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  • ...looks like a slick, snappy comedy but there is so much more to this smart, significant satire.

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  • The film pushes the envelope as a dark, psychological whodunit, with a social message weaved in that can’t be ignored. The film treads into a zone where Bollywood has rarely been, and just for that, it deserves applause.

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  • Prakash Kovelamudi deserves applause for pushing the envelope with a quirky thriller that goes beyond the basic realms of a whodunnit, and makes people think and absorb. It treads into a zone Bollywood rarely ventures into.

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  • The film looks like something out of French New Wave cinema in most parts but segues into commercial Hindi cinema territory as well. Imagine Polanski's Repulsion (1965) given a Manmohan Desai treatment. 

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  • ...is an expedition into the unhinged, unstable, unreliable mind of a woman single-handedly refusing to be dictated by patriarchy. It's also a provocative commentary on society's tendency to label individuals refusing to subscribe to its established norms and decorum.

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  • Prakash Kovelamudi deserves applause for pushing the envelope with a quirky thriller that goes beyond the basic realms of a whodunnit, and makes people think and absorb. It treads into a zone Bollywood rarely ventures into.

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  • It’s just that the film is far more convincing as an art installation about a mental condition than as a whodunit, whydunit or did anyone indeed dunit in the first place!

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  • ...is a well-made film with powerful performances from both Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao.

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  • It’s been a long time since I have seen something so determinedly experimental, so inventive, despite its flaws, to come out of Bollywood...

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  • What is commendable is that Judgementall Hai Kya delivers the message without turning preachy or self-conscious. The breezy flow of the narrative, which isn't broken until parts of the second half begin to seem a tad indulgent, ensures that we are invested in the plight of the characters all the way through.

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  • The ambition of the story – both in content and style – is very exciting. But Kanika’s screenplays seem to suffer from the soft belly syndrome.

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  • Prakash Kovelamudi has made a punchy Hindi debut. Seductive and snarly, it urges us to look beyond the obvious — to do a double-take on things.

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  • With the script firmly in place, this picture, competently directed by Bollywood debutant Prakash Kovelamudi, immaculately plays with form (sharp editing, art-direction, cinematography)--going wild at times, but never so haywire that it's impossible to self-contain, at any point. Which is a huge relief.

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  • Neither whodunit or even whydunit, Judgementall Hai Kya is never quite able to match its ambitions. Buried somewhere in the rubble is the ghost of a movie about why madness is sometimes the only sane response to violence.

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  • It almost seems like writer Kanika Dhillon (Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath) invested more in layering her leads with assorted idiosyncrasies than in directing this story to a sharp fold. To construct outrageous sequences is brave, cinematic even. But to do so excessively just to hammer down a message that is apparent from the very first frame, is just tiring.

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  • The quirks are well placed and done well too. The basic plot though tries to make us believe it is complex and its characters have complexities, but that’s only skin deep. Ultimately then, the film feels like an experiment that doesn’t land too well.

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  • ...is based on an interesting concept, it is often funny and fascinating, but in the ultimate analysis, it does not make the grade.

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  • While you admire the attempt at originality, you can’t help feeling frustrated at just how it all comes apart in the end.

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  • They treat the 'mental' part of the title as if they meant 'demented' instead. The result is that people laugh inappropriately at her 'madness', and your popcorn loses its pop because the film is tiresome.

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  • So apart from the occasionally engaging antics of Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, the film ends up with little educative or entertainment value. This movie has a good cast, but ultimately disappoints.

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  • The good aspects of the film just can't salvage the fact that the central story has not been worked out with enough rigor. The film spins its wheels beautifully, but it simply has nowhere to go.

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