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Movie Review: Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)

RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter is a slow burner and demands your patience for a good amount of the first hour. And once you blend in, it’s a highly engaging and interesting spy drama. Based in 1971, RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter is about a banker Rehmat Ali aka Romeo, who is chosen by the RAW chief (Jackie Shroff) to be an Indian spy in Pakistan. Leaving his mother behind, Romeo takes the identity of Akbar Malik and migrates to Pakistan. The rest of the movie is about how Akbar helped India during the period that led to the 1971 war and his journey to becoming Walter.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “John Abraham starrer is a highly effective espionage thriller that’ll stay with you”
TNN
3.0 “RAW has its moments but is rough around the edges. The climax is audacious and you need to suspend your disbelief, if you plan to watch it.”
TOI
3.0 “John Abraham’s pure acting and Jackie Shroff’s great comeback make the film a good watch”
Indiatvnews
3.0 “Watching the film is like akin to reading a John Le Carre novel.”
Filmfare
Average Reviews
2.5 “John Abraham’s film is TOO RAW!”
Rediff
2.5 “Based on true events but ultimately appears concocted”
Sify
2.5 “John Abraham starrer is a pale cousin of Raazi”
DNA India
2.5 “John Abraham’s Spy Game Leaves You With Mixed Feelings!”
Filmibeat
2.5 “A contrived espionage drama”
Zeenews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “ROMEO AKBAR WALTER fails to impress as it suffers from a flawed script as well as a weak and lengthy execution.”
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “Too Much Of A Burden For John Abraham To Carry”
NDTV
2.0 “It is so slow it fails to hold your attention despite a good premise.”
Nowrunning
2.0 “Don’t Fall For The Patriotic Trap!”
Koimoi
2.0 “Story lets the film down”
Deccanchronicle
2.0 “A drab affair”
Indianexpress
2.0 “John Abraham Cannot Save This Spy Film”
Masala
2.0 “A Spy Movie That Succumbs To The Masculinity Of War”
Filmcompanion
1.5 ” John Abraham stars in a dumb movie about intelligence”
Hindustantimes
1.5 “A raw deal!”
Mid-Day

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