Its production values are low. The characters look like nothing more than a sentient rug. Watch Adhinayakudu only for its loud costumes, pedestrian special effects, unintentional hilarity, rear stall hyperbole, belly buttons - and because you've got nothing else on standby.
It is a Balayya-mark film and would definitely attract his fans. No doubt, the film would go well with the mass audiences. Hence, it will be a commercial success. Watch the film for masala entertainment, but not for a decent view.
Times of India - Karthik Pasupulate
The movie is loaded with politically-charged innuendos aimed at all and sundry — Chiranjeevi, YSR, Jaganmohan Reddy and even Gabbar Singh. So there's plenty in it to appease the hardcore fans. The rest, however, may well just struggle to see the lighter side.
Adhinayakudu is more a family drama than a political pot-boiler. Minus hyperbole, ridiculous stunts and over-the-top melodrama, 'Adhinayakudu' is watchable once, with the proceedings pepped up by a resurgent Balakrishna. Speaking of its other side, the film could have done better with a more interesting plot and less confusion.
In the absence of an edge-of-the-seat plot, the film is all the less promising. The story is told in a complicated fashion when the plot was quite simple and oldish. Adhinayakudu draws from time-tested stories and presents its own rare conflict point. Otherwise, it doesn't deserve special mention.
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Adhinayakudu may appeal to Balakrishna fans as he was seen in three different getups. There were few dialogues that were written keeping them in mind. So fans would pass off this as a decent film. But the film has nothing to offer for other sections of audience.