We are family - External Reviews

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We Are Family of a little sister called Cliche, big brother Predictability and brat teenage sister, Implausibility. Our big daddy is Mr. Patronizing Dialogue and soccer mom is the Great Indian Kangan. Oh yeah and our stepmom is Stepmom.

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43 reviewers have given We are family an average rating of 2.1/5.0 (?)

14 yays
21 nays
8 so-so

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So-So by Abhishek Pandey, AOL INDIA ...despite Kareena's creditable performance, the evergreen charm of Kajol, who plays the aggrieved-by-life mother, steals the thunder ultimately.... full review

Thumbs down by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Yes, for a change, Bollywood takes the right route to remake one of the hits from its more gifted though less productive elder cousin across the Atlantic... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...This is a movie about women, and for women. It has no time for men – on screen, or in the audience.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...everything happens so perfectly and nicely within a rich family to such a level that it all becomes completely uninteresting, unmoving and pointless... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Casting the best available talent for two pivotal parts and doing complete justice to their roles is tough... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...Director Siddharth P Malhotra showed his excellence in picturising some scene... full review

Thumbs up by Akshay Rane, BookmyShow ...The best thing of We are Family is – it stays true to the original story. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...Hey…there was this Julia Roberts film playing on HBO the other day. Has to be a classic…it had Julia Roberts in it, after all.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...There was plenty wrong with Stepmom (which makes you wonder why Johar even bothered to remake it) and it’s even worse in We Are Family.... full review

So-So by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Kajol’s portrayal of Maya, especially, is befitting the amazing talent you associate her with. ... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, Express India ... You never know or wish to know what went wrong between the two but at the same time also wonder what makes them so amiable despite the divorce... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions ...Good thing is Niranjan Iyengar's dialog is pithy. Pity they can't get over references to stars... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...takes the already sexist plot of Stepmom and twists it further into a putrid patriarchal melodrama... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Venkatraghvan, Filmfare ...WAF is designed to be a family entertainer and that it definitely is.... full review

So-So filmi cafe ...The writing and direction is just perfect in the first half but after Kareena comes and joins the “family’ the situations become repetitive and the pace drops.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...The film is gorgeous to watch, with the leading ladies making up much of the beauty. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...The climax, though good, doesn't elevate to the desired level. No doubt it's a sombre subject. ... full review

Thumbs down by Aakash Barvalia, Gomolo.in ...Silent emotion parts, with no dialogues, were expressed beautifully, both by the actors and writer-director. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saurin Parikh, Gomolo.in ...The three kids are really sweet... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Arora, Gomolo.in ...it was really a high-end melodrama, which doesn’t work these days, except in 80’s... full review

Thumbs up by Pravin Pendalkar, Gomolo.in ...The direction was good, music was a big letdown.... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...To be fair, Rampal gets better playtime in the Indian adaptation. And he also looks suitably dishy for his target audience, as We Are Familyagainst a bald, old, divorced, charmless Ed Harris... full review

Thumbs down by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...It comes as no surprise to know that Tupperware and Poggenpohl (a brand of modular kitchens) have paid for inhouse placement in We Are Family. ... full review

Thumbs down by Amrita Ranjan, Indiequill ...Kareena, as the somewhat reluctant other woman, is pretty darn good, particularly when Shreya is calling out Maya and Aman on their respective blind spots. ... full review

Thumbs down by Prachi Parekh, J.A.M ... Kajol, Kareena and the three kids have given good performances but Arjun Rampal is invisible purely because his character has no scope... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...music falls short of expectations as well as of the high standards set by the Dharma banner brand... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...does not trust the audience to feel things without layers of emotional hokum slabbed on top of a very simplistic story... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...It's a brave effort on Johar's part to give a larger-than-life look and feel to an emotional tearjerker, especially at a time when everything other than action and comedy has taken a backseat... full review

So-So Mixed Bag ...I am somehow still not convinced that Arjun Rampal can actually act. He within his limits is an actor of little value beyond his looks... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...It is to the director's credit that he manages to extract such intense, yet controlled performances from both these women, thus never allowing the movie to become screechy and melodramatic.... full review

Thumbs up by Dunkdaft, Movies Music and Me ...its the treatment of the movie, that makes it worth watch. The acts are flawless... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chaterjee, NDTV ...Lack of depth is the norm in We Are Family. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ... Very few mainstream films manage to look as good on the surface and also capture the heart. "We Are Family" is equally appealing from the outside and at the heart.... full review

So-So by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...dialogues by Niranjan Iyengar are fantastic... full review

Thumbs down by Preeti Arora, Rediff ...There are the mandatory scenes of Kareena trying to build a connect with her to-be step-kids. But their interactions are jerky and seem foisted on the story.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...everything about it is so cosmetic, even the emotions, that it’s hard to be touched by anything.... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...So while you dislike him for a display of insensitivity to everyone in his life, you admire his faithful friendship towards his ex-wife... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...the screenplay lacks the original movie's vitality... full review

Thumbs down by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...It does not offer Kajol or Kareena “roles of a lifetime”... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Arjun Rampal, who plays the part of Aman, has surpassed all of his previous performances and has done a great job... full review

Thumbs down by Roy, The Friday Freak ...Dude, if ninety percent of thirteen year old kids did what this girl does in the movie, she’d spend her entire life in a juvenile home – not get pampered with a flower petal nail polish at the end of the movie.... full review

Thumbs down by filmbear, Upper Stall ...The director has even resisted taking a direct shot of the Sydney Opera House, choosing instead to reflect it in a window during a song montage. Now this is production value. ... full review