Raavanan (Villain)
Raavanan (Villain) (2010)

A bandit who lives in the forest kidnaps the wife of a local police officer.

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Robert Koehler

A cop and self-styled Robin Hood face off in a wild and brawny contest in Mani Ratnam's bullets-and-dance spectacle Raavan.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Artful but not arty, Mr. Ratnam, whose films include Dil Se and Guru, delivers the goods.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat.

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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly

The love triangle is as tediously underwhelming as the slo-mo action, but the actors, costumes and lush mountainsides are easy on the eye.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Not unusually for a Bollywood movie, Raavan combines beautiful photography, over-the-top acting, cheesy special effects and musical numbers that stretch things out well beyond the two-hour mark.

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David Hughes
Empire Magazine

While it's hard to see why Villain was so feted by the Japanese academy, the moody, social-realist vibe makes this worth a look.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Ratnam's pace is steadfastly brisk, and his film is replete with dizzying camerawork, myriad complications, violent mayhem, broad humor, usual musical interludes, a cliffhanging climactic confrontation and a finish that strikes a note of poignancy.

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Simon Foster

A.R. Rahman's omni-present score is as overbearing as most other aspects of this overwrought melodrama.

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