Aparita Bhandari

Aparita Bhandari
Aparita Bhandari's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star Globe and Mail Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
91% Luca (2021) As you get immersed in the story, you're also entranced by a lovely escape to a nostalgic Italian summer that's inspired by visits to real-life places and rendered in a style akin to that distinctive Miyazaki aesthetic. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
66% Fatherhood (2021) In trying to find the universal values in Logelin's story, it manages to lose some of the specificity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
47% Spirit Untamed (2021) Perfectly serviceable for younger audiences, particularly those with an affinity for horses, it never quite soars beyond a run-of-the-mill story. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
91% Together Together (2021) Just Helms' and Harrison's expressions at these situations are enough to bring about chuckles. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
51% Yes Day (2021) Ultimately, Yes Day doesn't commit to either being a full-out family fun movie or a family drama. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) [W]hile Moxie is just a small snapshot of those weird and wonderful years, it gives viewers a decent lesson in how to be an ally, without being preachy about it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Maybe it's just the state of the world that we are in right now, but Raya and her band of friends offer a little balm for the soul. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
98% Minari (2020) While I don't want to take away from its cultural specificity, Minari will likely be a moving experience for anyone. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
8.7/10 87% The Dig (2021) The film beautifully brings the account of the people behind one of England's most famous archaeological events to life. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Bahrani's spin on the novel brings the story alive - even if the voiceover grates occasionally. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/4 95% Soul (2020) Soul is marvellous on many fronts. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
1.5/4 67% 100% Wolf (2020) 100% Wolf will leave you howling - not with laughter or delight but in despair for some semblance of a plot in its mercifully short run time. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) [Radha] Blank is hilarious and candid in this must-watch film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
1.5/4 66% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) I mean, the writers are trying, right? - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 100% To Live to Sing (2019) It's also fascinating to see how Ma has incorporated fantastical elements of Xiaoli's troupe's performance into an otherwise realistic film about working class artists. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
20% Love Aaj Kal (2020) Imtiaz Ali remakes his own Love Aaj Kal to disastrous effect... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
8.6/10 93% Thappad (2020) There are several moments from Thappad that I am still thinking through. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2.5/4 92% Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) Though not perfect, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan gives viewers one more queer Bollywood narrative to choose from. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The simple storyline finds a way to adapt the games' characters and themes, by adding universal concepts such as friendship to the original games' tension between nature and machines. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
2.5/4 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) The Call of the Wild is a perfectly serviceable family film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/4 69% Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) A breezy dramedy that delivers some laughs at the beginning, Jawaani Jaanmen is let down by a tired script that doesn't deliver enough of an emotional punch at the end. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/4 85% The Traitor (2020) The Traitor is an exploration of betrayal, according to Bellocchio. He seems to be asking, can a man truly change the course of his life, or is it just a pretense? Unfortunately, this account of Buscetta's story doesn't really give us any answers. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3.5/4 94% Rosie (2019) By employing techniques such as close-ups, extreme close-ups and hand-held long shots, Breathnach offers the viewer an unflinching look at Rosie's desperation, even as she's trying to keep up appearances. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 94% Panga (2020) Panga's strength lies in its capable cast, which brings heart to a largely contrived script that tells more than it shows. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2.5/4 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) In giving U.S. Air Force pararescueman William H. Pitsenbarger, his due, The Last Full Measure occasionally meanders into the maudlin, reined in by a cast that lends some gravity to the melodrama. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/4 88% Chhapaak (2020) Graceful direction and a mature performance by a Bollywood A-lister, surrounded by a strong supporting cast, come together to make an uplifting movie. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
8.8/10 79% Photograph (2019) Though not a traditional romance, Photograph is certainly about gestures of love. Whether Rafi and Miloni stay together in the end is irrelevant. What matters is that they helped each other appreciate themselves. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Reason (2018) Reason is a difficult watch, but offers hope for the future. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 74% Manto (2018) Unfortunately Nandita Das's sophomore directorial venture Manto serves neither as a primer on the (in)famous author, nor offers any deeper insight to those familiar with his oeuvre. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 100% Venus (2017) To its credit, Venus manages to take a complicated premise and turn it into a pretty compelling drama. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 86% Abu: Father (2017) [A] well-made documentary that manages to charm you, while also following that dictum to #SpeakYourTruth. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 56% Padmaavat (2018) When I walked out of the movie theatre screening Padmaavat, I was shaking in rage. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018