Anna M.M. Vetticad

Anna M.M. Vetticad
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Anna M.M. Vetticad has been a journalist for 25+ years. Her reviews are known for their socio-political analysis, feminist content and focus on the portrayal of marginalised communities. @annavetticad

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 31% Bharat (2019) Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947 to contemporary India. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/5 29% India's Most Wanted (2019) Do you sometimes sit in a movie hall and sense that what is unfolding on screen began with an interesting concept that somehow choked at the execution stage? India's Most Wanted is that kind of film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
0.25/5 No Score Yet PM Narendra Modi (2019) Omung Kumar B's PM Narendra Modi is not a biography. It is an unwittingly farcical, comical hagiography. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 25% De De Pyaar De (2019) De De Pyaar De's sense of humour continues in the second half, but the misogyny too is now front and centre... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/5 7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) To analyse SOTY 2 primarily on the basis of its gender apathy would be to take it too seriously though. What it ought to be judged on are its blandness, triteness and poor casting. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018) The atmospherics, the haunting ugliness of that prison complex and the suspense hold out enough excitement to make this a watchable albeit flawed film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Kammara Sambhavam (2018) It is impossible though to ignore the film's lack of commitment to its own cause. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Abrahaminte Santhathikal (2018) Abrahaminte Santhathikal (Children of Abraham) directed by debutant Shaji Padoor is better than most Mammootty films of the past couple of years, but nothing compared to his best. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
64% Tamasha (2015) Tamasha harks back to the raw talent that was evident in Imtiaz's early films, the lovely Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met in particular. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
65% Bajirao Mastani (2015) Despite its shortcomings then, this is a brave and beautiful film - beautiful to look at, beautiful in its position on religion, brave in its take on history... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
21% Dilwale (2015) Even Shah Rukh-Kajol chemistry cannot save this disappointingly boring film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
15% Fitoor (2016) The pain, the rejection, the searing desire for revenge, the all-conquering power of love - none of it is adequately conveyed in Fitoor. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
63% Ghayal Once Again (2016) ...the film's well-executed chases are dragged down by its stupid improbabilities, its lack of focus, too many loose ends and oh yes, those bad white extras. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
22% Azhar (2016) Azhar is a superficial look at the life of one of the most enigmatic and intriguing sporting stars this country has ever seen. It is an opportunity lost. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
33% Sarbjit (2016) Even if these exclusions were to be excused as cinematic licence, the problem remains that this film fails to flesh out the people at the heart of this true story. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Veerappan (2016) The film's deficiencies are most unfortunate because in its pluses we get a glimpse of the old Ramu that we all once knew and loved... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
91% Udta Punjab (2016) It is hard to believe that this uneven treatment of a grave issue has come to us from the director who delivered Vidya Balan to us in all her electrifying glory... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
27% Housefull 3 (2016) The indolence in the writing of Housefull 3 is best illustrated by the profusion of self-referential jokes in the film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
78% Madaari (2016) Neither of Madaari's two child actors has the charisma to match up to him. Still, Khan persuades us to invest in them too. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
50% Dishoom (2016) Dishoom is a sporadically engaging, intermittently funny, yet always insubstantial film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Ann Maria Kalippilaanu (2016) The good intentions and the allure of the cast, however, are not reason enough to ignore Ann Maria Kalippilaanu's mindless, oddball messaging... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
43% A Flying Jatt (2016) A Flying Jatt could have been so much better than what it is, if he had not kept one eye fixed Westward for inspiration. This one is perhaps best suited to the very very young. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Oppam (2016) Oppam is technically polished, visually appealing and features a fantastic performance by Mohanlal. It is also pointlessly long-drawn-out and after a while, pretentious in its effort to scare. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Akira (2015) Akira exemplifies this trend of pretend feminism that threatens to harm a crucial cause and is perhaps even more dangerous than open misogyny. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho (2016) Hats off to Kunchacko Boban for backing Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho, which will no doubt attract far more eyeballs because of the star association. It deserves every iota of attention it gets. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
