Saawariya is 2 hours 11 minutes of wide-screen close-ups, fanciful sets, colorful costumes, bellybuttons, almost-kisses and 10 pumped-up, achingly sweet songs.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
See this movie if you need to get some sleep.
Abigail Deutsch - Village Voice
Saawariya entices, fitfully springs to life but finally outstays its welcome by a good half-hour.
Derek Elley - Variety
How can it be that a movie as beautiful to look at as Saawariya is so...boring?
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
- Globe and Mail
For audiences unaccustomed to the format, the film runs too long -- though it is short by Bollywood standards -- and is repetitive, sentimental and cliched.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
- Times [UK]
- Jam! Movies
Ranbir Raj is a charming presence with moves that suggest a cross between Justin Timberlake and Gene Kelly, but the screen really comes to life when it's full of dancers.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
With its lavish production design, extravagant sets, poetic musical numbers and photogenic stars, Saawariya is ravishing to look at, but disappointing overall
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Entertaining ... Not all that different from America's love affair with MTV, American idol, and prime time TV offerings
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Jenny Peters - Hollywood.com
Comes this close to sweeping us off our feet.
David Chute - L.A. Weekly
Disappointingly, neither India's most artistic director nor his new discoveries can prevent this song-packed extravaganza from being a beautifully crafted bore.
Jaspreet Pandohar - BBC
May not be the artistic milestone many have been hoping for, but as the first product of Bollywood's marriage with Hollywood, there should be pride from all corners for producing a solidly crafted entertainment.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Saawariya doesn't collapse but does wobble for much of its nearly 150-minute running time
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
The songs are undistinguished, and while newcomers Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor (who aren't related) both have impeccable Bollywood pedigrees, her performance is wildly uneven -- and his strenuously madcap antics are grating rather than endearing.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Of all the film's rococo pleasures-the lavish dance numbers, the dramatic rainstorms, and even the gold dust that puffs out when Sakina beats her rugs -- Mukherjee's richly textured diva is the most mesmerizing...
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
A breezy and passably entertaining major Indian musical, the first to be released by a major Hollywood studio.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
When the most intriguing thing about a film is the production design, you know you're in trouble.
John Anderson - Newsday