Raees Movie Review

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AVERAGE CRITICS RATING: 3/5

Reviewer: Rajeev Masand (News18)

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Evidently inspired by the true-life story of Abdul Latif, the illegal liquor kingpin of Gujarat who was charged for his involvement in the 1993 blasts, Raees shrewdly steers clear of naming names and only hints at true events. Still, it’s a well-made film that benefits from Dholakia’s keen eye for period and atmospheric detail. Although crammed with too much plot, and overlong on account of a screenplay that could’ve done with further tightening, the film nevertheless offers enough to enjoy.

As a throwback to those thrilling gangster films from the 70s, many starring Amitabh Bachchan and scripted by Salim-Javed, Raees delivers ample bang for your buck. I’m going with three out of five.

Reviewer: Anupama Chopra(Hindustan Times)

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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The best way to enjoy Raees then is to manage expectations first. This is an uneven film. In places, you will applaud and whistle. But you might also find yourself utterly exhausted. Still, as the girl in Dangal so memorably put it: ‘Shah Rukh ko na nahi bolte. Paap lagta hai.

Reviewer: The Times Of India

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Shah Rukh Khan has never looked better; he’s full of fury and for once, isn’t spreading his arms, but breaking others’. The film lies entirely on his shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. When he doesn’t, the ever-so-reliable Nawazuddin Siddiqui steps in with his crackling performance. In the trademark Nawaz style, he delivers some comic relief while playing the Tom to Khan’s Jerry. Mahirah is restricted to songs and a few emotional scenes, but doesn’t really add much. If her purpose was to soften the baddie, it’s lost on the viewer.
The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.

Reviewer: Indian Express

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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The film gets stuck, between the two stools of restraint and full blown tamasha: the In and As SRK is as familiar as he has ever been, despite the trimmings added on to induce freshness — the gold rimmed glasses, the kohled eyes, the deliberate delivery, and that Scarface moment– guns, arcing bullets and blood– which all actors dream of.

Reviewer: Taran Adarsh(Bollywood Hungama)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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On the whole, RAEES is a sure-shot hit. To state that SRK is sensational would be an understatement. The love, adulation and stardom that he attained in his early films will be showered on him yet again in RAEES. A few more factors contribute too: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s winning act, the aimed-at-masses written material and of course, the gripping finale. As far as the BO is concerned, there’s no stopping this one. An outright winner. Just don’t miss it!

Reviewer: Koimoi

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Script wise, the film starts to become dull in the second half when there is too much of heroism portrayed by Raees. Also, the climax is stretched way out of hand and could have been limited.Raees is a paisa-wasool entertainer for massy Bollywood fans! A 3.5/5 for this one.

Reviewer: DNA

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

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Far better films have been made on crime in the 80s. There is nothing special about Raees. But if you’re a Shah Rukh fan, go for it.

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