Mickey Virus Movie Review

Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand's Verdict - CNN IBN 
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mickey Virus was greenlit only because some smart-alec marketing wiz pitched it as the next Vicky Donor. Problem is, this film is never more than just a good pitch. A concept in search of a plot. Mickey Virus isn’t unwatchable, but at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it certainly overstays its welcome, offering little by way of laughs or thrills. I’m going with two out of five. Walking out of the cinema, you’ve forgotten it already.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
While much of the first half of MICKEY VIRUS is committed to Mickey, his friends and the romantic liaison with Kamayani [Elli Avram], the story gathers momentum towards the post-interval portions. Saurabh sets aside the best for the second hour as MICKEY VIRUS gathers pace and alters tracks [it gets into the thriller mode], with several unanticipated twists thrown in the sequence of events. The murder, the ambiguity behind the murder, the cat and mouse game… Saurabh ensures there's no dreary or yawn-inducing moment now. The build up to the culmination is nerve-racking, with the identity of the actual perpetrators catching you completely unaware.On the whole, MICKEY VIRUS is a well-made, engrossing thriller that should be liked by the youngsters.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:The Front Row ( Hindustan Times )
Somewhere buried deep inside Mickey Virus is an entertaining story about a lazy, computer hacker in Delhi who is enlisted by the cops to crack a complex multiple murder case. But Mickey discovers that all is not what it seems and finds himself embroiled in robbery and murder. The trouble is that writer-director Saurabh Varma makes this story so unnecessarily convoluted and long that by the time we have the great climactic reveal of who did what, we don’t really care.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
On the whole, Mickey Virus is a good entertainer but very very simplistic. Hence, a section of the computer-literate world will not appreciate the over-simplification of the job of a hacker; as for the computer-illiterate audience, the drama, in any case, would be Latin and Greek for them and, so, incomprehensible. Besides, the extremely dull pre-Diwali period will take its toll on the film. Commerially, it will not be able to do much at the box-office.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times Of India (TOI)
This one isn't so deadly that we can't decode, or so simple that we just download and ESC (read: escape). So, risk it and hit ENTER! Varma allows his characters to flourish in wit and humour. The plot is intelligent; there are laughs (sample: a tee printed - 'Jab Tak Hai Trojan'), some suspense and surprises too. Though direction is not error-free, it could've been more innovative and he often tips the balance between comedy and thriller. This virus won't crash your system. Watch it!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
Mickey Virus is a half-decent effort that tries to marry a (now quickly getting old) Delhi setting and hackers with their gizmos in a comic caper. It's a sort of Fukrey meets Abbas "Enter Password" Mustan entertainer.The problem lies in execution. Mickey Virus tries too hard to straddle the two worlds of cutting edge tech and laid-back teeny Delhi in a Bollywood film. This results in "hacking" that looks as if Andy Warhol designed the VFX.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
But this film, like the hacker-hero, is a bit like a Viru Sehwag innings. When it is good, it is rousingly good. When it falls short, it is exasperating. The screenplay isn't as smart as it pretends to be. It is neither all that funny nor particularly thrilling. Mickey Virus has two distinct halves - the first is devoted to loads of youthful drollery as two policemen strive to get the computer whizkid on their side; the second takes on the form of a deadly whodunit in which several lives are lost.Mickey Virus is a passable film
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff
Mickey Virus is based on an interesting idea, the plot is good and the film is relevant at a time when cyber crime is increasing. However, with weak direction, even the best of stories cannot be told well. This 130-minute venture takes too long to set the tone of things and could definitely use a shorter, tighter script. Mickey Virus is two films divided by an interval. The first half is a marathon of the now (thankfully) defunct TV show Dil Mil Gaye and the second is a suave, well-scripted suspense. If you have time to spare and the strength to tolerate the first half of the film, book your tickets now.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
Mickey Virus' teams a debutant director and a first time lead actor, and a fine supporting cast, and comes up with a film that holds attention for some time, before it gets stretched into a too-long second act. What I liked about this bunch is that they are not trying too hard, and except for a couple of exaggerations, seem just right for their milieu. It's all fun up to a point, and despite a couple of amateurish edges, the director shows potential. So does Paul.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA
Unfortunately the innovation of the plot wears out too soon. The writers seem to hit a sort of roadblock in the second half not knowing where to take the story. Despite a strong support from the cast, the core material of the film is weak. The actual hacking and the way the portals and CGI screens look is very juvenile. At one point in the film, you don’t know how seriously do we take Mickey Virus! Bigg Boss contestant Elli Avaram looks pretty, but her on-screen chemistry with Paul is average. Songs could have been better.Mickey Virus will appeal to Manish Paul fans who want to see him in a different role other than a TV show host.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Faheem Ruhani Site:India Today
The comic-thriller is fast paced, constantly taking you from one unexpected situation to another. The dialogue is witty, full of repartees and with many smart one-liners that most characters, even the supporting ones get to mouth and display their comic mettle. When the film slips into thriller territory it does remarkably, keeping the dramatic tension intact, gradually building up the tempo to a lively, entertaining climax. To its credit the film's humour is quirky but not once below the belt. Mickey Virus is not a bug you would want to get rid off easily. Go get infected!
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Daily Bhaskar Site:Dainik Bhaskar
Shake your head first, Mickey Virus is way different from what you carved out from its below-average comic trailer. It’s a suspense thriller with a twist of comedy in the first 20 minutes.  The first half of the film is hard to decode as the director seems to have lost the track in order to create a balance between comedy and thrill. However, in the second half comedy takes a back seat and you start enjoying the film. But some glaring errors in the story cost this film much more than expected. Watch Mickey Virus only for Manish Paul.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
Saurabh Varma’s Mickey Virus is indeed a wickedly thought film but it adopts an overtly contrived and complicated plot to build a story that is predictably simplistic. The screenplay is stuffed up with unnecessary elements, mostly songs, that makes the film’s first half feel like an absolute drag. However the concept saves it from being an absolute nonsense though it might ring incomprehensible in parts. Manish Paul’s otherwise cute buffoonery isn’t enough to drag you to the cinema halls but given good films are in short supply these days, this might be the best way to relish your popcorn.

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