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Bollywood film Don 2, which marks the comeback of Farhan Akhtar to direction and Shahrukh Khan in the villain role, has received mixed reviews from film critics. Most of the critics have liked the Shahrukh Khan's dazzling action, Jason West's wonderful camera work, stunning visuals, stylish narration, witty dialogues, spectacular locations. But many of them have given thumbs down to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy"s music for the movie, which has got an average rating of 3.25 out of 5. Here are excerpts from a few reviews.
Koimoi - Komal Nahta: 4.5
Don 2 may not give the discerning audience a great high but it will be loved by those who like style, intrigue, suspense and attitude. It will score at the box-office and yield good profits to Reliance Entertainment (worldwide distributors). The producers, of course, have already made a huge profit by selling the worldwide rights and also by getting heavy subsidy from the German government. Business in big cities and multiplexes will be far better than in smaller towns and single-screen cinemas. The film will work wonders in the Overseas circuit.
Times Of India - Nikhat Kazmi: 4
Don 2 is a classic action/crime thriller that doesn't let go, even for a moment. More importantly, the plot has been finely crafted, with every twist and turn falling into place like a complicated albeit neat little jigsaw.
Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh: 3.5
DON 2 rides on star power and brand value. The film has a bland first hour, but the second half takes the film to another level. There's no denying that a cohesive script would've made a world of a difference to the film, but the tremendous hype, star power and the lucrative period [Christmas and New Year celebrations] will make its investors reap a harvest.
Don 2 is a perfect entertainment package for this Christmas. After Ra.One, this movie holds a mirror to changing trends in Indian cinema. Don't miss to watch SRK's dazzling stunts.
DNA India - Aniruddha Guha: 3
Characters say boring, random things to each other, there"s a pointlessly long dance sequence and the attempt at dialoguebaazi is laughable. What keeps Don 2 alive, then, is its pulsating action.
India Today - Kaveree Bamzai: 3
The movie seems to have been made only to allow the actor to say and do all the things he ever wanted, be it a James Bond and Ethan Hunt rolled into one. What it does come across as finally is a Mission Impossible meets Abbas Mustan.
IBN Live - Rajeev Masand: 2.5
Don 2 is nicely shot, and there are moments where Shah Rukh Khan is riveting. But that's not enough to hold your interest for well over two hours...even the actor's most loyal fans will find themselves yawning. I'm going with a generous two out of five for director Farhan Akhtar's Don 2. Although packed with fast cars and bikes, this is one slow ride.
Rediff - Aseem Chhabra: 2.5
For an action film with the central plot setting us up for a robbery inside a major bank, Don 2's pacing is very slow.
Indian Express - Shubhra Gupta: 2.5
Don 2 needed an energized, crackling plot. What it has, in almost too much abundance, is SRK dripping dimpled coolth. But cool can only take you so far.
Glamsham - Martin D'Souza: 1.5
It is a huge blow because this is not something that you expect from a Farhan Akhtar. DON 2 is as bad as the recent duds like SHAKAL PE MAT JA, BE-CAREFUL, and MILEY NAA MILEY HUM, to name a few.
Hindustan Times - Mayank Shekhar: 1.5
It was Vijay"s story. Salim-Javed"s tight script had a striking plot. The writers here have sub-plots. They continue to stretch and add thought to thought. The picture promises to never end. It gets hard to carry on with inane inventiveness, when you just couldn't care less.