Tubelight - External Reviews

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quick review:

Too many “issues”, too many morals. Much little acting, much little story.



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35 reviewers have given Tubelight an average rating of 1.8/5.0 (?)

6 yays
16 nays
13 so-so

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Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Tubelight has a message that resonates with current times – keep the faith and believe in the good. Salman’s sincere and heartfelt performance in the film will definitely move you. Keep that box of tissues handy! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarthak Mehta , Desi Martini ...This movie brings a turmoil into you emotional quotient and I recommend to carry a bag of tissues cause you’re in for a emotional roller coaster toughing every emotion from fun to gloominess.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...The whole follow-Gandhi bit seemed forced. It reminds you of Lage Raho Munnabhai and the comparison hurts Tubelight. Watch it for the love of your brother. Or Bhai. ... full review

Thumbs up by Imran Mohammad, FirstPost ...Tubelight does have a great message: hope pulls us through in any situation we may find ourselves in. A worthwhile watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...I will leave you with a dialogue from the film that may give you a better idea about Tubelight’s overall ‘look and feel’. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...Still, contrary to likely audience expectations, this is a film rather subdued on drama, hysteria, and action, although it remains coherent, entertaining, and sincere throughout. More importantly it does not preach to the choir. ... full review

So-So by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...Still Tubelight is watchable as a low key subdued drama with no fanfare... full review

So-So by Samedha Arora, Desi Martini ...Tube Light is light weekend watch, and Sallu’s fans should defiantly watch this movie but not his critics. The cinematography and supporting cast will not leave you disspointed but maybe your expectations from the story will. And Hey! It’s Eid, give yourself a movie weekend treat! ... full review

So-So by Pallavi Jaiswal, Desi Martini ...फिल्म का म्यूजिक प्रीतम ने दिया है, जो कानों को सुकून देता है। इस फिल्म से सलमान और कबीर की जोड़ी दर्शकों को सिनेमा हॉल तक खींचने में असफल हो सकती है। शुरू से लेकर अंत तक आप फिल्म में कुछ इंटरेस्टिंग ढूँढने की कोशिश करते हैं, लेकिन सिवाए यकीन के आपको इस फिल्म में कुछ नहीं मिलेगा। फिल्म में एक ही बात आपको खुश करती हैं और वो है सलमान और सोहेल की केमेस्ट्री जो आपका दिल जीत लेगी। इस फिल्म को एक बार देखा जा सकता है। ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ... This is a sweet little film alright, but the emotional inconsistencies just don’t iron out. It’s a classic case of what could've been a great film, settles for much less.... full review

So-So by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost ...Still, with Tubelight, my glass is half full and not half empty. When your head points out several exasperating aspects of a film and you still find yourself weeping with it, there is something to be said about the director’s ability to touch an emotional chord. Whatever be my reservations, the big takeaway for me from Tubelight is that Salman Khan and Kabir Khan have once again teamed up in trying times to deliver a resounding snub to bigotry. ... full review

So-So by Vaishnavi Kulkarni, ...Unless you are a fan of Bhai who has yakeen in the entertainment value of Salman Khan's face, it would be wise to skip this one. This Tubelight may leave you in a darker mood than Lights Out ever could. ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...The supporting cast including the late actor Om Puri, the endearing Chinese star Zhu Zhu and child actor Martin Rey Tangu are on call to complement the hero. ... full review

So-So Indicine ...Tubelight is a good movie which is technically of the highest standard. The budget is high, the scale is huge, the production design is almost perfect. But somewhere down the line it fails to do its most important job..... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...All said and done, Tubelight is a worth watch, though it may not come across as a worthy successor to Bajrangi Bhaijaan.... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Director Kabir Khan admitted in an interview that the objective of this cinematic tribute was to make the inspiring story accessible to a larger audience. And while Salman fans across the world would make for a substantial target, inflicting them with this preachy tale of leaning on 'yakeen' to get through life could be a tad misleading. But then again, we're addressing hardcore Bhai fans, who feel that hanging one's shades over the back of one's collar is the path to ultimate glory. ... full review

