Critics Review


Fairly Watchable

The opening, mid and closing is done well, but the rest of the portions deserved better. More depth in characterizations rather than repeating the same content would have helped us to invest more on the drama.(more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


An engaging and affecting tale of a toxic relationship

Young debutante Prabhuram Vyaas has chosen a mature subject and has succeeded to a great extent in authentically bringing to life a slice of life of a toxic boyfriend. His solid writing and adept filming have made him one to watch out for in the future.(more)

Source: Indiaglitz,


Lover is a brutally honest and bittersweet relationship drama

After a very engaging first half, the narrative does become stagnant for a while in the second half, but even these moments are packed with emotional highs, like Divya's heartbreaking apology to Arun's mom, or her friend Suhail's (Harish Kumar) throwaway line when Arun tells him that he fiercely loves her, or the scene when Divya finally decides what has to be done. We see that she knows stating something might instantly make Arun realise the error of his ways, but also sense that she's been putting it off as she doesn't want to hurt him, and knows there's no going back for either of them once she's said that. It's a testament to the writing and performances that the director makes this moment poignant, bittersweet and quietly affecting, all at once.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


Prabhu Ram Vyas's terrific 'Lover' charts the stages of a breakup with clinical precision.

Lover is essentially less a �story� than a collection of scenes built around a theme, and it took me some time to slip into the film�s rhythms, because they are so new. Manikandan and Sri Gouri Priya perfectly convey the crux of the relationship. She has a natural reserve on camera (perhaps because she is still so new), and this helps to keep Divya aloof. But in the outburst scenes, she really cuts loose. Manikandan is superb in the sequence where Arun is at a party where he doesn�t belong, one that he isn�t really invited to, and he is trying to tell every bone in his body to behave itself. And his casual rapport with Madhan, later, is a perfect representation of how you behave with someone when you stop seeing them as a rival. (more)

Source: Galatta,


A visceral look into the death throes of a relationship

Lover is a straightforward film about love, decay, attachment, and letting go but the straightforwardness is handled with a refreshing dose of conviction. The characters do not go through grand arcs, we are not sure if Arun�even as he evolves�learns the right lessons out of the pain but that only makes the film more real. Lover fumbles in places where it tries to wring the �point� out of a scene but excels in places where a lot is unsaid or unfinished and yet a lot more shines through the subtext. (more)

Source: prASANTH, The New Indian Express