Agent Vinod - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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An almost 3-hour long, slick chase sequence that gets exasperating by the end. The climax itself is first unintentionally hilarious and then infuriating. A suave hero you couldn't care for, a pretty damsel-in-distress who exists only to add stress to the hero's life and ours - this situation saved by a brilliant (albeit choppy) background score and a couple of uber-cool action sequences.

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53 reviewers have given Agent Vinod an average rating of 1.7/5.0 (?)

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28 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs up by Amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...There were some things very well done in this film – impressive hand-to-hand fighting sequences, some nicely done chases, a smattering of red herrings in the story and a pretty nice sound-track. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...methinks indifference is sometimes worse than anger, and that one word sums up my reaction to this film. ... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Agent Vinod is the sleekest thing to have happened to Bollywood in a long while... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...With this unrepentant worship at the altar of Sergio Leone (the film opens with a quote from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly), Raghavan announces himself as a prankster, his film as a prank.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...today we have a mediocre AGENT VINOD coming from the gifted director Sriram Raghavan mainly because the man didn’t receive the expected response for his first two extremely well made movies in the rare genre of Crime-Spy-Thrillers. As a result, he changed paths and went on to add all the famous must have Bollywood ingredients in his third venture, bowing down to the public-demand and the star status of the two well established stars in his movie, resulting in an unexpectedly poor film.... full review

So-So by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...Dialogues are witty; Saif gets some very smart punch lines and one-liners, but sadly these are not peppered much throughout the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bollywood Hungama ...No, he isn't rude. Just honest. Life doesn't just go on. It goes on uncaring about those moments of tearful stock-taking which moviegoers would like to think of as the essence of life. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The editing [Pooja Ladha Surti] is razor-sharp at most times, but could've been spruced up during those portions. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jackie J Thakkar, BookmyShow ...Kareena Kapoor is effective and plays a vulnerable role with grit. She combines sensitive victim and feisty femme fatale extremely well in her role.... full review

Thumbs down by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Aadil Hussain (Vidya Balan’s husband in Ishqiya) as a villain is good and so is Ram Kapoor, who looks really ugly with that wig, while corny Prem Chopra is a treat to watch!... full review

So-So by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema ...as the film mounts on style and technique, the characters and the story seem increasingly devoid of depth... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Come on guys, all these smart-alecky nods to childhood favourites, is overdone and by-now uncool. Grow up, cut to the chase. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini ...Saif Ali Khan does much justice to his character. Unfortunately the writing of the character is very inconsistent and it seems like a cross between many Hollywood spy-type heroes.... full review

Thumbs down by Danish Bagdadi, Desi Martini ...Kareena Kapoor tags along for the arm candy and to ask and be asked inane questions from time to time.... full review

Thumbs down by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...The flick does get exciting twice - once in the pre-title sequence and another time during the climax which precedes the long drawn ending. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Saif Ali Khan is earnest in a role that demands him to look good and behave like the royal he is in real life.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...Kareena is all plump pink flesh in a tight red gown. All she does is make doe eyes at whoever happens to be in front of her. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini ...By casting Prem Chopra and Gulshan Grover as caricature of themselves we cant get serious about the plot even if we want to... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...With a shoestring budget he made the brilliant Ek Hasina Thi & has gone exactly the opposite this time around.... full review

So-So by Akansha Naval-Shetye, DNA ...The rest of the star cast is impressive including Ram Kapoor in his Russian avatar and Adil Hussain as the no-nonsense Colonel.... full review

Thumbs down by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Bond-meets-Bourne-meets-TinTin is how Saif Ali Khan described Agent Vinod in his interviews in the lead-up to the film’s release (he left out the fourth more obvious element - ‘Bollywood’). ... full review

