The Bottom line/Reviews Summary: The film has opened to mixed reviews from the critics. While most of them have praised Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha seems to have a non-existent role. The action sequences are good and the film is a typical entertainer like Dabangg, Wanted and is thus likely to do well. It has already opened to a bumper response at the box office.
Box Office: The movie has opened to a thunderous response across the country. The film is doing extremely well especially at single screens and might beat Agneepath and Bodyguard numbers. Rowdy Rathore is also doing well at multiplexes and opened with 70% collections.
Here’s a quick summary of all the Rowdy Rathore Reviews so far.
Total Reviews: 13
4 stars: 2
3 stars: 4
2.5 stars: 1
2 stars: 5
1 star: 1
Bollywood Hungama 4 stars: Vivid colors, rustic background and conventional dance routines… ROWDY RATHORE follows the existing trend to create more homespun, home-flavored desi movies rather than pursue the money-spinning NRI souk that has, until recently, been the order of the day. Akshay is cast in a double role — one as a cop and the second one as a petty thief — and both the roles are custom-made for the endearing actor. ROWDY RATHORE is designed to magnetize the masses in hordes. The accurate blend of action, emotions, drama and humor, besides a superlative performance by Akshay Kumar, makes this motion picture an immensely pleasurable and delightful movie watching experience.
Glamsham 4 stars: ROWDY RATHORE has a storyline, unlike a few of the past Bollywood blockbusters that rode heavily on customized fight sequences. More importantly, Prabhu Deva has the pulse of the audience. This one’s going to bring the house down. Akshay gets a huge canvass to display action, romance, comedy and dance. It cannot get bigger than this for him!
Sify 3 stars: Typical of recent Salman movies (also Ajay Devgn’s Singham), where the hero has a signature dialogue, style and mannerism, here too Rowdy Rathore has been given his own signature style and a catchy tune. Akshay Kumar is in form. Looking much younger than his years, he breezes through the comedy scenes, and action has anyway always been his forte. Sonakshi Sinha is mesmerizing with a great screen presence, solid dialogue-delivery prowess and acting chops. She looks beautiful, dances fabulously, and gives a fine performance.
Times Of India 3 stars: The film’s an unabashed, gunpowder-hot, sambar-spiced star-vehicle which runs along energetically most of the time because its star – Akshay Kumar, essaying a double role as Rathore and Shiva – is worth it, something that’s emphasized often. Indeed, Rowdy Rathore pays homage to iconic filmi characters – identical heroes, golden-hearted chors, brave Men in Brown beating evil people to pulp. However, it pays most homage to its own star, Akshay Kumar, who pulls off Shiva with style but Vikram less so, possibly because all that violence overwhelms acting itself.
Indicine 3 stars: Akshay Kumar towers above the other actors, director and the script! He makes even the most mediocre of scenes, entertaining. We’ve already spoken enough about Sonakshi, she should seriously look into doing roles that gives her scope to perform. To sum up, if you’ve watched and enjoyed films like Dabangg, Singham and Wanted, you’ll like Rowdy Rathore. At the box-office, the film has already opened to a mind-boggling response at single screens and it should continue to do well there.
Koimoi 3 stars: The screenplay, based on the Telugu hit, is commonplace but entertaining in parts. Especially, the comedy scenes work well with the audiences. The initial portion of the drama, when Shiva’s character is being introduced, is lovely. Akshay Kumar is in his element as the conman Shiva. He makes you laugh with his comic timing and eccentric mannerisms. On the whole, Rowdy Rathore is entertaining in parts. You’ll enjoy it if you do not have too many expectations. Watch out for the return of Akshay Kumar to some serious comedy and action!
Apunkachoice 2.5 stars: Rowdy Rathore is the elevation of the Bollywood stereotype to the rowdiest crest. It’s loud, ostentatious, gaudy, banal, and repeatedly teeters on the brink of imbecility, but then Akshay Kumar, the comedian, comes to the party and rescues the film just when the wheels threaten to come off. Credit to him, the film isn’t the disaster it could have been. And credit to him, it might even turn out to be a money-spinner.
NDTV Movies 2 stars: The thing about a film like Rowdy Rathore is that it lets the viewer stay a step ahead of the action, which is a perfect recipe for an instant connect with the masses. Riddled with an array of loud, lame and specious contrivances, Rowdy Rathore plays out pretty much like a comic-book fantasy rendered in the form of a live-action film. Go for it if you must, but don’t expect the earth from it.
Zee News 2 stars: The premise of the film may be good, but the treatment is that of a typical south Indian pot boiler. No harm in that either, just that most of the scenes lack logic. The violence is gory and in some places cringe-worthy. Akshay tries, tries hard, to fit into a genre which is at the moment a formula for success. But the man, who has given us some extremely entertaining films in the past, gets lost in the slow pace of the film and the southern sensibilities of the director. Sure, his signature flamboyance is there. Some extremely hilarious scenes, which are Kumar`s patent, are there too, but they are too few and far in between.
DNA 2 stars: Rowdy Rathore has some very well-executed action scenes. There’s no doubting that the fun in these remakes of South films is directly proportional to how many and for long a hero can beat up rogues. To be rolling on the floor laughing would be asking for too much. A lot of the comedy seems forced and Akshay tends to ham too. In terms of acting, two years on and Sonakshi’s Dabangg hangover is still on. She does nothing much except for some deadly pelvic thrusts in the song Dhadang Dhadang. Hers is more of an ornamental role, while Akshay steals the show.
Rediff 2 stars: Inured to the kind of exploding-beedi violence promised by the trailer, the film instead starts stupid and stays silly. This is much more like an early Khiladi movie — where Kumar recklessly got away with anything, goofily stumbled towards the climax and then proceeded to kick bottom without mercy — than any of the recent films which have completely forsaken plot. As a result, it’s far less objectionable. Still moronically stupid and entirely pointless, but nowhere near as horrid as what the genre’s been reduced to in the last couple of years.
Deccan Chronicle 2 stars: Rowdy Rathore, directed by dance machine Prabhu Deva and produced by romanticist Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a head-crusher, ear-basher, in sum a helzapoppin’ yawntertainer. Adapted from the Telugu hit Vikramarkudu, the outcome is also a Don-plus Kallicharan (double-role business) and Dabbang (peacocksure cop taking on rustic varmints), rolled into one lengthy exercise to present Akshay Kumar as a petty thief-cum-moustache-twirling cop. Biff pow bang, ho-haw-hum. Truly, you are well advised to leave your brains as well as body at home. Sense, logic, clean entertainment are conspicuous by their absence.
IBN Live 1 star: Rowdy Rathore is the kind of movie that’s made by people with a cash register in place of their brain. Because no legitimate reason, other than financial gain, can justify why this movie was made – it has no story or plot whatsoever, the characters are entirely forgettable, and it’s so long and loud and silly that the laughs dry up early on. That the film has such impressive pedigree – it’s produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, directed by Prabhudeva, and stars Akshay Kumar – is both baffling and shameful.