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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

2009
Romance, Comedy
2h 50m
While attending one of India's premier colleges, miserable engineering students and best friends Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) struggle to beat their school's draconian system, which, in their eyes, unfairly values grades over creativity.
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3 Idiots

2009
Romance, Comedy
2h 50m
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Rated 28 Aug 2010
90
85th
You're pulled along by a great tear-jerkin' buddy story with fantastic characters all around, meet a few snags of Bollywood cheese, and realize you just watched a pretty fearsome unschooling movie.
Rated 02 Oct 2011
43
5th
To be fair, there are a few entertaining moments and the performances for the most part aren't that bad. But what an awful script. Melodramatic clichés galore, terrible humor, simplistic messages, one-dimensional characters. Even the songs aren't that great. It's as if someone copied the absolute worst Hollywood has to offer. Much of the film resembles REAL GENIUS, from the unflappable, infallible hero to the evil professor and the suck-up rival. And that's not a movie you want to aspire to.
Rated 24 Apr 2011
95
98th
Certainly I was not expecting anything like this. The movie started ok. I was expecting it to lose its grasp at some point since it has a long span but it got better and better. It both got me laughing and crying. Hard to come by such an entertainment in a movie of this genre and this length. All is well.
Rated 15 Mar 2012
55
24th
For three hours I really don't remember myself laughing.
Rated 22 May 2012
10
0th
This movie is idiotic, the plot is awful, predictable and very very childish, but pretends to be serious sometimes... it's very annoying don't waste your time. I subtracted some additional points for the NASA's pen thing; get your facts right idiots.
Rated 04 Aug 2013
50
21st
At first I thought it was really fun then it seriously turned out to be the most didactic movie ever made. Maybe it could be a good educational movie for children at school. Yet it has nothing to offer for real movie buffs. Also I thought Rancho was gay.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
3
0th
1 point for each idiot.
Rated 22 Jul 2010
90
86th
Excellent Bollywood flick about the stress of university and the power of friendship.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
60
12th
Only finished watching half this film, with a version missing 2/3rds of the subtitles. And read the wiki page. Good enough. The acting was well done, and the musical bits were fun and energetic. But the film doesn't know what it wants to be. It features 3 bumbling students with hearts of gold loving life while playing pranks on their iron-fisted professor. A proff who drives 2.5 people to suicide, and would better fit as one of the darkest villains in a tense thriller. Too long, poor sequencing.
Rated 05 Feb 2011
80
97th
Son zamanlarda izledigim en iyi filmdi, Hindistan sinemasini daha iyi takip etmek gerek. Basindan sonuna kendini izleten 170 dk bir film boyle yapilir dedirtiyor.
Rated 26 May 2011
72
37th
If you can look past the boring songs and the plot of an average bollywood movie...you could enjoy it.
Rated 17 Jul 2011
65
21st
After you get along with the fact that the movie is from Bolywood and includes about 1 hour of Indian singing, it's actually quite interesting. I still can't handle their enforced display of emotions and ignorance of certain very obvious themes, but otherwise the movie's quite a far flick from the Holywood comedies. While the story's not really anything new and will not make you laugh a lot, it's quite amusing.
Rated 26 Mar 2012
72
48th
Has the distinction of being the most overrated film on the IMDB. Decent film, but nothing that sets it apart from an average film. Also why were 40 year-olds in college, and what was so great about reinventing a helicopter with 4 propellers.
Rated 02 May 2012
77
51st
This was not bad at all. Only a couple of songs, which were entertaining, and a pretty engaging overarching plot with punchy scenes and good cinematography. It's long and full of cliches and some of the humour is a bit juvenile, but it was entertaining and well meaning.
Rated 30 Sep 2013
92
94th
Off beat comedy with a wonderful message. Three idiots are attending school but one of them is extraordinary in almost every way. It was fun to watch the silly antics and see the clever ways the plot turns. Most of this is very unpredictable and some of it is hilarious. About half is subtitled, and it is sometimes hard to follow, but well worth watching.
Rated 23 Oct 2013
79
91st
Started off stupid and by the end became great. My wife thinks this is one of the best films she has ever seen.
Rated 04 Jul 2014
90
70th
Best 3 hours wasted on an Indian movie. After watched this, my Bollywood love increased and the way i look to our education systems changed.
Rated 30 Sep 2014
55
19th
Way too long. Switches tones in an instant. Is periodically funny. I would have thrown something if I heard "all iz wel" one more time.
Rated 18 Dec 2014
95
97th
Excellent story! Fun characters! Dramatic and comedic, with some musical elements here and there. Kept me entertained the entire 3 hours.
Rated 16 Jun 2015
82
53rd
Started out like a film you think fits the title, but then changes to something really meaningful and good. What a surprise!
