The Last Lear - External Reviews

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

Is it a play? Is it a movie? Whatever it is, it's a collage of brilliant performances. If only story had some clear direction!

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17 reviewers have given The Last Lear an average rating of 2.5/5.0 (?)

4 yays
4 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down by Sanskriti Media, AOL INDIA ...Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear tests the patience of even the most dedicated parallel cinema lover.... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...The movie, like any certified Rituparno Ghosh film, is contemplative, subtle, languid... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra ...The Last Lear by Rituparno Ghosh is a literary masterpiece and to transform it into words is a tough endeavor.... full review

So-So by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com ...Clearly, this is Arjun Rampal's best performance to date! As for Mr Bachchan, give me AGNEEPATH anytime, over and over again! ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...The good that men do lives with them. So let it be with The Last Lear, a pedestal for the histrionics of Mr Bachchan. You all do love him not without cause.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Despite its terrific narrative style, there's much about the plot of The Last Lear that feels unnecessarily contrived. ... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...The problem with THE LAST LEAR is that there's too much Shakespeare in the movie... full review

So-So by Harshita Kohli, indya.com ...The Last Lear is a good watch for all those who love Shakespeare. For all those who like what we in India call alternative cinema.... full review

Thumbs up MovieWalah ...Like all of Rituparno's works, this movie too is layered deep with subtexts which hover around the main plot.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...Rituparno Ghosh specialises in telling stories that pitch two utterly unmatched characters against each other in a battle where the lines are drawn between the egos of the two individuals.... full review

So-So by Utpal Borpujari, Passion for Cinema ...Instead of Bachchan, who seems to be taking away all the pre-release, media-driven accolade, have a look at Shefali Shah, as Vandana, the companion of Harry.... full review

Thumbs down by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...The film certainly is for a particular section of audience who loves literature and theatrical works. You find Shakespeare aplenty in the movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The Last Lear inspired by Utpal Dutt's play Aajker Shahjahan, is effectively intriguing.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Too verbose and dull, save for a few memorable moments, The Last Lear is recommended with caution. ... full review

So-So Times Now ...If you’re a fan of Shakespearean literature and you can forgive the slackened pace and some contrived moments, then go right ahead plan your weekend date with the Last Lear!... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The Last Lear is a sad example of how adaptation can sometimes scuttle a good script and transform a landmark theatrical experience into flawed cinema... full review