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  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 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 andRA.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 Shah Rukh Khan has shown the world his potential in marketing and integrating cinema with other businesses.
  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 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 aThis 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. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    RA.ONE is a perfect vehicle that does justice to the talent of Shah Rukh Khan. He seems to have found a story and character that work in perfect sync and tandem with manic energy. SRK steers this physically challenging lead role with high-spirited self-belief. He's endearing as the father and magnificent as the superhero with a heart. Kareena Kapoor is a delight to watch. She effortlesslyRA.ONE is a perfect vehicle that does justice to the talent of Shah Rukh Khan. He seems to have found a story and character that work in perfect sync and tandem with manic energy. SRK steers this physically challenging lead role with high-spirited self-belief. He's endearing as the father and magnificent as the superhero with a heart. Kareena Kapoor is a delight to watch. She effortlessly glides into the character. Besides, she looks ethereal in the 'Chammak Chhallo' song and her wit is infectious. Arjun Rampal pulls his act with effortlessness and style. Also, Arjun's well-designed look is admirable. I'd like to make a special mention of Armaan Verma, the kid who has a pivotal part to portray. He stands shoulder to shoulder with SRK and Kareena all through the film and delivers a super-confident performance. The film has a number of actors in key roles [Shahana Goswami, Dalip Tahil, Satish Shah, Suresh Menon, Mushtaq Shiekh and Tom Wu] and each of them fit well in their respective parts. Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra add to the glam quotient, while Rajnikanth proves yet again that he's a scene stealer. But the man who warrants the actual round of applause is director Anubhav Sinha himself. For bringing out the best of SRK, Kareena and Arjun. For the amazing screenplay. For the speedy yet smooth stream of the narrative. And for the fantastic unfolding of the written material. He merits top admiration for every act of his. On the whole, RA.ONE is a solid entertainer, no two opinions on that. It's not merely a great looking film, but also has soul, which is so essential to strike a chord with the avid moviegoer. As for the business prospects, RA.ONE is sure to shatter all previous records and set new ones, in India as well as internationally. The film will be the new yardstick for measuring success. It has Blockbuster written all over it! Expand
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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.