Critics Review


Madras Review - Karthi back on track

Pa. Ranjith deserves a lot of kudos for his vision and maturity of story-telling.The movie has equal mix of realism and commercialism blended well to give viewers a unique North Madras experience.(more)

Source: Editor, MovieCrow


Madras definitely deserves a trip to the theaters

Ranjith has to be credited for making all these unknown actors come up trumps with a solid show each. The North Madras lingo is a delight to hear and all the actors and dubbing artistes who have contributed to this effect, deserve a pat or two.(more)

Source: Editorial Board,


Walk in to get a hovering feeling of North Madras

Ranjith's choice of casting and some brilliant locale of North Madras, some power packed performances from the lead cast captivates the audience thoroughly. Karthi has done extensive work in adapting as a local chennaite(more)

Source: Editorial Board,


Madras-It is a gutsy and outstanding film.

Madras works big time as writer and director Ranjith has given priority to his script, which hooks the audiences straightaway. It is a triumph of honest writing and heartfelt dialogues. Anbu�s death scene and the interval block are simply terrific. (more)

Source: Movie Buzz,


An intense and exhilarating socio-political drama with superb detailing

Ranjith keeps defying our expectations in subtle ways. We think we know what the outcome of a scene would be but he constantly surprises us with how the scene is executed. The best example of this is the pre-interval block, which is as tense and suspenseful as the intermission point of Jigarthanda.(more)

Source: M Suganth, Times Of India


Madras: A tale of two halves

Director Ranjith's detailing and storytelling that even a stone wall becomes sentient. After a delightful, racy first half, you want the interval to be over soon, popcorn be damned!(more)

Source: Udhav Naig, The Hindu


Sublime mix of love, poverty and war

Ranjith�s Madras succeeds in portraying the oft-preconceived areas of North Madras for what it actually is. And he does this without losing a definite sense of flair and affectation. Be prepared: if you are expecting a grimy, rundown, lawless state of affairs, this movie might feel like as though an unsuspecting bombshell had gone off above your eyebrows...(more)

Source: Anupama Subramanian, Deccan Chronicle


Karthi delivers a stellar performance

Pa Ranjith's story is very well-etched out and the script is tight. He has all the ingredients that are common to young men as well to most films � love, rivalry, friendship, revenge. But what differs is his story-telling and how he lifts these regular aspects with innovative situations.(more)

Source: Latha Srinivasan, MovieCrow


Madras is a gritty revenge drama that cannot be missed by cine goers

Director Ranjith, after penning a good story, has tried to forcefully add commercial elements. While the first half is well-written and holds your attention through out, the second half turns out to be just an average affair. It is mainly because audience get a clue of what's going to happen in the climax.(more)

Source: Ramchandar, One India


Madras- as realistic as it can get

Very few filmmakers can turn an ordinary tale of politics, friendship and revenge into a masterpiece. Ranjith is one such filmmaker and his "Madras" is probably the best audiences can get from Tamil cinema this year. (more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeedi, IANS