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  • ...has its moments but is rough around the edges. The climax is audacious and you need to suspend your disbelief, if you plan to watch it.

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  • Watching the film is like akin to reading a John Le Carre novel. You have one set of mandarins squaring off against the other with pawns being sacrificed for future advantage.

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  • ...chooses to tell the other, more populist side of the story. Though that is completely the makers' choice, one wishes they would have not given up on nuance while translating the popular sentiment into a half-baked spy thriller.

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  • Despite having a decent storyline, Director Robbie Grewal isn't able to get us on the edge-of-our-seats with this thriller. The movie appears 'raw' at many instances and one only wishes that it was cooked better.

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  • Better luck next time, but what about my 2hrs 19 mins of time lost in this pursuit of some genuine thrills that ended in a grill of glorious make belief and in-your-face kind of cinema.

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  • Director Robby Grewal hopes to pay a cinematic ode to those selfless soldiers of war who give it their all, even with the knowledge that their efforts won’t be acknowledged. But the film nosedives in striving to meet its unrealistic ambitions.

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  • As the espionage thriller’s lead actor, John, who plays a cucumber-cool spy, stays within character. But he is let down by mediocre writing and amateur direction. As a result, the pace is sluggish.

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  • On the upside, RAW, fortunately, is not a particularly lengthy film and once the protagonist gets into enemy territory, the thriller elements do kick in. The second half picks up pace building on the intrigue and gives us a satisfying ending.

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  • A good spy thriller has to have a plot that is plausible. That is something RAW lacks.

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  • ...fails to impress as it suffers from a flawed script as well as a weak and lengthy execution.

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  • ...visions are raised of a sinewy, edge-of-the-seat espionage thriller crammed, end to end, with intrigue and tension. What we get instead is an overlong and monumentally drab movie that centres on the unflappable undercover spy-protagonist scrounging around in Karachi for crumbs of preemptive information about the enemy nation's war plans.

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  • What could have been an action packed drama seems to be caught in a quagmire of stereotypes and predictability. It is so slow it fails to hold your attention despite a good premise.

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  • The film suffers from its length, and the pall of dullness that hangs over the proceedings.

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  • This material had the potential to be a suspenseful espionage drama.  But the film is too drab to soar.

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  • A thriller that doesn’t get you anywhere close to the edge of the seat. Maybe because the hero gets stuff done too easily or perhaps the casting doesn’t allow you to think he could lose. This despite a decent attempt at twists.

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  • The plot takes a long time to build up, and an even longer time to unravel. Ambience alone, unfortunately, is unable to sustain an audience for so long.

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  • ...tries hard to invoke a sense of patriotism but fails miserably.

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  • ...follows spy clichés dutifully and drowns us in minutiae, but never feels immediate or exciting.

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  • The attempt to create a sense of urgency and intrigue are undermined by the lack of coherence.

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  • The twists in Romeo Akbar Walter don’t always work, and the narrative is stretched to 144 unearned minutes. The plotting barely rises above the level of the popular television series CID.

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  • Fashioned along the lines of the childish, old-fashioned B-grade Bollywood-Hollywood thrillers, RAW is all about the hidden transmitters and surveillance rooms and gratuitous third degree torture in ISI detention centres, laughable polygraph tests and sundry similar procedurals and investigations.

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  • Purportedly based on a real man, the film has little interest in truthfully engaging with its subject, clearly driven by the singular ambition of cashing in on patriot season.

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