Barfi Movie Review

Barfi (Hindi)

Release Date:
September 14, 2012

He is cute. He's shrewd. The girls love him. The cops hate him. He can't speak but is always talked about. His naughty antics will make you scream, but he will never listen. Cos he can't!

He is cute. He's shrewd. The girls love him. The cops hate him. He can't speak but is always talked about. His naughty antics will make you scream, but he will never listen. Cos he can't!
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Barfi! unfolds as a rollicking ride, and it’s only when we pause to reflect on what we’ve just seen that we realise what a sad little story this is, and yet, how we haven’t been held at gunpoint and asked to shed bucketfuls of tears

The Hindu

This is a film made with love, bolstered by wonderfully etched vignettes, Ranbir Kapoor's stupendous performance and a gorgeous soundtrack by Pritam. And yet, for me, Barfi was a singularly frustrating experience there was so much to like, but the film never became more than the sum of its parts

Hindustan Times

Barfi had the potential to be great cinema, but as it stands it’s a respectable film that’s still better than a lot else you’re likely to see

Much too crafted and self-consciously gorgeous; feels eminently facile and plastic—tries way too hard to please.

In a world inhabited by greed and pragmatism, Basu celebrates warmth, wonderment, being silly and even limitations with such obvious honesty, fondness and classic references you feel grateful not sorry for its endearing protagonists

It’s good in many ways; what stops it from being a great film is a degree of fuzziness, and an insistence on prettiness

Indian Express

Barfi! is a pleasantly different film, only it isn't an extraordinary one. That's because despite the brilliant characters and setting, the film doesn't have an extraordinary story to tell

Barfi cannot be missed. It demands patience, but the payoff is incredible

The simplicity and sweetness of this Barfi will often leave a lump in your throat

Times of India

A well-crafted script with an intriguing back-and-forth narrative - set in the present day, 1978 and 1972 - Barfi! intrigues, right to the point somewhere down the middle, when it becomes more than apparent exactly what the film's story is, after which all goes south

Rediff

A visually enticing love story, with inventive performances. Be prepared for the strong sweet aftertaste

A sweet emotional film riding on stellar performances

Filmfare

Despite all its avowed lightness of touch, personified in the adroitly Chaplinesque turn put in by its impressive leading man, this is a deeply manipulative film

Firstpost

Barfi is more than ably handled by Anurag Basu. He remarkably immerses you in his world of sounds and verbose silences, recreating Chaplin's antics, stripping two superstars down to basics and sensitively spinning a magical world of unconditional love

Times of India

The storytelling leaves you positive, rekindling a lost belief in old-style, unconditional loving. Barfi! is a visual and emotional cycle ride, meant to be enjoyed at leisure with loved ones

Barfi is an emotionally stirring yet joyous ride that will make you fall in love with love and life

nowrunning

Barfi is akin to a whiff of fresh air. Its foremost triumph is that it leaves you with a powerful emotion: Happiness!

BollywoodHungama

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