Superstar Mahesh Babu's 1: Nenokkadine has bagged mixed reviews from the film critics, who have also lauded the producers for daring to venture into an unconventional genre, when whole Telugu film industry is after commercial potboilers. The critics have appreciated Mahesh Babu's performance, Sukumar's direction and its rich technical values. What did not impress most of them are its length and dragging narration.
The movie has been rated an average of 2.75 out of 5.
Continue to read film critics' verdict on 1:
Oneindia - Rating: 3
Overall, 1: Nenokkadine is a wonderful psychological thriller, which will appeal to a particular section of audience. The movie has Mahesh Babu's excellent performance, Sukumar brilliant direction, and amazing technical stuff. It is a paisa vasool entertainer that will remain as a classic and landmark film in the career of Mahesh Babu and Sukumar. Don't miss to watch the movie this weekend.
Idlebrain - Jeevi Rating: 3.25
When three big names - Mahesh Babu, Sukumar and 14 Reels are involved in making such a high-budgeted film, there are bound to be a lot of expectations. 1 Nenokkadine is not a commercial potboiler. Film lovers who have exposure to Hollywood films and world cinema will appreciate this movie. 1 Nenokkadine is a film that makes Mahesh, Sukumar, producers and entire unit proud.
Indiaglitz - Rating: 2.5
Although a gripping storyline (given that it is a mix of psychological thriller elements and Hollywoodish plot), Sukumar's narration falls short of expectations. The length adds to our woes, so much so one feels like one's patience is being tested.
Gulte - Rating: 2.75
Mahesh Babu's brilliant performance is the only saving grace for this film. He has put in heart and soul in to the character and gave everything to it. But director Sukumar got it completely wrong and 1 ends up as an experiment that went horribly wrong.
Tupaki - 2.25
Too much of technical brilliance doesn't add much to success if it is not supported by stunning story. Though the thought behind making ‘1' is interesting, Sukumar's dull finish in the second hour and with climax is a letdown. No doubt, ‘1' failed to pass many subjects, though he is a brilliant student. B & Centres find it tough to understand this ‘intelligent' guy. We have to see how this impacts trade.
123Telugu - Review
For all the hype surrounding the movie, 1 - Nenokkadine ends up as a disappointment. Except for Mahesh Babu's outstanding performance in the film, there is nothing in the film to entice or entertain movie lovers. The needlessly complex plot and excessive run time make things worse. Because of Mahesh Babu's stardom and the Sankranthi season, the film may pull in good revenues in week 1.
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BharatStudent - Rating: 2.75
Just 'one' and only Mahesh!!The film has come in with a lot of
hype but then it must be said that it is quite different from the
regular commercial potboilers.
Apherald - Rating: 3
The BEST PERFORMANCE by Superstar so far.Hats off to the
producers to believe in such a Risky Plot and director Sukumar for
his taking and yes big actor like Mahesh to work on this
Project.Youth, Families, Mass, Class, Everyone.... Watch it for
Sukumar & Mahesh.
AndhraHeadlines - Rating: 3
If you are looking for pure masala pot boiler, this film is not
for you. The film will be appealed to those who like Hollywood
action thrillers with gripping screenplay. Don't expect ‘Dookudu'
or ‘Businessman' kind of dialogues from Mahesh Babu. He is one
serious guy on a mission in this movie.
Way2movies - Rating: 2.75
1 Nenokkadine - Unique attempt but could've been
effective. Mahesh Babu is the saving grace!!!
TeluguMirchi - Rating: 3.0
This is really the Director's inefficiency. He is unable to
understand how to utilise a Star like Mahesh. He should make movies
with brillance. But, if a movie is made with so much brillance,
then it becomes a Kangali. As it is felt that the movie brings
Sankranthi, two days before, now its great if it stays till
CineForest - Rating: 3
Gautam (Mahesh Babu) is a rock star. He is single-handedly and
his parents are murdered when he was a child. He needs to take
revenge on the murderers of his mother and father. However, he has
a psychological problem. Sameera (Kriti Sanon) a journalist enters
Gautham's (Mahesh Babu) life and fall in love with him.
