Telugu movie "Rayudu", which is the dubbed version of Vishal-Sri Divya starrer Tamil film "Marudhu," has garnered mixed reviews and average ratings from film critics.

"Rayudu" is an action entertainer movie that will appeal the mass audience. Besides direction, Muthiah has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues for the movie that deals with the relationship between grandmother and grandson. Telugu film critics say the film lacks a fresh story and it is high on Madarasi nativity of 1980s and 90s.

Bhagyam (Sri Divya) is the daughter of a fiery lady, who opposes a goon Rolex (RK Suresh) who is rising politically. Bhagyam falls in love with Rayudu (Vishal), a daily labourer working in the market yard. Rayudu comes to her rescue when Rolex threats to kill her. How he saves her from Rolex forms the crux of the story.

Critics say the first half of "Rayudu" has nothing much to offer in terms of its story, but some commercial ingredients keep audience engaged. The actual story begins in the second half and the confrontation between the hero and the villain entertains the viewers. The climax fight is good.

Vishal has delivered commendable performance, which is the main highlight of "Rayudu." Sri Divya's performance and her chemistry with the male lead are other big attractions of the film. The movie has good production elements and music, cinematography and action scenes are the highlights on the technical front.

"Rayudu" has been rated an average of 2.33 out of 5 stars by film critics. We bring you some critics' verdict and ratings for the film. Continue to see them in the "Rayudu" review roundup:

The Hindu Ratings: 2

The film has a solid plot but takes too long to get to the point. Rayudu is a long, tedious watch where the characters talk a lot. Vishal is perhaps the only one who keeps it subtle. Rayudu would have been a passable masala flick if it hadn't ended the way it did.

AP Herald Ratings: 1.5

'Rayudu' is a typical rural action entertainer with all necessary ingredients. But the second half and flash back portions play spoil sport. Also under the name of twists, there are lots of melodrama. Why so much violence in a rural drama? But still this 'Rayudu' will attract you for mass elements and the spine chilling action blocks. If you are a hardcore action fan, watch this movie without any second thoughts.

India Glitz Ratings: 2.5

A Madurai school formula visits the audience again. Too much of raw Tamil countryside nativity is a turn-off. A better screenplay would have served to paper over these flaws. On balance, a technically good output, not to forget neat performances.

123 Telugu Ratings: 3

Rayudu is one film which is clearly aimed at the masses. The violence, melodrama and hard core action sequences will go well with the B and C centers. If the makers had reduced the dose of unnecessary family drama, the effect would have been even better. However, all those who like some realistic action flicks and don't mind the Tamil flavour, they can give this film a shot.

Tupaki Ratings: 2.5

After watching 'Rayudu', One gets the feeling that 'Mangamma Gari Manavadu' is the apt title for the movie as it have close resemblance to the 80s super hit in a lot of ways. Just alike most of the films in the 80s & 90s, We find lots of action and sentiment in this Vishal-starrer. Neither 'Rayudu' have a novel story nor thrilling elements to keep viewers on the edges of their seats. On a whole, Its just a pucca mass entertainer with rural backdrop.

Mirchi 9 Ratings: 2.5

This is a simple and predictable mass entertainer where the director has already done his homework in terms of alternative screenplay to differentiate this from other regular mass entertainers.