So-So by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...ooja Ladha Surti’s editing is slick, but the length is repulsive... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Raghavan uses Hindi film references cleverly and pays homage to the kitschy visual quality of Vijay Anand's cinema like he did in his earlier, far superior, Johnny Gaddaar. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...It’s very well shot, and you get a touristy view of several countries, but with a plot so muddled and direction so heavy-handed, the film ends up with more boring bits than bursts of entertainment. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Film Orbit ...This movie is a prime example of the problem of plenty. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...While the leads don’t quite hit the bull’s eye, the film fires high octane on all cylinders. The fast paced action and slick camera work make it seem like a Mission Impossible film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shruthi Raju, fullhyd.com ...But it's really the performances that save the movie all the way. Those, and some witty one-liners that only Saif could have said.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The premise of the plot when revealed in the end may appear frail to some. Viewed in totality, it is a smart move. One that most will find logic to. ... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Story is very short and one liner also resembles a low budget flop film called ‘Azaan’.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Agent Vinod is also attempting to be too many things — a slick thriller to match Hollywood but also a cheeky homage to cheesy Bollywood movies. So the film has gloss and fast-paced action but the villains are a throwback to the 1980s — after all, how seriously can you take Gulshan Grover in a white suit or Prem Chopra with a ponytail or Shahbaz Khan with one glass eye?... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The action in the film is choreographed slickly, but you can't help feeling a tad let down.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...So while you enjoy the Charlie Chaplin joke or smile at Don references, you continue to search for that sparkling intelligence and innocuous manner of narrating a scene that transforms the banal into brilliant in his previous films – Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar.... full review

So-So by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...He makes the time honoured mistake of succumbing to the considerable charms of his lead pair and makes it mawkish. So mawkish that it induces sniggers.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Saif Ali Khan (or his body double) executes some eye-catching stunts but gets lost in the look-at-me-playing-the-suave-spy endeavour. ... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, indiatimes ...'Agent Vinod' is slick and visually stylized, but loses steam at times. ... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Thankfully the romance track between Saif and Kareena isn't overblown. Their camaraderie is buildup amidst the central plot and the narrative never strays from its core genre.... full review

Thumbs down by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi ...Agent Vinod is a bold experiment gone wrong; certainly not something that entertains in its entirety.... full review

Thumbs down by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...the biggest let-down is the set action pieces—they don’t wow you nor do you feel the adrenalin rush of a hair-raising car chase or a shootout in the desert. ... full review

So-So by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...Saif puts in an earnest effort in his role though at times Kareena does seems a tad disinterested no wonder she has proclaimed she would rather shun action flicks.... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...credit is due to the background score and also to Raghavan's directorial genius as he tips his hat to everyone from Bud Spencer to the original 'Agent Vinod' actor Mahendra Sandhu to spaghetti Western 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly'. ... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...This is the paradox that Raghavan battles, trying to create space for his vision by pushing back the walls of what is essentially a cramped boxy Bollywood-meets-Bond genre. ... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...There appears a desperate attempt to weave songs in the film and it can be seen in its tattered form as the Mujra shapes in the film in a typically Bollywoodish manner. ... full review

Thumbs up by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...The editing is amazingly smooth in view of the convoluted plot. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Agent Vinod wants to be funny, and while there is the occasional burst of wit, it's exhaustingly rare.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The second half drags on interminably, defeating the very purpose of a spy thriller and by the time the credits roll, you are just glad it’s over. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...Saif (producer) and Kareena are honeymooning all over the world at the expense of the film ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...A Charlie Chaplin reference in the middle of a serious, possibly fatal chase could have made for delicious irony, but falls flat. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...RD Burman's music provide nice music. There are several other attractive features like Raj Kapoor songs, the nightclub and bikini-clad woman in a pool.... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Music in more cases than one seems forcefully inserted in the storyline with the help of loosely knit links.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...And Agent Vinod is a fairly good start to a franchise, even if extremely inconsistent and long.... full review

Thumbs down by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...Dear Raghavan Sir, you started by quoting Sergio Leone. Allow us to end with William Shakespeare. True that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but a Bond or a Bourne movie by another name, in another country, with another wrapping doesn’t spell that solid.... full review

So-So by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall ...Loopholes apart, Raghavan does have some unparalleled moments of brilliance and you grin hopefully when you see a couple of superbly-choreographed fights sequences over retro music that only this filmmaker can conceive (a la Shaitan, but much, much better).... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...While severe interrogations and dodging a million bullets can be exhausting, what seems to hurt them the most is assuming any recognizable facial expression. Perhaps special agents are trained to be poker faced... full review