Critics Review


Much Ado About Nothing

Odiyan does not do justice to the kind of ambition it set out to achieve, suffering from poor writing and not so impactful execution; it comes across a huge opportunity lost.(more)

Source: Sethumadhavan, MovieCrow


Director Shrikumar has ably executed Harikrishnan's script that doesn't have mass dialogues or scenes but goes for grounded storytelling. It's quite contrary from all the pre-release hype.

Odiyan would have been a highly engaging film even for the fans expecting a 'mass' movie. Even otherwise Odiyan has good acting, a well thought-out script and brilliant action scenes that the family audience would enjoy. VIDEOS(more)

Source: Sanjith Sidhardhan, Times Of India


Fascinating concept wasted by poor execution

Mohanlal's recently-released Odiyan is the perfect example of how an intriguing script can be messed up by poor execution, says our review.(more)

Source: Janani, India Today


Low on imaginative energy

Shrikumar Menon's Odiyan simply fails to live up to his eerie reputation or create that rare sorcery on screen.(more)

Source: Navamy Sudhish, The Hindu


Mohanlal Excels In This Journey Through Manikyan's Eventful Life!

Odiyan is not an out-and-out mass entertainer as it has a different approach. Odiyan might not be a film that has lived up to the expectations but still it is a decent movie that keeps us engaged. Go in with less expectations and you might enjoy it.(more)

Source: Abhijith, One India


Mohanlal's Manikyan is fast and sharp, but the film is not

Odiyan was like a rubberband that was stretched to the point of breaking. The one to snap, of course, was the audience.(more)

Source: priyanka Sundar, Hindustan Times


The Mohanlal film is a sanitized tale that lacks punch

The lackluster pace of the movie drags down even the performances of seasoned actors like Prakash Raj and Manju Warrier. Mohanlal, more or less, looks lost in the film. It feels like he was so occupied by his weight loss achievement that he failed to notice that the film is not allowing the actor in him to perform.(more)

Source: Manoj Kumar R, Indian Express


Mohanlal's transformed physique, Manju Warrier are USPs of a reasonably watchable mytho-fantasy

This passage, and that excellently choreographed fight to the finish between Manikyan and his enemies exemplify Odiyan's potential - a potential it has not lived up to. As things stand, it is neither extraordinary nor memorable, but it is engaging enough while it lasts.(more)

Source: Anna MM Vetticad,


Mohanlal Shapeshifts To Become A Dozen-odd Animals, But The Film Remains A Wild Bore

VA Shrikumar Menon's mega-budget action drama offers a few flamboyant fights, a moment or two, and a whole lot of disappointment(more)