Film critics have appreciated the stellar performance of Hrithik Roahan and Sanjay Dutt. They are also happy with Karan Malhotra's screenplay and narration. Although he has taken inspiration from Hollywood films for Sanjay's role, they have praised the director for his vision of the villain. Read more for different critics' verdict.
Rediff - Sukanya Verma's Rating: 3
To me, that's exactly how Agneepath works, less of a remake, more of a tribute. They should have just called it Dharmapath.
Times of India - Gaurav Malani's Rating: 3
With Bollywood being obsessed with remakes in recent times, Agneepath is an important lesson on how to pay proper tribute to the original. Despite the original being his home production, Karan Johar attempts playing with fire (treading uncharted territory) with Agneepath and emerges victorious. Agneepath has the fire for a lustrous entertainer!
Hindustan Times - Mayank Shekhar's Rating: 3
The debutant director (Karan Malhotra) is an equally unapologetic devotee of Bollywood's old-world scale and melodrama that few get right. He does, to a great extent, though almost every scene's an announcement, the jarring background score is always in jaagran (or concert) mode, and the camera is constantly at close-up or mid-shot, which can get exhausting to the eye.
NDTV - Piyali Dasgupta's Rating: 3.5
Comparisons are damned. This *is* the new Agneepath. Though it shares a name with the original and begins with a flashback, Bachchan"s larger-than-life- surma-rimmed Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is a page in movie history. A new one begins with this Agneepath.
DNA India - Aniruddha Guha's Rating: 3.5
An adaptation rather than a remake, the film assumes a life of its own once the central plot has been established -- evil Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) frames principled school teacher, Master Dinanath Chauhan, for a crime that results in his death; son Vijay Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) returns years later to seek revenge. Having dealt with that in the first 20 minutes (as in the original), the film then charts a journey of his own.
Oneindia Rating: 4
Agneepath is a revenge drama, which dwells on strong emotions and aggressive and forceful action. The stellar performances of Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt are the major highlight of the film. Ajay-Atul's music, Ravi K Chandran's cinematography, wonderfully choreographed fights and dance sequences, Piyush Mishra's commanding dialogues, beautiful costumes, locales and makeup work are its other attractions.
Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh's Rating: 4.5
Agneepath is a fitting tribute to the masterwork. The movie has all the potential to scale dizzy heights of victory and catapult Hrithik Roshan as the newest member of the 100 cr Club, besides providing the Hindi film industry with the first giant Blockbuster of 2012. A definite winner!
Glamsham - Martin D'Souza's Rating: 4.5
Although it will not have a recall value like the old AGNEEPATH, this surely is a 'must one-time-watch'.