Ek Tha Tiger Movie Review

Ek Tha Tiger (Hindi)

Release Date:
August 15, 2012

In the dark world of intelligence and espionage, all information is guarded in the name of national security. But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files... stories that become legends.

This is one such story. A story that shook the very foundation of this dark world. In a government neighbourhood in New Delhi, there lived a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing. That was because he was India's top spy, an officer with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India`s external intelligence agency. This man was known even in official corridors as TIGER (SalmanKhan).

Tiger is sent on a relatively easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin who is suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defence establishment. Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist`s part time home caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif). As Tiger begins to get closer to Zoya, he begins to discover his human side. For the first time in his life, Tiger falls in love.

What follows is a tumultuous journey that Tiger and Zoya embark upon, battling the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from falling in love.

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The film seems to be made for the young-at-heart – there’s no heat in the romance, no sex, and there’s no bloodlust in the action. It’s cartoon love, cartoon violence. It’s safe

The Hindu

In places, Ek Tha Tiger becomes downright silly. So the modus operandi might be to think of it as a fairy tale with spies and guns. And enjoy the ride

Hindustan Times

At best, it's a satisfying watch. Just don't go in with high expectations

Ek Tha Tiger has a lot going for it with its two certified stars no one will contract an eyesore looking at and a supporting cast that never lets you down along with plush production values typical to a Yash Raj product

One confused film, but With Salman about, nothing seems to matter. So the Bhai tornado rolleth on

Salman is much more in packaged-by-Yashraj-Bond mode, bashing 'em up, and lovin' her for ever, essentially Bhai doing his stuff, but restricted from being all over the place, which is not such a bad thing. I had fun while it lasted.

Indian Express

It could have been snappier, and the girl could have been much better, but the film should be applauded for giving us a non-sleepwalking Salman, and enough genuine bang for our buck


Ek Tha Tiger, by far, is Salman Khan's most entertaining and accomplished works in recent times

Times of India

An extremely sluggish half-baked plot with loose ends and unexplained coincidences

Mumbai Mirror

Ek Tha Tiger, at the end of the day, is an out-and-out Salman Khan film. But it's the rare well-made one. It's escapist, but it has style

The new Salman Khan film has some good action sequences, but that’s not enough to redeem this dumb spy story turned into a boring romance

Ek Tha Tiger though not Kabir Khan's or Salman Khan’s best, is still good enough to be called blockbuster material


There’s everything and more in Ek Tha Tiger that you’d want to see in a film


If Ek Tha Tiger is meant to be a spy thriller, it’s a disappointingly soft-boiled one. There is precisely one twist after which the film becomes an increasingly soppy, ever more unbelievable romantic saga, occasionally punctuated by fights in foreign locales


Ek Tha Tiger despite its predictability and flaws is a decently made film


Director Kabir Khan ensures he exploits Salman’s screen presence, while also adding substance to all that jazz around. The twists in the tale are enough to keep you from snoozing due to an overdose of action

Ek Tha Tiger has enough zing, visual and otherwise, to keep you in your seats for its runtime of a little over two hours

A high-octane thriller that works big time. This one has style and substance, both, besides dazzling action, stunning international locales and stylish execution