Machine is the worst rated film of 2017. Critics have thrashed the film with one critic giving it ‘zero’ stars. Unfortunately, the box office opening too is equally poor giving the film very little hope of a turnaround over the weekend. Mustafa’s debut film now needs a miracle.
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Machine Review by Bollywood Hungama
When MACHINE’s promos were released, it did not create the kind of impact and impression that one generally would associate with an Abbas-Mustan film. Without beating around the bush, one can say that it’s the film’s extremely weak screenplay (Sanjeev Kaul), which mars the film in a big way. The film’s screenplay does not offer anything new and lands up following the same path which had been adopted by many films till date. The weak script also lands up making the film all style and no substance. There’s no denying the fact that the film’s writing could have been notches higher. The film’s dialogues (Sanjeev Kaul), besides being devoid of one liners, are very average and fail to leave an impression. A few lines do come across as corny. The comic in the films seems totally thrusted.
Machine Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Meanwhile, half a dozen people get killed for reasons best known to the directors. Somehow they thought they would be able to connect the dots and make Machine a coherent story. Alas, that doesn’t happen and Machine becomes as discreet as its opening credit, which shows a camera entering a human ear and reaching heart through abstractly imagined ear canal.
Machine Review by Rajat Tripathi on Bollywood Life
Kiara Advani looks pretty throughout the movie and the picturesque locations stole my heart. In its own ironical sense it was a breath of fresh air to see Johnny Lever again onscreen. Can’t remember the last time I saw him. Ronit Roy gives a good performance, even while playing a nonsensical character. Well, he has the experience of playing Mihir Virani for years. It certainly came in handy here.
Machine Review by Prasanna D Zore on Rediff
The writer of this review was brainwashed by an evil voice soon after he finished watching Machine — he is yet to regain his senses — and as a result, he was reduced to a machine: A brainless, heartless machine that makes no sense of what one sees and writes.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Poor debut by Mustafa who is so callow a performer you laugh each time he has a dialog to deliver. He’s been groomed to be star: knows how to dance, know how to pose, has abs, funky hair, strange designer shirts…But no acting chops and a weird voice that is pre-puberty. Is it his fault? Maybe. Maybe not.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Machine is not only horribly executed but also funnily narrated. Enter the theatre at your own risk. We don’t recommend you Machine even for a single watch this weekend, instead shell out money for Rajkummar Rao’s stellar performance in Trapped.
Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The lack of any kind of subtlety is the most astounding thing here. If a boy is in love, he will write love letters in blood; if a girl is upset, she will sit by the river and sob endlessly; everything is spelled out (in cringe-worthy dialogue) and then underlined and highlighted, should people miss the point. Songs show up as if they’re following a schedule and can’t miss the deadline.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
You could play a spot-the-movie game through the 148 minutes which pan out in what can be called an Abbas-Mustan template: swanky cars zooming around tracks, rich fathers of good-looking daughters flagging off races, leading men spouting dialogues in pursuit of pretty women, tricky twists, and a plot with enough holes to drive trucks through. Machine is the kind of film the director-duo would have got away in the 90s. Or maybe not. Even the squelchiest of plots need some acting chops and charisma: none of the young people, including the debutant Burmawla, is in possession of these crucial ingredients that makes a star.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The plot does spring a few mild surprises but is unable to create any real tension or suspense. One thing follows another ending up in a bizarre climactic heap. Machine is purportedly a thriller about jealousy, obsession, greed and betrayal, but given the slapdash manner in which the film plays out (parts of it unfolds in Batumi, Georgia), it is a complete washout.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
The film is replete with Abbas-Mustan’s trademarks of shock value and mystery. But unfortunately, as they unravel, one gets the feel of deja-vu. All of it seems to be oft seen in their earlier films. The film is a stylishly mounted and is purported to be the launch pad into the big league for Abbas’s son Mustafa. He has earlier appeared in cameos in films like ‘Coffee Shop’ (2008) and ‘Players’ (2012). But alas! Mustafa’s personality is devoid of charisma and he lacks screen presence. His performance on screen is low on energy and lacks the requisite intensity. Also, his diction, especially in English, leaves a lot to be desired and his two left feet are obvious in the dance sequences. Some unintentional lines spoken with intense sincerity induce chuckles aplenty. Kiara Advani as Sara is competent and she delivers with sincerity. Eshan Shankar is competent in a dual role as Aditya and his look-alike brother Raj. Ronit Roy as Sara’s father and Dalip Tahil as Kris Alter are perfunctory in supporting roles befitting their personality.
Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
This is the kind of film that makes you wonder, “What was on the makers’ minds when they thought of it?” The type when the audience laughs in sheer disbelief. Abbas-Mustan had a reason close to their heart to make ‘Machine’, as it marks the debut of Abbas’s son, Mustafa. But sadly, it has turned out to be a heartless effort. High on style, low in substance, no troubleshooting can help this ‘Machine’. Attention has been paid to exotic locations, fancy costumes and aerial cinematography, with scant regard to the plot. The wafer-thin story crumbles in ‘Machine’.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
A complete no no right from the word go, MACHINE has nothing to take home. It’s such a big bheja boil and on top of that the music is such a snooze fest. From the cast, Kiara, Eshan Shankar, Rishabh Arora, Mayuresh Wadkar are strictly average. Even the accomplished actor like Ronit Roy fails to lift the film. Dilip Tahil and Vivek Vaswani had nothing much to do.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Debutant Mustafa Burmawala gives nepotism a disgraceful name in this home production that does little for his acting aspirations. While Kiara Advani is occasionally tolerable, it does little to alter the fate of the film. Cameos by regulars in Abbas-Mustan films, Dilip Tahil (as Georgia-based millionaire Kriss Alter) and Johnny Lever (as a scattered investigator) barely elevate the film.
Machine Review by Indiaglitz
The story is bad remix of ‘Bazigar’ and has been presented in total bland and boring manner. The movie is super long and has not even single twist and turns making it even slightly interesting. The story narrative is highly predictable and has nothing new in it. The romantic track is super stretched and fails to create ripples. You are forced to witness world’s worst format of Romeo and Juliet followed by forced twist and turns. Everything happens in a convenient manner without any hardship. The dialogues are trashy and will manage to give you unintentional laughs at various points. The actors fall from a building or a cliff and takes ages to hit the rock bottom. The comedy track featuring Abaas-Mustan’s lucky mascot Johnny Lever is bland and fails to work in the movie.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Machine is one of the few big budget flicks I have seen in which every actor (including the usually dependable Ronit Roy) has hammed like no tomorrow. Mustafa and Kiara have zero chemistry and their love story is not just unpalatable but also funny in certain parts. The screenplay and treatment of characters is quite amateurish and I was honestly shocked at what the director duo known for making thrillers like Khiladi, Baazigar, Aitraaz, Race have come up with this time.
Best Rated Films in 2017
- Jolly LLB 2 – 3.2 stars
- Kaabil – 3.2 stars
- Rangoon – 3.1 stars
- Badrinath Ki Dulhania – 3 stars
- Haraamkhor – 3 stars
- The Ghazi Attack – 2.9 stars
- Raees – 2.9 stars
- Ok Jaanu – 2.5 stars
- Running Shaadi – 2.4 stars
- Commando 2 – 2 stars
- Irada – 2 stars
- Mona Darling – 1.9 stars
- Kung-Fu Yoga – 1.9 stars
- Coffee With D – 1.5 stars