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Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

However, LONDON PARIS NEW YORK is not devoid of its share of hiccups. The languid tempo in the first hour, with the narrative getting a little too verbose and talk-heavy, is a deterrent. Above and beyond, there's not much of advancement in the story after the two central characters are introduced. It's only a few minutes preceding the interlude that the wheels start undulating. What transpires in the second hour shoots the graph of the movie northwards. The exhilaration builds up magnificently, leading to an explosive culmination. In fact, the concluding moments -- I'd like to single out Ali Zafar's flare-up -- are worthy of additional brownie points. The sequence is so brilliant that it reverberates even after the movie has concluded.

70

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Preeti Arora

The director wants us to believe we change at every stage of our lives, both in terms of appearance and our wants. An interesting theme which fails to take off. A sense of boredom sets in and the film drags. The clichéd climax doesn't bring any sense of relief either.

But London Paris New York isn't a love story about the actors alone. It does manage to effectively capture the spirit of the cities where the film has been shot.  For those who recognize New York only through Karan Johar [ Images ] films see the same locations, with different lighting patterns, creating a distinctive mood.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar

Both the leads have try to carry the movie on their shoulders, however, couldn’t get the backbone of a strong storyline. Ali Zafar looks innocent, smart and convincing in his role, but overdoes at times. Aditi Rao Hydari looks gorgeous and faces camera with confidence. What disappoints at times is the actress looks too pale, while portraying the innocence.

Director Anu Menon tries to showcase a day-to-day life character, but it makes the affair extremely boring. The first half and the conversations between the lead, is like a generic capture of sequences and the director lacks in making the onlooker sympathize or empathize with the characters. No strong story, action or adequate romance takes away the chance from the director to win some brownie points for the rom-com.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | TNN

Ali Zafar is just the charming, almost cocky boy this love story needs. He is lovable, natural and subtly brings that slight cheekiness, sprinkled with boyish humour and attitude. He effortlessly adds dimensions to his character that is expected of his age and time.

In her first full-fledged lead role, Aditi Rao Hydari is immensely likeable on-screen, and confidently displays maturity in some moments. At times, her attempt to draw the right expression borders on being forceful, but the awkwardness only adds to the charm of this girl-next-door and her transition from a girlie-girl into a girl woman. The duo make an affable on-screen pair.

60

Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

Anu Menon is a filmmaker trained in London and her western sensibilities are apparent in the approach to her debut film. She has dealt with the subject with immense maturity and has come up with an award winning performance. Having said that, let me add that having no big stars will work adversely for the film. If there was a Ranbir Kapoor or Priyanka Chopra, the opening would be different. Sad, but true. Indian audience need to break from the star mould. Newer stars and directors need to be given their due, so what if they do not belong to any film families.

60

Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

Filmmaker Anu Menon, puts forth a complete mish-mash of rip-offs and clichés. The twists in the film are mostly predictable taking away the anticipation out of it completely. However, what works best in the film's favour is the editing and acting. At just a 100 minutes, LPNY is short and the pace is nicely maintained.

Another ace in this film which can also be considered the saving grace is the acting. Both Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari show the potential to carry the film on their shoulders. They are the reasons that the audience remains engaged right till the end. Ali Zafar, however, steals the show. His lazy swagger and endearing looks and great comic timing is very infectious.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Super Good Movies | Super Good Movies

Anu Menon hits bull’s eye with the debut directorial venture and the lady sure will go a long way. The background score is sees ups and downs. Ali Zafar’s music is soothing and romantic, as how it should be, just perfect. Though, at a few places the songs felt deterrent for the flow of the story but on second thoughts, what is a romantic movie without songs, on cherry on the cake, good songs. Cinematographer uses the exotic locales of London Paris and New York to his advantage.

70

Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Movietalkies

Still, there are quite a few things that work in the film's favour. Though Aditi Rao Hydari gets the raw end of the deal as Lalitha, having to mouth some silly, pretentious dialogues, Ali Zafar does manage to shine as Nikhil, who gets some great comic punches and memorable lines, especially in his climactic rant against Lalitha in New York. Zafar is a natural charmer and the talented actor melds into the role quite effortlessly. That isn't meant to sell Hydari any short though. In an ill-etched role, Aditi still manages to infuse more than a bit of effervescence from her part, and looks perfectly pretty while doing so.

