Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan
Baradwaj Rangan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Companion Reviews

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Gully Boy (2019) Zoya continues to demonstrate that she is one of our best directors. Her eye for pacing and staging, her ability to manufacture and maintain mood and atmosphere - they're just fantastic. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Peranbu (Malayalam) (2019) Ram's films have always displayed love for his protagonists. In Peranbu, we sense much love for the medium, too. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 22% Thackeray (2019) Thackeray is a warts-and-none propaganda film about a man who peddled hate and keenly fostered a sense of otherness. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 33% Zero (2018) Zero is all heart. It probably won't work if you start thinking about the probability of it all, but after a wobbly half-hour I found the film easy to embrace. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Viswasam (2019) Siva seems to have taken the memes and mean tweets personally. He doesn't try for the wannabe-ness of Vivegam. The writing is clean, simple. He isn't out to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay, but he fills his film with solid emotional beats. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 80% Petta (2019) Petta looks rushed and even the Karthik Subbaraj flourishes come off like affectations. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Thuppakki Munai (2018) The staging, the rhythms are totally off. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 67% 2.0 (2018) That's the good thing about Shankar. He keeps throwing things at you. Now, if he'd only get a good writer to shape all these things into a solid script, it would make all the difference between 2.oho and 2.uh-oh! - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sarkar (2018) Sarkar is an efficient setup for a political entry, but as a movie, it should have been far more effective. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 23% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) There are three words in the title of Vijay Krishna Acharya's new film, and at least two of them are wrong. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Bulbul Can Sing (2018) This is pure Rima Das. The film regains its footing, despite the stray bits of motivational-poster wisdom. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) This isn't dialogue that... explains. It's dialogue that replaces event, and takes us right into this place and its people. The final stretch is among the most purely emotional passages in Ceylan's oeuvre. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The ending breaks the heart and makes you think hard about the ties that bind us. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
85% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) This dazzlingly opaque dream-drama is one-of-a-kind. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
87% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) The film - if it can be called that - is touted as an examination of the modern Arab world, but the first hour or so is an eyeball-frying collage of visuals and sound. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
83% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018) It's a chronicle of blue-collar workers who depend on each other for emotional sustenance. A deep sadness lurks under the laughs. It seeps under your skin. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) ... what kind of human being are you? They say great art makes you question things. There can't be a bigger question than that... - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
94% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The lovingly excavated and assembled footage is never less than fascinating. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski knows that we know this story from other movies (A Star is Born, New York New York), so he strips away the externals, and trains his spotlight on the bare basics. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Ash has at least five endings, but its ups and downs are as riveting as they are exhausting. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sandakozhi 2 (2018) There's a Thevar Magan hangover in N Lingusamy's Sandakozhi 2... - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet 96 (Tamil) (2018) Janaki is Trisha's most rounded character since Jessie in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya. Her innate coolness and reserve serve Janaki beautifully. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Nota (2018) Attention to these details could have made NOTA a great film. It's now merely a watchable one, kept afloat by scenes like the one where the city's youths become government officials... - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018) As with Kamal Haasan's writing, Mani Ratnam's partially stylised dialogue - with its staccato rhythms - needs actors who can pull it off. Only a few in this cast manage it. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
54% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Sunset is large and diffuse, and it never comes together - or perhaps we could say that whatever Nemes wants it all to mean remains locked up in his head. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
76% Never Look Away (2019) For about two hours, the 188-minute film is a frustrating experience...the last hour, imbued with a mystical quality, really works. The film makes the case that even the most individualistic artist is at his best looking back at his nation's history. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Smart, incisive, remarkably pared-to-the bone and wary of easy epiphanies. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
88% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale isn't a bad film; merely an unremarkable one we seem to have seen many times before. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% Soni (2018) A fly-on-the-wall observation of days in these women's lives, with each scene captured in a single take. It's an artistic choice that isn't about showing off so much as immersing us in these events without editing manipulations. It works beautifully. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) Feel-good is the last thing this thoughtful, enigmatic, disturbing film is. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
91% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) Dolores is impassive, giving away nothing. The ambiguity may be dramatically unsatisfying, but that is the point. We become the viewers of that television show. Guilty or innocent, it's left to us to decide. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) At Eternity's Gate is, at heart, a mood movie, about an artist who finally made peace with the fact that his real audience exists in the future, that time (in the sense of one's lifespan) is meaningless when it comes to art. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Naachiyar (2018) It's as though the editor patched together some random footage shot by the second unit. Bala may have made a different movie, but this is certainly not a Bala movie. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 100% Awe! (2018) An ambitious, meticulous mix of genres is a tad overcooked but also fun to think back on. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Poomaram (2018) Abrid Shine's marvellous movie-mosaic, with Kalidas Jayaram and Neeta Pillai, is a tribute not just to the artistic process but to art itself. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
50% Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis) (2018) Close Enemies is well-made, well-acted - but it's way too predictable. Every beat reminds us of another, better movie. However did this land a Competition slot? - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper is an unabashed Old Hollywood lover, and he makes an unabashed stab at this material - which is why it works. It's fun to see the hat tips. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) At heart, the film makes us ponder over the thin line between a "normal" family and a dysfunctional one. Who gets to decide? Not the viewer, for sure. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
44% Charlie Says (2019) Harron isn't able to tell us much more than what we already know, and her wafer-thin connections between the past (in the Manson farm) and the present (in jail) are too pat. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers is sinfully enjoyable, and all the more so because a beloved character actor steals the movie from under the top-billed star. As good as the others are, this is John C Reilly's film. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos snaps out of the mannered sameness that was threatening to suffocate his work. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) No film can live up to that kind of backstory - certainly not this wildly experimental mix of meta joke and exhausting mess. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma also makes the case that a great director possibly becomes greater if he serves as his own cinematographer. Cuarón shoots in gorgeous black and white - it was a privilege to watch this film on a big screen. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) The idea isn't bad, and I'm sure there are Expressionistic readings to be made - but it all wilts under the self-conscious (though undeniably tasteful) filmmaking, filled with "dream images" that appear to be from teenage Bergman's diary. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
63% Peterloo (2019) We've heard of the pages of history coming alive on screen. Peterloo feels like someone gave us the textbook, instead. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
4/5 85% Tumbbad (2018) Tumbbad is about a haunted nation, possessed not by the devil but by the past. It's been a while since something (apparently) genre-based turned out so rich and mysterious, so defiantly its own thing. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Kammara Sambhavam (2018) Kammara Sambhavam is really the writer's triumph. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/5 70% Mercury (2018) I loved that the protagonists don't get much sympathy because they are the "good guys..." - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 83% Bharat Ane Nenu (2018) This is one of Mahesh Babu's better performances. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Diya (2018) These scenes need solid emotional anchoring, and we get no sense of Tulasi's inner life. And without that, Diya is just a series of jump scares... that aren't much of jump scares. - Film Companion Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018