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Highway  Rating: 2.62/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

Blame it on the undercooked script, or the fact that Ali stretches the film’s overarching theme so thin that it’s reduced to an empty cliché. The film – a brave experiment on Ali’s part, who uses long stretches of silence, improv dialogues, and characters over plot to drive the narrative – doesn’t necessarily work. It’s meandering and indulgent in many parts, tiring you out well before it’s over. I’m going with two out of five for Highway. A beautiful mess, but a mess nonetheless.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

On the whole, HIGHWAY is a triumph for Alia Bhatt, who delivers a marvelous performance. Also, what you carry home, besides Alia’s winning performance, are the stunning visuals, especially towards the second hour. But the treatment of the written material restricts its appeal largely. The connoisseurs of cinema and a tiny segment of the movie-going audience may go ga-ga over the film, but there’s precious little for the large base of mass audience that’s looking at the entertainment quotient from the maker of hugely admired entertainers like JAB WE MET and LOVE AAJ KAL.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

Highway is a problematic film. Elements in it have great beauty – starting with Anil Mehta’s cinematography. And yet, I left the theater, deeply dissatisfied. The film posits kidnapping as therapy. It tells us: So what if you’ve been abducted, heal yourself as you travel the undiscovered countryside. Given the horror inherent in the situation, this just feels false and fundamentally, wrong. I’m going with two and a half stars.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

If one were to speak about the pre- and post-interval portions, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the pre-interval part is lighter and more entertaining. The second half seems stretched, besides being a bit heavy and unrealistic. On the whole, Highway is entertaining but only upto a point and only for the youth in the big cities. Its weak second half and the class-appealing nature of the drama will tell on its performance in the smaller centres and in single-screen cinemas. Overall, its run at the cinemas will not be upto the mark.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times of India (TOI)

Highway is not a sunny, funny road-trip. It is Imtiaz Ali’s starkest, darkest work yet.But what stamps this film indelibly is its sheer boldness. At times, Highway feels like an unending Bharat darshan, a long look at suffering souls through several deserts and eucalyptus trees. But some meandering is its only flaw. Watch it for its cathartic creativity.Highway is not an easy ride. But it offers fresh breezes and new sights.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Highway isn’t merely concerned with cataloguing the virginal, versatile landscapes of Northern India. Often it’s the only ray of cheer to offset the grimness concealed within two wounded souls. Highway, he uses travel like artistry, a narrative form to unfold the adventures of its two leading protagonists learning (and unlearning) a few precious lessons about the capricious course life follows when tackled head-on.

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

It has many a moment that is endearing and exquisitely etched, but the film is not always engaging enough to be able to offset the occasional inertia that stems from its lack of physical action. But doubtless, Highway is a must watch as much for what it is as for what it isn’t. It is not a typical romantic drama, nor an average love story. It is a road movie with a difference. Highway dishes out a trip that is definitely worth the price of the ticket.

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

A couple of damaged strangers seeking redemption via a road journey is the premise of Imtiaz Ali’s latest ‘Highway’. The director’s attempt to move away from his trademark candyfloss-ness has mixed results: this is perhaps the most picturesque road movie I have seen coming out of Bollywood, but the story struggles with its twin threads and uneven tone. ‘Highway’ is a patchy ride, with the occasional high spot.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:  Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

It is a film about nature and travel; about a meandering journey without a definite destination. Highway makes for the kind of cinema we need, perhaps not something we entirely deserve. Even if you aren’t moved by its unhurried simplicity, or do not agree with this review, I challenge you to resist an overwhelming urge to rush out after dark hoping to get kidnapped (or simpler, just take off) to the foothills of the Himalayas. In that itself, is the battle won by a film that strives for little more.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Aseem Chhabra Site:Rediff

It is rare that a Hindi language film delivers so much promise in the first half.’ ‘And so it is extremely disappointing when the director and his script lead us on a journey that eventually fizzles out, collapses and dies in front of our eyes. This is the first time in recent years that a Bollywood film has paid so much attention to scenic beauty. Highway is a beautiful looking film and the cinematography helps sustain our interest, even as the narrative forgets where it is heading.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:FirstPost

A scary prospect is that Highway might not make money at the box office. Some will no doubt criticize the film’s silences, long takes and lack of naach gaana. That’ll be a shame because it’s not often that a successful commercial filmmaker has the courage to take a sharp left from the blockbuster formulae and make something that’s different. There is so much to appreciate in Highway and if it can goad other commercial filmmakers to take notice and also dare to try something new, we’ll all be richer for it.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

With Highway, Imtiaz takes the road less travelled and tries something very different from not just his usual style of films but goes ahead to challenge something that we have not seen in Bollywood movies. Although the problem that emerges is that he is not able to hold it together. Forget the reliability factor, the film is way too slow to offer any entertainment.Avoid this Highway, it will lead you nowhere!

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Ratings:– Review By: Senha may Francis Site:Emirates 24 By 7

Unfortunately, he’s unable to pace the travels adequately, sinking and soaring at random through the two-hour-and-10-minute screen time, leaving us distracted often. Barring a sluggish narrative and a few continuity slip-ups, Imitiaz’s movie promises remarkable performances. ‘Highway’ is a road less travelled, and one that we think you must embark on. It’s a bumpy ride, no doubt, but one that’s set in the right direction.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

I feel cheated by Imtiaz Ali because Highway isn’t anything even remotely close to what we usually expect from the filmmaker after terrific works like Jab We Met and Rockstar. With Highway he undeniably slips. It is a frustrating film that will leave you angry. Imtiaz clearly wasted his caliber over leisurely making a movie that is strictly respectable for its lack of connection and conviction.

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  1. What is WRONG with the critics ??? The Director has brought good cinema which Indian Industry has been long starving for and they show off their so called intellect ?! Sadly this is one such exception that the critics have got this TOTALLY wrong. This is a standout film and must get its due appreciation.

  2. classy movie….. different cinema….. never tag a director to direct same kinda movies… definitely the movie will have two DISJOINT sets f audience… one will goin to lv d movie…and rest wd hate…. m in the frst set…… really hats off to imtiyaz to hv courage to make a such a wonderful movie in todays commercial scenario……really he is one of the best director of Indian cinema… even aalia bhatt wd nt have thought that she can pr4m a miraculous act..full credit to imtiyaz for cast selection…………..

  3. An absolutely fabulous movie. I will rate it as 5/5. With reputed reviewers giving this a thumbs down, they're certifying their need for psychiatric help. Might be on basic comprehension skills. Or might be what else, they weren't in Imtiaz's 'promotion' plans. They sure might feel very constipated that no moolah's rolled their way. There's too much to appreciate, to write a detailed review. The movie is filled with nuances. And when you're one of those who have known what the protagonists are bringing to life the impact is undeniably MASSIVE. I seriously wonder how a young boy like Imtiaz, knows and understands so much. And then also i keep wondering, that in a world that's this aware, why don't they apply their wisdom? Especially those who are wise enough themselves to make such a masterpiece?

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