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  • Summary: A father trying hard to ‘fit into his gamer sons world creates an ace game that captures his sons interests. But all hell breaks loose when the game that is meant to be played starts playing them. (Red Chillies Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Oct 29, 2011
    100
    Anubhav Sinha's exhilarating fantasy Ra.One is Bollywood at its best. It has energy, spectacle and humor, song and dance, but razzle-dazzle special effects and action stunts never overwhelm its story of enduring love that unfolds amid an intricate and inspired sci-fi odyssey.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 28, 2011
    80
    This wildly entertaining Bollywood action-comedy, with Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan in two roles, pays homage to such '90s flicks as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "The Matrix," adding whimsy and loads of heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 28, 2011
    80
    If you're bored by the action scenes or the love story or the dopey domestic comedy, just wait three minutes for something else to come along - and whoever you are, you won't be bored by the musical numbers!
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Oct 26, 2011
    60
    If the storytelling disappoints (shocking!), the film mostly doesn't. It relies on action and effects and Bollywood's trump card, star power, to carry the day. This is Mr. Khan's movie, and once he sheds Shekhar's droopy locks, he shines as the deadpan, action-hero robot with digital snot and smooth moves on the dance floor.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 28, 2011
    50
    Much of the film is marked by a sense of dead air, owing to the fact that there's not a lot of story, but nevertheless, per Bollywood conventions, a lot of time to fill.
  6. Reviewed by: Tamara Baluja
    Oct 28, 2011
    25
    And yes, the super effects are fantastic. But overall, Ra.One fails to impress.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Oct 29, 2011
    25
    But all the charm in the world wouldn't make Ra.One's sanctimoniousness seem any more genuine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Oct 30, 2011
    10
    RA.One is a superb first step that helps in globalizing Indian Cinema. Though the story could have been more thrilling and concrete but ShahRA.One is a superb first step that helps in globalizing Indian Cinema. Though the story could have been more thrilling and concrete but Shah Rukh Khan has shown the world his potential in marketing and integrating cinema with other businesses. They have used world-class VFX tech to make the special effects look mind-blowing which itself is a first in Indian Cinema. The film's music and soundtrack is great too, composed by Vishal-Shekhar duo.
    GO WATCH IT IN 3D!!!
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  2. Oct 30, 2011
    10
    RA.One is a superb first step that helps in globalizing Indian Cinema. Though the story could have been more thrilling and concrete but ShahRA.One is a superb first step that helps in globalizing Indian Cinema. Though the story could have been more thrilling and concrete but Shah Rukh Khan has shown the world his potential in marketing and integrating cinema with other businesses. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2011
    10
    This movie truly pushes the boundary for Indian cinema. Though the plot might be a bit weak than my liking it has to be noted that India doesThis movie truly pushes the boundary for Indian cinema. Though the plot might be a bit weak than my liking it has to be noted that India does not have a culture of Superhero comics like the ones from Marvel and DC. This puts RA.one at an immense disadvantage with respect to already being a popular character among the masses. So in this one movie they not only have to tell a story of a superhero but they have to first bring him to life from scratch. That is one humongous job in itself. Had the character been taken from a well established literature it would have given more freedom to the creative team to tell an awesome story. But it is not the case since I have already pointed out that India does not have a culture of modern superheroes who are already have a huge fan following(there are a few mythological). So this film is carried solely on the shoulders of a superhero in flesh and bones namely Mr. Shahrukh Khan. And after seeing this movie and a few of his others I can surely comprehend why he is the biggest Superstar in the other side of the Atlantic (if not arguably of the entire world). And has he mesmerised.....you bet. His screen presence and charisma is mind blowing. His acting in both the roles shows his versatility. Although I am also an admirer of another khan from bollywood....that is Mr. Amir Khan for his very intelligent work, I must say that it Mr. Shahrukh Khan who has something extra that makes him stand out and above in popularity and fan-love than the rest. Even my friends who are not Indians finds him irresistibly sexy after I have introduced them to Bollywood.
    Then comes the visuals and sfx....... this is what makes this movie stand apart. Though it is not something that is unprecedented (like Matrix was when it came out), the sfx is upto the international standards. And the production value is great and it is quite apparent on the screen. Look out Hollywood you are not the only one out there who can produce such dazzling visuals. Another good point of this movie is it's entertainment value. Surely for a few things you have to leave your intelligence behind, but then when has a superhero flick ever demanded for that ( and I am talking about the pre-Nolan era of Dark knight) ? But what it gets right is that it never takes itself too seriously and presents the audience with an outright entertainer. Don't feel ashamed of showing the guilty grin after it is over. This can be a very good escape from the subtleties of day to day life into a world where action comedy drama sci-fi and musical numbers (oh are they catchy...) are all mixed into one package. The surprising thing is how it blends all together seamlessly (something even Hollywood can't do, I can bet). Where in many bollywood movies previously this everything and the kitchen sink approach has been a weakness, here due to a fast paced story telling it becomes a strength. So all in all not nitpicking on the flaws that are few and far between I give this movie a 10/10 because it served me with an escape from from an already overly "REAL and COMPLEX" world and brought a grin to my face after a weeks worth of hard work. Mission Accomplished for any medium of entertainment.
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  4. Aug 14, 2012
    2
    Ra. One is one of Bollywood's worst movies, nothing about it works. It is unoriginal, absurd, and just plain stupid. The special effects areRa. One is one of Bollywood's worst movies, nothing about it works. It is unoriginal, absurd, and just plain stupid. The special effects are crap and the plot is horrendous too. Nothing about this movie works, it is unbearable as you probably can't sit through about an hour max. Bottom line: Don't watch this pitiful mess of a movie, bollywood has better flicks to offer than this garbage. Score: 2.0 out of 10 "Painful". Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    1
    This film shamelessly copies T2, The Matrix and many other western scifi/action movies but does everything much, MUCH worse. It's difficult toThis film shamelessly copies T2, The Matrix and many other western scifi/action movies but does everything much, MUCH worse. It's difficult to describe how ridiculous it is: compared to this film Steven Segal's movies look like works of profound existentialism. The acting is terrible, the story sucks, the music makes your ears bleed and there are several 'musical/dance' scenes that only serve to make this piece of crap 156 mins long. There was a joke in India that admittance to this film was free but that you had to pay to leave the screening early and that the film made it's money that way. With films like this don't make much chance to get a western audience either. Watch at your own risk! Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2011
    0
    This film embodies an eclectic array of qualities: the plot, exposition and characters seem to come from Micheal Bay, M Night. Shyamalan andThis film embodies an eclectic array of qualities: the plot, exposition and characters seem to come from Micheal Bay, M Night. Shyamalan and James Wong who gave us Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, The Last Airbender and Dragonball Evolution respectively.

    This is not the worst film to come out of Bollywood, but for a 30 million dollar project - it might as well have been.
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  7. Jan 22, 2012
    0
    This is the worst film of Shah rukh khan which is a big zero. This movie is waist of time. Don't think of watching it. From a big zero. BetterThis is the worst film of Shah rukh khan which is a big zero. This movie is waist of time. Don't think of watching it. From a big zero. Better luck next time king khan. Expand

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