Sekhar Kammula is one of the most critically acclaimed directors, but his latest romance family drama Life is Beautiful starring Shriya Saran, Amala Akkineni and Anjala Zaveri in leads, has failed to impress the film critics. The Telugu movie has garnered mixed reviews from them. Sekhar's wonderful direction and lead actors' good performances are its main attractions. But critics say that the story of the film lacks freshness when compared to his previous flicks. The film has been rated an average of 3.25 out of 5. Continue to read film critics verdict.
Oneindia - Ramana's Rating 3.5
Some emotional scenes in the second half and the climax are enough for the paisa vasool of your ticket. Don't watch the film with high expectations.
Super Good Movies - Rating: 3.5
Go and Watch the film with low expectation and when you have time to spare. First half of the movie is a jolly ride. And the problem is with the never ending second half but it contains some excellent sentimental scenes more particularly towards the climax.
Gulte - Rating: 3.5
If you are a fan of Sekhar Kammula movies and if you have loved Happy Days very much, Life is Beautiful too will satisfy to an extent. Except for some good moments, Life is Beautiful is not a great film. May be it is the weakest of Kammula's till date. That doesn't mean it is bad. We intend to say that his previous films were better.
Rediff - Radhika Rajamani's Rating: 3
Life is Beautiful may be long, it may be similar to Happy Days and have certain flaws, but this Sekhar Kammula film appeals to our emotions and experience of a certain way of life.
Times of India - Karthik Pasupulate's Rating: 3
The writing is simple but falls short of being soulful. Also there seems to be a little too much of the Happy Day's hangover be it the characters or narrative flow so might be a case of diminishing marginal utility as well.
We always trusted but only two directors to come up with thematic variety unfailingly every time - SS Rajamouli and Shekar Kammula. By parodying Happy Days, the latter loses our trust.