• Brothers, despite its contrivances, leaves you choked more than once. How can it not, with all that unabashed emotional manipulation? Throwing in an item song, repeated flashbacks, and too many cutaways of an anguished wife (Jacqueline Fernandez), Malhotra lays it on thick to a premise already inherently melodramatic. He’s further Bollywood-izing a plot that’s already ‘too Bollywood’ to begin with. The result is a film that’s trying a little too hard.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra’s film uses a form of kinetic martial arts to foreground its story of two warring siblings, but it stays, at heart, a Karan Johar film.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    Weighing 158 unbearable minutes, Brothers is nearly 600-times as long as the Rousey win — and not one-millionth as thrilling.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    Karan Malhotra’s Brothers is not Warrior. It relies heavily on the formula-driven content. Having said that, Brothers still offers you some fantastic fight sequences and a matured Akshay Kumar. You can also consider it a new film rather than a Warrior remake and be happy about it.

  • Suparna Sharma
    Suparna Sharma
    Deccan Chronicle


    Oho! But we’ve done this before. Many times. So many times. Family. Bichde bhai… Same-to-same. Ok-ok. Let’s do different. Make them Christian. Boxers. Ya! But how will audience samjho? Tattoos. Many. Very many. And Cross. Everywhere.

  • What you get is an earnest Khiladi sporting his graceful greys in a movie that’s too cosmetic, loud and exhausting to take notice.

  • It makes so much noise that any sensible point about brotherly bonding and filial fidelity that it might be trying to make is completely drowned out by the decibels. Take your earplugs along.

  • Srijana Mitra Das
    Srijana Mitra Das
    Times Of India


    Brothers, despite mouthing, ‘Har sport mein thora drama toh hota hai’, only skims that dramatic surface. It could’ve dived in deeper.

  • There are so many unnecessary elements in “Brothers” that every time you hear the sickening crunch of a bone being broken in a fight sequence, you wish Malhotra had stuck to reproducing the original. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Sarita Tanwar
    Sarita Tanwar
    DNA India


    It’s nowhere close to Warrior. But there’s the Akshay-Siddharth on-screen combo, how can you miss that?

  • Akshay Kumar needs to do more of these high-action roles. And not necessarily the mindless action. Watch Brothers for the kicks, punches, grappling, chocking and the un-understandable MMA jargon. You’ll come out with the Akshay you want to see, hopefully. Welcome back to the cage, Khiladi Kumar!

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Brothers is supposed to be an action drama but it ends up being an action comedy. Characters cry here at the drop of a hat. That’s because three leading males have a lot of issues.

  • I don’t know what I disliked more, Sidharth’s incompetency to perform in a role that Tom Hardy completely nailed or the extremely loose plot that is a shoddier version of Warrior. Call for a DVD of Warrior and watch it! Unless over-the-top drama is your scene, you will not enjoy Brothers

  • BROTHERS is a huge letdown on the account of its slow pace and lack of emotional connect. At the box office, the movie will enjoy huge footfalls over the weekend due to Independence Day Holiday and lack of credible opposition at the cinema halls. The real struggle for the film however will start from Monday onwards, which would turn out to be the deciding factor of the fate of the film.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    Partly being a martial art film, by the time all the arm twisting, skull smashing and bone twisting is over, you are brain dead.

  • Watching Karan Malhotra’s ‘Brothers’ is like déjà vu. It’s like re-watching the worst of the ‘70s – this film is as cliché-ridden as it can be. It has it all – a drunken father jailed for killing his wife, sparring stepbrothers, token Muslim characters (who readily mouth Insha Allah) and dialogues that make the ears bleed. You can give ‘Brothers’ a complete miss, and you wouldn’t have missed anything at all.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Brothers offers a whole new experience to MMA action. Hindi audiences will enjoy the novelty. But all said and done, this should’ve been done with a lot more finesse

  • There is in fact no story, nor any story-telling craft. However, if you have braved the first half, and are willing to sit through the next, and love some adrenalin rush, sans any connection with the story, the movie gets better.

  • Brothers is a series of solid fight scenes that’ll make you cringe in sympathy at their realism, thoroughly ruined by an amateurish attempt at drumming up family drama and tons of needless exposition. Filmmakers take the 2011 Hollywood mixed martial arts movie Warrior and instead of building upon it, they totally muddle it.

