessly conjure up.... 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 up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...The film is full of KJo-isms - it's larger-than-life, colourful, lavish, beautifully shot and directed. With medleys, dance, drama and everything good-looking (from cast to couches, dorms to discos). ... 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

So-So ZEENEWS.COM ...The impressive auxiliary apparatus of the film, one that includes actors like Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Farida Jalal and Boman Irani in special appearances, Sushma Seth and Rishi Kapoor, is really worth applause.... full review