Firstpost seems to think it had all the ingredients, but it just didn't cook right.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman teased or disrespected. The film has all the right intentions and ideas and actors but it's just not effective enough. Between celebrating womanhood and showing their inequality angst, the story loses steam halfway."
It commends it as a 'female buddy' film, but doesn't accredit it with the feminist punch everyone expected.
"Nalin's film is great as a montage series of women bonding without melodrama but completely loses the plot when it tries to tie in a bigger issue and ends up with a Hindi mainstream film climax. For it's first attempt at a female bonding film, an eclectic cast, fresh, free flowing style and spirited energy, Angry Indian Goddesses is worth a watch."
Livemint thought the film's flow was abrupt, and it progressed into too much far too quickly.
"Angry Indian Goddesseshas no intention of letting the audience ease into the film. Ten minutes in, Pammy (Pavleen Gujral) has dropped her gym weights on an eve teaser's foot; photographer Frieda (Sarah-Jane Dias) has quit a fairness cream shoot; singer Mad (Anushka Manchanda) has attacked hecklers at a show; company head Su (Sandhya Mridul) has chewed out her employees at a meeting; Jo (Amrit Maghera) has spectacularly failed at being a damsel in distress; and Lakshmi (Rajshri Deshpande) has a man, quite literally, by the balls—all this while In the Hall of the Mountain Kingbuilds to a crescendo in the background. Then, accompanied by the supremely aggressive strains of Bhanvari Devi hollering Kattey, we crash into the opening credits."
But it attributes this quickness to a stylistic choice, a decision to tell these stories in a haphazard, patchwork manner.
"Part of Angry Indian Goddesses' charm (and perhaps its undoing) is its almost unceasing energy. Director Pan Nalin keeps the screen buzzing with overlapping dialogue and loudly voiced opinions, jumpy camerawork and even jumpier editing."
Reuters accuses it of trying to do something that it's not managing to do—be a beacon for empowerment when, really, it lacks the substance to do so.
"Angry Indian Goddesses is a chick flick in denial superficial and skin-deep as most other films, but fools itself into thinking that it is about woman power and women's rights by throwing big words at the audience and framing shots in slow motion." It falters when it decides to pay lip service to all the issues it claims to champion. Its characters mouth platitudes about women's freedom and the film makes statements like "rape is an epidemic in India", which trivialise the issue rather than lending it any heft."
But NDTV thinks it's a real move ahead for gender equality, female empowerment and cinema as well.
"Pan Nalin's Angry Indian Goddesses, on one level, is a charmingly jaunty film powered by peppy performances. But under its cool, casual and cheeky chitchat on matters both saucy and solemn, it is also a trenchant study of a society festering from within. It strikes a fine and rare balance between thematic gravitas and breezy entertainment."
Well, the verdict might be mixed but our excitement stays solid—we can't wait to watch this one!