  • A background score with lower decibel levels and smarter dialogues might have made this a better film. But still a good one time watch, especially if you are a fight junkie.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Brothers may not appeal to those who look for laughter in times of despair.There is barely room for a whiff of a smile in this dark sanguinary and seductive tale of destruction and redemption told in a free-wheeling style that accommodates derivations and innovations without apology or awkwardness. Definitely one of Akshay Kumar’s glorious achievements.

  • The spectacular scenes are restricted to the fighting ring. But, unlike Rocky Balboa’s bloody boxing adventures, David and Monty’s martial arts doesn’t inspire or demand applause.

  • A few more films like Brothers and Bollywood will have achieved what no amount of litigation can manage — the freedom to copy freely. Because if Gavin O’Connor, who directed and co-wrote Warrior, ever sees how his story has been brutalised, he might just go on a campaign claiming that intellectual property rights be damned, Hollywood is better off not being associated with Bollywood remakes.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Brothers, a mixed martial arts film, may carry mixed reports but it will ultimately prove to be a paying proposal for all concerned. It will do good business in multiplexes and single-screen cinemas, and in ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ class centres. The national holiday tomorrow will see collections take a huge jump.

  • Shishir Gautam
    Shishir Gautam


    Brothers could have worked better with better editing and lesser of the forced melodrama. What it becomes is a lackluster piece of cinema despite some very hard work put in by the actors.

  • Making the soft hearted audience a bit teary towards the end, ‘Brothers’ wraps up on a positive note, well, yes the typical Bollywood style. It’s dragging climax makes you a little weary, and that is a major setback.

    This monsoon weekend, go grab a ticket and watch some incredible acting with a hint of breathtaking fight sequences.

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    ‘Brothers’ is a big disappointment. The easy, uninspiring, simple, obvious and boring remake of Hollywood’s ‘Warrior’ struggles to deliver as an action packed emotional family drama even after a terrific Akshay and reformed Sidharth. Still you can watch it if you are an Akshay, Sidharth die hard. Else take your call.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    Bollywood Life


    Brothers is a decent watch, but if you want your money’s worth, then I recommend watching the original Warrior.

  • Uday Bhatia
    Uday Bhatia


    Brothers, directed by Karan Malhotra (Agneepath), doesn’t have the heart problem; if anything, it exposes a bit too much of its heart. It does have the script problem, the acting problem and several other problems besides.

  • The few gripping fights, Akshay Kumar’s ace act, and a fabulous supporting cast makes the film reasonably watchable. Oscillating wildly between a sports movie and a melodrama, this is your dose of punch-drunk love!

  • …films like Brothers need a certain amount of drama to accentuate the action. Such action to make sense in a film need an emotional hook too; else it will feel like you are watching a game on TV. But, this combination didn’t work here. All you can recommend it for is the fight sequences when the film is on TV.

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    Director Karan Malhotra has a unique ability. He can douse anything into a tub of glycerine and make even a movie about MMA into one about loving your parents. After all, it’s also about loving your producer.

  • Anuj Kumar
    Anuj Kumar
    The Hindu


    The problem is, be it emotion or action, Karan is in no hurry to say cut. At times it works for the emotion to seep in but many times over elaboration dilutes the punch. The music is a let down.

  • If you are a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan, and enjoy wrestling matches, this movie might impress you. If not, you can definitely skip watching this one.

  • This movie is for both family and youth! Although the youth would enjoy it a tad bit more as Akshay and Sidharth give you one of the best Bollywood action scenes ever. Brothers makes for one great weekend watch, that you just ought to see! So don’t miss, book your tickets right away!

  • Brothers, despite being a powerful story, lost the plot in the telling. I suggest get a DVD of Warrior instead.

  • ‘Brothers’ is a melodramatic remake that is high on style, low on subtlety…

  • …despite the fact that the film gets a little bit stretchy in bits and parts, we are going for a two and a half stars for ‘Brothers’ since the three leading stars Akshay, Sidharth and Jackie carry the film quite well on their shoulders and also full marks to the realistic combat and training sequences. While there is nothing very different or special in the storyline of the film, it is still worth a watch, especially if you want to see Jackie Shroff in one of his best performances and if you are a die-hard fan of mixed martial arts.