60

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Aparajita Ghosh

Any good love story, no matter however fairy tale-ish has to be credulous nonetheless. It’s when you relate to the characters and the situations they are in that you feel the same pang that lovers in the thick of emotional tornado go through. On that front, London, Paris, New York falters a bit because where on earth do you bump into a girl at an airport and then get to spend an entire day with her. That said and discounted, the film could still have done better with a tighter script and better worded dialogues. Anu Menon builds up some moments beautifully, but flushes it down with dialogues that reek of puerility. The humour is strictly passable; it’s of the kind that the adolescents go Aaww! at with affected admiration, but a slightly mature viewer can’t but cringe away from.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Rajeev Masand | Rajeev Masand,

Ali Zafar and Aditi Rai Hydari infuse energy into their roles, but there are portions where their acting comes off as affected. Ali is particularly charming, especially in the comic bits, but would it really have hurt to grow a goatee for the Paris episode instead of painting one on? For her part, Aditi is lovely in almost every frame, except when she has that awful short wig perched awkwardly on her head. Her character, unfortunately, is poorly etched, and as a result Lalitha often appears whimsical and annoying. Together, however, they make sparks fly. Whether squabbling or simply being cute, the actors grab your attention in those tiny little moments that perfectly capture their delicious compatibility, making it hard to take your eyes off them.

60

Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Zeenews Bureau

The film, though, has its tepid moments. The beginning appears lacklustre, and the script languishes for a bit before breaking out of its repressive cocoon. The pace of the movie appears to stumble in places, and the hiccups in the first part are a bit deterring. The verbosity of the script at times threatens to turn the movie into a dull one, but never actually succeeds in doing so. The mesmerising performances and the dazzling backdrop emerge victorious in this tussle for supremacy, and the film is able to enthral viewers absolutely.

60

Recommended
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

But then the leads are made to fit into that over-familiar glam styling and foreign locations. In the Paris segment, Hydari struts around in mini-skirts, boots and an intriguingly bad wig. The look of course reflects her state of mind but it feels false. Hydari has a luminous presence - even as the bua in Delhi-6, she made an impact.  But here she seems to be working too hard to get the right mix of fluttering eyelashes, steeliness and vulnerability. Meanwhile Zafar relies too much on The Smolder - that smugly sexy look that the robber Flynn Rider gives Rapunzel in the Disney film Tangled.

50

Average Movie
 
 
NDTVMovies | Piyali Dasgupta

This movie gets it right in the first half. Despite the trepidation of watching yet another rom-com, grow up and accept yourself kind of movie, Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari pull it off. They look good together and the dialogues are mostly conversational. But Anu Menon fails to carry it through to the second half.

50

Average Movie
 
 
IBNLive | Rajeev Masand

Ali Zafar and Aditi Rai Hydari infuse energy into their roles, but there are portions where their acting comes off as affected. Ali is particularly charming, especially in the comic bits, but would it really have hurt to grow a goatee for the Paris episode instead of painting one on? For her part, Aditi is lovely in almost every frame, except when she has that awful short wig perched awkwardly on her head. Her character, unfortunately, is poorly etched, and as a result Lalitha often appears whimsical and annoying. Together, however, they make sparks fly. Whether squabbling or simply being cute, the actors grab your attention in those tiny little moments that perfectly capture their delicious compatibility, making it hard to take your eyes off them.

60

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Komal Nahta

Anu Menon’s story and screenplay are so class-appealing that the masses would not even be able to relate to the drama. Even among the classes, it is only a small section which would find the film interesting and there are several reasons for this. For one, almost the entire film revolves around just two characters, making it a monotonous watch. There are some aspects of the screenplay which won’t go down too well with the audience.

Anu Menon’s direction is good for a debutante but, like her script, the film has very restricted appeal.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar

Writer and director Anu Menon fleshes out her characters well, they know what they want from life, are independent and on the path to achieving their dreams. Relatable when it comes to 20-somethings. But originality of the characters cannot be vouched for. Ali Zafar’s sing-song dialogue delivery is endearing, so is his screen presence. It’s easy to fall in love with the character he plays and the same goes to Aditi Rao Hydari, who’s playing a lead role for the first time. Their chemistry is stimulating. Even though the run time is under two hours, their love story hangs by a Velcro, never rising up to the challenge to stick in permanently.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

It's only a bummer then, that they chose the regular route to end the film - long-winded, unimaginative, disappointing and thus unforgivable. When the film broke for half-time, I could hear surprised sounds from the audience, many of us didn't realize how 45-50 minutes of the film had passed by. Even post-interval there were some well-composed sequences that made me worry about how little time the film had to wrap itself up. That is ALWAYS a sign of a film made well. Thus far.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

Debutant director Anu Menon does a good job in keeping her characters real, rooted and capable of a growth curve. They play well with each other, these two, as they criss-cross cities and sentiments and scenic spots along the Hudson-Seine-Thames. Lalita jabbers too much when nervous, and turns skittery when it comes to encounters of the deep kind. Nikhil likes keeping it light, but is happy to be clunked on the head by true love.

60

Recommended
 
 

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