Ugly - External Reviews

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The repulsion you feel towards Ugly is what makes it a good film. A thriller that makes you uncomfortable from within.



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32 reviewers have given Ugly an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

21 yays
3 nays
8 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...The art direction by Mayur Sharma is spot on as is Nikos Andritsakis’ intimate camerawork, creating for the audience a darkened world where sorrow and intrigue seem to lurk around every corner along with unhappy, myopic creatures. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice ... "Ugly" is a film of many surprises, most of them unpleasant sordid and unsavoury. The actors are not acting for the camera. But their characters seem to be constantly play-acting with one another. Deception seems to run through the gamut of sordid characters.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Sharing honestly, I always see a bit of AK’s first film PAANCH, hiding somewhere in his every attempt intentionally or unintentionally. Probably the fact that his first baby remains unreleased till date, not reaching the audience as he wished for, gives him immense pain affecting his thought process even today. And that makes me think that had PAANCH released normally more than a decade before, we would have had an entirely different Anurag Kashyap as a director, coming out of his own gritty shell of dark realism with more love, warmth and meaning in his exceptional films.... full review

Thumbs up by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice ...Ugly is not your cheerful holiday movie but the kind of film that must be seen. Its serves as a brutal mirror to society and is likely to do more so for parents. It will act as a wake up call and stir up realisations that perhaps you’ve been ignoring. Not everyone has a taste for an Anurag Kashyap film but if there is one Anurag Kashyap film you’re to watch, it should be Ugly.... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, technically brilliant with some wonderful performances, UGLY strictly caters to a niche audience. Moreover the choice of releasing it during a festive period isn't a great idea either. Watch it if you are an Anurag Kashyap fan, else avoid! ... full review

Thumbs up by Prateek Sur, Bollywood Life ...I went to watch this film not having much expectations from it, but Anurag Kashyap won me over with his storytelling and direction. If you are a lover of good cinema and if you can handle dark, raw truths of the society, then this is a must watch. It is worth every penny spent!... full review

So-So by Geeta Masurekar, BookmyShow ...There is something about Anurag Kashyap’s cinema that makes no attempt to soften reality. Ugly is a film about how we are forgetting the little things in pursuit of money, revenge and power. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...A film that made to be appreciated...but maybe not to be liked or enjoyed.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Ugly is special, and if you love Anurags earlier film, you will love this one too. ... full review

Thumbs up by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Movie of the year for me. Raw. Haunting. Immaculate and most importantly Gripping and Thrilling to the End With a Cynical Undertone ... full review

Thumbs up by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini ...Riveting, thrilling & discomforting, Anurag's most mature film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ... Its the man's best work post black friday, also the best this year saw on the silver screen ... full review

Thumbs up by Bryan Durham, DNA ...Do not miss this film. It may be all things dark and forbidding this festive season, but it is, with flaws and all, one of the best films you'll watch this year.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Anurag Kashyap, his writers, his actors and his technicians have outdone themselves with Ugly. The underlying sense of peril and the unrelenting tension grips you through a sweat breaking two hours. And when the climax of Ugly arrives you’re dealt a killer blow. It’s so dark and inconvenient that it’ll wrench your gut. And yet, it’s so simple that you’ll hate yourself for not guessing. More so, you’ll hate the characters for being so ignorant and misguided. Ugly is a film that draws the deepest and darkest behavior of men. This is how you make a great film.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...Without giving away the twist in the tale, one can't help but wonder if Ugly is an allegory of sorts for Kashyap and the cinema that he hoped to create. Perhaps Shoumik, Shalini, Jadhav, Rahul and all the other characters are camouflaged versions of different people in the film industry who lose sight of good cinema, embodied by Kali. Egoistical, petty and getting their high out of power trips, the adults in Ugly all appear to care about Kali but all they really want is to upstage one another... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Anurag Anurag Kashyap’s attempts to chart a new course for Bollywood with his brand of edgy stylised realism have borne some fruit in the past decade or so. With the steady stream of talented young directors striving to create a new idiom for artily inclined cinema intent on creating a viable commercial platform, that is in fact a given.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...The striking camera work, by Nikos Andritsakis, keeps you hooked. The editing is crisp, and although it is a lengthy movie, you do not feel it dragging. The music is haunting, in a way.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Yes! That's the best part about this movie: every character is made to stand out, regardless of the length of his or her role. UGLY is fast-paced and stays true to its genre. If only Kashyap had got the timing of his release right!... full review

