“Is Salman the worst thing about Tubelight?”

…and we didn’t say it. Salman Khan’s latest flick, Tubelight has created quite a buzz in B-Town. We are sure you guys have got your weekend plans sorted. But before you book your tickets, take a look at the top five critics’ reviews.

Taran Adarsh: #OneWordReview… #Tubelight: Disappointing. Solid star power [Salman Khan]. Stunning visuals. But #Tubelight is body beautiful, minus soul. Tubelight rests on a thin plot… Screenplay lacks the power to enthral and mesmerise… Emotions plenty, but few moments stand out…Tubelight will have an awesome weekend + extended weekend [Eid festivities]… Will it touch ₹ 300 cr, ₹ 400 cr, ₹ 500 cr? I doubt! (sic)

Rajeev Masand: A film like Tubelight which espouses the power of faith and belief through the uncorrupted eyes of a man-child needed a lightness of touch that is conspicuous by its absence here. Tubelight is well intentioned but overtly manipulative and doesn’t so much tug at your heartstrings as it punches you in the face demanding that you care. It’s also over-long at nearly 2 hours and 30 minutes, and excruciatingly slow and boring in parts. It’s a crushing disappointment on all counts. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five.

Komal Nahta: On the whole, Tubelight is a very disappointing fare and lacks entertainment value. Considering the star-cast, the technical team and the canvas, it is a letdown and a poor show. Although the producers have made a humongous profit by selling its India theatrical, Overseas, satellite, digital and music rights, its distributors will incur heavy losses. Of course, the release in the Eid week will help the film but the negative word of mouth will ultimately tell on its business.

Anupama Chopra: Basically, Tubelight is cinema as a sermon. Which makes the film flat and emotionally unconvincing. The good intentions and lectures on yakeen don’t translate into a gripping narrative. However, I did enjoy seeing the late Om Puri on screen again. Pritam’s Radio Song is still playing in my head. And the scenery made me want to immediately escape to the hills. But this could have been so much more.

KRKTube: Evergreen copy by Kabir Khan of “Little Boy” film, even minor scenes were copied with some fringe modifications. 52-year-old Salman Khan is doing the role of an idiot. Kabir failed to have even a single emotional scene in the film. In one scene Sohail got beard as Salman falls from the cycle which is the symbol of unbelievable direction.

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