Well Done Abba - External Reviews

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

We live in corrupt times and how?! Well done Abba reminds us of that and more. It reminds us of the gravity, the irony and our own submissiveness to the whole do. Would have worked much better if it were about an hour shorter.



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37 reviewers have given Well Done Abba an average rating of 3.3/5.0 (?)

19 yays
7 nays
11 so-so

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So-So by Ramsu, 24 frames per second ...Benegal never pushes too hard for a laugh. He seems content with a chuckle here and there. ... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...Well Done Abba is a very clever idea and very well researched.... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Performances are good but a special mention should be made of Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...After the modest success of Welcome to Sajjanpur, Benegal strives, once again, for that folksy, RK Narayan-meets-Majid Majidi feel.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...With a feeble basic story line, the movie tries to convey almost all the major problems faced by the rural areas ... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...ELL DONE ABBA! is an average fare from a maker who has made much better films in the past.... full review

Thumbs up by Raashi Malhotra, BookmyShow ...The pace picks up as the movie progresses making it far from monotonous.... full review

Thumbs down by The Narcissist, Cinemaa Online ...A murder of the cinematic idol that Shyam Benegal is.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ... The film is populated with a lot of colourful characters, but it never rises to the expected heights of absurd or black humour. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...It is, however, much less comic. And oh, much much slower.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...It's hilarious yet eye opening how our babus function in the deep interiors.... full review

Thumbs up by Pritam Roy, Gomolo.in ...Minissha Lamba does well playing the village girl in deglam role. Proves, a good director can make you fly!... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The film remains a fine black comedy, which could only disappoint in parts for its weakened pace, or the director’s discomfort with a soundtrack to help with the movie’s commerce. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaya Biswas, IBN Live ...As for performances, Minissha Lamba takes you by surprise with her bubbly self. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...It's a premise as brilliant as it is absurd and it takes some marvelous acting and writing to pull it off.... full review

Thumbs up indiaserver.com ...The uniqueness of this movie is that though it is a comedy movie but, it does not go too far in an unrealistic manner to tickle the audience to laugh. ... full review

So-So by gaurav malani, indiatimes ...And just when you wonder if the film is a neorealist take on Armaan Ali’s well-wish in the vein of classics like The Bicycle Thief or Do Bigha Zameen , the second half goes in complete reverse gear... full review

So-So Indicine ...The film has a simple plot but suffers due to its pace. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The dialogues, meant to be humorous, fall flat. ... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, MiD DAY ...I won't bring the sluggish pace up simply because I feel it was intentional. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...it shows that the film has been made on a tight budget. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ... Both have important roles but neither is a compelling or charming enough to carry the load. Of course, most of the burden lies on Boman Irani’s able shoulders. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com ...he directs Mishra's material in a thoroughly low-key fashion, just letting the writer's words speak freely instead of imposing any stamp on it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...Cinematographer Rajen Kothari goes through the cluttered lanes of old Hyderabad with jaunty steps. No one is looking for despair here. It's a life lived at the edges with a zest to seize the day. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ajit Duara, Open Magazine ...Sadly, much of Well Done Abba is so full of clichés that we reach uninterested boredom very quickly.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Singh, Passion for Cinema ...If nothing written above convinces you, then just watch this movie for BomanIrani who has shown before his quest for perfection and versatility. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood ...Technically, the movie is brilliant, save for the green screen footage that looked immature and was improperly motion-tracked in many places. ... full review

Thumbs up by Abhijit Mhamunkar, real bollywoood ...a sweet gem that works despite no big names... full review

So-So by Elvis D'Silva, Rediff ... the dialect is there but different actors have varying degrees of fluency with it.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...While the film does make you laugh quite a few times, there are also times when the pace lags and you are tempted to bolt from the theatre... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Ashok Mishra’s (Welcome to Sajjanpur) masterful screenplay and dialogue are a treat. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Benegal digs at the entire Indian system based on corrupt politicians, engineers, bureaucrats and cops.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The direction of Shyam Benegal shows the mastery of the doyen of parallel cinema on comedy and topical thing... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...The film is a sheer delight, with the events unfolding in a breezy, comic vein which keeps the ribs relentlessly tickling. ... full review

Thumbs down by The Thirdman, Upper Stall ... it takes time to warm up to Boman Irani. He has his moments in the film but he also appears to be 'acting'. ... full review

So-So by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...The film is worth a watch for its excellent timing and of course Boman Irani!... full review