Itrath Syed

Itrath Syed
Itrath Syed's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Georgia Straight
Publications: Georgia Straight

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
55% Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) This is a film that would have worked wonderfully as episodic television. In small doses the foibles of this marriage would be enjoyable. Unfortunately, in large portions it is more than a little tedious. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
67% Guzaarish (2010) The film is shot almost entirely in a haze of diffused light and a blue palette interrupted only by the red lipstick worn by Sofia. This is a film to be felt rather than watched. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
No Score Yet It's Entertainment (Entertainment) (2014) In their directorial debut, the writing duo known as Sajid-Farhad have created a jumbled film that defies genre placement and leaves the viewer with a lingering sense of bewilderment. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Humshakals (2014) Having made a career out of moronic slapstick comedies, director Sajid Khan has created a new unit of measurement with Humshakals. Henceforth it will be used to determine the dreadfulness of films of this genre. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
69% Gunday (2014) This is a messy film with no substantial plot and mismatched pieces that simply don't fit. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet R... Rajkumar (2013) Prabhu Deva's first career was as a choreographer and he packs this film with numerous dance numbers that, much like the whole film, are unmemorable and fail to grasp the unique magic of the genre. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
64% RamLeela (2013) This film asks the viewer to dive in and be lost. The trip is both overwhelming and memorable. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
67% Go Goa Gone (2013) The premise of the film is far more intriguing than its actual execution. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Khiladi 786 (2012) This movie tediously recycles all the elements of standard Bollywood slapstick fare, with preposterous fight sequences, garish dance numbers, and heaps of ethnic stereotypes. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
33% Players (2012) Bachchan is the strongest actor in this ensemble, but in this film that is not high praise. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Desi Boyz (2011) In Rohit Dhawan's first film, Desi Boyz, he follows in his father David's directorial footsteps by creating an extended sophomoric male fantasy that is predicated on the audience suspending their logic, judgment, and good taste. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Thank You (2011) This regressive and arcane film plays out against the backdrop of Vancouver and Toronto, which are made to meld together interchangeably in a way that will irritate anyone who is familiar with either city. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Kismat Konnection (Lucky Charm) (2008) Despite being set in Canada and having a female lead with brains and a social conscience, this new offering fails to inspire. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet God Tussi Great Ho (2008) Rami Jaffery, the director of God Tussi Great Ho, continues to deny that his movie is a remake of Bruce Almighty, but this film is, indeed, a cheap facsimile of the original, albeit with a few minor adjustments. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Drona (2008) Goldie Behl's much-hyped, star-studded Drona is more than a disappointment. It's a waste. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
No Score Yet Patiala House (2011) It doesn't quite pull it off. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
65% Mumbai Diaries (2011) This is still a love story, both for the city of Mumbai and for the kind of love that is as unaccounted for as it is freely given. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
No Score Yet Action Replayy (2010) Action Replayy promises us a fun romp through an iconic decade of the past: the 1970s. Bollywood in that era was indeed a riot and has been the premise of a few good retro films. This is not one of them. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
17% Khatta Meetha (2010) This is not just a bad film; it is two bad films for the price of one. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
13% Raajneeti (2010) Once you settle into the film, it veers from its original promise and descends into a bloody and incoherent mess. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
74% Kites (2010) Instead of being moved by the story, I was thinking more about the many illogical plot points in the film. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
No Score Yet Veer (2010) The narrative of this film is disrupted at every moment with glaring illogical inaccuracies in the sets, the costumes, the music, and in the story itself. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2016
83% Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year (2009) This film -- part Mad Men and part Jerry Maguire -- is an underdog story about grit, perseverance, and ethics. Some sections in the first half of the film seem to drag, but once the story kicks off, you'll be sold on it. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
No Score Yet Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) Like a fizzy cola, this bubbly tale amuses despite its saccharine aftertaste. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
No Score Yet Heroes (2008) Samir Karnik's Heroes is a nationalist film verging on propaganda. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
35% The Other End of the Line (2008) While ostensibly celebrating global connectivity, this film does so from the perspective of an American audience for whom India is an idea rather than a place. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
No Score Yet London Dreams (2009) London Dreams aims to be an intense portrait of ambition corrupted by narcissism. Instead, it loses its nerve and settles on trite mediocrity. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
63% Dil Bole Hadippa! (My Heart Goes Hooray!) (2009) This movie contains all the elements that make this genre enjoyable despite a cynic's better judgment: it's a simple, exuberant spectacle of colour, rhythm, and romance. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
78% Fan (2016) An insightful rumination on the codependency between idols and their devotees, disguised as a psychological thriller. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
45% Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) [The film's] trite message is every bit as anachronistic as the feudal titles that the characters hold. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2015
62% Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) The real power of Zoya Akhtar's direction can be seen in those subtle moments when the camera rests on the face of a female character as she visibly struggles to contain her seething emotions -- and then fails. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
85% My Name Is Khan (2010) Released within a maelstrom of controversy in India that echoes the themes of the film, Karan Johar's My Name is Khan is an unexpected achievement. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
87% Piku (2015) This is a beautiful and often hilarious film about a love that lasts a lifetime. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
38% Agent Vinod (2012) The middle section drags, and there is a full hour in this film that could easily be edited out. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
69% Don 2 (2011) With a tightly wound plot that plays out on a global stage, this slick production creates a spectacle of car chases, clever intrigue, and criminality. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
91% Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) This is all great fun, but there is a lack of dramatic urgency in this film that keeps it from being truly compelling. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
11% Tees Maar Khan (2010) While the film does make some clever swipes at thinly concealed industry heavy hitters, it also relies heavily on tasteless gender, ethnic, and sexual stereotypes. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
22% Gabbar (2015) Ultimately, this is an apolitical message that's not conducive to movement-building or to lasting social change. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
80% Talaash (2012) This is a film that is as unexpected as it is unforgettable. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
100% Three Idiots (2009) Aside from the emotional whiplash, 3 Idiots will be meaningful for anyone who has ever struggled to find their bliss. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
87% Dostana (2008) Overall, this film is a mixed bag. Although there are comical moments, they're mostly variations on one joke. And that one joke is entirely dependent on caricature. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2015
50% Ghajini (2008) It's difficult to know what to make of the film's message. Memento was about the futility of revenge; Ghajini seems to construct vengeance as a healing, noble resolution to trauma. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
20% Jai Ho (2014) The lead is unbelievable as a common man and the relentless violence overwhelms any message of social uplift. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
50% Kick (2014) In a particularly insightful line of dialogue Khan says, "I don't enter your mind, I enter your heart." Indeed. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
88% Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) The insistence that love never wavers is the key romantic trope that characterizes the narrative language of Bollywood films. Chopra was crucial in establishing that standard. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
70% Dolly Ki Doli (2015) While there are some gaping holes in the plot, the comedy makes up for it. Dolly ki Doli is an enjoyable ride, and at 100 minutes it lasts about as long as the marriages it depicts. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
69% Krrish 3 (2013) Director Rakesh Roshan distinctly veers away from the dark ennui of recent Hollywood superhero films and opts instead for a film of good but gentle fun. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
22% Tevar (2015) While we have seen all of this before, there's enough warmth and chemistry coming from the film's young leads to make for an enjoyable retread. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
69% Finding Fanny (2014) This is a beautifully shot film, in which nearly every frame is saturated with sunlight. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2015
61% Ra. One (2011) Though the film does provide a lovely collage of shiny computer graphics, its narrative power doesn't quite keep you in the game. - Georgia Straight EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015