Kabali Movie Review | Critic Reviews

Kabali Tamil Movie Review

Kabali Tamil Movie Review

Total Reviews - 18
Average Rating - 5.2/10
Yes - 6
No - 3
Neutral - 9
Watchable? - 83%

Critic Reviews Kabali

  • Times Of India | Review By -Thinkal Menon Rating-6/10
The stunt sequences and shoot-out scenes choreographed by Anbarivu, with Rajini putting his best foot forward, is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans, and are, in fact, among the things that work in favour of the film, in addition to an emotional scene. The story, perhaps, needed a tighter screenplay, but watch it for 'Thalaivar athiradi'. Nothing more, nothing less!

  • The Hindu | Review By -Sangeetha Devi Dundoo Rating-5/10
Kabali offers many moments to savour, and some gutsy ones at that as Ranjith doesn’t pander much to the fandom. But did that also become the film’s undoing? If only the storytelling had been gripping enough to make up for that. The film doesn’t give you the high of saying ‘Manchidi’ (‘Magizhchi’). If one’s looking for a story of an aged don or a do-gooder don, there’s still no beating Nayagan and Thalapathy. Those are tough benchmarks to breach.

  • Rediff | Review By -S Saraswathi Rating-5/10
Kabali is definitely not your regular Rajini film and is most likely to disappoint his fans. The film is also not as gripping as Ranjith’s critically acclaimed Madras. If not for the hype and stunning trailer, which promised an all-out Rajini masala entertainer, the film would have been far more enjoyable.

  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Vignesh Radhakrishnan Rating-6/10
After years of mega budget, formulaic Rajini films, many will struggle to digest what Ranjith has done. Breaking away from the tailor-made yet typical screen plays often used, Ranjith ventures pretty far off the beaten track.A bold move indeed, but after two flops and Shankar’s 2.0 in the making, how will this risk play out? For Thalaivar fans, it’ll be hard to tell. Though Rajinikanth shines, he has a long career in which Kabali doesn’t quite fit.

  • Mid Day | Review By -Krishnakumar Padmanabhan Rating-4/10
In theory, this could have been a great film, but the characterless – literally and figuratively – script is not only bereft of any intelligence or imagination but also telegraphs what little plot twists it has. The resultant soggy mess of a film is thus neither director’s nor star’s. Ranjith has, somehow, managed to deliver a Rajini movie with no ‘Rajini’ in it.

