Cocktail Hindi Movie Review (Saif)

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Cocktail Rating: 2.8/5

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
Alas, Cocktail, directed by Homi Adajania, is no saucy menage a trois, although it does involve three friends living together in London, a little too close for comfort. No, Cocktail falls firmly in the rom-com space. But even as the tone shifts uncomfortably from breezy, light-hearted fun, to heavy drama in the second half, you’re never in danger of actually caring for the cardboard characters in this empty souffle of a film. I’m going with two out of five for director Homi Adajania’s Cocktail. With the right ingredients in the right proportions, this might have made for a smooth concoction. But Cocktail is a mostly flat romance; one that could’ve done with more heart.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh  Site:Bollywood Hungama
COCKTAIL is a complex film, which reflects the complexity and intricacies of human relationships. The highpoint of the film is the three sharply defined characters, besides, of course, the styling and visuals. But this slice-of-life film skids in the post-interval portions. In fact, if the first hour is absorbing, fascinating and pleasurable, hitting the right notes when required, the second hour is half as exciting as the first. What ails the film? Well, too many songs, an over-stretched story, the inconsistent screenplay, the beaten to death finale and the lethargic pacing. On the whole, COCKTAIL has a fascinating first half, charismatic performances, harmonious music and the trendy look and styling as its aces, but the second half is not as tempting or intoxicating as the first hour. It pales when compared to the attention-grabbing first hour.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen  Site:Rediff
All three genuinely do look like they're having a good time, this camaraderie making for a reasonably enjoyable first half -- with an upbeat, vibe.Actually, the second half of Cocktail borrows from every conceivable romantic cliche, featuring much boohooing and accidents and well-meaning lies and insidious manipulation. It's as if Imtiaz and Sajid Ali -- the film's screenwriters, the men who must squarely be blamed for this tiresome misadventure -- couldn't decide which stock-ending to go for, and so decided to throw in a bunch. It's a pity, and not just because this could have been the great unconventional cinematic threesome we so desperately need. Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it's hard to focus on the positives. We must thank it, thus, for Diana Penty.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Meena Iyer  Site:Times Of India
The script in the pre-interval phase breezes through with some light-hearted camaraderie between the three lead actor. However there's also a downside. For example, the music provides an adrenaline rush and the comic scenes make you smile; but there's a drastic drop in the tempo during some of the talkie portions, where the gaps in the conversation make you restless.The film takes a more serious turn in the second half when friendship makes way for love. Yes, Cupid strikes at the intermission point; and the film follows the oft-seen path of a typical triangular drama that has been a Bollywood staple through the last two decades.Cocktail does have some terrific highs.However what Cocktail should be truly applauded for is its permissiveness. As a film it breaks shackles and ushers in a new free spirit that Gen-Now will relate to.Go see Cocktail with your closest friends. It will definitely strengthen the bond.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee  Site:NDTV
For the most part, Cocktail, directed by Homi Adajania and scripted by Imtiaz Ali (a sort of high priest of the genre), steers clear of the pitfalls and delivers an eminently watchable love story that breaks the mould. Cocktail has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface. It is definitely worth a visit to the multiplex.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Kunal Guha  Site:Yahoo

It’s a hollow approach to relationships that leaves you with an empty feeling of nothingness. Here’s a cocktail mixed with laughs, dances, songs, tears, stunning beaches but the cumulative effect of this mix: permanent sobriety.One of the chief reasons why this cocktail fails to hit your sweet spot is because you don’t empathize with any of the characters. There could be many reasons for this but to point one: none of them seem worthy of your attention and concern. Still keen to figure out who Saif ends up with? Why don’t you deduce it yourself like any mature adult would? I would recommend the scientific method used to pick item girls in films lately: Eenie Meenie…
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra  Site:Hindustan Times
He reins in the melodrama, until the last half hour when emotions go ballistic and the plot gets needlessly convoluted, and the actors — Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty — bite into their roles. Cocktail is a fun, romantic romp.To discover this, you must get past the somewhat flat first twenty minutes, which feel like a rerun of all the shiny rom-coms of the past fifteen years. This cocktail is full of fizz.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Omar Qureshi  Site:Zoom Review Show
Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Trisha Gupta  Site:First Post
 In a style that feels recognizably similar to Love Aaj Kal, Imtiaz Ali’s superbly crafted screenplay leavens almost every emotional interaction with an understated, half-ironic sense of humour. But perhaps Cocktail’s crowning achievement is that it also frequently manages the opposite: shoehorning us into a space where all the cues point to laughter, and then interrupting with a moment of quiet that stays in your mind long after the giggles are gone.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed  Site:Deccan Chronicle
That’s Homi Adajania’s Cocktail, a hip, happening, happy date flick which right till the intermission point has you going hurray hic hic. The second-half suffers from a major hangover though, diluting the impact of the most refreshing entertainer in years. Despite dragging dramaturgy of the concluding reels, you do come away with sufficient value for you ticket money. Kinda bliss.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta  Site:Indian Express
‘Cocktail’.Which is just another name to call a one guy-two girls shtick, which is, as you and I know, one of the oldest in the book. ‘Cocktail’ starts off headily enough, and bubbles along till half time; post that, the sips get diluted, and the swallows take much longer.to be any good, a rom com needs heart-ache and tears, but needs to be careful of sogginess. 'Cocktail' sparkles when the fun and games are on (even though it has some scenes which have been bunged in just for laughs), and gives us a couple of splendid moments when there is silence.But it can’t handle the being emo half as deftly.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Roshni Devi  Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: The screenplay and dialogues; the songs; the performances.What’s Bad: The same ol’ story; the stretched second half.Loo Break: A couple in the second half. Verdict: Cocktail is a fun movie but gets a bit marred by the dreary second half. Watch or Not? Watch it for the enjoyable and funny first half.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Blessy Chettiar  Site:DNA
The pattern in films written by Imtiaz Ali is clear. Appealing locations, ill-fated love stories, characters with distinct traits and music you can take home.Cocktail is no different. From hip cinematography to very believable performances and peppy music, Cocktail has it all.You can’t hate a film like Cocktail nor can you love it in totality. If you’ve liked Ali’s storytelling before, there’s no harm in catching it at least once. Cheers!: One Time Watch
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