Nani, Surubhi and Niveda Thomas-starrer Telugu movie "Gentleman," which was released in theatres on June 17, garnered positive verdict and rich ratings from the film critics.

"Gentleman" is a romantic thriller film with a good dose of other commercial elements, which has been written by Mohan Krishna Indraganti. R David Nathan has written the story, while director Mohan Krishna Indraganti penned screenplay for the movie, which has been produced by Sivalanka Krishna Prasad under banner Sridevi Movies.

Catherine (Nivedha Thomas) and Aishwarya (Surabhi) become good friends while travelling in a plane. During the journey, they share the secrets about each others' boyfriends. Catherine heads back home after knowing that the man (Nani) she is dating is a look alike of Aishwarya's boyfriend. But to her shock, she finds out that her boyfriend is killed in a car crash. What happens next forms the crux of the story.

The critics say "Gentleman" has an interesting story that has never been explored in Tollywood before. There is nothing much in the first half in terms of story and the real drama starts unfolding before the interval. Few romantic and comedy sequences keep viewers engaged in the first half, which has slow and dragging narration.

The second half of "Gentleman" has some interesting twists and turns and it is high on suspense elements, which makes the audience sit on the edge of their seats and watch it biting their nails. This portion is the highlight of the movie. The critics are all praise for the director for his wonderful scripting.

Nani, Surabhi and Niveda Thomas have delivered wonderful performances, which are big attractions of "Gentleman." Srinivas Avasarala, Anand, Tanikella Bharani, Pragathi and Rohini, who have played supporting roles, have done justice to them and their performances are also big assets. The movie has brilliant production elements, add the critics.

"Gentleman" has been rated an average of 3.18 out of 5 stars by the critics. We bring you some critics' verdict and ratings for the movie. Continue to see them in "Gentleman" review roundup:

The Hindu Ratings: 3.5

Watch Gentleman; it's not often that a filmmaker trusts the intelligence of his audience. Little things matter, like not translating every small Tamil sentence spoken in Kodaikanal. He knows his viewers will understand in context. The Kodai sequence, in a way, is a reminder of Anthaku Mundu Aa Tarvatha where his lead characters opt for a live-in before getting married. Only, this is more mainstream.

Idle Brain rating: 3

"Gentleman" has a good plot point and a suspense factor. First half is filled with a couple of love stories which should have been more engaging. Second half goes into a serious mode of unveiling the mystery. Vennela Kishore's comedy in second half provides entertainment. Plus points are plot point, Nani and suspense in second half. On the flip side, unengaging first half and slow-paced narration might dampen the experience. On a whole, Gentleman is a suspense thriller and offers something different for regular movie goers.

123 Telugu Ratings: 3.25

"Gentleman" is one of Nani's best performances till date. Time and again, he is upping the ante by doing interesting projects and this film falls in the same league. Icing on the cake is Nivedha Thomas' brilliant performance and the suspense factor. The film will hold strongly especially in the A centres. Finally, if you manage the slightly slow first half, Gentleman will entertain you decently with its thrills.

Gulte Ratings: 3

"Gentleman" has an interesting plot albeit some logic. The film takes a while to unfold. The real drama starts only at the interval point and it only gets better after that. The screenplay keeps you guessing all the time. The real suspense behind the protagonist's behavior is kept a secret until the very end.