Agent Vinod - External Reviews
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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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 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 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
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