Housefull 3 Reviews by Critics

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Housefull 3 Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Director Sajid Khan has been replaced in the franchise he created by Sajid-Farhad who have written movies like Golmaal, Chennai Express, Dilwale and directed Entertainment. Housefull 3 is funny if you’re in the mood for such humour and if you decide to not nitpick much. Yes, it is derogatory to a lot of demographics but that comes with the territory of such films. It has some genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments but Sajid-Farhad aren’t able to keep up the same tempo throughout the movie. The film falters after the interval and then picks up pace towards the climax (which moves at breakneck speed and is hilarious). The cinematography and production design of Housefull 3 gives the film a big canvas and makes it look like a big budget movie. It is shot rather well. The editing is also tight, and the visual effects are decent. The girls look ravishing and the boys look smart. Housefull 3 doesn’t have chartbuster music but the music doesn’t hinder the movie. Songs like Fake Ishq, Pyaar ki Maa ki, and Taang Uthake make the film flow and doesn’t impede the pace. They are harmless but unnecessary.

Housefull 3 Review by Bollywood Hungama

Rating: ★★★☆☆

First things first. Because HOUSEFULL 3 is a strong franchise that possesses higher recall brand value, expectations from the film are bound to be humungous. But, the flip side of the story is that the buzz around it is not that huge as anticipated. After having tasted immense success with HOUSEFULL and HOUSEFULL 2, the pressure is obviously high on the film’s screenplay writers (Sajid-Farhad, Rajan Agarwal) and its story writer (K. Subhash) to deliver with HOUSEFULL 3, who, after the initial hiccups and struggles, land up delivering what was expected of them. HOUSEFULL 3 belongs to the same school of zany comedies that gave us NO ENTRY, WELCOME and the GOLMAAL series. Conversely, to some, this genre of cinema may appear nonsensical and outrageous. After having proved their mettle as film writers for a long time, HOUSEFULL 3 happens to be Sajid-Farhad’s second film as directors (the first one being ENTERTAINMENT). Not new to directing a multi starrer film, Sajid-Farhad land up doing a strictly average job with HOUSEFULL 3. While the film’s first half is funny with humorous one liners, the film’s second half tends to lose plot and go astray at regular intervals. However, it picks up its pace towards the end. With entertainment being the lifeline of the ‘HOUSEFULL’ series, directors Sajid-Farhad try their best to live upto the legacy, but struggle their way through.

Housefull 3 Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

While the first half has some laugh-out loud moments, the second half meanders. But the climax, which has some golden moments, wrap things up nicely. Bachchan plays an aspiring rapper, who isn’t particularly good at it. It was heartening to see a comedy that made its heroes indulge in some self-deprecating humour. Deshmukh isn’t very convincing as a professional car racer, but fortunately their professions aren’t dwelled upon in this film. The tale of three losers with some nifty get-rich-quick-scheme is one of those films that defies logic. As long as you don’t look for sense in this one, you are safe.

Housefull 3 Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Farhad-Sajid have a clear and distinct style when it comes to comedy (which was evident in their debut film Entertainment). There is major emphasis on dialogue to drive the screenplay, almost reminiscent of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal series. A film like Housefull 3 isn’t an easy one to make, with multiple characters and tracks to handle. Housefull 3 is full of moments that will make you fall off your seat in laughter. The performances of the lead actors maintain the zing factor in the film. Riteish keeps bettering himself at comedy with every film. Abhishek is at his best with his counter reactions. The flashback portions of Jackie Shroff have been handed deftly . He actually looks like Jaggu dada of Hero. Housefull 3’s lifeline is Akshay Kumar who keeps adding something new in every scene. His has a difficult role (he plays a person with split personality) but the way he transitions between both characters is delightful to watch. Akshay returns to comedy after long, and he is enjoying it as much as you will.

Housefull 3 Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★★½☆

The film takes its own sweet time to get into entertainment zone. The first fifteen minutes are so flat and nearly humourless, that you start to regret entering the theatre. Thankfully, everything is uphill from there. Also there is one thing the first Housefull film did right compared to this, is that both Deepika and Lara had meaty roles. Here all the three heroines have the same characteristics and make the same jokes, which is nothing but literally translating English phrases into Hindi (Bandook ka Bachcha, Samay ruk gaya…), that mostly miss the mark. Also some of the puns are racist and even go way below the belt. But then that’s the whole franchise for you! Housefull 3 is neither the best comedy film in Bollywood nor it aims to be. Yet, it is the best film of the franchise (not that there is much to aim there…), as it is far more entertaining and funnier than its predecessors. Go for it, if you like mindless entertainers, and I am sure you will not be disappointed!

Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

The Akshay Kumar film features a bunch of people trying to make fun of the disabled and the coloured.

Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★½☆

To be brutally honest, keeping in mind the summer break and vacation time for family audience, the Sajid-Farhad directorial is expected to gain big at the Box Office. Not to forget the performances from all the lead actors. Filmmaking is an all-round effort and ‘Housefull 3’ proves it. From casting to dialogues to locations, the flick is a finely woven piece of cinema where one loose end gets overshadowed by all the brilliance around. By loose end, here we mean storyline. It is kind of weak and expected but, hey, what else were we expecting from ‘Housefull’ franchise.

Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

The onus is eventually on Akshay, Riteish and Abhishek to give the film some direction. But all that they do is flow along with the mindless tale, often hitting dead-ends from where there can be no return to sanity. Housefull 3 is strictly for fans of the franchise. Are there any left?

Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sajid-Farhad’s Housefull 3 is entertaining only for its male leads. The story has nothing much to offer in terms of either substance or laughter. There are no rib-tickling moments in Housefull 3; but the actors do manage to get a few spurts of laughter. The film demands willing suspension of belief, and that is understandable given the genre it belongs to, but Housefull 3 does not even check the ‘hilarious’ box. The charm of Housefull 3, whatever little that is, lies in its mindless comedy. There’s sure some of that in the film, but that’s hardly enough to keep one hooked for more than a few minutes. And the film runs for 2 hours 15 minutes.

Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Though the film has been pepped up by dance numbers, Housefull 3’s major loophole is the repetition of the premise. The focus on the pace works well for the 145-minute film that has a savior in Akshay Kumar. But the director duo could have utilised other actors in a better way. Housefull 3 evokes laughter, but not as loud as Welcome or Khiladi 786. Still, its star cast and crazy set-up have it in them to give you a good time.

Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

It is my moral duty to ensure you do too by providing you 10 reasons why you cannot afford to miss the third offering in the franchise of the senseless, by the witless, for the brainless. Housefull’s tradition of lowbrow humour is faithfully carried on through Housefull 3’s relentless stock of sexist and racist jokes.

Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If you have seen the two earlier installments of this franchise, you already know that is purely a ‘leave-your-brains-behind’ affair. The premise is a comedy of errors. But unlike Gulzar’s gem Angoor (1982), this one is not about twins. It’s so convoluted, it will make Shakespeare turn in his grave. Sample this. Sandy, who wants to play football in the English Premiere League becomes Sundy (Mr Hyde kinda guy) when his coach makes a racist remark and refers to him as Indian! Ooh; the simple Samaritan becomes aggressive, contorts his face and goes ballistic, till you almost reach out to the screen and say stop- we can’t take this anymore.

Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The girls need to just look pretty and they obviously do, but it is the three leading men who seem to have had a ball doing this together. While Riteish and Abhishek are endearing in their goofy roles, Akshay with his excellent comic timing brings in a lot of laughter, also thanks to his rather cleverly written schizophrenic character. Sandy turns to aggressive Sundi whenever the word Indian is uttered and becomes totally deranged as he goes around getting violent with others and himself. Wish the writers were a little more unhinged in their writing too, instead of concentrating on being smart. This could have been a far funnier film.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The story has the deja vu of its previous installments but fails to add any novelty.. ditto for Sajid Farhad dialouge writing which is obsessed with its juveline approch we saw in its directorial debut (ITS ENTERTAINMENT) and BOL BACHCHAN ( the translation of Hindi proverbs in English) here its English getting translated into Hindi that lacks the required humour. the last installment fails to stand up to the challenge in tickling the audiences’ funny bones as its predecessor did. Yeah… its escapism, buffoonery and finding ‘realisms in such genre is like making fun of yourself but HOUSEFULL 3 is drawn out and makes you wonder to whom is this juvenile revival targeted.. As said earlier, Akshay Kumar nails it, Abhishek Bachchan is decent and Riteish is in his comfort zone.

Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The three male leads have had the time of their lives shooting this film, from what we can see, but it is Akshay Kumar, who walks away with all the applause. The Khiladi is a natural at comedy and unleashes his whacky side with much aplomb while Riteish Deshmukh, who can usually be counted on for a few laughs, disappoints us. Same goes for Abhishek Bachchan, who struggles to evoke guffaws, barring in a scene or two. The three women bring nothing but glamour and beauty to the table and have got some of the worst lines in the film. Boman, with his bad wig and a heavy Gujju accent, can surely do better, we are sure while Jackie is still the cool dude after all these decades. Chunkey Pandey reprises his role as Aakhri Pasta and gets on our nerves with his acting.

