Talaash is a delight to watch, because of the surprises it throws at you and by the power-packed performances by its cast. Though the first half of Talaash is a bit slow, it's still enthralling, absorbing and engaging. It is as we used to say in the old days - 'a total paisa vasool'.
Bollywoodhungama - 4.5 Stars
Talaash is dramatic and absorbing, both. Director Reema Kagti takes up an attention-grabbing premise and along with co-writer Zoya Akhtar spins a tale that makes the viewer a participant of sorts. While the cop tries hard to solve the jigsaw puzzle, the spectator, with his mind wide alert by now, gets intrigued by what he observes and perceives and is keen to get to the bottom of the mystery himself/herself. That, in my opinion, is why this suspense drama works.
The Times of India - 3.5 Stars
Talaash belongs to the genre of cinema noir of which there are few examples in recent times. This film is a good attempt at revisiting suspense flicks that were a huge craze in the 50-60s. Though, Talaash has the mystique of the cinema Raj Khosla; it is modern in its approach and the setting is contemporary. You may not like Talaash, if mystery and intrigue set at a languid pace is not what you look out for in your matinee outing.
The film is beautifully shot, and comes with achingly lovely songs. It seems quite clear - right from the title sequence that we are not here to see a realist police procedural. I reserve my last words for Aamir Khan: if, like me, you have a lingering memory of the affecting boy-man with inner steely core - the one you fell in love with way back in Raakh, or Dil, and have been wondering about for years, you need look no further. Your Talaash has ended.
Rediff - 3.5 Stars
In Talaash, Kagti weaves a complex web, and she colours it with the mood and the atmosphere she and her collaborators create. Talaash has the feel of a noir film -- a fine achievement for a Bollywood product, where the crisp cinematography by KU Mohanan and the haunting background score by Ram Sampath keeps us on the edge.
NDTV - 3.5 Stars
By no means is Talaash the end of your search for the perfect whodunit. But there is so much going for this compelling, slow-burning, well-acted tale set in the dark, grimy underbelly of Mumbai that you can barely take your eye off the screen. The greatest triumph of Talaash is in the manner in which it delineates its gallery of intriguing supporting characters. None of them is a mere blur.
Yahoo - 4 Stars
Reema Kagti's Talaash is a suspense thriller that not only boasts of a taut script but has a multi-layered structure that manages to pack in enough surprises to keep the viewer hooked till the very end. The storyteller's craft lies in the fact that the modus operandi of the plot seems as intriguing as the motive of the crime.