Critics Review


Ethir Neechal has the right combination of commercial ingredients that will entertain you throughout the running length

Anirudh has proved that he is not a flash in the pan. Post the mesmerizing songs in '3' and a soulful number in 'David', the young music director has come again with a handful of fresh songs. Also, the background score is romantic initially and pulsating when the movie gains seriousness. Velraj has done a very impressive work behind the camera. The colour tones in 'Velicha Poove' song are so aesthetic and he has also captured the marathon race brilliantly.(more)

Source: Raven, MovieCrow


A wholesome package which has something in it for everyone

The film throws light on the hardships that humble athletes have to encounter in the face of the rich, influential people who matter. In these segments, the ambitions that a dad has for his daughter and his efforts in bringing her talent to light, have been portrayed well. There is also a subtle mother sentiment angle earlier in the movie, between Siva and his self-respecting mother who struggles to raise him single-handedly.(more)

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Paisa Vasool

It is an out and out Sivakarthikeyan film and he is superb. He shines in comedy as well as emotional scenes. Priya Anand has nothing much to do, but is adequate for the role. Satish (Marina fame) who comes as hero`s friend is simply too good and brings the house down with his one-liners. (more)

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Standard sports movie masala

The first half of Ethir Neechal follows the current Tamil cinema formula of 'laughs first, plot next'. So, we spend the first 30 minutes laughing at Harish's plight in having a double entendre of a name. For the next half an hour, we laugh at his attempts to woo Geetha, a school teacher, using his landlord's overweight son as an excuse. So far so good as Durai Senthilkumar exploits the wisecracking happy-go-lucky guy persona of Sivakarthikeyan to keep us entertained.(more)

Source: M Suganth, Times Of India


Ethir Neechal is an absolute delight

What is undoubtedly the highlight of the film is the Dhanush-Nayanthara kuthu dance number that had the audience on their feet, whistling, clapping and screaming for an encore. The man with the Midas touch, Dhanush, seems to have struck gold once again. Success seems to follow him in everything he does, be it acting, singing or producing.(more)

Source: S Saraswathi,


Ethir Neechal not out of the box, yet entertaining.

Siva played his part effortlessly and proved once again that he is not only fit to play comedy roles. While focusing too much on our male protagonist, the film doesn't use its two female leads - Priya Anand and Nandita effectively.(more)

Source: IANS, One India


Run culture

Save for a song that involves prancing about in silly matching-colour outfits, the romance between K and Geetha is beautifully developed, eschewing sentiment for a light-hearted tone. This happens in the first half, which is delightful. And then, unfortunately, we land in an entirely different movie, an underdog sports saga that was never hinted at earlier, except in clumsy expositional flashes at the beginning. (more)

Source: Baradwaj Rangan, The Hindu