Though Madhur Bhandarkar's first attempt at comedy has not been outrightly rejected by critics, many feel it's a half-baked attempt and the director should stick to his favourite genre.
While the director has been appreciated for striking the right chord, as far as storyline is concerned, the treatment has somewhere gone awry. Writes Nikhat Kazmi, The Times of India (3 stars), "Madhur Bhandarkar tries to change tracks. He attempts a switch-over from serious, hard-hitting cinema that chooses to expose the underbelly of society to a light-hearted look at the affairs of the heart. Does he succeed? Well, partially so. For Dil To Baccha Hai Ji may have its heart in the right place but the tone is a bit tenuous and the comedy only intermittently breezy."
Says Anupama Chopra, NDTV (Two and three-quarters stars), "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji has an interesting story but the characters and situations aren’t fleshed out enough. There is an inherent clumsiness and in places the film feels long and leaden. Still, if you keep your expectations low, it makes for mildly diverting entertainment."
But the interesting story and the twists and turns might just make up for other loopholes. Feels Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama (3.5 stars), "The camaraderie between Ajay, Emraan and Omi and the unpredictable storyline post intermission is the driving point of this motion picture. In fact, if the first half is laced with light moments, the second half is where the twists-n-turns crop up and each of those stories get nurtured in the process."
"But there's a flipside too," warns Adarsh, "and that's the choice of actors in the finale. Ideally, the makers could've done with known faces in the end. It would've only been an icing on the cake. Also, there are a few rough edges in the narrative, but not the type that would make a big dent."