Helmed by Luv Ranjan, Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha and Kartik Aaryan starrer Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a romantic comedy film and was released today (23 February 2018). The film, which is bankrolled by produced Ranjan with Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Ankur Garg, marks the fourth collaboration between Luv Ranjan and the lead actors Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha after having worked together in Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Akaash Vani and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 previously. While Pyaar Ka Punchnama was a hit because most of us were able to relate to the story but it seems that Kartik-Nushrat’s latest outing has failed to impress the critics and here’s why.

Hindustan Times: The one thing that worked for Pyaar Ka Punchnama films was the relatability, even if it was restricted to guys-only discussions. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety doesn’t have that, nor is it funny. If there’s one fresh or slightly entertaining thing in the film, it is the pairing of Alok Nath and Virendra Saxena. Alok Nath shuns his sanskari image and dons the avatar of a cool granddad. Though his dialogues are also gender-biased, the novelty of watching Alok Nath in a non-sanskari garb can be fun.

Firstpost: Commercial Hindi cinema sorely needs a homosexual romance, but not an unwitting one. The impression of a gaymance in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety comes not from a well-meaning director’s deliberate intent. It is a product of poor acting and writing. It is possible that Ranjan may make a better film someday, once he recovers from his raging hatred towards women and realises that in giving vent to that feeling, he is also repeatedly portraying men as manipulable fools and cowards. Mostly though, this is a tacky, trite recycling of a recipe that has brought box-office success twice to this director. Why bother writing an original script when a photocopy machine is at hand?

Indian Express: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is breezy enough, and provides some laughs, some of which escape involuntarily. But it also leaves you wondering. Can Ranjan grow up his callow characters? Of course, he can, because he has the smarts (remember Pyar Ka Punchnama?). Does he really want to? I’m not sure. Sharp comedy of the sexes is the hard stuff. Cheap laughs are easy. ALSO READ: Kajol And Ajay Devgn To Celebrate 19th Wedding Anniversary Tomorrow, Special Day’s Plans Revealed!

News 18: It’s time for Ranjan to actually grow up in his thoughts rather than serving up the same mentality again and again. The film had all the potential with a good cast to address the millennial issue of ‘third wheeling’ and that would’ve been fun to watch, but instead, they decided to make it an out and out ‘guy’ film, slamming women for even existing and that bit hurts a lot. Overall, the film is a great entertainer in the anti-women genre, but sadly for Ranjan, it is not a proper category yet and thus the film deserved to called a sexist, ‘eye-roll’ worthy ride which will leave you frustrated and angry by the end of it.

Rediff.com: Despite its smothering ideas of both friendship and romance and woeful predictability, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety amuses in fits and starts by virtue of a delightful supporting cast. It doesn’t take much to warm up to the chatter and banter of the whimsical relatives gathered around the pesky titular oafs. As the expletive hurling, recliner happy, and whisky glugging cronies, Alok Nath and Virendra Saxena throw their sanskari caps out of the window and preach irreverent gyaan like they’ve practised it. Next to their boisterous Chandler and Joey-like camaraderie, Sonu and Titu’s pale boy bonding stands no chance. Even where the humour has a potential for slam-dunk, neither Kartik nor Sunny are able to get their feet off the ground and go beyond what’s on paper. Against their bland impulses and phony chemistry, the joke either falls flat or doesn’t register at all. Ditto for the melodrama. The girlfriend outwitting the best friend and vice versa trope too gets tired after a while. Just like the gag with the niggling domestic help. ALSO READ: God, Sex And Truth: Will Ram Gopal Varma Face Jail Term For Filming Porn In Hyderabad?

Times Of India: What doesn’t work for the movie is its duration. Stretched for almost 2 hours, 20 minutes, the Sonu vs Sweety battle, several songs and dialogues (tu shaadi sirf sex ke liye kar raha hai kya) keep going in circles to the point of being uninteresting. Also, Sonu’s outright hatred for Sweety lacks a valid reason, which makes his motive to break Titu’s marriage seem more like a romantic obsession than possessiveness or protective behaviour as intended. Despite the odds, this bromance vs romance comedy works as an exciting guessing game to predict who’ll end up as the third wheel — best friend or girlfriend? This means war. Watch this space for further updates.