Raavanan (Villain) Reviews

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
A.R. Rahman's omni-present score is as overbearing as most other aspects of this overwrought melodrama.
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
June 24, 2010
The love triangle is as tediously underwhelming as the slo-mo action, but the actors, costumes and lush mountainsides are easy on the eye.
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2010
Somewhat succeeding as a specimen of pulpy, viscerally lavishing moviemaking, but largely weighed down by overly sentimental subplots, mostly thin characters, and an aural onslaught of a score.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cath Clarke
Guardian
June 17, 2010
Bollywood golden couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan star in this absurdly extravagant melodrama, rife with cliches, song-and-dance showstoppers, macho action sequences and lush tourist board-approved landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 18, 2010
Not unusually for a Bollywood movie, Raavan combines beautiful photography, over-the-top acting, cheesy special effects and musical numbers that stretch things out well beyond the two-hour mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 21, 2010
Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 22, 2010
An exhilarating and thrilling adventure brimming with lush, breathtaking visuals, lively musical numbers and a captivating love triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.0/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2010
Ratnam's pace is steadfastly brisk, and his film is replete with dizzying camerawork, myriad complications, violent mayhem, broad humor, usual musical interludes, a cliffhanging climactic confrontation and a finish that strikes a note of poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
June 18, 2010
Artful but not arty, Mr. Ratnam, whose films include Dil Se and Guru, delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Poonam Joshi
Film4
June 24, 2010
Only director Mani Ratnam could have the dexterity to ascribe the story of The Ramayana to a raw, modernist setting and yet remain faithful to the original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
August 15, 2011
While it's hard to see why Villain was so feted by the Japanese academy, the moody, social-realist vibe makes this worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2010
Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
June 18, 2010
Dark, psychologically trenchant modern retelling of the ancient epic The Ramayana, with a police inspector's wife held captive in a jungle by a near-mythic tribal leader.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2011
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