Times of India - Karthik Pasupulate's Rating: 4
Pawan Kalyan towers over everything else. It's a tailor made role that carries the movie forward. His body language and dialogue delivery take the cake. The music score by Devi Sri Prasad stands out and enhances the whole experience. The action sequences also have been well choreographed. The movie sets a new benchmark as far as "paisa vasool" goes.
Pawan Kalyan rocks in and as Gabbar Singh. After Kushi, this particular role can be seen as the best in his career. His comedy timing is superb, coupled with mass stunts and dances. Gabbar Singh seems to be tailor made for Pawan Kalyan. The director did follow the original script of Dabangg in most sequences, but gave more importance to comedy. The first half is filled with mass masala, while the second half turns hackneyed, but the drawback is instantly overcome thanks to the comedy.
Oneindia – Ramana’s Rating: 4
Undoubtedly Pawan Kalyan fans will enjoy the film as he delights his fans with comedy and punchy dialogues. Moreover, many of the action scenes would attract the front benchers. The film would definitely go well with ‘B’ and ‘C’ centres. The film would definitely fill the coffers of the producer.
All in all, GS is a treat to Pawan's fans, but it has not been made for the first week audience alone. This one will be a genuine hit, registering repeat audience for sure.
Deccan Chronicle - BVS Prakash’s Rating: 3
Although Pawan carries the film entirely on his shoulders, there is nothing to write home about his onscreen chemistry with Shruti. She is wasted in a role where she has little to do apart from smiling and looking gorgeous. The much-hyped item number 'Kevvu Keka' was a chartbuster, but onscreen it is a big let-down despite Malaika.
Deccan Herald - S Viswanath’s Rating: 3
It’s Pawan Kalyan all the way, who fights and mouths choicest dialogues. Shruti Hassan looks gorgeous as the petite village belle. She proves her talent, despite being consigned to a secondary role. Suffice to say Gabbar Singh is strictly for Pawan Kalyan’s loyals.
The film is indulgent. The overdose of Pawan Kalyan's swagger and slow-motion shots slacken the pace. At some point in the film, you wonder if there's no room for subtleties as dialogue renditions remain over the top. But despite its shortcomings, Gabbar Singh is a fun ride. After the initial few minutes, you stop comparing Gabbar with Chulbul Pandey and the film with Dabangg. Therein lies its success.
Director Harish Shankar’s latest Telugu movie Gabbar Singh starring Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Hassan, is an action-romantic film, which has got positive reviews from the film critics. Pawan Kalyan’s wonderful performance, interesting screenplay, Devi Sri Prasad’s music, action, dance and comedy sequences are its major attractions. The movie has been rated 3.5 out of 5. Continue to read film critics verdict.
Story first published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:37 [IST]