Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan
Baradwaj Rangan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Companion
Publications: The Hindu, Film Companion

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Nayattu (2021) Unlike the usual, glossy thrillers, Nayattu is very rooted. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
No Score Yet Love (2020) The film has a brilliant twist that's not just a stunt but deeply rooted in psychology. It's like Thappad on acid. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
No Score Yet Pitta Kathalu (2021) Two films work. Two don't. And the standout is Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam's 'Ramula', which takes big risks with form. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
80% Soorarai Pottru (2020) In terms of sheer professionalism, the film is the best thing that's come on the southern OTT space. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Like in 99 Homes, Ramin Bahrani directs with an eye on narrative propulsion rather than subtlety - but the film is compulsively watchable. And Adarsh Gourav is a star. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
No Score Yet Maara (2021) Maara made me wish for a big screen again. It would have been a spa for the senses. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) It's the stuff of gripping Cold War espionage thrillers, except that this is real life. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
82% Milestone (Meel Patthar) (2021) It lifts the heart, makes it swell. It says it's not the end of the road. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
87% Dil Bechara (2020) The film is smoothly written (the screenplay is by Shashank Khaitan, Suprotim Sengupta), and it goes down real easy. It's just that it never rises above "watchable-enough". - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3.5/5 86% Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) Rajamouli gives us one memorable moment after another -- it's not just about grandeur in the sets and visuals, it's about grandeur of the imagination. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
83% Pinocchio (2020) Garrone seems to want to make a "realistic" fairy tale, filled as much with sadness as joy, but he forgets to fill it with magic. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Onward (2020) This is pure screenwriting genius, to make us expect something and leave us with something else that's far more satisfying. I wish the whole film had operated at this level, but I'm not complaining... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
59% The Intruder (El prófugo) (2020) There's too much tease, and not enough of a satisfying payoff. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
70% Minamata (2020) I just wanted the film to care more... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
72% My Salinger Year (2021) These marvellous flights of fancy are grounded by Qualley's remarkably unsentimental performance. There's so little that's showy. Writing, after all, is such an interior activity. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
75% Good Newwz (2019) If Diljit Dosanjh's persona were a movie, I'd imagine it'd be something like this: genial, casual, comfortable with its blingy brightness, not particularly out to transform the world but impossible to resist. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
No Score Yet Enai Noki Paayum Thota (2017) This is a screenplay in which the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed with care. And with class. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Sangathamizhan (2019) The film is a disaster at every conceivable level. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I didn't hate it, exactly, but I sat through the film solely as a completist. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
57% Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) With a mega star and a mega budget, is it too much to hope for a mega movie? - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Elder One (Moothon) (2019) Moothon has enough going on to justify a good half-hour more. But bumps and all, the journey is rewarding because there's always a deeply felt event around the corner. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
69% War (2019) War is a defining action movie of our time. It's Hollywood enough to rock the multiplexes, but it doesn't forget its roots. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
50% Dream Girl (2019) These are one-joke characters, and this is a one-joke movie. Very quickly, a sense of staleness sets in. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
68% Joker (2019) After a lot of throat-clearing, Joker finally becomes the movie it wants to be, positioning its protagonist squarely as the antagonist in the Batman mythos we know so well. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
91% Bombay Rose (2019) Bombay Rose subverts not just Bombay cinema's storytelling, but also the implicit assumptions of Bombay cinema. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet Raatchasi (2019) It's great that Jyotika is cherry-picking projects that indulge in a fair bit of "heroine worship". But she really needs better scripts. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
90% Article 15 (2019) For Article 15 to fully unleash its power, Nishad needed to be more than just a bit player. He is one of many characters who are outlined but not meaningfully fleshed out, and therefore appear tokenistic. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
62% Game Over (2019) Game Over is a bona fide original. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
32% Bharat (2019) At one point, Bharat launches into the national anthem in its entirety and some of the people around me began to stand up. Bharat is the kind of film you'd expect Akshay Kumar to make. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
6% Student of the Year 2 (2019) It isn't just the clothes that look like they've been flown in from Milan. It's the whole movie. Couture Couture Hota Hai. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 80% Super Deluxe (2019) This is an utterly unique film, a brave film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Peranbu (2019) Ram's films have always displayed love for his protagonists. In Peranbu, we sense much love for the medium, too. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 20% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 27% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Vishwasam (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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 67% Petta (2019) Petta looks rushed and even the Karthik Subbaraj flourishes come off like affectations. - Film Companion 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 56% 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 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 20% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 100% Bulbul Can Sing (2018) This is pure Rima Das. The film regains its footing, despite the stray bits of motivational-poster wisdom. - Film Companion 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 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
60% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The lovingly excavated and assembled footage is never less than fascinating. - Film Companion 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018