Kadal is shallow
The major dampener for Kadal seems to be its inability to draw you into the emotional tangle between the four primary characters. It all seems a bit superficial and you really do not invest yourself with any of them.
by Bharath Vijayakumar - MovieCrow
Kadal is an average fare!
Rajiv Menon�s striking camerawork; especially those scenes framed against a monsoon sky, heavy with dark clouds, deep sea are magical. AR Rahman's music is one of the major plus of the film and pick of the lot is Moongil Thottam... and Elay Keechan... . » more
by Moviebuzz - Sify.com
Kadal might impress you if you are a bookworm!
Like Mani's earlier films, the cinematography is surreal, grandiose and simply overwhelming. Rajiv Menon's cinematography is exceptional and the spectacular locales are a visual treat. Kadal has quite a few enjoyable songs. 'Adiye...', 'Elay keechan...' and 'Moongil thottam...' are our picks but the... » more
by Prakash Upadhyaya - One India
Kadal has nothing new to offer
Debutant Gautham Karthik, who had quite a substantial role, pulled it off with elan. He had to showcase a variety of emotions - raw, rugged, earthy, tender - and he made a mark. Gautham is a natural performer and is surely here to stay. » more
by Radhika Rajamani - Rediff.com
Technically brilliant, but wanting in Mani Ratnam's magic
Technically Kadal boasts of illustrious names that prove their mettle once again. In a film like this, there are huge chances that the cinematography overshadows the script. But Rajiv Menon's success lies in his camera travelling unobtrusively with the needs of the script. Some of the shots he has c... » more
by Behindwoods Review Board - Behindwoods.com
It is a failure for Mani Ratnam the storyteller, saved only to a certain extent by his visual flair.
The other unexpected letdown lies in the way the songs are placed and picturised. While the visuals seem to be a retread of what we have seen in his earlier films (Adiye... holds the echoes of Raasaathi... and Nenjinile... while Moongil Thottam... feels like a hastily done mash-up of Pachai Nirame..... » more
by M Suganth - Times Of India