Critics Review


Vijay single-handedly rules this Sarkar

The director should be unreservedly applauded for making it all come together and work spectacularly with his scene construction, dialogues and some twists that keep it highly engaging from start to finish. (more)

Source: Editor, MovieCrow


Sarkar is a full-fledged political action thriller served with necessary mass masala ingredients aimed at masses

Sarkar is Vijay's show all the way, he carries it on his broad shoulders with his powerful dialogue delivery and impeccable performance. The scene where Vijay explains the pain of fishermen family is sure to melt stone hearts and the second half is filled with many such scenes. While the first half appears like any other mass masala films, the real story only begins in the second half.(more)

Source: Moviebuff,


Sarkar is Vijay's strong political voice for a change! Screenplay could have been more engaging and crisper, specially in the first half. But Go for it, this deepavali season

With an exponentially better second half, ARM works his way out by scoring in scenes that will connect with the audience in a more personal way. AR Rahman's background score in the first half could seem quite functional, but he makes up for it with a superb score in the second half. Girish Gangadharan's cinematography is decent and gels well with the film's mood. Sreekar Prasad proves his expertise in the cuts, but there are numerous scenes that don't quite fit in the scheme of things. Ram-Laxman's stunt choreography is slick and their job is commendable. (more)

Source: Editorial Board,


Vijay is in top form in a smart, overlong film that has a good message but lacks strong antagonists.

Muragadoss has executed the film well, choosing to go with a developed script than just fan service. In fact, the songs and a few action scenes that panders to the �mass� audience is what weighs down the film, which is otherwise evenly paced. The makers also deserve credit for taking the effort to present facts that add credibility to the story that is extensively based on election laws. (more)

Source: Sanjith Sidharthan, Times Of India


Good intent but with much more slick execution, the impact would have been higher.

Sarkar shows Thalapathy Vijay in top form, striking gold with his screen presence, both with his royal mannerisms and also when things turn serious. His performance while struggling for society, his dialogue delivery when he explains the reality and his energy during the fight sequences are all exhilarating to watch. It needs real guts to act in such a bold role as a man who speaks out about the dark reality of our society. (more)

Source: Galatta Review Board,


Go for Thalapathy Vijay's One Man 'Sarkar'

screenplay is completely devoid of logic right from Vijay taking his case to court to contesting in the elections that all seem too easy and unconvincing even by commercial cinema standards. The screenplay slump is massive in the second half with the last one hour loaded with over the top speeches making it an ordeal to sit through as there is nothing new or intelligent in the hero's methods to best his enemies. The director could have handled a sincere actor like Vijay better and not let his performance border on overacting. (more)

Source: Review Board,


Not a Sarkar Deepavali

Sarkar belongs to Vijay, but not AR Murugadoss. It's tailor-made for 'Thalapathy' who speaks of farmer suicides, Jallikattu, Tuticorin protests, the fishermen's issue, �marketing and branding� and how with the support of youngsters, he can save Tamil Nadu. Watch out for the scene where he talks about tomatoes and ketchup, please.(more)

Source: Subhakeerthana, Indian Express


Vijay-starrer is entertaining but lacks the punch of his earlier films with AR Murugadoss

The trouble with Sarkar is that the story-line is wafer thin: one man taking on a corrupt political system single-handedly. It is a beaten-to-death subject with hardly any twists. The writing and screenplay lacks depth and is highly illogical in many places, with too many cinematic liberties taken by the director to justify his story. The message and treatment of the plot is good till the interval, but loses momentum in the second half. (more)

Source: SridharPilai,


An Efficient Political Platform That Should Have Been A More Effective Movie

Sarkar is an efficient setup for a political entry, but as a movie, it should have been far more effective. Murugadoss, as always, comes up with terrific masala ideas: the scene where a hospital is filled with victims of apathy by various government departments, or the scene where Sundar (who destroys global brands) vows to destroy the brand value of the Chief Minister (Pala. Karuppiah), or the father-daughter scene that�s laced with both ambition and poignancy. But while there are no speed breakers (except the blingy music videos set to AR Rahman�s songs), the air is filled with the dull drone of proficiency instead of being charged with electricity. There�s no sizzle, no punch. The big problem in this long film is that there are no surprises. The hero is always three steps ahead, and his enemies look like clueless fools - even the character played by Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, who hisses like a snake but is defanged by the writing. (more)

Source: Baradwaj Rangan,


Source: PRasanth, Prashanth