Thinking of catching Cocktail in the cinema? - Here are some thoughts from the critics. If you've watched the film, feel free to share your own review!
It's a pity, and not just because this could have been the great unconventional cinematic threesome we so desperately need. Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it's hard to focus on the positives. We must thank it, thus, for Diana Penty.
Times of India - Verdict: Above Avearge
Cocktail follows the basic Bollywood genre-geometry of a love triangle. The good part about this one, unlike most love triangles, is that the three protagonists get to know who loves whom pretty early in the picture and the revelation isn't stretched till the climax. However, beyond a point, the film isn't able to use this element to its merit and falls for the regular range of spite-to-sacrifice sentiments of any triangular love story. Cocktail, basically, is the same prose with new grammar.
To sum up, this one is old Cocktail in new bottle!
Cocktail has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface. It is definitely worth a visit to the multiplex.
Zee News - Three cheers for this one!
If you put three different people under one roof, throw in some fun, drama and lend a touch of romance to the plot- what you get is a savory mix of a ‘Cocktail’ which is worth every buck you spent to relish it.
Final verdict: ‘Cocktail’ is worth a try!
Filmfare - 3/5
All-in-all, it’s a nice urban romance. But again, this isn’t how I would like to describe a Imtiaz-Homi collaboration. You expected something with a twist, what you get is a pat too sweet – a Bloody Mary without the Vodka.
Koimoi - 2.5/5
Cocktail is a nice and enjoyable movie for the dialogues, songs and performances. But the second half is a real drag.
DNA India - 3/5
You can’t hate a film like Cocktail nor can you love it in totality. If you’ve liked Ali’s storytelling before, there’s no harm in catching it at least once. Cheers!
Taran Adarsh - 3/5
On the whole, COCKTAIL has a fascinating first half, charismatic performances, harmonious music and the trendy look and styling as its aces, but the second half is not as tempting or intoxicating as the first hour. It pales when compared to the attention-grabbing first hour. Yet, all said and done, this one's primarily targeted at the Gen Next, especially those in metros, who might identify with the on-screen characters.
The Indian Express - 2.5/5
Nice while the fizz lasts.
Rajeev Masand - 2/5
I’m going with two out of five for director Homi Adajania’s Cocktail. With the right ingredients in the right proportions, this might have made for a smooth concoction. But Cocktail is a mostly flat romance; one that could’ve done with more heart.
Hindustan Times - 3.5/5
This cocktail is full of fizz.
Yahoo! Movies - 1.5/5
One of the chief reasons why this cocktail fails to hit your sweet spot is because you don’t empathize with any of the characters. There could be many reasons for this but to point one: none of them seem worthy of your attention and concern. Still keen to figure out who Saif ends up with? Why don’t you deduce it yourself like any mature adult would? I would recommend the scientific method used to pick item girls in films lately: Eenie Meenie…
Sify - 2/5
Drink this cocktail if you must; but be warned, the concoction isn’t as appetizing as it looks!
Glamsham - 2/5
It's a cocktail alright, but one which lacks punch. A flat drink with no fizz and lots of salt at the rim of the glass which knocks you back with its sting.
The Film Street Journal - 2.5/5
A very average love triangle with no sharp edges. It’s the kind that’s available in every corner of the neighbourhood college canteen or office cubicle.