On the whole, Uttama Villain will only appeal to a certain section of audience. Kamal Haasan’s mature performance and a emotional climax are basic assets of the film. On the flip side, a lengthy second half and lack of entertainment values will go against the film big time. Finally, all those who like Kamal Haasan’s style of film making and melodrama might end up liking it. But for the rest, it is just a below average affair.
'Uttama Villain' is not your average mass hero entertainer. It is more artistic than commercial and this is where people might have a problem, especially in smaller towns and cities. But less than perfect execution, low entertainment levels and an unforgivably long runtime of almost 3 hours can get to you. This is not a film for everyone.