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  • Summary: Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend--the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives. It’s a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho’s romance with the spirited Pia, and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe . And then one day, suddenly, Rancho is gone. (Reliance BIG Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    70
    There's an unavoidable joie de vivre (symbolized by Rancho's meditative mantra "All is well") and a performance charm that make this one of the more naturally gregarious Bollywood imports.
  3. Reviewed by: David Chute
    70
    In writer-director Rajkumar Hirani's tuneful, enjoyable college comedy, 3 Idiots, Khan plays "Rancho," an engineering student so brilliant that he barely has to break a sweat to place first in his class.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Tsering
    60
    The film's good points, though, are marred by a slow start and a nerve-jangling soundtrack.
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  1. EggyG.
    Feb 15, 2010
    10
    Don't expect much but turns out 3 idiot is the best bollywood movie I've seen yet. The production is bollywood standard, BUT the story, characters and acting are really charming & brilliant. I just can't stop laughing and sometimes touched with this 3 hour roller coaster fiasco. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    3 Idiots is always fun for me, as a film reviewer- some movie suck, some rock and some are so sad and inspirational and funny at the same time- those are the works to sum up Vidhu Vinod's best movie yet. The movie is about 3 college friends who try to meet up again by the most smartest of their group- Rancho played brilliantly by Aamir Khan, Mahadeven and Sharman do a good job too and the movie packs emotion and laughter. It's 3 hours- a long movie with a long and great message. While cliched, still, 3 idiots manages to be one of the best bollywood movies I have ever seen. It's a rare, funny treat at the movies if you haven't seen it. Rated U/A Parental Guidence for language and emotional moments In India and Rated PG13 in us for thematic elements, language, some violence and partial nudity. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2014
    10
    I watched it yesterday and going to watch it again tomorrow with my girlfriend. I loved the movie! And i believe it leaves you with a good message.
    I had never seen a Bollywood film before this and I was surprised how good this one actually was!
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  4. bambyh.
    Feb 15, 2010
    10
    This movies strength is in the storytelling...and it was fun to watch.
  5. Oct 21, 2011
    9
    It is a long movie but I am still eager to re-watch it. The actors have brought their great sense of humor to the screen play in an almost flawless way. The mixed feeling of touching and funny are just dramatic enough. My teardrop have hit the ground for several times when it comes to those touching scenes. It may be the best comedy that I have ever watched. Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2013
    8
    Despite it being rather long, I enjoyed 3 Idiots. Prior to watching this, I had never seen a Bollywood film before and I would love to watch more. The characters are both funny and, somewhat, relate-able. I thought the story line was inch perfect and the ending was not what I expected! Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2011
    6
    Three Idiots is a nice movie, it is a great watch with family for some good story. The plot is great and depressing while the acting of all the characters is just great, Aamir Khan is a great actor that always does great acting. The humor is well crafted and the drama is carried very well in the movie. The movie has funny and depressing moments that mix to create a powerful experience. There are flaws with the movie and that is that the story is drawn out a bit to long and there is one scene where it is one misfortune and one strange luck act after another in a rather inappropriate scene for children which was most definately not required. Overall "Three Idiots" was a great film that is most definately worth watching for it blends drama and comedy into a unique movie. Breakdown for "3 Idiots": Presentation: 8.5, Plot: 8.25, Acting: 9, Script: 8.75, Lasting Appeal: 8. Verdict: 8.25 out of 10 "Great" Expand

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