Chitramala - Rating: 3.5
All in all, 1-Nenokkadine is a great execution of this
interesting genre. The movie might appeal to the viewers seeking
quality in variety and food for thought, but not to those who are
comfortable watching the clichéd entertainment.
Andhrawishesh - Rating: 3.5
Go with zero expectations, you will get definitely thrilled by
Searchandhra - Rating: 3
1 - Nenokkadine ends up as a disappointment. One time
watchable movie for Mahesh Babu Fan's other then better to
TeluguMoviesNow - Rating: 3.5
Sukumar made 1 Nenokkadine with his full concentration
knowing risk of big budget movie. He included commericial elements
and made sure that intense action and superb emotional scenes in
the movie. We have to appreciate his screenplay. The main thing
before we review other aspects is Screenplay.
Tolly9 - Rating: 3
Mahesh is completely seen in a serious and new look. Movie
satisfied the comments as a huge project. Action scenes and chases
will for sure entertain audience. Peter Haynes should be applauded.
Heroine is fine. Comedy is missing in the movie. Cinematography,
First Half fight sequences and DSP's background score are all in
tune with the mood of the film.
Telugucinema - Rating: 2.75/5
In 1 Nenokkadine, individual sequences seep coolness
but the same cannot be said if we see it in totality. Apart from
Mahesh Babu's stunning performance, the drive of the film is
completely off the track. It disappoints.
Myfirstshow - Rating: 2.5
Sukumar tried to show Mahesh Babu in a different manner. But he
failed to do so due to his inexperience in handling super star like
Mahesh. The story of the film is bit confusion for the mass viewers
to understand. The film's pace goes up and down and the length of
the film is a big minus. Lack of entertainment, romance, comedy etc
and dragged climax spoiled the plot. Wonder what the director was
doing for the last two years. Mahesh Babu's performance is
highlight of the film. Except for 10 minutes prior to the interval
and the interval bang nothing in the film interests. Had the climax
been shot in similar fashion, film would have made the cut.
Ycinemas - Rating: 2.5
1: Nenokkadine is released with much expectations and
the director disappoints Mahesh fan's in this aspect. The film's
first half starts with a boring note and ends up with huge
disappointment due to Director's weak narration and dragging
scenes. Except for few scenes the film's total scenes is wasted
which one might definately check in when watched this film.
EenaduCinema - Rating: 2.5
As 'One-Nenokkadine' marks the combo of Mahesh-Sukumar-14 Reels,
the huge expectations are bound to happen. But, the movie failed to
reach it. This Psychological thriller missed much-needed wow
factor, if Sukumar had focused on it, the movie would have become
blockbuster. A tight screenplay and fast narration are must and
should for this type of flick, but missed. Overall,
One-Nenokkadine' is just a Mahesh's show
Andhravilas - Rating: 2.5
This isn't your customary paisa vasool, masala cinema and may
not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're disposed to invest some
patience and soak in the mood of a film that endeavors to appeal to
an audience that's used to visually examining global cinema, 1 will
not disappoint. In this visually stunning film, Mahesh Babu
distributes his vocation-best performance. His son Gautam makes a
debut through a cameo and appears at ease in front of the camera.
As a surprise there's Devi Sri Prasad's background score that's so
different from his customary fare. He's been given the chance to
push the envelope and boy, he does it so well.. Watch it for an
incipient era in film making and Superstar's super
24Krafts - Rating: 2.75
The much hype surrounded on '1 - Nenokkadine' kills the
expectations. Except for Mahesh Babu's outstanding performance in
the film, there is nothing in the film to entertain movie. Mahesh
Babu Stardom only will help the producers to see some good revenues
TimesOfAP - Rating: 2.75
The film has all the ingredients you'd expect in a thriller, but
without the hard-hitting thrills it fails to make audience sit
through the end. Cinematography, First Half fight sequences and
DSP's background score are all in tune with the mood of the film.