  • AP Herald | Review By -Common Man Rating-6/10
This is definitely not Rajini movie. Watch with open mind. Get ready to face some slow screenplay. However the director has added all commercial elements in second half of the movie. The first 15 minutes and last 20 minutes before Interval are the highlights of the movie. Similarly the climax is also entertaining. Cinematography and Music are the two pillars of the movie and they escalate the movie to new level.
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  • Behindwoods | Review By -BW Review Rating-5/10
Kabali is more of a Ranjith film than Rajini's. Some of the scenes and characterizations do remind you of the director's previous film Madras. One should say the screenplay could have been tighter. Usually, when a new director works with a big star like Rajinikanth, they tend to adjust the flow of the film for the hero's stardom but Ranjith has extracted what he wanted for his script without compromising much.
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  • India Today | Review By -Srivatsan Rating-6/10
In order to sell a story such as the Malaysian-Tamil conflict, the script demanded a commercial hero like Rajinikanth. With a saleable actor on board, Ranjith could have easily written a hardcore story, which he didn't. Kabali doesn't even serve the typical Rajini moments to Thalaivar's innumerable fans. There's the iconic scene of the 'Style Samrat' ruffling his hair, which we had a glimpse of in the teaser, but that's all.
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  • Piping Hot Views | Review By -Moheesh
This is not a movie for the die-hard Rajni fans expecting their hero to whoop the baddies, bring the roof down with his comic sense or play the universe savior – but this is one for those who would love to see Rajni in a matured role that prognosticates his abilities on screen - what the star is capable of at this stage of his career in a well-presented story.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-4/10
Riding on so much hype and Rajinikanth’s star power, Kabali turns out to be a huge disappointment. Though Rajinikanth keeps on saying Magizchi (Cheers! in English) in the film, there is very less to cheer about anywhere in here, even for his die-hard fans. Only watch the film if you want to know why there is so much craze over Rajinikanth.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-5/10
If you’re a Rajinikanth fan I bet you already have watched it. If you haven’t, gear up for 2 and half hours of Rajni swag but in slo-mo this time since the narrative wants you to be high on patience! Kabali does not live up to its hype. In spite of Rajni’s smashing persona, the film fails to make an impact. A 2.5/5 for this Rajni ride.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Arun Venkatraman Rating-7/10
For all its hype, Kabali is not the film it could have been — a reprise of Baasha or an Annamalai. Instead, Pa. Ranjith attempts to give us a return of the prodigal son, who strayed into stardom only to return, 'almost' repentant. However, there's only so much you can do to humanise a god.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-5/10
But for all the pyrotechnics on show, Kabali is no more than a run-of-the-mill action flick. It wears the look of a hastily cobbled lash-up of flashy, violent set pieces hung by a flimsy string from the bulwark of a megastar's enduring star appeal. But then one might argue that a Rajini outing is never so much about the film unfolding on the screen as about the massive hype and hoopla that is generated around it in the world outside.
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  • The Hindu | Review By -Baradwaj Rangan
Kabali doesn’t have the lovely rhythms of Attakathi or Madras, where Ranjith gave us a sense of life being lived with micro-shots of people just… being. This isn’t to say Ranjith is coasting. He’s still trying to stage scenes. The way Ranjith stages it carries an element of surrealism. But yet again, it works better on paper than on screen.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-4/10
Is it merely enough to give fans a larger-than-life Rajni who delivers punchy dialogues, dresses like a dude, walks with a swagger, and yanks out a wrench from inside his sleeve to pummel his rivals? As it turns out, it’s not. That formula’s gotten rusty. Which is why Kabali, while definitely an improvement on Lingaa, is still a disappointment. I’m going with two out of five. Rajni still commands the screen, but the film is a bloated mess.
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  • 123 Telugu | Review By -123Telugu Rating-5/10
The film will only be liked by hardcore Rajni fans for their demi god’s stand out performance. But for the rest, Kabali ens up as a below average outing with not much entertainment going its way. All those who are hellbent on watching this film, our suggestion is to keep their expectations in check other wise they can get disappointed big time.
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  • Danie Britto | Review By -Danie Britto Rating-6/10
Kabali is an in and out Ranjith film. The teaser, posters conceived the image of a massy film on the minds of the audience. Since the movie wasn’t the way it was showcased before its release there is a lot of discontent among the audience. Leave aside the promotions and expectations, Kabali will surely be nice to you.
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  • Chitramala | Review By -Vikram Guru Rating-5/10
Generally audience expect a very racy movie from Rajinikanth, but, this movie is an exception to that which is purely made with the sensibilities of Pa Ranjith. Director Pa Ranjith sticked to his story and does not deviate even to show the heroism of Rajinikanth. It is more Pa Ranjith film than Superstar Rajinikanth’s film. To sum up, Kabaali js a visual narrative of a gangster who has ideals for the people.
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Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi, Kishore, Winston Chao, Kalaiyarasan, John Vijay, Riythvika, Rosyam Nor
Pa Ranjith
Pa Ranjith
Pa Ranjith
G Murali
Santhosh Narayanan
produced by: 
Kalaippuli S Thanu
Action, Crime, Drama
run time: 
152 minutes
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Plot Synopsis
Kabali is a gangster film starring Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte in the lead. This crime action film depicts the eternal victory of good over evil. The protagonist fights to bring justice to the people who suffer.
Before Indian Independence, many Tamils from South India were sent to Malaysia as indentured laborers. Rajni, the protagonist, fights this oppression. After a lengthy imprisonment, he is more determined than ever to fight for his people.