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  • Kabir Khan gets most things right. Tubelight is about love, trust, magic and belief. It's like a tonic for weary souls. You will find yourself interacting with the film and characters.

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  • ...does have a great message: hope pulls us through in any situation we may find ourselves in. A worthwhile watch.

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  • The film that propagates the values of family, faith and patriotism doesn’t manage to take a complete leap of faith because somewhere someone couldn't pull this one off convincingly. In fact, everything is so cloyingly sweet that you start feeling you’ve strolled into a sermon rather than a Salman movie.

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  • Salman’s man-child act is slightly over the top, but his fans will like it.

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  • This is a sweet little film alright, but the emotional inconsistencies just don’t iron out. It’s a classic case of what could've been a great film, settles for much less.

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  • ...contrary to likely audience expectations, this is a film rather subdued on drama, hysteria, and action, although it remains coherent, entertaining, and sincere throughout. More importantly it does not preach to the choir.

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  • Director Kabir Khan admitted in an interview that the objective of this cinematic tribute was to make the inspiring story accessible to a larger audience. And while Salman fans across the world would make for a substantial target, inflicting them with this preachy tale of leaning on 'yakeen' to get through life could be a tad misleading.

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  • ...is cinema as a sermon. Which makes the film flat and emotionally unconvincing. The good intentions and lectures on yakeen don’t translate into a gripping narrative.

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  • ...with Tubelight, my glass is half full and not half empty. When your head points out several exasperating aspects of a film and you still find yourself weeping with it, there is something to be said about the director’s ability to strike an emotional chord.

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  • ...come across as a colossal disappointment as it fails to engross the audiences due to its wafer thin plot.

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  • Tubelight does not have as many layers as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Laxman is far too passive, lachrymose and one-dimensional to evoke empathy or identification.

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  • The theology of Tubelight is vast like an ocean but Kabir Khan has so cloyingly handled the Yakeen (faith) factor that it turns boringly 'Yuck'in.

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  • If Tubelight had a real story and wasn't just flip-flopping between monotonous episodes of fluky coincidences treated like divine intervention and cursory battle scenes devoid of danger, urgency or tension, it might have earned some points for heft and affability.

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  • The film is horribly stretched and takes a severe toll on your patience levels.

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  • ...when the main act isn’t convincing, the film becomes just like the title: mostly flicker with a little late glow.

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  • It’s nearly always excruciating when an actor with limited talent plays a character with limited intelligence. Normally, the charge against Salman is that he doesn’t do anything; here, he does so much that you’ll be begging for him to go back to his minimalist ways.

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  • ...is well intentioned but overtly manipulative and doesn't so much tug at your heartstrings as it punches you in the face demanding that you care.

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  • The director is conspicuous with his absence. Because the movie gets more and more tedious. Not one character grows in any sort of arc. Bhai remains dumb, the little boy adorable...

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  • ...means well, an anti-war movie that illustrates the pointlessness of battle and the importance of not actively hating those you are at war with, and while its simplistic message is timely and admirable, the film is rendered unwatchable because of the leading man.

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  • ...is a major disappointment only because it is unlike a Kabir Khan film, else Salman is usually unnoticeable!

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  • Unfortunately piety and righteousness are written way too large on Tubelight. We need some inventiveness and chutzpah even when we take the bull by its horns. Afterall, what’s cinematic subversion without any sparkle?

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  • Too many “issues”, too many morals. Much little acting, much little story.

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  • ...Kabir Khan is no Hirani, and he is simply unable to tune into the good-hearted whimsy this story needs – and after the initial portions, Tubelight begins to drag its feet, becoming almost unwatchable.

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  • ...feels inconsequential at every step and we are also forced to brave what is possibly Salman’s worst performance in recent times.

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