Thumbs up, by Reza Noorani, Mumbai Mirror : ...In a bid to cover all bases, the film does fall short in reaching a clear conclusion and the execution falls short in places. Still, the story and performances make sure you are involved till the very end. ... full review
Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...Here, the camera stands respectfully at a distance unmoving, capturing the polished vastness of the industrialist's bungalow as though an intruder in a very private moment. The layers of disaffection that underline the currents and waves of anger and resentment among the characters is many times lost in translation. This interesting intriguing study of money and power and domestic politics is bogged down by its 'arthouse' budget. It had the potential of being the new-age Kalyug, Shyam Benegal's 1970s' portrait of industrial subterfuge. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Reza Noorani, Times of India : ...In a bid to cover all bases, the film does fall short in reaching a clear conclusion and the execution falls short in places. Still, the story and performances make sure you are involved till the very end. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...That scene in which Pia breaks down while confiding in his character, a migrant from Jharkhand, is the stand-out moment in Mantra. Give us more where that came from, Mr Kharkongor. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The camerawork has heft—spilling brooding images of Delhi amidst the more prosaic and bustling ones. The performances are all first rate and the characterizations bear resemblance to real life but unfortunately neither the script nor the direction could flesh out a credible story that could have been far more meaningful and worthwhile than this pointless exercise in filmmaking. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Like Kapil's brand and his family, the movPhillauri interview ie too falls apart failing to register though it had moments like the one when Kapil is high on smokes and when a local vendor refuses to offer Kapil's brand of chips to a young consumer and Kapil coming in for rescue and doing the needful. Hope such moments where more in MANTRA to make it more watchable if not memorable. - See more at: http://www.glamsham.com/movies/reviews/mantra-movie-review.asp#sthash.XScPfJGi.dpuf... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Their stories seem to run parallel to each other and you wish they intersected. You can see a mile away how things are going to end, and even though you wish the story had given you more, you are forced to shrug and accept the story as it is. It has humane moments, but none match the Kalki's scene with her rescuer. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Set in 2004, focussing on the economic and social changes that were kicked off in the 1990s, and released in 2017, Mantra ultimately belongs nowhere. ... full review
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