Student of the Year Reviews
Student of the Year reviews:
Ratings:3/5 Student Of The Year Review by Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
Student of the Year (SOTY) plays out in a Gossip Girl-like universe, where feelings are surface-level and everyone’s a frenemy. Look beyond the shiny classrooms and the sun-kissed Thai beaches, the brightly lit song sequences and the repeated shirtless shots of our heroes…and there’s heart to be found, particularly in the film’s second half when Rohan and Abhi truly lean on each other. Too long by about twenty minutes, the film could’ve done with some tightening – perhaps the clunky treasure hunt sequence could go? Nitpickings aside, this is a breezy, enjoyable film by a director who knows his craft.I’m going with three out of five for Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. If fun is what you’re seeking, you won’t be disappointed.
Ratings:3/5 Student Of The Year Review by Anupama Chopra Site:Hindustan Times
Karan also deserves applause for putting his faith in new actors. He elicits commendable performances from his cast of debutants including Boman Irani's son, Kayoze, who lets loose in a dramatic climactic speech. Alia's brief is to be pouty and attractive, which she manages to do.
Critically, the leading men, Varun and Sidharth, work. They don't instantly set the screen on fire like Hrithik Roshan or Ranbir Kapoor did in their first films. But they grow on you. Karan puts a heavy burden on them. They are the backbone of this film, but they pull it off. If you have patience and a taste for the overblown, check them out.
Ratings:4/5 Reviewer: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
STUDENT OF THE YEAR is an entertainer in the truest sense of the term. STUDENT OF THE YEAR(SOTY) narrates the wonderfully intricate and complex trajectory of three high school kids, their transition from adolescence/teenage to maturity/adulthood and the emotions they experience in this journey called life. Although love stories is a beaten to death genre, STUDENT OF THE YEAR doesn't fall into the 'typical romantic fare' category either. Karan and screenplay writer Rensil D'silva pay minute attention to detailing and character development and what comes across on screen seems like an unmarked, charming and bona fide experience within the commercial parameters. On the whole, STUDENT OF THE YEAR is amongst Karan Johar's most accomplished works. The youth brigade would love it and those who have already past that age would want to revisit those days. This one's entertainment, entertainment and entertainment at its best. Clearly, KJo has a winner on hands, yet again!
Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India
It's KJo-Wala Love! Served fresh and piping hot from the Dharma college canteen of romance. The story is simple and entertains throughout, though it's not the first time this marathon of an idea has run past the screen. 'SOTY' takes you back to your books and sinks you in true-blue Bollywood syllabus, following the 'formula' - Two boys, one girl, one glorious trophy and lots of testosterone. If this one doesn't pump you up with nostalgia, it's time for you to go back to school already!. Tip Off: You may not like this movie if bubble-gum romances, picture-perfect worlds and candy-floss clouds are not your idea of a movie-going experience.
Ratings:2/5 Reviewer: Zee News
To sum it up, watch ‘Student Of The Year’ for the debutantes. They have really pulled off a tough task of playing praiseworthy roles in a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome.
Rating: Two cheers for this one!
Ratings::3/5 Review by Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Treatment is Karan Johar's forte and it is what makes his first film with rank newcomers, despite the absence of a logical plot, so fresh and zany. It could all fall flat and look very silly but KJo's gift for timing scenes maintains a finger-snapping pace to pass off flippant as fun. Often it is this hold on the viewer through constant influx of escapism and pomp with magnificently choreographed songs, razzle dazzle of colours/style/design, appropriate dosage of humour and ritzy production values that distracts one from Student of the Year's brash celebration of superficiality and obvious lack of depth.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review by Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Karan Johar’s latest film is zestful and frothy enough to appeal to an audience that does not seek much more than some harmless fun from two-and-a-half hours in a darkened hall.It offers nothing new or inspired and yet, for those that delight in fluff, it might even feel like a breezy entertainer. Student Of The Year is an updated rehash of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,. It definitely isn’t the film of the year. But if you like your entertainment to be served up with glitzy but pulpy garnishing, pirouette your way to the nearest screen by all means. If you don’t, go for it only if your life depends on it.
Ratings:2/5 Review by Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The trouble with ‘Student Of The Year’ is that it doesn’t even feel as if it is trying for novelty, despite the brand-new talent it showcases. Not one of the three main leads fully breaks out of the ‘types’ they are assigned.Clearly `KKHH’ is the clear and present template, even if the triangle is inverted. You can also see bits of ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ and ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Not even the songs, so much a Johar strength, are distinctive. If this is 'Ishq wala love’, I ask, where is the 'film waali film', the 'KJo waali’ film? This is all show, so very little tell.