Glamsham - Martin D'Souza’s Ratings: 4/5
Rowdy Rathore has a storyline, unlike a few of the past Bollywood blockbusters that rode heavily on customized fight sequences. More importantly, Prabhu Deva has the pulse of the audience. This one's going to bring the house down. Akshay gets a huge canvass to display action, romance, comedy and dance. It cannot get bigger than this for him!
Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh’s Ratings:
Rowdy Rathore is designed to magnetize the masses in hordes. The accurate blend of action, emotions, drama and humor, besides a superlative performance by Akshay Kumar, makes this motion picture an immensely pleasurable and delightful movie watching experience. If you savor typical masaledaar fares, this one should be on your have-to-watch listing for certain. Dhamaal entertainer!
Koimoi - Mrigank Dhaniwala’s Ratings: 3.5
What’s Good: The comic scenes; the action sequences; Akshay Kumar’s performance; the music. What’s Bad: The contrived screenplay; a few boring portions of the drama. Verdict: Rowdy Rathore entertains in parts.
Times of India - Gaurav Malani’s Ratings: 3
Rowdy Rathore lives up to its name in creating too much noise for no reason. It also marks the end of a sensibility called Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Oneindia - Nabanita’s Ratings: 3
Rowdy Rathore has the potential to set the cash registers ringing, provided it delivers what it promised. Rowdy Rathore is a total paisa wasool film.
DNA India - Blessy Chettiar’s Ratings: 2
Rowdy Rathore has some very well-executed action scenes. There’s no doubting that the fun in these remakes of South films is directly proportional to how many and for long a hero can beat up rogues. To be rolling on the floor laughing would be asking for too much. A lot of the comedy seems forced and Akshay tends to ham too.
NDTV - Saibal Chatterjee’s Ratings: 2
The thing about a film like Rowdy Rathore is that it lets the viewer stay a step ahead of the action, which is a perfect recipe for an instant connect with the masses. Riddled with an array of loud, lame and specious contrivances, Rowdy Rathore plays out pretty much like a comic-book fantasy rendered in the form of a live-action film. Go for it if you must, but don’t expect the earth from it.
Rediff - Raja Sen’s Ratings: 2
It can hardly be called a film, but ah well. Watch it if only to remind yourself of old Khiladi flicks and remember a time when we used to think heroines couldn't get any plumper or sillier than Mamta Kulkarni. Ah, naive youth.