The Amitabh Bachchan-Ben Kingsley starrer Teen Patti is receiving the thumbs down from movie reviewers.
Here are excerpts from a sample of reviews:
“Teen Patti” is a textbook study in how most films slip uncontrollably in the second half and any element of thrill or suspense you may have felt disappears in the chaos of a badly written and executed script.
….The director doesn’t know where to go once the basic plotline is established, letting the characters and the script go helter-skelter. The ending is totally out of line with the script, a lot of questions are left unanswered and at the end of it the stacks of cash start to look repetitive. Some of the dialogues are laughable.
….This is one game that is eminently avoidable.
[I]t goes wrong horribly towards the end. Such big money and great actors are not put to optimum use, thanks to a flawed script.
The trouble with `Teen Patti’ is not that we’re all too familiar with its central idea. It lies in the patchy way the plot is laid out, and in the characters who do not, at any point, feel completely filled out. In too many places, the design is allowed to scream for attention, overwhelming the people, and the action, such as there is.
`Teen Patti’ is all show, not enough go.
Teen Patti is a train-wreck of a movie. It’s incoherent, lengthy and worst of all, agonisingly pretentious. Director Leena Yadav takes the kernel of the story from the 2008 Hollywood film 21, about an MIT professor and his students who figure out how to count cards and make millions at casinos in Las Vegas.
One of the most popular moves in Teen Patti is ‘Blind’. But here, it seems director Leena Yadav was moving blindly in all directions.
The script doesn’t evolve, it just jumps jerkily from one level to another so that the director can take her story to a predictable end.
It’s getting tiring watching R Madhavan doing young man roles.