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Chennai Express  Rating: 2.67/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict (CNN IBN- IBNLive)

Some films are hard to make sense of. Others are just nonsense. Chennai Express, directed by Rohit Shetty, ticks both boxes. More than a quarter of the film is in Tamil, and hence incomprehensible if you’re unfamiliar with the language. The rest is a stew of puerile humor, lazy stereotypes, and way-over-the-top acting from a star who appears to be trying too hard. What you get are insipid songs, a long sermon on women empowerment, more cars being flipped like pancakes and so many references to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that you wish you were sitting in Maratha Mandir watching that film instead. I’m going with a generous two out of five for Chennai Express. How to put this politely? It’s a big, fat bore. A bloated vanity project for an actor capable of so much more.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

On the whole, CHENNAI EXPRESS has the trademark Rohit Shetty stamp all over. You seek entertainment, entertainment and entertainment in a film like CHENNAI EXPRESS and the movie lives up to the hype and hoopla surrounding it. The tremendous craze surrounding the film, the Rohit Shetty – SRK – Deepika combo, the Eid release, besides the extensive release strategy by UTV, should ensure a record-breaking start for this biggie. Right from the paid previews to the opening weekend to Week 1, CHENNAI EXPRESS should be on a glorious march in days to come, setting new records in India and also in the international markets. All you lovers of masala movies, board this Express pronto!

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:The Front Row (Hindustan Times ) 

But Chennai Express plays neither to Rohit’s strengths nor to Shah Rukh’s. It’s a strangely sloppy mishmash of cheesy humor, half-hearted romance, half-baked emotion and head-banging action. But mostly the film is a slog. Rohit’s movies have never been about plot or character or performances. His films have only one function: to entertain you by whatever means necessary. But sadly a film specifically designed not to bore does exactly that. So, despite the years of devotion and huge affection, I cannot second Shah Rukh’s command to get on the train baby. I’m going with two stars.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta Site:ETC Bollywood Business

there is just too much use of the Tamil language in the dialogues, making it irritating and boring for non-Tamil-speaking people. On the whole, Chennai Express will meet with a mixed response – it will be liked by one section of the audience but its comedy will not find favour with another section of the public. This will come in the way of a long run for the film. No doubt, its business will be good because of the release during the bountiful Eid festival but collections, especially in circuits like U.P., Bihar, Rajasthan and East Punjab, will not sustain for too long after the initial euphoria dies down.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

An individual opinion in such critic-proof films is like a smashed up secondary car in a Rohit Shetty convoy: it amuses momentarily. Deepika Padukone is perhaps the best reason to watch this movie and her absurd accent only adds to her charm. Of course it only works when the dialogue is comical. Imagine how everything derails when she talks like that in emotional scenes. As for Shah Rukh Khan, one hopes he smashes all box office records so that he may take a moment and consider doing a film along the lines of a Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Naa, Swades, or a Chak De. Films that were not about the math.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site:TimesOfIndia (TOI)

In an ode to his own cinema—read Golmaal series, Bol Bachchan, Rohit Shetty ishstyle, the director, who has grossers in Bollywood’s 100-crore club, ups the scale for his Eid offering. Chennai Express (CE) is a magnificently mounted film. Never having been strong in the story department, CE too has a guillible plot line. For what is primarily a Hindi film, there’s too much spoken Tamil. Note: You may not like the film if Bollywood potboilers leave you cold.

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

As the film progressed I realized a few things. Sometimes critics should not be separate from the audience. In fact, I think critics should sometimes watch films with the audience and they might see a whole lot different film. As a critic I can advice the audience that most of Chennai Express is loud, very mindless. But I will also say that it is harmless.I realize there is value to this brand of Bollywood and it is not going to go away. Its purpose is to entertain the audience. And that is where Chennai Express delivers.

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

It’s a somewhat long ride that occasionally teeters on the edge of tedium, but it certainly isn’t all wrong. Parts of Chennai Express, propelled by a spirit of inspired lunacy that holds the no-holds-barred action comedy in good stead, is markedly better than the sum total of the film. If only it had enough steam to sustain its momentum all the way to the very end, it would probably have been far more fun to watch.

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

Ideally, the madcap tone of Chennai Express called for an equally quirky finish. Instead, the previously mousy Shah Rukh returns to his messiah roots bringing up the 66th year of Independence, parenting, women’s rights in one breath followed by an endless session of crash, boom, bang simply to drive home his tag line for this Rahul: Never underestimate the power of a common man.Finally, did I get my ten laughs? Well, I came *this* close. By the time the count had reached seven, Chennai Express decided to shift tracks from droll comedy to dreadful drama.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

But as `Chennai Express’ began chugging along , I found myself laughing out loud in a place. Or two. The laughs came intermittently through the first half, and I was still sitting in my seat at the interval. And then it turned into the same old story : the plot, which was thinner than a self-respecting wafer to start with, just gives up and dies. Chennai Express’ can safely be called the first Tamil film in Hindi.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Sarita Tanwar Site:DNA

This is a treat for all Hindi film lovers. It has it all you’d expect from a big commercial masala film. It has all the ingredients — big star cast, drama, action, comedy, songs, the car chases and the big finish, all delivered in Rohit Shetty’s unapologetic ishtyle. This one is a crowd-pleaser. There is just too much Tamil in Chennai Express. The sole purpose of Chennai Express is to entertain. And that it does. So grab a bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Aseem Chhabra Site:Rediff

Ideally, the madcap tone of Chennai Express called for an equally quirky finish. Instead, the previously mousy Shah Rukh returns to his messiah roots bringing up the 66th year of Independence, parenting, women’s rights in one breath followed by an endless session of crash, boom, bang simply to drive home his tag line for this Rahul: Never underestimate the power of a common man.Finally, did I get my ten laughs? Well, I came *this* close. By the time the count had reached seven, Chennai Express decided to shift tracks from droll comedy to dreadful drama.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

 Watch or Not?: Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express is regurgitation of his trademark style that comprises his repertoire of work. Bountiful of silly gags, and car-smashing stunts, the film’s hilt is Shah Rukh Khan as he revisits his role of Rahul in an action avatar which he has mostly kept alien from him. Deepika Padukone’s smothering screen presence is a delight. Chennai Express is a must watch entertaining flick that will juggle between romance, humor and action and is enjoyable for its run time!

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Ratings:– Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24By7

But, logic isn’t something that we’d associate with this breed of comedies, but, despite these obvious slip-ups, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Chennai Express’ manages to chug along. Rohit plays to the gallery and lifts many iconic Bollywood situations and invests immensely in buffoonery. It’s endearing at times, but the jokes are repeated so often that they lose shine. Rohit’s carnival-like comedy coaxes some laughs, but can leave you exhausted. Make no mistake, ‘Chennai Express’ is fun, but the kind that Rohit endorses.

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