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
1.5/5 18% Mimi (2021) The film is beset with loose threads that no one bothered to tie up. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 86% Malik (2021) Malik, with its intricate even if occasionally faltering account of community relations and top-notch acting, is an excellent addition to Mahesh Narayanan's filmography. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
2.75/5 53% Toofaan (2021) In its third hour, Toofaan is a sadly diluted version of its earlier self that ends up diluting the overall impact of the film in its entirety. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Biriyaani (2021) In Biriyaani the titular dish becomes a representation of humans reductively treating fellow humans as lumps of flesh to be used, abused and discarded. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Vaanku (2021) Under-par filmmaking undermines a special story of a young woman who wants to recite the azaan. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.25/5 No Score Yet Hasyam (2021) Hasyam has been described by the director as a black comedy, but its most striking aspect is its success in capturing the banality of callousness in a morbid profession... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam (2021) While the characterisation of the woman is troubling, I love the ways in which the script snubs its nose at the conventional social romanticisation of parenthood. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Churuli (2021) The elements that work for Churuli make it all the more maddening that director Lijo Jose Pellissery chose to say what he wants to say with such intentional vagueness - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Joji (2021) Trust the man who wrote Kumbalangi Nights to write a tale of immorality rivalling amorality, and make it startling, tongue-in-cheek, whimsical and comical in equal measure. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
1/5 58% Haseen Dillruba (2021) I recall feeling unnerved and enraged for months after watching Tere Naam and Raanjhanaa. Haseen Dillruba is too thin and flat to sustain even anger. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/5 100% Sherni (2021) Sherni delivers unrelenting yet noiseless excitement in addition to food for thought all the way up to its concluding minutes. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/5 80% Ahaan (2021) Ahaan is an entertaining, insightful film that is poignant precisely because it does not set out to be a tearjerker. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
4/5 100% Nayattu (2021) A near-perfect thriller cum socio-political drama... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 20% Sardar Ka Grandson (2021) ...an Aesop's fable for a kindergarten child with a "moral of the story" spelt out in the end... Sardar Ka Grandson is simplistic, basic and colourless. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
1.5/5 19% Dabangg 3 (2019) ...a mish-mash of conservatism and liberalism, almost amusing in its confusion. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
0/5 9% Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai (2021) Cliché piles up on cliché in Radhe. There are so many that an exhaustive list is impossible within the limited space of a review. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.75/5 100% Ajeeb Daastaans (2021) There's a kernel of an idea in Ajeeb Daastaans that's definitely worth exploring. But the writing predominantly comes from a place of blinkered privilege. Geeli Pucchi, directed by Ghaywan, is the exception in the quartet. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Irul (2021) Irul is a disappointing contrast to Fahadh and Darshana's earlier team-up in Mahesh Narayanan's C U Soon, a pandemic-time release that became a national sensation with its thoroughly original story and storytelling style. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3.5/5 69% Pagglait (2021) Pagglait is not without hitches, but it is all heart with substance to match. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2.75/5 60% Saina (2021) Even with its flaws, Saina does provoke some thought, is moving in places and has some fun to offer. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2.75/5 55% Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021) Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a mixed bag but I found myself drawn to its heartening conviction that kindness may be found in the most unexpected places. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
1.5/5 10% Roohi (2021) Nothing better indicates Roohi's lack of commitment to its feminist goals than the irrelevance of its female star. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3.5/5 86% Drishyam 2 (2021) That cynicism was misplaced. Jeethu Joseph has dunnit. He really has. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 9% The Girl on the Train (2021) Parineeti Chopra's sincere performance is derailed by lacklustre storytelling. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1.75/5 No Score Yet Lucifer (2019) There is so much that could have been done with this intriguingly frank and realistic theory on the essentialness of evil... What we get instead is Lucifer's transparent ambition that overwhelms everything else in this enterprise. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Lahore Confidential (2021) A ham-handed spy flick from the man who once gave us Fanaa ... [Kunal Kohli's Lahore Confidential] is too tepid to even be infuriating. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 88% Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a Salman Khan film so much. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
1.5/5 17% Jai Ho (2014) The film is ... tired. The only novelty is that Salman [Khan] here not only beats up people, he also roars in Sunny Deol style and - get this - he bites. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 100% Anaarkali Of Aarah (2017) Swara Bhasker's choices in this film, her performance and the manner in which Avinash Das has conceptualised ... Anaarkali all add up to a unique moment in Hindi cinema. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Kilometers and Kilometers (2020) Tovino [Thomas] rules the film from start to finish and is its primary saving grace. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 69% Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) Salman [Khan and] Katrina [Kaif] deliver fun with equal parts swag, silliness and schmaltz. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
1/5 17% Aashiqui 2 (2012) ... lacklustre direction, amateurish writing, apathetic editing and unappealing acting. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
2.9/5 No Score Yet 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) I'll recommend it ... for the quirky first half, for Priyanka Chopra and Annu Kapoor, and for the wonderful detailing in the music. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3.5/5 71% Don 2 (2011) In Don 2, SRK takes the self-effacing tone [of Don] forward, and the sparks between his Don and Priyanka Chopra's Roma turn to a raging blaze. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
2/5 60% Gunday (2014) Disappointingly, Ranveer [Singh] and Arjun [Kapoor]'s chemistry in Gunday is not a patch on the sparks flying between them in their recent joint TV interviews. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3.5/5 88% Mary Kom (2014) Mary Kom ... is unusual because [it does] not allow Mary's motherhood to dwarf other aspects of her identity [and] she is never shown feeling guilty about [her] career... - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
No Score Yet Kavi Uddheshichathu..? (2016) ...the most appalling, misplaced contemporary bow to The Mahabharat since Yudhishthir bet Draupadi away in a game of dice. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
No Score Yet Aanandam (2016) Aanandam got me into a forgiving mood, perhaps because it is such a relief to see a Malayalam film in which when a man loves a woman, he does not harass her... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
1.5/5 27% Zero (2018) Thank the cosmos for Bollywood's dimpled wonder, his charisma and enthusiasm undiminished by his 53 years, because without him, Zero has little going for it. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/5 67% Raanjhnaa (2013) Raanjhanaa harks back to an earlier era when stalking was considered legitimate courtship in Bollywood... - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
1.5/5 30% Rock On 2 (2016) They should have given it an alternative title: How To Fritter Away Goodwill For A Fondly Remembered Brand in 139 Minutes and Seven Seconds. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/5 50% Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) ...after a while I lost interest in its rigmarole of relationships, the many datings and matings, break-ups and patch-ups, marriages, divorces, friendships... - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 50% Force (2011) ...a high-adrenaline, action flick that deals with the dilemmas of honest policemen. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan (2016) ...a stinging indictment of Kerala's white colour preference [from a team that] have not entirely been able to get past their own social conditioning. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum (2017) The conversations between characters seem so believable and the flow of occurrences so authentic that Thondimuthalum genuinely feels like a reality show. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) It could have been called Portrait of a Wife as Cook, Cleaner, All-round Housemaid and Sex Slave, but that would not fully capture what this extraordinary film conveys. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
1.5/5 No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) [The film] borrows part of its name from one of Ram Gopal Varma's better post-2000 films, but ... fails to do justice to that supernatural thriller's legacy. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Anjaam Pathira (2020) A brave, sensitive thriller with a startling, heart-rending back story. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Hate Story (2012) Hate Story is not erotica as the publicity would have us believe. It's a sad attempt at it! - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Bittoo Boss (2012) The slumps in Bittoo Boss ... are inexplicable since there are parts of this film that are handled ... with a simplicity and firmness of hand that are very effective ... - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021