Critic reviews and ratings

  • The film is peppered with some exceptional performances and insightful screenplay and dialogues that are timely, topical and terrific.

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  • Watch it for some wonderful moments and superior performances by Bachchan Sr., Boman Irani and the child artist Parth Bhalerao.

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  • The heart of the film is in the performances by the entire cast.

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  • Though it is a tad too naïve and preachy, and a little too long for it's own good, the film attempts to make a point that a number of us can learn from; it is a well-acted film with some genuine moments.

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  • Watch Bhoothnath Returns for the masterful performances by Parth, Boman Irani and Amitabh Bachchan. Mr Bachchan particularly shows you why he is still leagues ahead of any contemporary star, actor or performer.

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  • ...displays a bit of heart and a bit of good intention.

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  • ...is utterly entertaining and yet manages to deliver a nuanced social message.

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  • This is a film that could have fallen apart into cliched pieces if not for its painstakingly appropriate casting.

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  • If you don’t mind the supernatural comedy taking a somber turn towards the finale, the film is worth a watch!

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  • Despite the uneven writing, the film works because it has heart.

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  • A feel good family entertainer that deserves a chance.

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  • ...is unnecessarily bloated. It has far too much sermonising. The narrative is simplistic and naïve. And yet I recommend that you see the film — because it is also heartfelt, genuinely moving and, for the first half at least, slyly funny.

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  • Whatever connect the towering Bachchan makes with his viewer is rudely disrupted to accommodate mediocre songs or misplaced sentimentalism in a prolonged slide show of poignant portraits making Bhoothnath's return quite a drag in the end.

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  • The film’s good intentions and the generally competent and controlled execution are marred by a screenplay riddled with inconsistencies.

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  • The overly busy screenplay, which clocks at 155 minutes, is packed with so many ideas that it unfolds at the pace of a multi-phase election.

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  • ...it was neither funny nor serious enough: neither fully ghostly nor ghastly, but somewhere in between.

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  • ...tries to strike a high moral tone in its social messaging, but creatively it doesn’t flinch from being crassly exploitative. It made me cringe so often that I wished this clever concept had been handed over to a directoir with a light touch.

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  • The first-half has wittily written scenes - strung with satire and emotion, but the story slowly turns into a tedious vocational course on voting.

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  • ...is not as witty or humorous as it appears from its trailers. A film that could be entertaining all the way had it not lost its plot.

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  • ...is neither too funny nor too serious, neither too entertaining nor too drab. In short it lurks somewhere in between and hence fails to leave a lasting impression.

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  • Enjoyable in parts, Bhootnath Returns has the right sentiment, but an over the top climax and cliched writing holds it back from being a charmer.

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  • The film’s structure gets lopsided, the second half is uneven and overstretched, and often the director ends up overstating his good intentions.

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  • ...until it gets confused about what it wants to be – feature film or docu, children’s film or adult fare, light-hearted entertainer with a message or dead serious – Bhoothnath Returns is a lot of fun.

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  • Bachchan and the kid pull off some funny scenes, but then it gets all preachy on us.

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