Rated 15 Sep 2015
3
7th
A totally unfunny and annoying movie. And it's nearly 3 hours long to boot.
Rated 26 Apr 2020
100
78th
Must watch. Anytime, Anywhere!
Rated 10 Jan 2010
79
17th
can be considered as a follow-up to Taare Zameen Par - but taking place in grown up world - but not a worthy followup - more dramatic, more star/aamirkhan centered, unnecessary songs - enjoyable but could have been shorter - not a film that you would miss watching
Rated 31 Jan 2010
90
86th
Very entertaining pretty much reminds me of my child life.
Rated 31 Jan 2010
80
92nd
Amazzzing
Rated 23 Jun 2010
80
79th
this is the best movie who relats the indian educational system.this movie show the young indian archievements in limited sources
Rated 31 Jul 2010
70
57th
Yet another movie that could have been so much better than what it is. The story of the movie has great potential but took a nose dive half way through turning towards the cliched melodrama of Indian Cinema. The movie could have been shorter than what it is if certain unwanted drama dropped. Over all a decent entertainer, watchable once.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
81
55th
I HATE musicals, but I enjoy the rest of the movie .
Rated 15 Jan 2011
90
97th
okul, arkadaslik, intahar, ask, dans
Rated 17 Feb 2011
50
7th
It's all about how to look on Indian's. If you like their dialogs, dances and other important things, it is just that into you. Otherwise just a long, boring and even couldn't smile its ridiculousness.
Rated 27 Mar 2011
95
85th
Great movie!
Rated 26 Nov 2011
83
85th
The movie is a little idealist but it hits the right notes. It is a typical Indian movie with the whole gauntlet thrown in - comedy, drama, romance and obviously the song and dance sequences :P You need to be brain dead not to have laughed your guts out at least in a couple of scenes, if not more. Definitely worth a watch.
Rated 13 Mar 2012
80
57th
Mawkish and crass, yet thoroughly entertaining. The two songs are delightful, that there wasn't a third at the finale is a damn shame. The lead needs a punch in his smug nose though.
Rated 10 May 2012
90
91st
One of the best film of amir's career. I just loved it.
Rated 21 Jun 2012
78
46th
All good exept the dancing and the cliches ...
Rated 17 Jan 2013
90
95th
I was not expecting such an excellent movie. Even into the first hour I was wondering why it was rated so well, but it just builds and builds into one of the best feel-good movies I've seen to date. It's a little cheesy at times, and Bollywood stuff happens, but that can be overlooked. Hell, the lovers' theme was actually pretty catchy. At the end of the day, a movie like this should be judged on emotion, and this movie delivers in a big way.
Rated 30 Jan 2013
100
77th
Yaşamımda birçok karar almamda yardımcı olan bu film 100'den de fazlasını hak ediyor. Böyle filmler ilkokulda izletilmeli çocuklara. Aamir Khan rolünün hakkını çok iyi veriyor, kutlamak gerek.
Rated 10 Feb 2013
75
8th
Could have been better if was logical
Rated 30 May 2013
85
70th
One of the best Bollywood films of recent years. It even escapes many of the trappings of typical Hindi films... mostly. Long and meandering, but with a lot of heart.
Rated 06 Jul 2013
76
73rd
One of the musical sequences precedes possibly the biggest mood swing I have ever seen in a movie.
Rated 16 Jul 2013
85
88th
All around excellent. Main flaw is the forced situations but it is excellently executed so you even forget about those problems.
Rated 03 Sep 2013
51
22nd
* Casting, Acting : 5 * Script : 5.5 * Directing, Aura : 6 * Ease of Viewing : 4 * Naked Eye : 5
Rated 29 Oct 2013
68
35th
Kind of tasteless, but easy to swallow. Well, except fart jokes (i'm not an "oh no, it's digusting" type of guy, but come on.. one is enough), "funny" sound effects and Kareena bleah Kapoor trying to be funny or cute.
Rated 11 Apr 2014
94
92nd
An amazingly humorous movie with stellar characters and a setting that allows it to touch on some dark themes without taking the comedy away. Also really, really, REALLY long. Please, for the love of God, just watch it when you're in a good mood, comfortable position, and fully awake because it will be worth it. Though I won't pretend that the movie doesn't have a great deal of Narm Charm with a lot of idealistic but nonetheless heartwarming scenes.
Rated 09 May 2014
3
65th
My first bollywood experience. The right word for it must be; cheesy. A bit too long, but Kahn and his two rascals are amusing and pleasant company. - Good
Rated 01 Jul 2014
75
51st
Could have been condensed. Rancho's ideals are great, though, being a previous Chatur person myself. The random musical numbers were strange. I feel like I just haven't acquired Indian humor sensibilities yet (which isn't the movie's fault).
