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  • ...a hi-octane espionage thriller with a heart.

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  • 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.

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  • ...is cool. But not steamy enough to win a license to thrill.

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  • The film is never halfway intelligent, but never boring.

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  • ...several shades lighter than Raghavan’s previous crime thrillers, Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar.

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  • ...is style over substance. A little mish-mash and a little rehash.

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  • More pulp than pulpy, apart from the performances and a few riveting moments, Agent Vinod doesn't have much to offer.

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  • ...as a game it'd be sensational, and tremendous fun. As a film, on the other hand, Agent Vinod must be termed a disappointment, a slick and well-produced throwback to the spy thriller that feels both overlong and under-conceived.

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  • Though there is an earnest attempt to make a thriller considering that the director (Sriram Raghavan) is known for this genre of films - Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar-- this time the makers have tried to make a masala thriller stirring in too many ingredients making it difficult to digest.

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  • Despite Raghavan's mastery in certain moments, the script – undoubtedly mangled on the edit table – leaves the film like a rudderless boat in open waters: floundering for direction. Watch it for the ride, but don't expect to be rattled.

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  • ...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.

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  • ...watchable but forgettable.

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  • While the basics make sure that Agent Vinod is way better than run-of-the-mill Bollywood, our standards for Sriram Raghavan are sky high. This is a disappointment only because we expect a lot more from the guy who takes his time and dedicates himself completely to films.

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  • ...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.

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  • 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.

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  • An almost 3-hour long, slick chase sequence that gets exasperating by the end.

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  • ...if you do venture into this at best, average Agent Vinod, carry a huge thermos of coffee to stay awake.

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  • You can see the Bond-Bourne-Ludlum influences, but not the unfettered play of Sriram Raghavan’s wit and intelligence. Where's the fizz?

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  • For a large portion of Agent Vinod, you don't know where things are going… and then it all stretches on so needlessly that you stop caring.

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  • A disjointed narrative, uninspired camerawork and set action pieces that fail to wow make this film a jumpy ride.

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  • The issue with Agent Vinod is that it’s trying to achieve a certain coolth but falls flat on its face in the face of impactless writing.

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  • ...no wit, no sense of fun, no tongue-in-cheekiness and a pace slower than an old vsnl dial-up connection.

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  • ...an overcooked pot-boiler.

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  • Why do filmmakers who work so well within the confines of Bollywood mandates feel pressured to set course for western horizons? Is it simply not enough, anymore, to tell a solid story in an emotionally engaging manner, without stopping, periodically and apologetically, to unburden a guilty conscience?

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  • There is an incredible urge to run a fine comb through Agent Vinod, to straighten the several strands, trajectories, characters, locations that end up as one big clutter in the mind’s eye.

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  • A thriller so pacy that the tale soon turns into a blur of events.

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