86% Parched (2016) Parched is rarely able to get past its mindfulness of being a film with a message, thus failing to lose itself in a story of real people with real, heart-wrenching problems. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Oru Muthassi Gadha (2016) This is a film that compels us to think while we laugh. It does so largely without preaching. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Welcome to Central Jail (2016) Absurdity is acceptable as fun, but not when it descends to callousness. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Thoppil Joppan (2016) C'mon Mammukka, would you not at least now consider quality over quantity? Or is it wrong to expect nothing short of rousing fare from you? - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 69% Dear Zindagi (2016) Dear Zindagi then is a mixed bag. I loved SRK in the film, Bhatt is always a pleasure to watch...overall though, the film comes across as being not enough because the writing needed more substance. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 86% Kahaani 2 (2016) The big let-down in Kahaani is the writing of the climax, whether viewed in isolation or in comparison with its remarkable predecessor. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 30% Befikre (2016) Befikre is entertaining at a superficial level, but at the end of the day it is nothing but old wine in a glossy new bottle. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Pink (2016) ...in which a legend belted out the words "no means no," a line that sexual predators in India rarely hear. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Waiting (2016) Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin played well off each other, while their characters confronted some of life's toughest questions on the right time to let go of someone you love. Despite the grim subject, Menon gave Waiting her trademark light touch... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
78% Fan (2016) What a pleasure to watch Shah Rukh Khan shrug off every quirk his admirers have drooled over for 27 years and sink his teeth into a role. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
88% Dangal (2016) This December release has provided a truly happy ending to what has already been a good year for Hindi cinema. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
67% Te3n (2016) An atmospheric Kolkata, a non-stereotypical portrayal of the city and its people, a stirring and suspenseful tale, supporting performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Ghosh's favourite heroine Vidya Balan completed the compelling mix. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Island City (2015) Funny and insightful, comical and sad, Island City marked the arrival of an important new voice in Indian cinema. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Phobia (2016) Phobia delivered all the chills you might expect of a conventional spooky movie while also wordlessly providing remarkable insights into mental illness, sexual violence and the human imagination. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
85% Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016) Anurag Kashyap's essay on evil across class is one of the best in his filmography of 13 years as a director. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Sairat (2016) In the matter of caste, Sairat is pathbreaking. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Neerja (2016) It is easy to caricature villains. Making them relatable and believable in spite of their evil intentions is an effort few film writers make. Saiwyn does. Hats off to him for that. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
63% The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) (2016) This is a film about fearful silences and dreadful in-betweens, about the inexorable wait for what could happen because you never know who might attack you for something as innocuous as your pet barking in the night. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Kapoor & Sons - Since 1921 (2016) Kapoor & Sons is hilarious, heartwarming and heartbreaking rolled in one. It does not wear its social conscience on its sleeve, but make no mistake about this: it has one. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Interrogation (Visaaranai) (2015) I remained frozen in my chair and unable to speak for several minutes after I first watched Vetri Maaran's Visaranai. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Thithi (2016) A morbid subject on the face of it, but Reddy and his co-writer Eregowda turned it into a thoughtful, highly amusing yet never stereotypical observation of rural life and life itself. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 55% Rangoon (2017) Chemistry is not a factor of good acting alone, it emerges from great writing. Therein lies the problem with Rangoon. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/5 25% Naam Shabana (2017) Here is a thought. Next time you make a film supposedly revolving around a woman, please do so because you have a great story to tell, not because female-led cinema is a hot current trend. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sakhavu (2017) Siva seems to have his heart in the right place, and he does, after all, make the point he sets out to make here, aided by one of the most interesting male stars of the present generation. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
2.75/5 78% Hindi Medium (2017) Hindi Medium makes a point - several points, in fact - by being simple and straightforward yet not simplistic. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019