Table No 21 - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Table No 21 is the kind of thriller that makes you feel you are smelling a fish through out. The "Something ought to be wrong, I just don't know what." turns into a regular twist in the tale without throwing you off balance. The social message shoved down your throat in the end doesn't help the film's cause either.



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39 reviewers have given Table No 21 an average rating of 2.5/5.0 (?)

12 yays
12 nays
15 so-so

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So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...All the characters, save for Paresh Rawal’s Mr. Khan, are fleshed out finely. Khan has been imbued with more style and flamboyance than Rawal can convincingly bring on without going over the top.... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...As drama, the film isn’t very good – we don’t care too much about the couple, and when the noose tightens, we aren’t all that invested in their survival.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...It may disappoint you in the end too as one doesn’t like to suddenly go into a ‘Social mode’ while watching an exciting mystery thriller.... full review

Thumbs down by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice ...It suffers from the classic song-in-the-first-5mins complex just so that the director can insert a classic bikini shot of the heroine. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Director Aditya Datt pulls off the innovative concept with élan, as the game as well as the back stories leave you gasping for breath... full review

So-So by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life ...In the last 20 minutes, the movie goes on a completely different track where the shades of all the characters – black and white, good and evil, turn grey and come on an equal footing.... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...Why do the hero, heroine decide to play his guests is only as hard to figure as why so many minor celebrities agree to wash their dirty linen in public or eat insects on shows like Bigg Boss or Survivor.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...look for another table. The number hardly matters.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ...There is no question about Paresh Rawal’s ability as an actor. There is one scene near the end where he manages to move you and make you feel for the character’s motivation.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Rajeev Khandelwal also does a good job as Vivaan and looks great as a younger person in the flashbacks. but he must modulate his voice better.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Tena Desae brings in a freshness in the film. She looks delicious in a bikini and also carries off a bald look too. ... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...It benefits greatly from the performance of the ever-reliable Paresh Rawal, who’s in fine form here. Rajeev Khandewal and Tena Desae are both convincing as the young couple. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...On the subject of clichés, like every grey cloud’s silver lining, Table No. 21’s saving grace is its actors. Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desae perform with convictions but how far can a captain steer a ship with a cracked hull? ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, FirstPost ...the end-game is so stunning and so overpowering in its message, that it makes us overlook the ingrained improbability of the rest of the film.... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...The set-up, exposition and development are quite well-knitted but the climax just appears a bit forced. Of course there’s predictability also affecting the end result. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...The second performance that knocks you out is that of Dhruv Ganesh towards the end. His performance will leave you with goose bumps! ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...Tena Desae looks like Priyanka Chopra clone and is the weakest link in the film as she hardly knows how to act. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...The half-way interesting premise is hobbled by the lame performances and dialogue.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Even dependable actors like Paresh Rawal and Rajeev Khandelwal sleepwalk through their roles. ... full review

So-So by Swati Deogire, ...If you’re a child of the Roadies-generation, then tuck into your popcorn as this film is right up your alley. Not for faint-hearted, there’s plenty of gore and stomach-churning fare on display. ... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ... there was much scope to milk the dark and claustrophobic undertones of the set-up, something the film ignores so blithely it seems it doesn’t know about its own potential... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Everyone is play-acting to the hilt: the clean-cut Khandelwal whose neat spikes on the forehead stay intact all the way through, the red-lipped Desae, and even the experienced Rawal, who makes the most of his hair-style (sort of bald, sort of mohawk) and a dark-framed pair of glasses, without really bothering to get into the character. ... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Despite the loopholes, the film works largely because of some decent performances. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...Hanif Hilal does not get a single line in the film, but his acting is good. Dhruv Ganesh is also fine.... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...Replace the crime that is being avenged in the movie with “gang rape” and you have a recipe for a vigilante movie that speaks to the times and attains more relevance than its filmmakers ever imagined.... full review

Thumbs up by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY ...For a Bollywood starter, Tena does a fairly commendable job but the make-up guys who made her look like an alien didn’t. Dhruv Ganesh is impressive in a shorter role.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...not bad for a one-time watch... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Also you can relate with many other Hollywood and Bollywood movies, but what impresses more here is the utmost thrilling and attention-grabbing screenplay of the movie, right from its first frame till the last frame.... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The characters talk too much and lack conviction in their supposed romance. Once Paresh Rawal throws his weight into the ring, the acting ability of the pair all but vanishes in the background.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The most disappointing aspect of Table No 21 is the performance by Paresh Rawal. Not that he pushes the wrong buttons. Far from it. But when an actor of his quality is reduced to relying primarily on his stylist for impact, you know something isn’t quite right. ... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...For a film based completely on three characters, Aditya Dutt does a very good job not just in casting but also in the way he extracts performances from his actors. ... full review

So-So by Ankur Pathak, Rediff ...What the film essentially lacks is stylish direction. Aditya Datt seems so excited with the content, he forgets it all has to be directed. This is best reflected in the way the performances are handled. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Khandelwal and Rawal are competent in their roles, but Desae looks awkward, especially in the second half when she dons a look that wouldn’t be out of place in a B-grade sci-fi film.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Star Blockbuster ...Paresh Rawal’s performance is not as diabolical as the role demanded. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ... Tina Desae as Siya is average at best.... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Can't say if you will like what Table No. 21 leaves you with but while you are at it, you are likely to have a good time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Rajeev Khandelwal, takes on the sach ka saamna game sportingly, using his intensity and good-looks, in some parts; he portrays the much needed despair and desperation, but this isn't a full-blown performance for an actor of calibre.... full review

Thumbs down by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ... It's hard to call any film that tries to address a relevant issue in today's society a bit of a cop-out, but this comes mighty close to being just that ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM ...Gajendra Verma’s music is soulful and the background score blends well with the story. The song ‘Mann Mera’ is a hummable one and stays on in the mind.... full review