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  • The script is wafer-thin and it’s been done to death by none other than Imtiaz Ali in each of his earlier films—be it Jab We Met, Cocktail or the recent Tamasha. It’s the routine girl is engaged elsewhere story but she discovers half-way through the film that she is actually attracted to someone else.

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  • ...the spunky music and the exotic locales of Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt, Lisbon and other random cities in Europe make JHMS a vivid and engrossing watch.

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  • The story is wafer-thin but despite that, the first half is rather enjoyable thanks to the cracking on-screen chemistry of Shah Rukh and Anushka.

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  • This isn't an Imtiaz Ali film or doesn't seem like one at least.

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  • A few lovely, honest moments; good performances but zero story doesn't work for this “boy meet girl” film.

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  • ...is cinema's equivalent of a shiny bauble that glitters wholly in vain. Watch it only if you fancy a vicarious romp through Europe with an off-colour megastar trying hard to get going.

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  • ...has its moments. But the film is riddled with clichés and flaws that takes the film down, thanks to the poor script.

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  • From the title to its climax, everything screams ‘been there, done that.’

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  • ...the touted rom com turns out to be a bore com, romance goes surprisingly 'Phurr' along with director Imtiaz Ali in this flick.

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  • In essence, Jab Harry Met Sejal's titular characters wander aimlessly from one place to another from inside a bubble, holding on to a dream that's playful yet unreal, surprising but hollow. Had Imtiaz treated it like one and not surrendered to predictable fantasy, I'd still admire his audacity.

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  • Imtiaz seems to have settled into a comfort zone of his own. The cult of Ali the Incurable Romantic will only grow with films like these. But Ali the Director might need to branch out soon.

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  • Imtiaz and Shah Rukh coming together should have created a romantic classic. Instead Imtiaz has made his weakest film to date. Jab Harry Met Sejal doesn’t touch your insides. It’s not truthful enough to move you.

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  • There is just not enough meat on the bones to keep you invested in the protagonists’ journey, or in their relationship, which feels clumsy and muddled but not in an interesting, honest way.

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  • When the trailers were out, it seemed a no plot film and film is exactly what it showed initially.

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  • If the baseline for Jab Harry Met Sejal is ‘what you seek is seeking you’, then it’s time for Imtiaz Ali to seek a new canvas, because the idea of characters travelling in order to find answers within themselves seems to be suffering from acute jetlag.

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  • What you need in such films with their flimsy one-line plots, is the magic and mystery of love between two people. And full-blown wonder. All in short supply in Jab Harry Met Sejal, which comes off as a mix of Ali’s older films, in its flashes of Jab We Met, Tamasha and Love Aaj Kal.

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  • ...ends up a cautionary tale about idiosyncratic filmmakers with a distinct voice working with a big star. Imtiaz Ali gets his biggest star yet, and he’s made his most underwhelming movie.

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  • The plot of Jab Harry Met Sejal is just like the ring, the protagonists are searching for - lost. And not even Shah Rukh Khan can save this pointless jaunt through Europe.

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  • How, just HOW, can Bollywood and especially Imtiaz Ali keep giving us the same films year after year and hope to get away with it?

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  • ...is occasionally funny, but not half as funny or cute or ruminative as it clearly thinks it is. Hats off to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for managing to raise the Centigrades in this otherwise pakau disaster.

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  • ...marks a thumping return to love at its most banal, hackneyed and exasperating. There is not much in the silly situations and trite conversations to get you invested or interested in the lovers.

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