Manoj Kumar R

Manoj Kumar R
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 No Score Yet Unda (2019) Unda is a bold and daring act of expression that draws parallels between the violence perpetrated by gun-wielding Maoists and power-wielding corrupt politicians. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Madhura Raja (2019) Mindless entertainers are a great way to veg out after a long week. Vysakh and his team have whipped up a high-calorie cheat meal. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Majili (2019) What we get is a predictable sob story, where actors are huffing and puffing at the challenge of delivering their dialogues in a convincing way. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet NTR - Kathanayakudu (2019) When I think of everything the second part could have achieved cinematically, it hurts real bad. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel (2019) Instead of a nail-biting mystery, what we get is a pretentious film that lacks any real emotion or intelligence. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Yatra (Tamil) (2019) Beyond politics, the film also works as a decent human drama. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Natasaarvabhowma (2019) Pawan Wadeyar has mashed the themes of horror-comedy, revenge and a few dance numbers to serve a 'masala film' that offers nothing new. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 67% K.G.F. (2018) The impressively-mounted sets make up for Prashanth Neel's flimsy storyline. Composer Ravi Basrur lifts up the scenes with his terrific background orchestra. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Mr. Majnu (2019) Like Tholi Prema, Mr. Majnu is also a textbook romantic drama filled with forced feel-good moments. But, Venky extracts some value out of very familiar situations, making his film watchable. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Mikhael (2019) Unni Mukundan is so obsessed with his looks that he hardly makes an effort to act. Adeni has a better chance of passing off Mukundan's character as a steroid junkie. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Vinaya Vidheya Rama (2019) Vinaya Vidheya Rama is like watching a Balakrishna action film on steroids. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Inttelligent (2018) The only thing that works in favour of the Sai Dharam Tej starrer is its runtime, which is 2 hours 10 minutes. Five minutes more of this outdated saga may cause serious damage to our brains. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Tholiprema (Tholi Prema) (2018) Tholi Prema has nothing new to offer. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
No Score Yet Awe! (2018) Awe has high entertainment value, strong emotions, progressive characters, thrills, chills, comedy and some philosophy. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Kirrak Party (2018) No surprises in the music department. The film has been nearly recreated scene by scene by Sharan. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet MLA (Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbayi) (2018) It's a forgettable film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Krishnarjuna Yudham (2018) The segment about a constable and his non-stop whining about his shopaholic wife comes as an unwanted distraction that further stretches an already overstretched narrative. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3.5/5 73% Mercury (2018) Mercury eventually melts down to the story of human sufferings caused due to corporate greed. And we do leave the theatre with a heavy heart, if not totally frightened by Prabhudheva's thirst for vengeance. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kammara Sambhavam (2018) Dileep thrives on playing characters that seek revenge at any cost. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
83% Bharat Ane Nenu (2018) It's unclear what Koratala Siva wanted to achieve with the Mahesh Babu starrer. What was the story he wanted to tell? Is it about prevailing dynasty politics in the country? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Mahanati (2018) The four best things to happen to Nag's film are Dulquer Salmaan, Keerthy Suresh, Samantha Akkineni and the costume designers. These three actors are in top form and equally shoulder this film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Lakshmi (Telugu) (2018) In spite of all the goodness supplied by the kids, the film does not even try to be anything more than a bunch of well-choreographed dance performances. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Geetha Govindam (2018) Parasuram has written this film while steadily keeping one finger on the pulse of the audience. He supplies enough moments for the audience to laugh out loud. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Goodachari (2018) Adivi Sesh does an underwhelming job in portraying a wannabe spy, and he is more unconvincing as a rouge field agent who is on the run. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet My Story (2018) My Story struggles really hard to be something i.e a good story, which it is not. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi (2018) One of the most important reasons why this film works is composer Vivek Sagar. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Tik Tik Tik (2018) Tik Tik Tik is blatantly unoriginal, illogical and unscientific. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Naa Nuvve (2018) The filmmakers terribly fail to build any kind of tension into the script and director Jayendra Panchapakesan's incoherent attempt at magic realism adds to our distress. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sammohanam (2018) The film falls short of rising above its own limitations. It is likely because of the weak spots in Sameera's character. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Officer (Telugu) (2018) Having loved RGV's previous work, it really unsettles to see a director of his stature make some unconvincing and amateur choices. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Nela Ticket (2018) Films such as Nela Ticket is a blatant attack on the senses that only aggravates one's stress. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Theevandi (2018) There are comic moments in the film that engage you at some level. But, the film terribly fails to strike the emotional chord that was intended by its makers. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Seema Raja (Seemaraja) (2018) How can the audience wrap their head around a film such as Seema Raja, when they are unable to decide if it's a parody film or not? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
0/5 No Score Yet Saamy Square (Saamy 2) (2018) Saamy Square is Vikram's worst career decision. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Varathan (2018) Aishwarya and Fahadh are in top form. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Devadas (2018) Nani is the only saving grace in Devadas. The actor gets into the skin of the character and gives his best to the make the lousy writing tolerable. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet 96 (Tamil) (2018) Vijay Sethupathi sails through the film effortlessly in his role and Trisha also aces her performance as a married woman who can't stop indulging in emotional infidelity. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava (2018) Even as I have my reservations, I was happy with Trivikram's ending... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Taxiwala (2018) Barring a few glaring gaps in the story, Rahul Sankrityan has managed to whip up a pretty decent potboiler that leans heavily on Vijay Deverakonda's charms and his newfound stardom. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet 24 Kisses (2018) In spite of all its progressive motifs, the film falls back on the conventional ideas of relationships and womanhood. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
63% 2.0 (2018) The visual effects encourage the audience to generously overlook the gaps in the screenplay and simply sit back and enjoy the show. It's totally worth it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Kavacham (2018) As far as the story goes, Kavacham doesn't have anything fresh to offer. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Savyasachi (2018) Naga Chaitanya is a damp squib with plenty of eye-rolling that doesn't really go with the mood of the circumstances. He only thrives in dance sequences. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sandakozhi 2 (2018) The sequel to the film Sandakozhi 2 is devoid of interesting themes or fresh ideas. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018) Chekka Chivantha Vaanam feels like the work of a fresh director with an impressive understanding about the craft of filmmaking. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Imaikkaa Nodigal (2018) Nayanthara and Atharvaa are comfortable playing their given roles but as usual, it is the devil who gets the best lines. Just the presence of Anurag Kashyap on the screen adds more weight to the narration. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Rangasthalam (2018) Ram Charan has essayed the role of Chitti Babu with conviction. It is the best performance that he has delivered in his entire career. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2.5/5 80% Hey Jude (2018) In parts, Shyamaprasad has overstretched the narration even as there was not enough material to support him. A crisp editing may have helped this film become more engaging. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Touch Chesi Chudu (2018) Touch Chesi Chudu is indistinguishable from the countless commercial entertainers in Tollywood star Ravi Teja's career. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/5 60% Aami (2018) It is, indeed, impressive to watch Manju Warrier play the role of a conflicted woman. Her conviction in the performance is what keeps our attention even when narration loses steam. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018