Shah Rukh Khan has never looked better; he’s full of fury and for once, isn’t spreading his arms, but breaking others’. The film lies entirely on his shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.
'Raees' is certainly a one time watch but don't expect the unexpected at all. If you are seeking a plot with enough twists then you will be disappointed. It’s just the run-of-the-mill ‘chor-police’ chase, which you must have seen infinite times in the past. Strongly recommended for Shah Rukh Khan fans.
P.S. ‘Raees’ is a slightly better film than ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Fan’.
Raees Review by Firstpost
What a fine, fine performance this is by Shah Rukh Khan — possibly a career best. And what a fine, fine film this is by Rahul Dholakia. Its triumph is that it brings the best of ‘Bollywood’ — the sheer entertainment and glamour and scale of it — to a gripping story. Watch Raees for Shah Rukh Khan. Watch Raees for Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Watch Raees for Rahul Dholakia. But most of all, watch Raees for Raees.
Raees Review by Filmfare
Raees serves up every thrill and spill you’d expect from a commercial masala movie. While the story and ideas aren’t all new or refreshing, Raees’ big play comes from its nostalgic treatment. This is a film for SRK fans and those who’ve grown up on a staple fare of Hindi pot boilers. Heroes, action, dialogue, romance and music this one has the whole jingbang.
Raees Review by India Today
Lastly, the small moments... like the one where Shah Rukh's Raees is happy with the news of a new family member gracing his life very soon and the very next minute, he gets a call to kill someone. Or the one scene where Raees and his men are shipping alcohol, which gives a new meaning altogether to the phrase "Naak ke niche se"; this is intelligent filmmaking in the service of a been-there-seen-that story with risky overtones.
Raees Review by Hindustan Times
Yet, the problem is fundamental: the writing is shoddy and unoriginal. And by the time it wades into certain true events, it is left with too little time and meaning. Raees perhaps works only as an SRK showcase. But we’ve seen many of those already.
Raees Review by DNA
Far better films have been made on crime in the 80s. There is nothing special about Raees. But if you're a Shah Rukh fan, go for it.
Raees Review by Zee News
'Raees' is an entertainer which is driven by powerhouse performances. From dialogue delivery to slow motion sequences, the movie will give you goosebumps at times. If you want to witness high-octane actions, intense emotions and sincere filmmaking, then go for 'Raees'. It amalgamates Shah Rukh's charm and Rahul's intelligence.
Raees Review by Pinkvilla
To point out that the film is unoriginal is futile. Besides blaming the convoluted writing of the film, its forgettable songs at regular intervals hardly makes a strong case for it. Its fabulous dialogues are a handful in number and doesn't have the punch, one may have hoped for. To be fair, Dholakia is more to be blamed for the fiasco. It isn't terrible but paying homage to the baddies has been done frequently in Bollywood. If you are bringing back a lost genre, at least get it right or attempt to give it a fresh spin. Rahul does neither! By DNA, Raees is far from falling under Dholakia's skill set. Then, who is the right man to blame? Maybe it is kohl-eyed, too-good-to-be-bad superstar who wouldn't stop doing indulgent ham fests despite knowing he is made for better. Mr Khan, when will you make us doff our hats next?