Jackpot not only lacks a cohesive plot, it also makes for a painful and confusing narrative, enough to bore the viewer. And if you thought Naseeruddin Shah would salvage the film with his acting ability, think again. Sadly the veteran actor disappoints big time. Sunny Leone is fully clothed and tries to act, but fails to make any impact.
This is primarily what our critics thought about the movie.
Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Critic's take: The tightly packed episodes of the spiralling plot leave very little room for porous moments. There is no breathing space in the narration. Gustad piles up 'atmosphere' so aggressively, you fear the narration may collapse.
Naseer, in an interesting blonde Bob Marley hairstyle, brings a wicked gleam into every frame. And yes, he is in almost every frame probably trying to make sense of the plot the way he did while shooting for M.F. Hussain's "Gaja Gamini". There are as many coils, twists and tangles in the film's plot as there are in Naseer's wig, though the plot is not half as riveting as Naseer's hair.
Faheem Ruhani, India Today
Critic's take: It's difficult, in fact painful to make sense of something that looks like a series of scenes put together randomly. The proceedings are so bewildering that you are trying to figure out for a good part as to what is the story of this film. The narrative moves backward and forward so many times that it becomes confusing after a time. The technique just doesn't work for this film.
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Rating: 1/2 *
Critic's take: We can forgive Sachiin Joshi because he does what he knows, though he's also kitted out in Hawaaiin shirts and hawaii chappals. It is Naseer being ill-used that I'm really upset about.
Mohar Basu, Koimoi
Critic's take: A distasteful and unintelligent film, it is the sheer lack of wit that aghasts me about it. I haven't yawned so much for any film in the recent times. Jhols and haath ki safais is just so tedious. Even when the climax unfolds, it is so freaking boring that you might decide to walk out of the theatres. Keep calm!
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Critic's take: With a run time of approx 1.40 hours, the post-interval portions move feverishly and the unanswered questions get an answer. The writing is smart, the pacing is just right, the twists and turns in the narrative are sharp and the culmination catches you completely unaware. Kaizad serves an intelligent thriller, while the DoP does justice to his vision, capturing the lush green spots, grey skies and the downpour with precision. The background score too gives the film an edge. READ
Shakti Shetty, Mid Day
Critic's take: For the record, very few thrillers are made in Bollywood. Dramas flirting with romance, comedy and action generally take the lion's share among the genres attempted. So given the paucity, a thriller is welcome anytime. But more often than not, it falls short in the basic department: its ability to thrill. Jackpot is similar because of its lack of punch. On top of that, actors who can't act are paraded with actors who can and thus forced to make both the categories look bad.
Paloma Sharma, Rediff
Critic's take: Only go for Jackpot if you sat right until the end of the titles of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag and yelled encore.