Sriram Raghavan's latest directorial venture Agent Vinod is a action spy thriller, which features Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead. The movie has received average reviews from Bollywood film critics. Saif-Kareena’s wonderful performance, Sriram’s story and directions, stunts, music and camera work have been admired by reviewers. The film has been rated 2.7 out of 5. Continue to read film critics’ verdict.
Glamsham - Martin D'Souza's Rating: 4.5
Saif Ali Khan's Agent Vinod is more Nick Carter in its approach than James Bond. Sriram Raghavan who showed glimpses of his brilliance in JOHNNY GADDAR has clearly managed to merge the two secret service agents. The cocktail is dynamite! There's the flamboyance of a James Bond in Agent Vinod and the careless fearlessness of a Nick Carter in his gait. And to Saif's credit he comes up trumps portraying his character of a Secret Service Agent on a mission to save his country. Suave and sexy would best describe how he carries his character. Flawless would define his performance.
Bollywood Hungama - Taran Adarsh's Rating: 4
Agent Vinod is a hi-octane espionage thriller with a heart. It is not just brawny and dynamic, but witty and crazy too. Ultra slick and stylish, this desi Bond movie adheres to the formula and succeeds in meeting the humungous expectations. Agent Vinod has all the potential to develop into a triumphant franchise!
OneIndia - Rating: 3
Saif Ali Khan’s wonderful performance is the major highlight of the film. Sriram Raghavan’s story and narrations are its USP. Pritam Chakraborty’s music, CK Muraleedharan’s cinematography, Peter Heins-Parvez Khan’s stunts, Pooja Ladha Surti’s razor-sharp editing and panoramic locales are the other attraction of the film. A little amount of trimming could have made it better flick.
Rediff - Raja Sen's Rating: 2.5
Agent Vinod is more of a video game material than a film. If only Agent Vinod were a video game. It has all the hallmarks of a classic: from explosive wall-to-wall action to various levels of globetrotting mayhem, from challenging moments of hand-to-hand combat and clue-hunting to an eclectic slew of fascinating side characters, from a helluva background score to, quite vitally, the fact that it doesn't end where it should and instead keeps giving the protagonist more to do.
Times of India - Gaurav Malani's Rating: 2.5
The film starts with an interesting prologue in Afghanistan and ends with a witty epilogue in London. How we wish the globetrotting in between was as much compelling. The film is entertaining but not in entirety. Agent Vinod gets the nod though not whole-heartedly!
Mid-Day - Shaheen Parkar's Rating: 2.5
During the screening for the media, Saif stepped into the auditorium during the interval to say that if you have sat through the first-half, you will surely sit through the second half as there was lots more! Hope the audience does too. But that apart there are those moments to make Agent Vinod a one-time watch.
Koimoi - Mrigank Dhaniwala's Rating: 2.5
Agent Vinod is a bold experiment gone wrong; certainly not something that entertains in its entirety.
India Today - Kaveree Bamzai's Rating: 2.5
For most part Agent Vinod manages to be cool. But sorry. It doesn't work. And it's because Raghavan, the master of cool, doesn't keep it cool enough. He makes the time honoured mistake of succumbing to the considerable charms of his lead pair and makes it mawkish.
CNN_IBN - Aniruddha Guha's Rating: 2
Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod is brilliant in bits, and incredibly asinine in others. It’s probably the most inconsistently good film I’ve watched lately, and a massive letdown. Which is a pity. It could have made for a rare, looked-forward-to franchise.