Allari Naresh's "James Bond" starring Sakshi Choudhary in the female lead, has garnered mixed reviews from film critics, who say the movie can be watched only for the lead pair.

Written and directed by Sai Kishore, "James Bond" is a comedy entertainer about a software employee named Nani (Allari Naresh). Nani falls in love with a lady don (Sakshi Choudhary) and marries her. What he does when learns about her criminal activities form the crux of the story.

The first half of "James Bond" is entertaining and engaging, but the slow paced narration takes away the interest of the viewers in the second half. Allari Naresh and Sakshi's performances and some comedy scenes are the main attractions of the movie, say film critics.

"James Bond" has been given an average rating of 2.62 out of 5 stars. Here are the critics' verdict. Continue to read "James Bond" movie review roundup.

The Hindu Review

Allari Naresh does a good job of playing the meek guy in the relationship but struggles with a poorly written character that's mostly uni-dimensional. Sakshi, on the other hand, gets the meatier part and looks striking as the don. James Bond doesn't provide great entertainment, but the laughs are worth the time if you don't expect much from the film.

Idle Brain Ratings: 3

First half of the film is promising and it sets up the plot well. Second half goes slow and screenplay should have been better there. Plus points of the film are Allari Naresh, Sakshi and comedy episode. James Bond is a film that focuses on the strength of Allari Naresh - comedy characterisation.

123 Telugu Ratings: 3

James Bond is a decent film from Allari Naresh. He sticks to his basics and entertains the audience well. While the interesting first half is fun, the second half gets quite routine. All those who are done watching the heavy-duty Baahubali and are looking for a simple time pass entertainer, James Bond will not disappoint you.

India Glitz Rating: 3

It is a Sudden Star affair; Naresh as the timid youngster draws some laughter. Watch it for him, if you are someone who likes his kind of movies.

AP Herald Ratings: 1.5

It's always hard to make a decent action comedy film than an emotional drama or an action thriller. The reason being there is a small line between a funny sequence and a cheap episode trying to make you laugh. "James Bond" should be considered in the second class where you keep expecting some good comedy and sequences, but nothing comes, the films ends just like that. All in all, James Bond neither matches up to Allari Naresh's entertainment standards nor original (My Wife is a Gangster) film standard.

Gulte Ratings: 2.75

Naresh has done far better comedies in the past and it is not easy for any director to make another decent comedy with him. Most of the directors are failing to meet the expectations of the audience. Naresh should try something new rather than repeatedly doing films that are neither funny nor interesting. James Bond is yet another lackluster comedy from an actor who has been struggling to find his rhythm back.

Great Andhra Ratings: 2.5

A tighter screenplay, better music, shorter runtime would have made the film more funny. All in all, James Bond can be termed an okay movie to those looking to just pass time as it is simple and non-exciting.