Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Film Companion

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
44% Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020) The set-up has potential but director Abhishek Sharma botches it up... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
73% Ludo (2020) Anurag Basu's film has a mood of dry self-awareness, outlandish humor and eye-popping colour... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
50% Kaali Khuhi (2020) It's thrilling to see a team of female artists tell a story that puts women front and center. It's also thrilling that Terrie is attempting to deliver an urgent message via genre. But for the combination to work, the writing needed to be much sharper. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
64% Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) There are simply too many points being made. And as the political overwhelms the personal, the film loses its hold. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
44% Khaali Peeli (2020) The characters aren't fleshed-out enough to make us care for them. The writers have substituted posturing for depth. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) 76 Days is a harrowing portrait of the world we live in right now... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
97% One Night in Miami (2020) The talkiness of the film works because the actors are so solid... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
No Score Yet Sadak 2 (2020) The storytelling, performances dialogue, cinematography, songs, background music - all seem to belong to the 90s... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
18% Class of '83 (2020) Too much of Class of 83 feels like a retread. The faces are new but the portrayal of the system, corruption, the utter lawlessness of both cops and criminals, is familiar. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) This is one of those films in which you are keenly aware that your buttons are being pushed but it's done so artfully that you relish the experience... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
73% Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, leaves you with a smile and an ache. And that's a rare combination. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Punjab 1984 (2014) The film has a lot of emotion, a lot of tragedy, and I guarantee that you will cry. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
86% Okja (2017) Okja is a satire on corporate greed and how awful we are. I know people who stopped eating meat after they saw Okja. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Bangalore Days (Malayalam) (2014) Anjali Menon's 2014 Bangalore Days is a film that spreads joy and gives you hope. It's young, it's frothy, instantly relatable and it stars a who's who of Malayalam cinema... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
89% Mulk (2018) The film speaks to the poison of communalism that has spread throughout the country. Mulk is persuasive and powerful. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Maqbool (2003) Beautifully written with wonderful music and certain scenes which are unforgettable. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) Y Tu Mama Tambien is the film that made me fall in love with Alfonso Cuaron. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet C/o Kancharapalem (2018) C/O Kancharapalem is a film about four love stories. But director Venkatesh Maha is also commenting on religion, gender and dignity in labour. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Ustad Hotel (2012) It's a film that appears simple but it isn't. Anjali Menon's script is layered and the performances from Dulquer Salman, Nithya Menon and Thilakan are wonderful. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
94% Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) (2002) Internal Affairs is a deliciously twisted thriller from Hong Kong. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001) I cannot express to you how beautiful and stunning it is. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
95% Jallikattu (2019) There are visuals here that you will not be able to get out of your head. This film is only 90 minutes and you're not going to be able to look away. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) Director David Gelb gives us a portrait of a man with a passion. It's about what it takes to find your ambition and work relentlessly at it day after day, year after year. And what is the price of that perfection? - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
97% Sideways (2004) This is a film about human beings who can be flawed and prickly but if you go a little deeper, you will see beauty. This is a wonderfully written script, with a great performance by Paul Giamatti. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
100% Tampopo (1985) So you're watching all this amazing food being consumed, you're getting hungrier and hungrier and you're laughing harder and harder. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) Outside the romance, it's also got great depth and insight into the nature of showbusiness. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
100% 96 (Tamil) (2018) The writing is terrific as is the acting of Trisha Krishnan and Vijay Sethupathi. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) There is the madness of a family wedding, there's a disturbing secret and there is also a snapshot of India at that moment in time. This is a film that doesn't date. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Fandry (2013) I think Nagraj Manjule is one of the finest filmmakers we have working currently. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) ...an exquisite love story. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) This film is superbly funny... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
80% Luck by Chance (2009) Zoya is a second generation of Bollywood kid. She has seen it all and she calls it all out - the mediocrity and hypocrisy. She calls out nepotism way before nepotism became a thing. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Rangeela (Full of Colour) (1995) Aamir is in terrific form and just nails Munna. Wait for this scene in which he shows up to take Urmila out in a complete yellow outfit, from head to toe. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
88% Don't Breathe (2016) This film is just what you need to completely take you out of what is happening outside because you literally won't be able to stop watching. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Mirch Masala (1985) Mehta really uses the colour of Gujarat well - the red of the spices and the red of the clothes the women are wearing. The cast is made up of a who's who of art cinema. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
94% Moonstruck (1987) It's wonderfully written and has just the right touch of sweeping romance that you need. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Junoon (1979) Junoon is a sprawling epic... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
No Score Yet Vada Chennai (2017) Vetrimaaran's Vada Chennai is 2hrs 44 mins but every minute of it is worth your time. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
96% Ratatouille (2007) This is a film about a rat who becomes a chef in Paris. But it's so much more than that. It's about what a great artist can be, where a great artist can come from, it's about food and how to savour it. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) The Half of It guides the gaze from the outside to the inside. From the platform to the compartment. From the lovers to their longing... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
89% Ema (2019) Director Pablo Larrain's jugglery of colors, music, dance and visuals overtakes the emotional undercurrents of the story. But I would urge you to stay with the film... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
17% Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) Once you surrender to the sheer incompetence of the film, there is some fun to be had. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) Director Sam Hargrave and writer Joe Russo don't seem very interested in the personal histories of these people. The characters are paper-thin. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
4/5 89% Piku (2015) A delightful film, very little that says so much. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
46% English Medium (Angrezi Medium) (2020) The plot of Angrezi Medium is outlandish by design but it isn't stitched together well enough to feel organic... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
21% Love Aaj Kal (2020) I go into every Imtiaz movie ready to be seduced by this argument and hoping that he will transport us to that sweet spot - dil aur duniya ke beech. Sadly, Love Aaj Kal misses the mark by a mile. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
No Score Yet Baaghi 3 (2020) Bronzed and shirtless, Tiger Shroff can outrun helicopters, tanks, men. What he can't outrun is the mediocrity of this film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
93% Thappad (2020) Irrespective of your gender or your economic status, you will see something of yourself in Thappad. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
92% Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan wants to be both - an impassioned defense of same-sex love as well as a family entertainer. But the writing can't seamlessly blend the disparate elements... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) This Bhoot squanders its own promise. And the title, Part 1 - The Haunted Ship, suggests that there will be more. Be afraid. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020