Chennai Express attempts to marry the puppy-dog sentimentality of a typical Shah Rukh Khan romance with the broad humor and the crash-bang-boom thrills of a Rohit Shetty action comedy. But the film does little justice to either genre. A big reason for that is the lethargic pacing. Shetty has pulled off cornier stories in the past, delivering gags and stunts at breakneck speed. This film, however, is a tough slog because the jokes aren’t funny, and the set pieces entirely rehashed. In place of a real performance, Shan Rukh resorts to the sort of facial gymnastics that could shame an Olympian. To endure this indulgence, you have to be a die-hard fan. 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.
Ratings:-- Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:Firstpost
Fillim ke sab shortcomings mai ignore karti agar comedy funny hoti. Ye film comedy lagti jaise lingam gonorrhea comedy lagti. Shah Rukh ek scene me “nature’s call” bolke sussu finger dikhaati, fir nature ko phone se call karne ki acting karti. Mai facepalm karti. Shah Rukh Rajini aur Balaiyya jaise comedy stunts try karti, lekin execution me embarrassing belly flop karti.
On top of that, Sharukh laugh mining ke liye cringe inducing overacting aur ham karti. Itna ham hoti, mai Shah Rukh ko Babe the pig bulati. Ek scene mey Shah Rukh uska chewing gum gunda ke face se bounce karke chew karti, phir tongue bahar nikalti. Mera lunch pet se bahar nikalti. Poora jokes fillim me funny facial expressions and gimmicky noises se juxtapose hoti. Shah Rukh real life mey bahoot smart, witty and funny hoti. Sharukh ko ye sab bokwas backround noise aur facial exaggeration zaroorat nahi lagti. Fillim se mera ek hi takeaway hui. Hero-heroine against 80s’ style small town don Himmatwala me bokwas hui, Chennai Express me bhi bokwas hui. Ada chi.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Site:The Front Row (Hindustan Times )
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.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
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.
Still, this is a pair trying to have some fun, and coming up with some genuinely funny moments. Padukone looks lovely and sticks to a spunky over –the- topness, and doesn't waver, till she's made to go all emotional. That's when her graph dips. That's when Shah Rukh's raffish charm slips. And that is also when `Chennai Express' derails. And wannakum becomes wannago.
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.
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!
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: 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.
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.
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!
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.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha Site:IANS
So it’s finally here. The good news is that Chennai Express is a pleasant and likable film in parts. The bad news is, it does nothing for Shah Rukh Khan’s indomitable star power except to tell us he can still play a 40-year Rahul without faltering. That, we already know.
Ratings: 2.5/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Does Chennai Express break away from it? Not always. But even with his overstating approach, it's decidedly more zany compared to all the Golmaal sequels and ilk he's doled out in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.