David Chute

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , IFilm , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
146

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Queen (2014) " It is charming and at times unexpectedly moving ..." — Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2014
—— Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) " This comedy reinvigorates the familiar conventions of Bollywood's signature genre." — Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2014
—— Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) " Sitcom leftovers are artlessly reheated in this repetitive and exaggerated romantic comedy-drama about a newlywed couple." — Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2014
—— Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) (2014) " At under two hours, the pic is drastically shorter than most Hindi movies, although it feels longer." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
100% Gunday (2014) " What makes "Gunday" work and pulls us along is the great skill and obvious affection with which these familiar elements have been deployed." — Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2014
—— Jai Ho (2014) " Carries to a new level of slapdash vulgarity the blunt-force, post-"Matrix" style of action moviemaking that rules the roost now in Hindi cinema." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2014
—— Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2014) " Long on visual ingenuity, short on coherent storytelling." — Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2014
0% Chander Pahar (2014) " The thrills seem to have evaporated from Kamaleswar Mukherjee's handsome, slow-moving adaptation of a classic Bengali novel." — Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2014
78% Dhoom 3 (2013) " Acharya's camera seems to be dancing - and swooning - along with the performers. Cynics need not apply." — Variety
Posted Dec 21, 2013
—— R... Rajkumar (2013) " The 'R' stands for 'Romeo,' but there's little to love in this sluggish Bollywood action comedy." — Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2013
—— Bullett Raja (2013) " "Bullett Raja" is, for most of its length, a tight, clever, blithely amoral crime drama about a buddy pair of hit men rising to the top of the mob heap in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh." — Variety
Posted Dec 1, 2013
—— Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) " The falseness of the exaggerated romantic comedy sequences here infect the aspects of the story that should be underplayed and gentle, as they were in "Swades."" — Variety
Posted Nov 25, 2013
82% Kites (2010) " Not even the incoherent mishmash of plot...can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up between a blue-eyed Punjabi and a blue-eyed Mexican of almost equal comeliness. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 7, 2010
82% Kites (2010) " Not even the incoherent mish-mash of plot (mostly faux Sergio Leone by way of Tarantino and Rodriguez, with periodic car-flipping chase sequences) can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up." — Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2010
100% Three Idiots (2009) " A superstar for more than two decades, Aamir Khan has never been more popular than he is today, in his mid-40s." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2010
60% Paa (2009) " The film owes much of its interest to the alertness and sincerity of the younger Bachchan and the luminous Vidya Balan as the anguished parents, and to the soft wash of the tasteful playback songs supplied by Ilaiyaraaja." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2009
—— Wanted (2009) " Khan and Deva will do just about anything for effect, and even an over-the-top amoral revenge fantasy needs a shred of internal consistency." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2009
—— Dil Bole Hadippa! (My Heart Goes Hooray!) (2009) " Dil Bole Hadippa! is a sad commercial place holder of a movie, a product of an industry that has treading water for some time, now, patiently waiting for the next big trend." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2009
67% New York (2009) " A predictable, brow-furrowing drama (sadly songless except for a couple of Sunday-in-the-park montage sequences) about the effects of 9/11 (and 9/11 paranoia) on some South Asian immigrants living in New York." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2009
83% Daytime Drinking (Naj sul) (2008) " The movie leaves a warm glow." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 18, 2009
—— That Game of Chess (2009) " Visually, the film displays no zest or inventiveness whatsoever, though the actors manage, most of the time, to read their dialog audibly." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2009
—— Billu Barber " It is dedicated to the proposition that god-like celebrities are ordinary folks at heart. Groans all around." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 19, 2009
0% Polanski (Polanski Unauthorized) (2009) " Though it's a near thing, the movie isn't quite bad enough to qualify as a classic tone-deaf vanity production." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2009
75% Luck by Chance (2009) " An enjoyable but ultimately toothless inside-Bollywood dramady." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2009
43% Chandni Chowk To China (2009) " Shapeless, shameless, and slapdash." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2009
—— Ghajini (2008) " Aamir Khan, a teen idol in the early '90s turned dashing romantic leading man, has for several years been Bollywood's most exportable overachiever." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2009
—— Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi " In effect, the oppressed Taani is allowed to open up but the repressed Surinder is not, which hardly seems fair." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2008
—— Waiting in Beijing (2008) " The cinematic equivalent of a hopeless self-published novel." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 11, 2008
56% Fix (2009) " A shakey-cam odyssey across Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Watts, with a carload of drug dealers of convenience, in which almost nothing rings true." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 26, 2008
100% Dostana (2008) " A pure star vehicle, gliding along on charm and timing -- exactly the sort of comfort cinema Hollywood now seems incapable of making." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2008
—— Fashion (2008) " [A] finger-wagging slog through the Mumbai high-fashion scene." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 6, 2008
24% The World Unseen (2008) " Lisa Ray is a magnificent actress, but she's still waiting for her first great role." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 6, 2008
—— Roadside Romeo (2008) " You'd think the free-for-all atmosphere of the best Bollywood romps would be a perfect fit in the CG realm." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 30, 2008
38% Partition (2007) " Partition doesn't add many new ideas to the mix, but the deep colors and complex textures supplied by Indian-born cinematographer-turned-director Vic Sarin seem to embody the intensity of his boyhood memories." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 27, 2008
67% Nana (2008) " Despite the gritty urban setting, there are episodes of Gilmore Girls that have more 'edge.'" — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 20, 2008
78% Jodhaa Akbar (2008) " An imperial epic of 16th-century India, realized on a suitably gargantuan scale by writer-director Ashutosh Gowariker." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 21, 2008
—— Sunday (2008) " We recommend sleeping in." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 31, 2008
—— Aaja Nachle (2007) " If history has taught us anything, it's that the effectiveness of a proposition such as Aaja Nachle depends almost entirely on charm. In this case, that invitation is all but irresistible." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2007
86% Om Shanti Om (2007) " The team of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and A-list-choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan have pushed the Main Hoon Na gentle masala movie parody to repetitive extremes." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2007
39% Saawariya (2007) " Comes this close to sweeping us off our feet." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2007
—— Laaga Chunari Mein Daag - Journey of a Woman (2007) " The movie works so hard to transform its shocking subject into acceptable material for middlebrow melodrama that it never deals with it." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 18, 2007
83% Chak De! India (2007) " Weaves its familiar story with some fresh textures and even manages to invest the conflict on the field with a resonance that transcends the tick-tock turnover of the numerals on the scoreboard." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 16, 2007
40% Gandhi, My Father (2007) " It's a beautifully shot and staged period reconstruction, and is at times impressively acted, at least in the secondary roles. What it lacks is fresh insight." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 2, 2007
83% Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Dance Baby Dance) (2007) " Flirtatious repartee between glamorous stars in travel-poster international locations; a gratifyingly simple plot with puzzles and sleight-of-hand surprises; and, at regular intervals, outbursts of gaudy, energetic dancing infectiously exploding." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2007
—— Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) " Shootout at Lokhandwala may still be a rush for action fans because it never slows down long enough to become even remotely boring." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 31, 2007
—— Cheeni Kum (Less Sugar) (2007) " The movie [is] interesting to talk about afterward, but not necessarily any more fun to watch." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 31, 2007
67% Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) " The film is so single-mindedly determined to be light and comfortable, to not raise a sweat, that it forgoes even the mildest surprises. The only things that get heavy here are the viewer's eyelids." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 3, 2007
100% Eklavya - The Royal Guard (2007) " This is robust storytelling, with blood and thunder pumping through its veins, and real whiskers on its face." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 15, 2007
86% Black Friday (2005) " The underused Indian actor Kay Kay Menon is perfectly cast as a crisply correct detective keeping a tight lid on his seething anger in Black Friday, a rigorously naturalistic docudrama about a complex police investigation." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 15, 2007
—— Traffic Signal " A skillfully woven multicharacter drama, Traffic Signal is a methodical depiction of a stratified alternative society cobbled together by the group of Bombay street people." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 8, 2007
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