Namrata Joshi

Namrata Joshi
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Hindu, Outlook

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood might make a certain demographic in America go nostalgic for its slice of lost childhood, but also manages to reach out to the world at large. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The film dazzles at each step, one encounter and adventure after another shot like a set piece, complete in itself with MacKay's stoic presence adding to the pathos and poignancy. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
70% Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) A historical that kicks off well, flounders in the middle and then serves some good punches in the climax... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
86% Chhapaak (2020) Deepika Padukone's performance and Meghna Gulzar's direction ensure that Chhapaak is like a splash that leaves you misty with emotions, if not entirely drenched... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
83% Good Newwz (2019) The good thing about Good Newwz then is that it gives [Akshay] Kumar a much needed opportunity to shed the boring nobility, let his hair down and play a normal man next door, one who can be despicable and offensive but perhaps not irredeemably so. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) There are some nice action set pieces, fights and chases. But the real fun lies in Beckett's "biodynamic concealment" experiment which misfires and turns Sterling into a pigeon, or "flying mouse" as he hatefully calls them. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
33% Ghost Stories (2020) Janhvi Kapoor and Surekha Sikri with their quick silver expressions in the fleeting moments, captured up close and personal, are both quite a treat to watch. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
50% Mardaani 2 (2019) The film engages with the gender issue in the all too familiar and stereotypical way, barely rising above being a cat-and-mouse thriller... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
50% Panipat (2019) Gowariker may have taken liberties with history, but doesn't play around with the form. He sticks to the tried and tested, the long and langourous and old-fashioned. However, he is unable to achieve the epic sweep... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) The affecting, ruminative finale and the melancholic last scene leaves a metaphorical door ajar in our hearts, a deep hollow that's hard to fill... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
8% Marjaavaan (2019) Marjaavaan is loud, overcooked and overdone. Turgid and tedious it just passes you by, without you caring for anyone or anything on the big screen. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet Pagalpanti (2019) Every single actor seems to be overly conscious of the fact that she/he is in a comedy so they have to make people laugh somehow. The desperation shows on some... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
13% Laal Kaptaan (2019) All the interesting disparate elements in the film don't come together well enough to build it into a compelling whole... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Through the peephole of Lorene Scafaria's camera, a world pirouetting on and catering to the male gratification becomes a joyous playground for women's empowerment. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
No Score Yet Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) The film remains bathed in somnolence and insipidness, making even the most ardent admirers bored and stiff. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
45% The Zoya Factor (2019) The ditzy manner of the impeccably clad Sonam Kapoor works only up to a point and becomes pesky when stretched over two hours. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
57% Mission Mangal (2019) Ultimately it's a consummate Vidya Balan who rises above everything else and, thankfully, makes Mission Mangal all about a good-hearted matriarch instead of a patronising patriarch. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
36% Batla House (2019) Batla House is a needlessly convoluted and garbled interpretation of the 2008 encounter case which entirely sides with the police. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) An intimate story of romance, betrayal and loss gets framed against the sweeping, epic backdrop of radical, socio-economic changes in China. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Eventually it's the trio of Nietzsche-quoting Johnson, deadpan Statham and lightening quick Kirby that holds things in good stead, sparring off and squabbling with each other in just the right measure. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Arjun Patiala (2019) Arjun Patiala feels like a Punjabi film masquerading as a Bollywood one. The humour is deliberately rough and rustic and the filmmaking clunky. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
64% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) Some moments turn out unintentionally laughable, and it all ends in a totally convenient and clumsy reveal that we anyhow saw coming. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) It's the soundtrack and the star voices - both in the English and the Hindi versions - that bring things alive, specially in some throwaway light moments, like a affianced-betrothed wordplay or a hornbill vs woodpecker debate. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
33% Super 30 (2019) A salutary cause and an inspirational story about the triumph of the underdog doesn't necessarily make an engaging film. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
29% Malaal (2019) It's not just the love that feels inorganic, there's something sanitised about the larger universe of the film. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
89% Article 15 (2019) A compelling film on the journey of its lead Ayan, but it's one of the smaller characters, Nishad, whose tale now needs to be told urgently as an accompanying piece. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
25% Kabir Singh (2019) If this is the great idea of man-woman dynamics, if this is a "hatke" love story, well just tell me another one. End of rant! - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
29% Bharat (2019) Bharat is way too ponderous and plodding. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) Despite the fresh, young faces at the centre, a staleness looms large over SOTY2. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Blank (2019) Blank eventually doesn't rise above being a stilted "bad Muslim" narrative. It's yet another film that plays on Islamophobia... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
38% Kalank (2019) The excesses - be it the protracted length, the over-the-top lines, the wordplay, use of metaphors or the constant repartee between lovers - bore rather fast. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
17% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Trying to find too much logic here is totally futile. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
25% Notebook (2019) A breathtaking setting and some adorable children can't rescue the flavourless romance that is Notebook. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
31% Kesari (2019) It would have, perhaps, worked with good casting and performances supporting the main lead. However, in the one-man show, none of the other characters or actors turn out memorable. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Emotions keep pace with the action, but the energy and jocular tone, the wit and eccentricity, are never compromised on. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
57% Badla (2019) The big reveal gets painfully crummy, its central contrivance utterly implausible. In fact, the entire chain of events is hard to believe in and leaves you asking questions aplenty. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
75% Sonchiriya (2019) Sonchiriya is a rare bird, the metaphorical redemption that everyone is seeking. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
33% Luka Chuppi (2019) Luka Chuppi is led by the least charismatic set of young actors. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
33% Total Dhamaal (2019) Old school slapstick, tepid gags, brazen stereotyping, digs at women... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
95% Gully Boy (2019) Gully Boy embraces the quotidian, often layering it with humour. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
75% Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) ELKDTAL might be bringing a "new story" to Bollywood but plays out too flat, lightweight and facile to be of any consequence. Tell us another love story, please. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2 ensures that you will leave the cinema hall, feeling good and on a hopeful sugar high. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet 99 (2009) The film sparkles only in a few places, tends to flounder and sag and eventually seems way too long and stretched out for its two odd hours. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 36% Angels & Demons (2009) Angels and Demons is far more accessible than Da Vinci Code and far more pacy too. It doesn't want viewers to pause, and reflect. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Stoneman Murders (2009) Even the filming is '80s style-rough and refreshingly devoid of technical flourishes. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Plodding, facile and fails to connect. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1/4 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) A highly awkward and tepid climax ends things with a whimper. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 93% Milk (2008) Penn is so well-tuned that not for a minute does his Milk lapse into a caricature. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 87% Dostana (2008) The director is obviously confused. The second half dips badly and he resolves the mess with a senseless copout of a climax. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Yuvvraaj (2008) The plot is a throwback to old ghar-grihasti films and comes with the message that the family must always remain united. What makes it worse is that the film unfolds at a snail's pace. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019