Review by Arnab Banerjee on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Writer-director duo Sajid-Farhad have scant regard for any post-mortem of their films, and would like us to believe that anything — and I mean just “anything” — they dish out in the name of entertainment, will be consumed by us. In the third instalment of Housefull 3, a franchise taken from Sajid Khan, their undemanding content borders on not just the ludicrous, but on things offensively unpalatable too. Hence, they have bawdy jokes, unfunny gags, dull, humourless one-liners — all getting passed off for comedy, that too as they struggle to include jokes on racism and the differently-abled.

Review by Rajeev Masand on News18

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

At the end of 2 hours and 14 minutes when the lights came back on, I figured Housefull 3 was tiring but not infuriating like other similar comedies, including the previous installments in the same franchise. If that’s good enough for you to invest precious time and money, then hey, who am I to stop you?

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Sajid Khan would’ve done a better job — said no one ever. But given that he helmed the first two in the franchise — which essentially relied on retardedness — this would’ve been the glove that Khan was born to fist. The replacements — a certain director duo called Sajid-Farhad, do what any substitute would — play up the format’s signature sequences, marginalise Chunky Pandey and hope for a miracle. But they only go on to prove that if laughter is the best medicine, this film will make you beg for euthanasia.

Review by IANS on Sify

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The actors, except for Jackie Shroff, indulge in buffoonery to the hilt. They all are loud, over-the-top characters who go overboard with their exhibition and that’s because their characters demands them to do so. Akshay Kumar exhibits his physical prowess with his over-energetic performance of a dual personality and a cripple bound to a wheelchair, he is dynamic and is aptly supported by equally talented co-stars; Riteish Deshmukh whose tongue often slips and Abhishek Bachchan who often breaks into a crass rap. The trio have excellent onscreen “buddy” chemistry, with perfect comic timing. Though the actresses have nothing much to offer in terms of histrionics, they are equally charming. Chunky Pandey as the restaurateur Akhri Pasta with his recycled line, “I am joooking” is staid and stereotyped.

Housefull 3 Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★★☆☆

‘Housefull 3’ is a moderate entertainer which will be loved by everyone who loved the initial parts. The movie could have been a full entertainer if only there were more comical moments and a good story line attached to it. For all those who loves intelligent type of films, kindly stay away from this movie as it might be injurious to your health.

Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

You stop caring because you watch the heroes, otherwise funny, begin breaking chairs over each other’s backs. It’s not even as funny as Tom & Jerry. And the heroines look at the antics of the heroes and ask each other, ‘Why do we love these losers?’ You’re sitting in the audience, and too numb to slow clap.

Review by meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

The two main types of humor that Housefull 3 banks on are the forwarded variety or the kind that are with the intention of being insensitive. There is a third type in the form of performances, but of the lot only Akshay Kumar puts in all his energy. While it still didn’t make me laugh, he was doing a lot more than just contorting his face. Of course, he was the only one who had a character with scope for doing more. Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh don’t really have much to make their characters look or feel different from each other. Boman Irani too is the typical loud character you would find in every slapstick. Similarly, the ladies Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakhri play the regular props who are supposed to make us differentiate between cultured and uncultured women by their attire. Oh well.


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  • reviews are still pretty much okay for a mindless comedy…
    going to watch it anyway
    same critics give 3-4 stars to prdp and dilwale
    so can’t believe them anymore
    audience is liking the film

  • Positive wom everywhere for the film….!!…

    Huge biz all over d nation….!!…

    These bunch of critics cannot stop hf3 from becoming superhit….!!…

    When they gv high ratings to lootera,, aligarh .. Still film sinks without a trace n becomes disaster….!!…..

  • 2.4* is surprisingly good for a no brainer. A good family film after a long time so there will be huge footfalls for sure.

  • Hard to believe it’s the same guy whom I saw a few days ago in Airlift (on television). LOL! Shubadra Gupta gave the funniest comment there(not review, just a comment!)

  • The review of indicine this time is baised. How can you give a movie like housefull 3 a 3?. This movie a totally crap. My rating is 0. 5/5.

