Kaveree Bamzai of India Today gave the film a mixed review, saying, If only Sriram Raghavan had not gone weak on his knees at the thought of love, Agent Vinod would have been a smarter, sharper, cooler film. Gaurav Malani of The Times of India called the film above average and said The film is entertaining but not in entirety. Agent Vinod gets the nod though not whole-heartedly! Blassey Chettiar of Daily News and Analysis rated the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying, Director Sriram Raghavan (Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar) delivers a neat package, a suave lead hero slogging it out in picture-perfect locations, packing punches here and there, zooming off on sexy bikes, sexier cars and finally a copter, all in a day's work. Kunal Guha of Yahoo! rated the film 1 out of 5 stars, saying, Let's just say foreign locales, weapons to annihilate the world, designer suits and not-so-excruciating interrogations don't cumulatively justify Agent Vinod as a thrilling movie-watching experience. Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film 2.
5 out of 5 stars and said, As a film, Agent Vinod must be termed a disappointment, a slick and well-produced throwback to the spy thriller that feels both overlong and under-conceived. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave 2.5 out of 5 noted The result is that Agent Vinod never becomes more than the sum of its parts and even though it picks up speed in the second half, it leaves you both exhausted and unsatisfied. Mrigank Dhaniwala of Koimoi gave the film 2 out of 5 stars as well, commenting, Agent Vinod is a bold experiment gone wrong; certainly not something that entertains in its entirety . (and) comes nowhere closer to the Bond or the Bourne series of Hollywood films.
Zee News commented that, Agent Vinod is a genuine attempt at entertaining in a sensible manner. But it somehow falls short of being declared as a brilliant piece of work. Watch it for its stylish presentation, it hasn't got anything else to offer. Khalid Mohammed of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, commenting, Suggestion: if you do venture into this at best, average Agent Vinod, carry a huge thermos of coffee to stay awake. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 2/5 feels Agent Vinod with so many varied influences that it never finds its own distinct identity.
Richard Kuipers of Variety commented that this big-budget exercise bears all the hallmarks of a franchise-in-waiting; with an injection of the elan the real Maibaum brought to the Bond series, such an enterprise could prove successful. Independent Online from South Africa gives 3.5 out of 5 and says the film is undeniably a cool and entertaining spy thriller.
Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
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