Critics Review


A Spy Thriller That Is Overlong But Reasonably Engaging!

Sardar is sufficiently engaging and moves at a brisk pace. But it is overlong and lacks a strong villain. A globe-trotting spy thriller with multiple makeovers is a genre that Tamil cinema keeps floundering. With that in the equation, Sardar does a lot better and is definitely passable even when you aren�t entirely invested.(more)

Source: Bharath Viajayakumar, MovieCrow


Karthi-PS Mithran's film is the firecracker this Diwali needed

The film would have hugely benefited from a better background score. One cannot help but wonder why Mithran, who is otherwise conscious of everything, couldn�t get rid of songs. The other appalling problem of Sardar is the non-syncing dubbing work, which exposes that many dialogues were added post the filming. However, with the speed at which things proceed in the film, you forget and forgive those shortcomings. The climax hints at a sequel, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the universe of Sardar grow, or should I say MCU� Mithran Cinematic Universe.(more)

Source: Kirubakaran Purushothaman, Indian Express


Karthi is enjoyable in this generic and message-heavy thriller

Sardar�s problem is this: Bose�s betrayal should have been so brutal that it ideally should have translated on us. Instead, when we are presented with what actually happened to Bose, it comes across as too convenient. We feel betrayed in the other sense. Even though we get that Vijaya Prakash is publicity-hungry because he wants people and the department to �forget� who his father was, we don�t take him or his actions seriously. Therefore, he becomes a plain figure for the most part.(more)

Source: Srivatsan, The Hindu


Karthi shines as an action star in this flawed but watchable spy thriller

Sardar is still a watchable spy thriller that�s powered by some great action set pieces. Karthi as Sardar, a spy in his 60�s, makes action look so effortless. His introduction scene amidst a prison riot has to be one of the best sequences of the movie. The action is very smartly choreographed, especially when it involves Sardar, who can�t fight like a typical hero who is in his 20s or 30s. The young Karthi is more of a crowd-pleasing character which is fun to watch initially but gets lost with no purpose in the second half of the movie. The young Rithvik is easily one of the better written child characters in recent years. He has such incredibly good screen presence.(more)

Source: Haricharan , Hindustan Times