Critics Review


Very Old Wine Tried To Be Put In A New Bottle!

A technically rich film with an unique approach style. But the core essence is extremely disappointing as there�s nothing to specify as a story. Also, the happenings are as familiar as it can be for a horror movie.(more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


A horror film with connectivity issues

The jump scares are quite convincing, and the dramatic presentation of the demon works to a certain extent. The major drawback is the content. Everyone knows that Ashwin can convincingly pull off horror genre films, as he has done it before. But then, it's also his responsibility to write a script that creates some sort of "connection" with the viewers. It's okay to write a script without any backstory for the dead or the evil, but then there needs to be a revelation connecting all the dots. (more)

Source: Logesh Balachandran, Times Of India


Nayanthara shines in technically brilliant horror thriller that is regular fare

Connect is based on the strong connection between a father and daughter, as well as Internet connectivity, obviously. We wish though that Ashwin had focused more on the mother-daughter bond as well as they are the ones who take the story forward and hold us throughout the film. Hence, in this case, emotional investment becomes limited, and the film enters the horror genre like The Exorcist or The Conjuring. Connect, unfortunately, just didn�t have enough thrills - like those films - to be classified as a pure horror film either. (more)

Source: Latha Srinivasan, India Today


Nayanthara's film offers unadulterated horror experience

Nayanthara is her earnest best in Connect, but the film truly belongs to debutante Haniya Nafisa, who has some demanding scenes when she�s possessed. This is a remarkable debut for her. Sathyaraj and Vinay have important cameos and they play their parts very convincingly. Anupam Kher shines in a small but very effective cameo. The music and cinematography play a very key role in making Connect an exceptionally good cinematic experience.(more)

Source: Haricharan Pudipeddi, Hindustan Times


Quite pedestrian by Ashwin Saravanan's standards

Don�t get me wrong. The movie is not shot on a smartphone. It�s just that the smartphone camera�s gaze acts as the primary camera with which we see the drama unfolding. For a horror movie, the possibilities are endless. This is a brilliant move by the filmmaker. Because the characters use smartphones to communicate with each other and to show what�s happening in the house, we get a feeling that Connect is downloading right in front of our eyes. Another brilliant move is to do away with the intermission (its runtime is 99 minutes). Which makes the buffering seamless.(more)

Source: Srivatsan, The Hindu


Nayanthara's latest is technically sound, true-blue genre film

The biggest achievement of Ashwin Saravanan�s Connect lies in how, despite being a horror film, it is in touch with reality. While it�s true that cinema is seen as an escapist medium to forget the woes of the real world, there has been a total disconnect between the existing pandemic world and that of our Tamil mainstream films. Connect, living up to its name, finally bridges that gap by empathising with the ones who suffered during the pandemic. It takes us back to the times when we were confined to the four walls of our homes, fearing a threat we couldn�t fully fathom. Undoubtedly, it is in a sense triggering to see the character go through the same ordeal as we did, but it is also in a way cathartic. Again, it is pretty amusing that of all kinds of Tamil mainstream cinema, a true-blue genre has represented the ones that are still grieving.(more)

Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman , Indian Express