The film was trashed by most of the film critics and was declared a disaster of epic proptions.
Trade Guide rubbished it as "Choley". Main cast is Teen Maharathi aur ek chooha.
India Today-- Sholay is Dead Ember It Is a gravely flawed attempt Another critic dissed it as "full of sound and fury signifying nothing".
RD Burman -- Log to bahut Galliyan de rahe hai
Filmfare Magazine -- film was an unsuccessful mincing of Western style with Indian milieu, making it an "imitation western—neither here nor there
In another review , Sholay was awarded an average rating. The critic made arguments to support his claim, and it is clearly not something all the cult classic lovers would agree with. For instance, the critic did not even mention Amitabh Bachchan in the long review, instead, he stuck to addressing him as Dharam’s (Dharmendra) co-killer
Another review labelled it as "sound and fury signifying nothing" and a "second-rate take-off" of the 1971 film Mera Gaon Mera Desh
An Irish Quarterly Review, it is intolerable: formless, incoherent, superficial in human image, and a somewhat nasty piece of violence