Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh's Rating: 4
It's amusing, emotional, heartrending and also insightful. An inspiring film with an overwhelming message. A must-watch for every parent, every child. Strongly recommended!
Rediff - Raja Sen's Rating: 4
Go watch English Vinglish, and take your mothers along. As shown by one great scene which has Shashi speaking furiously in Hindi to her chef friend Laurent, who replies back in thoughtful-sounding French, it isn't about language.
Oneindia - Puri's Rating: 4
English Vinglish is a must watch. It's a compete family entertainer. It has some excellent performances, especially Sridevi's! When compared to Madhuri Dixit (Aaja Nachle) and Karisma Kapoor's comeback (Dangerous Ishhq), Sridevi definitely has the best comeback in Bollywood with a beautiful story and strong role. One of the best movies of the year English Vinglish deserves a Hats Off!
Glamsham - Martin D'Souza's Rating: 4
This movie is a lesson for married couples, children, families and even friends. Shinde has layered a love story so beautiful with a neat, tragic twist to a romance. The characters are cautiously crafted and delicately displayed; each one playing his or her part and moving to the sidelines, allowing the next to take centrestage. Such method in direction is seen after a long time on screen.
Yahoo - Rummana Ahmed's Rating: 4
The premiere show of English Vinglish had got a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival and the film deserves every bit of it. Gauri Shinde's debut as a director is sure-footed and confident, and Sridevi is back as if she had never been gone.
Hindustan Times - Anupama Chopra's Rating: 3.5
English Vinglish is that rare thing - a Hindi film that creates a heroine out of a homemaker.
NDTV - Saibal Chatterjee's Rating: 2.5
The film has a clutch of fine performances. Both Adil Hussain and Mehdi Nebbou, despite their sketchily written roles, are solid. Priya Anand as the niece turns in a noteworthy performance. But it is Sridevi who is obviously the soul of English Vinglish. Her hesitant but heartfelt climactic speech, delivered undemonstratively, is the high point. But it takes two hours too long in coming. Chances are that by then you might cease to really care about her newly acquired spoken English skills.