A son steps into his father's shoes, has to win a bloody war before he becomes the leader.
Watch Thalaivaa only for its breezy first half.
Vijay underplays his part, dances like a charm. Santhanam strikes again with his impeccable one-liners. But, director Vijay lets you down with his hackneyed plot and scenes.
by Editorial Board - MovieCrow on 09/Aug/2013
A different Vijay offering with enough impactful scenes, which takes its time to build up.
Technically the film is a real feat, with the kind of camera work & fast paced editing by Nirav Shah and Anthony, respectively, which capture the raw nature of the non-urbanized sections of Mumbai. » more
by Editorial board - Behindwoods.com
Largely grim story.
This film is a good attempt to rehash the mafia tales of yore. And Mumbai has been used more effectively here than in most Bollywood movies. However, it's failing is the length. » more
by Meena Iyer - Times Of India
A leader rises to eventually fall
A.L. Vijay has completely gone haywire since Madraspattinam, which still remains a path-breaking film in his career. In his effort to make films with superstars such as Vikram and Vijay, he only ends up churning half-baked products. » more
by Haricharan Pudipeddi - DNA
Must watch for Vijay fans.
AL Vijay knows what Illayathalapathy Vijay fans expect from him. The director has churned out a story that suits Vijay's image. » more
by Sandesh - One India
Thalaiva - In a League of its own
Director Vijay takes his own sweet time in making Vijay the Thalaivaa and forces us to sit through the romantic angle which gets stretched for too long and the momentum looses making the audience feel whether they are watching a rom com » more
by Indiaglitz Review Board - IndiaGlitz.com