Vijay-Mohanlal's latest release "Jilla" has received positive reviews from critics. [Also Read: "Jilla" Box Office Collection Report]

According to critics, "Jilla" is an out-and-out mass, masala entertainer that is sure to impress Vijay fans. The film's story revolves around the bond shared between Sivan (Mohanlal), a powerful don who rules Madurai, and his foster son Shakthi (Vijay).

Shakthi's biological father, who worked as Sivan's driver, is killed by a police officer. As a result, Shakthi hates cops, but circumstances force him to become a police officer. What happens next, forms the crux of the story.

"Jilla" mainly works because of the presence of south India's two big stars - Vijay and Mohanlal. Critics have appreciated the performances of both the actors. While Mohanlal has won accolades for his convincing portrayal of the don's role, Vijay has been appreciated for an all-round performance in terms of action, comedy, dance and emotions. The chemistry between the father-son duo is the main highlight of the film.

Other actors including Kajal Aggarwal, Soori, Poornima, Mahat Raghavendra and Niveda have done their parts well. One of the major highlights of "Jilla" is its background music, scored by Imman.

On the downside, "Jilla" seems to be a bit lengthy and critics feel the film should be cut down by about 20 minutes. [Update: "Jilla" film trimmed by nine minutes and its runtime is now 2 hours 40 minutes]

Despite some minor issues, "Jilla" is expected to have taken a fantastic start on the first day of its release. With the film getting positive reviews, it is likely to earn good collections in its opening weekend at the box office.

Here is the review roundup of "Jilla"

M Suganth of The Times of India says, "It looks like Vijay has realized that he can be in mass masala films that are not only entertaining to his fan base but also to every segment in the audience. He did this earlier with films like Ghilli, Pokkiri and Thuppakki, and does it now with Jilla. This time, he shares the glory with Mohanlal, who plays his godfather in the film."

"As far as commercial films are concerned, Jilla is definitely assured filmmaking," he says. On the flip side, "the main issue with Jilla is that it is overlong. Neason, probably in an effort to make it a wholesome entertainer, keeps packing in scenes oblivious to the running time. So, we have an unwarranted sub-plot involving Sakthi's sister and forcefully fitted songs which only make the film lengthy," Suganth adds.

According to Indiaglitz, "Comedy, action, sentiment, emotion... you name it, the story has it. 'Jilla' keeps you entertained all through its long run time. Given the duration of the movie, 'Jilla' is so racy and entertaining that three hours don't seem that long. The film is one of those rare masala movies that has a specific importance assigned to each of the scenes. In effect, there's practically nothing in the movie that is out of place, even by chance. Delivered in a thoroughly entertaining package, 'Jilla' is a perfect Pongal entertainer, for audience of all kinds."

According to Behindwoods Review Board, "The charismatic screen presence of Vijay and Mohanlal, few enjoyable musical tracks and comedy scenes and power packed action sequences mark Neason's Jilla that travels on a standard template and satiates Vijay's fans."

According to Sify, "The film works mainly due to Mohanlal and Vijay combo. 'Jilla' is masala entertainment and a full course meal that leaves you with a smile on your face. A perfect outing with your family this festival season."

Verdict:  Vijay, Mohanlal Hold the Film with Impressive Performances