Critic reviews and ratings

  • It’s a film that will keep you glued to the screen for all the 135 minutes it runs into. Don’t think of even missing a minute of it.

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  • ...a scrumptious delight of a film that has the repeat viewing value of a classic.

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  • There are two kinds of audiences for this film --- those who know Byomkesh and those who don’t. Dibakar has a revelation for both. That’s one case neatly solved.

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  • Don't miss it. Even if just to go back to the magical world of nostalgia created so beautifully and earnestly by Banerjee and cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis.

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  • ...an immensely pleasurable viewing experience.

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  • ...a cinematic delight...

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  • ...a fun watch...

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  • ...has everything going for it. Great script, superb ensemble and a director who isn't afraid to dream big!

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  • A stylish noir adventure soaked in surprise and substance in equal measure.

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  • ...a slow-cooked feast. It simmers and thickens and leisurely acquires a rich and long-lasting flavour. The film requires patience. You will have to indulge director Dibakar Banerjee as he indulges himself.

    69

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  • ...an exhilirating and engaging experience. With its enriched visuals and edgy music, this film really serves up great thrills.

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  • ...a film that filled me to the brim. It is the kind of film that I will recall and savour, flaws and all.

    59

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  • This is a sprawling, ambitious effort with remarkable attention to detail; a film that deserves to be watched, especially for its masterful filmmaking.

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  • It's good, but I'd much rather enjoy this director's cheeky experiments with characters and convention, over pulp and form. Banerjee is the truth, but must he prove his versatility?

    59

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  • For all its flaws, and there are many, a lesser director would probably never be forgiven. But it's Dibakar Banerjee - a man who gave us gems meant for repeated viewing.

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  • The casting, the art direction and the cinematography of the film is painstakingly done and evokes admiration. The disastrous pacing, however, lets it down badly.

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  • ...for all its stylishness and period grandeur it is not as intelligent a film as it yearns to be, the plot isn’t cunning enough and the conveniently-unravelled puzzle never quite sucks the viewer in.

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  • ...a fine visual treat with streaks of genius. But what goes against this movie is that it lacks soul, and it drags for over two-and-a-half hours.

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  • A decent attempt at an authentic setting and intense plot distracts this thriller from thrilling you.

    49

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  • Dibakar tries to pack in too much even in terms of cinematic references—from classic Hollywood to noir, to Ritchie and Tarantino and Chinese action flicks. The constant shift in tonality jars, especially in the over-the-top melodrama of a climax.

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  • ...unwanted violence (esp. in the second half), a plot that went haywire and also too much of thriller elements.

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  • Although Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! works hard on creating a convincing setting for Byomkesh to make his mark, the characters are mostly under-written and the central mystery lacks tension and a sense of imminent danger.

    39

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  • ...is slow and lacks tension, which is criminal for a thriller. The lazy and inept editing makes the entire film suffer and exposes the weaknesses in Banerjee's story.

    39

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  • ...Banerjee's story which while it is ambitious on scale falls short on pace and thrill. Banerjee gets a tad too indulgent with the technical crafts. It comes at the cost of a lack of engaging tug-of-war between Bakshy and his nemesis...

    39

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  • ...the film somehow fails its rich canvas.

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  • A sluggish pace. This wouldn’t be a problem if the characters were well-drawn, interesting, or if the plot was gripping. But no and no.

    39

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