The Indian Specific movie critic Shubhra Gupta gave Raat Akeli Hai 3 stars in her review. She wrote, “We’ve seen Nawazuddin as a policeman earlier than (Kahaani), however his current prison turns have taken over our reminiscence. It’s good to see him arrayed on the opposite facet, giving us a glimpse into his character’s vulnerabilities. Apte, who had additionally been coming off a lot too-familiar, digs her tooth into her lady wronged: she is aware of that she isn’t at all times in the proper, however she is aware of what is true.”
“The opposite characters are sketched with sufficient element to make them attention-grabbing. A household compelled to dwell with the degrading sexual proclivities of the person who provides them a roof, learns to maintain its mouth shut, until a tragedy forces open the can and the worms begin wriggling: an previous lady hovering over a tightly-wound lady (Raghuvanshi), sons with a watch on the principle likelihood, daughters (Tripathi) and sons-in-law ready for his or her share of the bounty,” Shubhra added.
Shubhra Gupta gave Shakuntala Devi three stars as well, writing, “Balan owns the fabric that she is given, course-correcting each time she tends to slide into being mannered. The supporting solid is ok. Sengupta works properly with Balan, and Malhotra and Sadh, as the fashionable couple, really feel proper. The movie, which stays determinedly cheerful even within the gray hues of London, slides into flatness right here and there. The traces are perky however typically startlingly up to date (did anybody say, for instance, ‘let’s take this to the subsequent stage’, again within the 50s?). However then we slide proper again: that is really a Vidya Balan present, and she or he carries it off, with a glint within the eye, and a lilt within the step.”