But there still is something lacking that makes the film a dragged
TollyView - Rating: 2.5
Since it is a Mahesh movie distributors thought they could price
the movie anyway they want and they thought even if the movie is
AVG it would turn out to be a blockbuster in US.They were wrong the
high ticket prices of $30 to $25 played the
spoil sport and might work against the movie.As it is the movie
received a thumbs down from critics it might not even be a average
runner at US box office will end in losses...
Tollywoodandhra - Rating: 2.5
Films are the cheapest and most common form of entertainment in
Andhra Pradesh. A normal layman to a businessman watch films to
pass his time and enjoy it. But 1-Nenokkadine is not like
you can sit back and enjoy, you have to be attentive to understand
it in the first place with the complex story and screenplay. And as
the movie deals with hallucination and illusions, the logic takes a
toss number of times. Simply, the movie fails to live up to its
promise. Coming to the box office prediction, the movie may enjoy
the roost till Sankranthi weekend!
Tollywood - Rating: 2.75
The movie was made with a huge budget in a short period of time
however the movie was released with a lot of expectations but there
were two side of talk on the movie after the first show of the
movie. Whatever it may be the movie is not so bad or good, we can
say it is OK.
Telugucinemas - 2.25
Overall Experiment is good But Execution is bad Normal viewer
will feel bit bore in Few scenes Lets see how public receive this
Cineoutlook - Rating: 2
The First Half of the movie will be dragged a lot and full of
confusion. Because of the Lengthy Runtime(166 mins) and lack of
highlights in the movie, it will make audience feel bored.
Sentiment worked well before pre climax and Action scenes and Bike
Chases also impressed the audience. The only thing which is
interesting in this movie is Lead pair Mahesh and Kriti Sanon.
Sukumar choosed a complicated script which requires high effort to
make it a success but he failed to reach the common
Business Of Tollywood - Rating: 2
The story is good with a new concept to Tollywood and director
Sukumar dared to experiment such a thing with a Super Star. He
tried his best to add the entertainment quotient to the movie
without much deviation from the story. But the second half is
little dragging and even a little more is expected in terms of
FilmCircle - Rating: 2
Usually we get disappointed if we watch any film with very huge
expectations. But 1-Nenokkadine will disappoint you even
if you watch it with zero expectations. Mahesh fans may watch it
once. Others can walk out after the great interval episode. Few
trade pundits opine 1-Nenokkadine's fate depends on result
of Yevadu. But I feel '1' is a suicide case. It doesn't need any
other film to kill it.
CineCorn - Rating: 2.25
This was the big chance for Sukumar to move to the big league of
directors but he has flounders the opportunity with a convoluted
mess. The basic idea is simple that of the avenging the murderers
of the parents but the director, it seems, wanted to make a grand
movie on that line with lots of philosophical touch. This
philosophy that admittedly emerges from the characters in the movie
itself has been poorly written and executed.
MoviesInfolinePages - Rating: 2.75
Sukumar is one director that makes movies with out of box ideas
and novel themes. He doesn't try to do regular mass masala movies
and always comes up with something new. Even 1 Nenokkadine
has a very unique plot, but he failed to execute it well. He
couldn't blend the action and the psychological angle of the hero
in a proper way and the movie end up as a torture to the
Cinejosh - Review
Time for Sukku to reanalyze the mode of scripting... if his
ingenious skill is used with subtlety...he can bring a change in
Telugu cinema else Sukku should live in his own illusionary world
just like his irresolute hero characterizations. This is not a film
meant for Mahesh Babu or such heavy budget. An experiment of this
kind can be appreciated, if made with a shoestring budget and an
Southcinemas - Review
There is ZERO quotient in the movie to watch for except the idea
of Sukumar which was exploited very poorly .. And this is not the
season to release the movie where Sankranti is for fun mass masala
movies .. Watch it for Mahesh performance if you want to
TeluguOne - Rating: 2.5
The story line is very thin. The director has been able to bring
in an emotional confrontation into the story, which is fine. 1
Nenokkadine has very little to cheer about in terms of the
story which looks like a hotchpotch of sequences. It seems to
meander in the second half where the director fails to handle the
emotional bond in the movie.