So-So Sify Movies ...Overall, Tubelight has the tempered magic of cinema but it fails to ignite the emotional quotient. ... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...When it comes to performances--Salman laughs and cries unselfconsciously, showing his audience the less-seen side of his macho screen image. He cannot move mountains with his performance but he tries hard to keep the faith alive. Sohail is sincere. Zhu Zhu shows spunk and young Matin entertains. And, Om Puri reminds you of the mettle unsung heroes are made of. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...‘Tubelight’ flickers, but doesn’t shine as brightly as I had hoped it would. ... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, TUBELIGHT come across as a colossal disappointment as it fails to engross the audiences due to its wafer thin plot. At the Box-Office, the movie will take a jumpstart due to Salman Khan’s star power and accelerate over the weekend and the extended weekend [due to the Eid festivities], post which, the business will see a sizeable drop. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Overall, Tubelight is a major disappointment. It is unlike any Kabir Khan film, and not in a good way. Watch Tubelight since you have no other film to watch over this long weekend as Salman has managed to block 4000 screens for his film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...It is not the first film where Salman has attempted to tailor his image to suit the good at heart irrespective of what he does otherwise narrative. What started with movies like Jai Ho, reached a crescendo with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has reached a severe low in Tubelight. Avoid at all costs. ... full review

Thumbs down by Disha Dhingra, Desi Martini ...Hence, the only problem in the film is Salman Khan, who fails to ignite a spark in the film. The movie, thus can be skipped... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...This film is so low on wattage that it’s liable to shut down even the electrical surge of a Salman Khan fan following!... full review

Thumbs down by Vishal Verma, ...The theology of TUBELIGHT is vast like an ocean but Kabir Khan has so cloyingly handled the Yakeen (faith) factor that it turns boringly 'Yuck'in. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...For a change, Salman Khan, often accused of playing larger-than-life hero far too often on screen, is pushed to his limits, but Kabir Khan's yakeen in him pulling off this part is misplaced. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ahana Bhattacharya, koimoi ...This Tubelight flickers; fails to shine brightly. The film fails to leave an impact. Surely, a little more was expected from the actor-director duo who has delivered a film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the past! 2 stars for this. ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...A Salman Khan film in which anything is displaced by the power of thought is almost too much irony to bear. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, ...A film like Tubelight which espouses the power of faith and belief through the uncorrupted eyes of a man-child needed a lightness of touch that is conspicuous by its absence here. Tubelight is well intentioned but overtly manipulative and doesn't so much tug at your heartstrings as it punches you in the face demanding that you care. It's also over-long at nearly 2 hours and 30 minutes, and excruciatingly slow and boring in parts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now ...Give me a good Dabanng over this pretence emotional film any day. The best moment of the film? When Laxman realises the soldiers giving Guao's mum the evil eye and he holds her hand to protect her. That's the Salman we love.... full review

Thumbs down by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...He feels it in his stomach, the horrors, and tries to throw up. But then, he only manages to work up a spit. In a weird way, that scene becomes a perfect summation for what the performance aspires for, and what it finally delivers.... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Alas, not enough to be dazzled by the boring, bogus naiveté of Tubelight. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, ...There is also an attempt to address historical wrongs, such as the shameful incarceration of Indian-Chinese residents during the war, but this is eclipsed by the sluggish pace, Salman Khan’s risible performance, and the untenable idea that faith can make anything possible.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Kabir Khan tries hard to score political points but Tubelight fails to light up as an engaging film... full review

Thumbs down by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM ...At the end, we would just like to say that 'Tubelight' lacks entertainment. It struggles throughout to make you realise the importance of faith and belief. Some sequences will definitely entertain you. However, it is definitely not what we sought... full review