Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Film Companion

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
31% Bharat (2019) The South Korean film on which this is based in a masterclass in melodrama, while this is bloated and inconsistent... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) There is nothing timid about the storytelling. Which is exactly how it should be, because this is the life of an extraordinary singer and showman. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
20% Chopsticks (2019) The humor inherent in the situations flattens out quickly as the film lurches from one preposterous scene to another... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) The narrative is painfully simplistic - it's all about class conflict but the rich are lonely and curdled while the middle-class folks are loving and supportive.... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 50% Student of the Year (2012) If you have patience and a taste for the overblown, check it out... - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
78% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) It's inventive, provocative and truly genre-defying. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet Blank (2019) When you decide on a title like Blank, you must make sure that your film is exactly the opposite. Otherwise you unwittingly end up providing ammunition for critics and viewers. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
63% Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) I recommend that you check-in reality at the door and enjoy this over-blown fantasy...Bachna Ae Haseeno is a frothy, candy-floss confection. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame makes you keenly aware of the passage of this time. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 40% Kalank (2019) The film is an operatic fantasy filled with staggering sets, swirling fabric and heartache, but to enjoy it, you must wholly suspend disbelief. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 17% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) The film is too drab. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Clearly, not all heroes wear capes...it runs a tad too long...but the film delivers laughs and emotions. A refreshingly goofy superhero movie. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 44% Junglee (2019) The elephants have gotten more impressive. The rest, not so much. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 33% Kesari (2019) We get bloodshed in slow motion, a few good men fighting until their last breath and a plaintive soundtrack to underline their immense sacrifice. It gets a little exhausting. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 100% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) This richly imaginative and absurdist film gives us a roster of memorably kooky characters, inspired action sequences and priceless moments. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 78% Photograph (2019) The film is so quiet and so still in some parts, that you will get impatient. But it is evocative and its tenderness will stay with you. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 57% Badla (2019) Nothing is what it seems and there are many turns, but the film isn't as clever as it thinks it is. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 75% Sonchiriya (2019) There is no doubt that Abhishek has talent to burn and I can't wait to see what hell he immerses us into next. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) The Wife is an insight into long relationships, the way men and women heal and hurt each other. There are moments here that all husbands and wives will recognize. But the biggest reason to see this film is to experience the power of Glenn Close. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 100% Gully Boy (2019) By the end, I was wiping tears and cheering furiously not just for Murad but for each one of these characters to find happiness. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The two-hour-long film does require patience. But there is enough juice here to keep you hooked. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 56% Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) ... despite these flaws, Manikarnika reveals Kangana as an artist with boundless ambition and I'm excited to see what she creates next. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 33% Zero (2018) [Characters] are individually interesting but the connective tissue between them is so thin that the narrative starts to wobble precariously. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
1/5 22% The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) The film tosses in news footage of real people and then cuts to their onscreen counterparts. Which of course makes this whole enterprise even less convincing. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 67% Uri (2019) Ultimately, though, this dance between realistic terrorist drama and rousing action thriller proves to be too much. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If you have young children, you might consider giving Mary Poppins Returns a chance. I think they will enjoy it. There is less fodder here for adults but perhaps like me, you can distract yourself by admiring the sharp cut and fit of Mary's coats. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
78% Fan (2016) Fan is a fascinating but flawed study of celebrity and the reverential relationship we have with our stars. The film is a hall of mirrors with Shah Rukh playing a thinly disguised version of himself as Aryan Khanna the superstar. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
70% Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) Kal Ho Naa Ho is filled with these ridiculously convenient plots twists, obviously manipulative emotional moments and problematic gender politics - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
89% Devdas (2002) The film is a sensory overload but Devdas' heartache pierces through all the baroque splendor and that is an achievement. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) There is a sweetness and innocence in this performance that Shah Rukh never matched again. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 42% Kedarnath (2018) The second half has so much stuffed into into it that little makes an impact - including the flood. The narrative races choppily from one disconnected scene to another. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) Of course Creed II is familiar ground. But it honours the genre and still has enough vitality to make us feel the thrill again. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 63% 2.0 (2018) Just in case you've missed the point of this film, Dr. Vaseegaran spells it out again. Like everything else, it's a tiring overdose. But you need to see the film to see what ambition and imagination and the confluence of talented artists can create. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) You don't feel the horror or the charisma. I love the Harry Potter universe and I wish I could recommend this film with greater enthusiasm. It's competent but not enchanting enough. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Kaatrin Mozhi (2018) ...flaws and all, Kaatrin Mozhi gets the job done. A big reason is the fantastic dialogue-writer, Pon. Parthiban. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 63% Pihu (2018) The script is so visibly manipulative that it's difficult to stay invested. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) I think Boy Erased is an important film for an Indian audience. I don't know if we have equivalents of conversion therapy here but I do know that there is enough prejudice, misinformation and hate. I urge you to see this film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born doesn't push any cinematic boundaries. It isn't edgy or provocative. But it's emotionally rich and hugely satisfying. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
1.5/5 33% Helicopter Eela (2018) This film doesn't feel modern. It feels dated and shallow - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 86% Tumbbad (2018) I left the theatre with images swirling in my head and a few questions that the film doesn't answer. Which is not a bad thing. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom is a soulless movie in which slimy creatures are trying to find host bodies. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/5 100% Andhadhun (2018) There's murder, betrayal, sex and a mountain of lies. In short, you can't look away. But as it happens too often in Hindi cinema, the energy takes a beating post-interval. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 22% Loveyatri (2018) The most mystifying part of LoveYatri is Aayush's hair, which rises a good three to four inches above his head. At one point, I wondered - what does it take to keep that up? Yes, this is that sort of film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 63% Pataakha (2018) It's cacophony without juice or magic. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 89% Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018) Anushka Sharma, grappling with an under-written character, is solid. And they are supported by Raghubir Yadav, brilliant as the father who weeps while watching daily soaps and Yamini Dass, who steals the show as Mauji's mother. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) The plot feels like it is designed to reflect newspaper headlines and everything gets resolved so easily that it seems implausible. But Sonia's tortured face will haunt you. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 75% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) Like love, this film is messy and flawed and glorious. You have to sign up for all of it. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/5 29% Paltan (2018) Paltan is leaden and one-dimensional. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 82% Trapped (2017) Trapped is a tight-wire act, which would collapse without the masterful Rajkummar Rao. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 70% Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) Bareilly Ki Barfi has enough flavour to keep you going. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari keeps it frothy and light. I exited the theatre hoping that she'll give Pritam Vidrohi his own film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018