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David Rating: 2.9/5

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Ratings:2.5/5  David Review By: Rajeev Masand  Site: CNN IBN  (IBNLive)

David makes a subtle but well-taken point about the growing communal and religious tension of its times, and leaves you pondering your stand on morality and redemption. And yet, the film is never consistently engaging because of its formidable length and script holes. Oozing style and technical finesse reminiscent of his earlier film Shaitan, Nambiar’s latest has some genuinely tense moments, but suffers gravely on account of flabby writing. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Bejoy Nambiar’s David. There’s much to appreciate here, but you can’t help feeling it could have been so much more.

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Ratings:2/5  David Review By: Taran Adarsh  Site: BollywoodHungama

DAVID, Bejoy’s second outing, he introduces us to three Davids. Dwelling in three different places. In three different eras. But the characters aren’t linked to each other, though these characters do connect towards the film’s resolution. Given the genre of the film, one would expect DAVID to hurl a lot of shockers at you. Sadly, it doesn’t. Sure, the tone of the sequences alters constantly, from passion to angst to apprehension to conflict to retribution to vindication, but the film fails to involve you completely. What comes across on screen is inconsistent. On the whole, DAVID is more style, less substance. A few moments do stand out, but they are few and far between. Coming from the director of SHAITAN, this one’s a mega disappointment!

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Ratings:2/5  David Review By: Anupama Chopra  Site: Star World ( Hindustan Times)

Bejoy Nambiar’s David is a thing of beauty but sadly, not much else. The film tells the story of three Davids who are divided by decades and geographical distance but connected, rather unconvincingly I think, by destiny. Each is consumed by an unfulfilled longing and eventually each attains a sort of tragic nobility. But all the aesthetics and atmospherics are invested in a staggeringly inept screenplay.I’m going with two stars.

Ratings:3/5  Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site: Times of India (TOI)

The film swiftly transitions between eras, dramatically changing in colour, content, emotion and drama. It suffers at story-level – the first half builds intrigue and enthusiasm, but turns blase soon after. The plot with David1 grips, David2 goes so deep to find purpose it loses us, and David3, even with interesting mix of characters leaves us in stupor. Yes, the Devil’s in the detail. But maybe David needed more ‘D’ of ‘Depth’ in the story to make this more ‘Delightful’.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By: Sukanya Verma Site: Rediff

Bejoy Nambiar’s gorgeously packaged, well-acted but underwhelming David is like a split personality, racing on three different tracks exhibiting the skills and shortcomings of both these fellas. On one hand, it is incredibly grand in its ideas and challenges the traditional structure of storytelling. On the other its uneven, often dragging pace and frantically shifting moods, unable to hold fort. In terms of filmmaking, David is an uncompromised experiment and steers clear of comfort zones crediting its viewers’ capability to join dots without excessive spoon-feeding, a practice that eludes mainstream Hindi cinema.

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Ratings:3/5  Review By: Saibal Chatterjee Site: NDTV

It is apparent from the outset that the unusual narrative triptych that constitutes David has inherent potential. It is another matter that it is, at best, only partially realized. Yet, in the end, writer-director Bejoy Nambiar delivers a film that he can be proud of, even more so than of Shaitaan  Soaring, stylized, scruffy, scrappy and sharp by turns, David is never low on energy. It plays around with a wide range of emotions, from the extremely intense to the oddly comical, from the flightily romantic to the strictly familial. David has enough sinew to offset its share of flaws. Strongly recommended.

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Ratings:2/5  Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express

‘David’ speaks of a new kind of Bollywood which doesn’t want to be slavish to stars or formulae. But it also speaks of a filmmaking which isn’t quite as accomplished as it would like to be, or should be. It points to the presence of craft, sure, but craft which should be paying much more attention to the crucial elements of centrality and coherence. ‘David’ coasts on a few startlingly sharp scenes and zippy musical interludes, but doesn’t add up to the sum of its zanier parts.

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Ratings:4.5/5  Review By: Subhash K Jha Site: DNA

David is a world shot in a deep-focus darkness lit up at the edges by a sense of joie de vivre that the characters preserve even when their soul is under siege. Nambiar bleeds brilliancy into the film. This is a rugged pulsating parable of passion and redemption shot in three time zones unified by the theme of love’s loss and the soul redeemed. David is many things at the same time. Finally though, it is a magnificent morality tale that tells us it is trendy to be bad, but being good is timeless.

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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By: Roshni Devi Site: Koimoi

What’s Good: The direction; the stories; Vikram’s excellent acting; the screenplay; the stunningly apt music. What’s Bad: The climax of Neil’s story; Vinay’s story takes time to gather steam; the stories can get a tad confusing. Loo break: Not in this movie. Watch or Not?: Definitely. Don’t miss this funny, suave and entertaining film.

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Ratings:4/5  Review By: Gayatri Shankar Site: Zee News

Bejoy Nambiar, who made his inroads to Hindi cinema with ‘Shaitaan’, which garnered rave reviews, has now come up with a visually thrilling piece of art- ‘David’.The film successfully keeps you wondering about what will unfold next, for A Sreekar Prasad, the man with those sharp magical scissors has done a commendable job. The film looks neat, crisp and intriguing. And the climax holds a surprise. Nambair, is perhaps one of those young filmmakers in the country, who believes in delivering something hatke. And with his second Hindi movie ‘David’, the talented filmmaker only promises to bring forth more such creative works on celluloid. Don’t give this film a miss. So do grab your ticket at the earliest and treat yourself with something that’s never seen before.

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Ratings:–  Review By: Nicolas Rapold Site: New York Times (NYTimes)

“David,” a Hindi film directed by Bejoy Nambiar, asks a simple question: Why make a single movie when you can pack three into one? Behold the complicated, entertainingly erratic result: separate story lines set in 1975, 1999 and 2010 that encompass gangster daddy issues, religious extremism and the coveting of a best friend’s fiancée. The Goan segment yields an ending so insistently nutty as to achieve a certain poetic truth, but the concluding hash of montage shows that there’s no safe way out of this movie.

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