By Hindustan Times
Hard-core action is back in Bollywood and how! Salman Khan's Dabangg which has been generating a lot of interest thanks to 'Munni' and the right promotion, gets thumbs up from movie critics.
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Be forewarned. Dabangg is rustic, has loads of action, harps on the age-old mother-son and varied relationships [half-brother, step-father], eventually turns into a vendetta fare, has a number of songs placed smartly in the narrative [including an item number]... but the packaging is slick and polished. Sure, it's old wine, but packed in a brand new bottle, with a new brand ambassador [Salman Khan] endorsing this masalathon.
Anupama Chopra, NDTV
Like its hero, Dabangg doesn't bother with subtlety or sub-text. Taking a cue from the potboilers of the 1970s and the more recent bone-crunching street heroes being churned out of Chennai - you recall Ghajini and Wanted - debutant director Abhinav Kashyap has created a purposefully loud masala movie.
Aniruddha Guha, DNA
In spite of the film's ‘dated’ appeal, first-timer Kashyap gives Dabangg a novel treatment, which lends it zing. He plays to the gallery brazenly, but ensures the film is held together by a strong premise – that of a dysfunctional family that comes together in crisis.
Abhishek Mande, Rediff
Salman gets the best lines, all the fight sequences any hero of his generation would give an eye and tooth for and most importantly a supporting cast that is so evidently in awe of the man that they let him stay in the limelight? the way they'd do in real life.
Nikhal Kazmi, Times Of India
Dabangg means fearless. Someone who doesn’t care a damn! As much as this film doesn’t care a damn for any innovative storyline. As much as Chulbul Pandey tries to hide his tears behind his sunglasses, the film tries to camouflage its conventional storytelling behind Salman’s style.