Thumbs up by Sarit Ray, Hindustan Times ... As thrillers go, Ugly's resolution isn't the most satisfying. There's no dazzling twist at the end. Yet it works because you recognise this as the world you inhabit. And it reminds you that it takes just a trigger for the seemingly ordinary to turn ugly - into the sort of stories you read about in the newspaper, the sort that could be happening around you right now ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani, india today ...Be it Ronit Roy as a top cop, Rahul Bhatt as a struggling actor, Girish Kulkarni as the inspector, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Surveen Chawla and all the other actors, each and every actor does a terrific job. Credit for that also goes to Anurag Kashyap who sticks to the plot and uses all the talent he hired to put this film together. The screenplay and the music go well which only helps the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Ugly is a mean, dark and unsettling film that will rip you off in its last scene. This film is for the strong-hearted. It is honest, bare and raw in all its sense. As disgusting as the characters are, you want to watch this film for their diverse personalities and just to see what goes on in warped brains that bring out the worst in them. I loved the film for its brave nature... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The film progresses as a whodunnit but it doesn’t take long to understand that it is actually a “why-dunnit”. The plot has many holes and improbabilities. The climax, not difficult to guess, chips away at Kashyap’s emphasis through scenes and detail that his characters are out of moral bounds.... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...One, however, must say that this film manages to deeply disturb you, mildly depress you and tag along with you for a long time even after you come out of the theatre. That obviously is Kashyap's intent.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...As for the film as a whole, it does come with a disclaimer to shock you to the core, especially in the last 10 minutes. With practically every actor baring his/her soul for the film and Ronit Roy (ironically) coming across as the most reasonable man amongst a plethora of ugly characters, the film indeed turns out to be the most personal film of Anurag Kashyap.... full review

So-So MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, all the Anuraag Kashyap die hard fans along with the ones who love dark and good cinema will definitely love the uglier side of human drama. The darkness, curiosity and performances will keep you engaged throughout the film leading to a hard hitting climax. The ones expecting a lot from their cinematic god (Anuraag Kashyap), might end up getting a bit disappointed as they might hardly find anything new or powerful to cherish their worshipping. The popular cinema lovers would prefer to stay miles away from this type of cinema. The brand name of Anuraag Kashyap is much bigger than the small product like 'Ugly', due to which it ends up being less distressing in terms of a dark thriller.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chattarjee, NDTV ...This may not be Anurag Kashyap’s best film, but it is infinitely and indescribably better than all the muck that mainstream Bollywood passed off for entertainment this year. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Ugly is a tale of torment, masterfully woven around the universally urgent trigger of a disappearing minor — and yet where, in the larger scheme of things, that kidnapping itself becomes, I daresay, a minor detail. Genius.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev.D, Black Friday) gives us a film that represents a disturbing reflection of life. It's a film where there are only villains in varying degrees and no heroes. It reminds you of his 2011 film ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots'.In the end, 'Ugly' is a fairly gripping film that’s also exhaustingly melancholic and cynical. After all, it does seem unreasonable to view the world only through smog-tinted glasses! ... full review

So-So by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...There is no escape from the ugliness that we and our films like to keep under wraps. Last week Hirani had hung a mirror in theatres, this week Anurag has put together few shards of glass. That was easier to face; this one will test the nerve. ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...While the pace does dip in the second half, what makes Ugly tick is the searing honesty with which it is told. It's not for the faint-hearted, but for those who are willing to let the morally decrepit live.... full review

Thumbs up by Shivam Sharma aka @GhantaGuy, Upper Stall ...The story is complemented extremely well by stellar performances from the ensemble cast all-round. Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Vineet Kumar Singh are all well cast and execute the roles to perfection but the Marathi star Girish Kulkarni, who makes his Bollywood debut here, deserves special mention. He steals almost every scene he appears in. The background score by Brian McOmber is great and the editing never lets the pace of the movie down. ... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...This is a thriller which leaves us with a sense of utter futility about the quality of life that we lead.... full review