August 15 deals with an investigation of assassination of Chief Minister of Kerala. The movie throws light on present political situation and personalities, but it fails to touch the hearts of critics. Paresh C Palicha writes on Rediff: "On the whole, August 15 fails to provide the thrills and becomes a silly hero-worshipping political film. Pick up a DVD copy of August 1 instead."
The movie has been bashed for its old narrative style. Sify review writes: "With an old narrative style, the film appears to be a never ending affair for the viewers, though the length is about two and a half hours. S N Swami"s script is too old fashioned and is based on a rather flimsy plot. The visuals by Pradeep Nair are okay."
Neil Xavier writes on Yentha: "My final word for the movie - Not lengthy but without the mandatory breaks for songs, one is tempted to believe otherwise. No suspense. Little thrill. Ordinary action sequences. Looked more like a promo for the present ruling party. August 1 made two decades back stands way ahead of its sequel - quite expected of all sequels one may add but after 20 years one."
Despite getting unfavourable reviews, Christian Brothers has been doing well at the Box Office for one week. The reason behind this is the cast of biggies like Mohanlal, Dileep, Suresh Gopi and Sharath Kumar. August 15 features Mammootty as Crime Branch officer Perumal. As usual, his performance has been well appreciated by critics. Now, it should be seen whether Mammooka's would do the same as Mohanlal with Christian Brothers.