  • Going to predict yet another so called biggest film (as always) of year (2016)

    Sultan :: less than 260 Cr
    Positive points :
    ?1, EDX The Biggest Superstar and The No.1 Hit formula for BB, ATBB & HGFOTY since last 10 Years. With EDX, even a Crap film can cross 200 Cr that kind of power EDX have and Sultan has earned that means EID.
    ?2, One Superhit/Blockbuster song which every Salman’s film have in common that boost the Film’s buzz incredibly and also bring Huge audiences into the theatres and Sultan will not be different
    ?3, After Superhit/Blockbuster songs, Now-a-days millions of views for trailers, Teasers, Song videos became too important to create incredible buzz for the film through News medias, social media like fb, twitter etc. Sultan have or (may be) will have all that positive points
    ?4, Action Entertainers are all time favourite genre for all aged audiences from Kids to Youth to old.
    ?5, Salman’s Successful Career that will boost the Film’s buzz and also attract some more audiences to come to theatres
    ?6, Sultan have much needed SUPERSTAR that is Salman Khan the one of The Biggest superstar of Hindi Cinema along with HRITHIK, Aamir, Akshay & Ajay
    ?7, Track record of Salman on Eid will definitely boost Sultan buzz incredibly
    ?8, Yrf the name is enough for any film to release at BO

    Negative points :
    It doesn’t really matter how many negative points are with a film when that film have an EDX holiday. EDX is like 7 Khoon Maaf

    Still point out few things that may go against Sultan
    ?1, Story/Screenplay
    ?2, Direction
    ?3, Editing
    ?4, Too many sports films in recent time
    ?5, Less appealing
    ?6, Unnecessary entertainments that turn even a masterpiece Film into a craps Film
    ?7, All positive points means Huge Expectations may eat the film

    I had made this prediction after Super success of my predictions for Dilwale, Bajirao and FAN.

    Expecting this prediction too will be as successful as my previous accurate predictions which was as below

    Dilwale :: less than 150 Cr
    Bajirao :: more than 150 Cr
    FAN :: less than 100 Cr

    Final collection of
    Dilwale :: 147 Cr :: FLOP
    Bajirao :: 187 Cr :: SUPER HIT
    FAN :: 85 Cr :: FLOP

    Accuracy :: 100%

  • Housefool3 review by sukanya verma(rediff):i survived.will you?
    Her Review wil b funnier than the whole movie

  • Housefool3 review by sukanya verma(rediff):i survived.will you?

    Her Review wil b funnier than the whole movie

  • Their ghatiya reviews doesn’t matter.
    It Will Be a Winner at boxoffice.

    Can’t wait 2 watch.

  • Worst boring films like Lootera ,, aligarh got rave ratings… But audience did not like them at all….!!…

    But hf3 is getting audience love… Which is very great….!… N it will do outstanding biz all over….!!….

    Evening shows r reporting housefull boards all over…!… Ticket window are lined with surpentine queue….!…

    Box office on fire…!!…

    My rating of hf3 — 4/5 ….best comedy film of yr….

  • Add Anupama Chopra’s review as well.

    Shubhra: 0/5
    Saibal: 1.5/5
    Anupama Chopra: 1.5/5
    Masand: 1/5(expected)

  • Reviews are pretty much positive considering the genre of the movie. Let’s see can it cross Ram navami holiday release billu2’s lifetime collections within 1st week !!!

  • My favorite Bollywood comedy movies are andaz apna apna, hera pheri and fukrey.

    But sadly there are numourious of crapiest comedy movies in bollywood like housefull 3, humshakaals, tees mar khan and so on. Housefull series are one of the crapiest series ever in bollywood.

  • @Nikhil: but that 2.4 is because of indicine, Bollywood hungama, TOI, Gulf etc who hardly give balanced review..

  • Today I have watched this movie with friends but totally dissapointed. Jokes in movie are really really irritating. This movie is overdose of overacting. The real usp of comedy movie is its comedy but in case of housefull 3 its lack it or we can say the comedy sense in movie is its weekness. This movie a big tourcher. ‘HUGE DISSAPOINTED’

  • I think the idiot who gave zero stars for a few jokes that did not sell well with him/her caused rating to fall the most…

    They don’t want to make jokes of different colors but making fun of women is ok for them…

  • The people who are going to cinema to watch this film know that this is a slapstick comedy so talking of logic in this film should be a strict no…As for the critics…it does not matter to the general public because if the film is providing entertainment they will watch it…
    By the way…indicine review is the best out of the lot..honest not over the top…

  • I like two akshya kumar comedy movies that are hera pheri 1 and bhagam bhag. But rest of all his comedy movies are totally crap. In hera phari 1 and bhagam bhag also he is completely overshadowed by paresh rawal but i don’t know why mostly all credits are given to him. In these films paresh rawal is the one who came in everyone mind 1st not akshya.

  • That’s Akshay for u from outstanding Ranjit Katiyal to sundy. He has never played by the rules and he will never play by any rules. Good going 2.4 avg is preety impressive for this type of film

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