Rated 08 Jul 2014
90
83rd
80
Rated 15 Aug 2014
15
1st
Firstly, this is a fcking racist film. That Uganda-born kid was bullied like hell. The message the film desperately tries to hit the viewer's head is so obvious and wrong. And the main guy is too obnoxious and preachy as fck... Man, I hate this film.
Rated 29 Aug 2014
85
98th
Entertainment: 4/4. Heart: 2.5/3. Sustainability: 2/3
Rated 30 Sep 2014
80
69th
This is a weird one, balancing with very hard dramatic subjects and farcical comedy.
Rated 20 Nov 2014
80
39th
Nice storyline with twists though predictable, fun and a sincere movie. Very good acting, if it wasn't for bollywood dances it would've been 85
Rated 28 Dec 2014
50
38th
I became one of those idiots watched this film and this movie is the reason why I chose wrong university and wrong department. It took three years to turn back from my decision
Rated 25 Mar 2015
78
62nd
Guzel zaman geçirilecek bir film.. Konu fazla şaşırtan bir konu değil . Eğlenceli
Rated 14 Sep 2015
90
96th
The most incredible three hours of media I have ever consumed. I laughed, I cried, I loved its message, and adored its delivery. Incredible.
Rated 07 May 2017
98
97th
Every engineering and science student should see this movie. Rest maybe would not appreciate that much.
Rated 15 Nov 2017
20
6th
one of the worst characterization ever
Rated 16 Dec 2017
75
78th
x2
Rated 04 Oct 2018
84
77th
The musical,comedy and criticize various things make it a pretty good one.
Rated 22 Jan 2019
88
44th
Easy to see why this was a big hit. It's still schlock (two weddings! three suicides!), but occasionally the comedy hits and the "message", while (ironically) didactic, is a good one for its audience.
Rated 15 Jun 2019
65
11th
Couldn't take it seriously
Rated 10 Mar 2020
48
7th
Okay, it got its heart at the right place with a nice anticapitalist message about following your passion and there are a few good jokes. But it's overly melodramatic and cliched. For every step forward it takes three steps back again.
Rated 30 Mar 2020
93
80th
Corona günler @istanbul with mert memo bdüzü esenler
Rated 28 Apr 2020
55
45th
way too long, and way too much culture clash in laughter-inducing situations...that said, it had a good amount of feel good moments. I managed it in 4 sittings :)
Rated 23 May 2020
70
17th
It's a good movie, but the more I rewatch it, the less I like it. Hirani tends to these pat simple answers to complex problems, while avoiding placing blame. The forces that drive and profit from the education system are never questioned, or punished. And the female characters are after thoughts, their concerns not confronted.
Rated 29 Jan 2021
100
94th
Instantly a top ten all time movie.
Rated 22 Jul 2021
78
58th
(Spoilers) As someone who actually attempted suicide back in University this ended up hitting pretty f***ing close to home, so despite it's lack of subtlety or nuance, I'll stand behind any film that has the same message that this does. On top of that, it's one of the rare bromances that is both touching and depicts a mostly non-toxic masculinity. Not the best Bollywood film ever, but certainly has a lot more substance than it's terrible title suggests.
Rated 02 Aug 2021
95
78th
Hiç sevmeyeceğimi düşünüp çok sevmiştim.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
97
98th
?????? ????
Rated 13 Feb 2022
65
62nd
3 Idiots is a decent feel-good-film that remains engaging for its lengthy runtime. Following your passions & challenging convention are positive themes even if simplified. The darker moments however are quickly followed by a humorous scene (mostly slapstick) which may help the pacing but reduces the emotional impact. The sound editing and music is cartoonish & obstructive with unneeded dance numbers. The acting is okay in places and poor in others. The ending is cute but unbelievably optimistic.
Rated 13 Aug 2022
60
66th
It's too long, overly melodramatic, and too on the nose with its moralizing. Despite these flaws It's still a thoroughly enjoyable movie, just bizarrely overrated.
Rated 23 Sep 2022
84
75th
Uplifting story with a solid message. Well acted and good chemistry with the main cast…good visuals, the melodramatic moments hit just right….much of then humor is a bit juvenile….the songs and dance and well done
Rated 12 Feb 2023
42
7th
What starts as a bright and entertaining critique of higher education (through a Bollywood infused spin on ANIMAL HOUSE tropes) takes an unfortunately long-winded nosedive into melodrama, careening into an ill-advised and tasteless exploration of suicide and mental breakdowns, ultimately resulting in a confused and confusing second half which throws in everything but the kitchen sink in an apparent attempt to justify a hopelessly padded 3 hour runtime.

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