Raj Tarun might have delivered a couple of flops in 2017, but he still remains a fan favourite. Thanks to the legacy built through movies like Uyyala Jampala and Kumari 21F. He kickstarts 2018 with the Telugu romantic thriller, Lover. While the critics have praised him and his co-star, Riddhi Kumar's performance, the director Annish Krishna is facing flak from the critic. Pretty much all the critics noted that the movie was not fresh at all. Check out a few reviews here:
"Lover is the umpteenth time that Raj Tarun has been named Raju in his films," The Hindu opened their review. They added, "The director tries hard to resurrect a poor script and takes his cinematic license so seriously that the film is bereft of logic. Riddhi Kumar gives some life to the intentions of her character. Lover is a wake-up call for Raj Tarun to come out of the rut of his wastrel-roles."
Mirchi 9 will not recommend the movie, and wrote in their review, "The second half is such that we can second guess every scene that is going to happen. The effort is put only in shooting it well. After all the predictable narrative we get to the climax where there is an attempt to try something new. Here it is executed in a silly way.
Telugu 360 called Lover a passable love story and wrote, "LOVER is a clean love story that is aimed at youth and families. Content wise this film is an average one, regular cinema goers will not regret watching this film."
India Today criticised the director and said, "The director has failed miserably in handling the romantic track between Raj Tarun and Riddhi Kumar. It's nothing new, but somehow you sit through it, thanks to the performances of Raj and Riddhi."
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The Hans India was also not impressed by the movie and wrote, "The screenplay of the film is also boring and will literally test the patience of the viewers. The movie could have been much better in terms of story telling and creating a conflict but some unnecessary elements and characters ruined the film's flow. On the whole, the film has nothing new and it is yet another regular love drama that will test the patience."