Namrata Joshi

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Gully Boy (2019) Gully Boy embraces the quotidian, often layering it with humour. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
67% 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
86% 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 37% 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 83% 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
2/4 No Score Yet Maharathi (2008) [It's] unable to let go of the staginess. Wish the static energy could have been harnessed into something dynamic. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Dil Kabaddi (2008) Here's another film with a who's who cast that begins amusingly but ends with a whimper. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 88% Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (A Couple Made by God) (A Match Made in Heaven) (2008) You have to leave the theatre with a goofy smile. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Little Zizou (2009) It deals with the contentious issues of faith and fundamentalism, hope and tolerance through the boy's perspective... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 44% Blindness (2008) The film manages to communicate the sense of deep-rooted paranoia and anxiety to its audience, the moments of claustrophobia on screen reach out and smother viewers. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Firaaq (2008) Nandita Das's thought-provoking first outing Firaaq examines the impact of communal violence on human relationships. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The President Is Coming (2008) The narrative flows freely back and forth in time and the humour is biting and irreverent and takes on everyone-from Bush and his speeches to those who believe in America as the land of opportunity. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) The angsty, truant Bond and his sulky ways get too irritating, the pout notwithstanding. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Fashion (2008) The narrative is overlong and seemingly endless, till things suddenly heat up at the very end. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 40% Roadside Romeo (2008) Roadside Romeo might mark a big jump forward for Indian animation, but it has to find its own place in the sun and grow as a distinct genre than remaining content as an adjunct of Bollywood. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Karzzzz (2008) The original entertainer turns into a dull dud in the hands of Satish Kaushik. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/4 41% Hancock (2008) Some melodrama and a superwoman later, it loses steam. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/4 92% The Lives of Others (2006) Donnersmarck makes an assured debut, builds the atmosphere of deceit, suspicion and suffocation and also undercuts it with some jokey moments. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Mission Istaanbul (2008) It makes a mockery of the tragic reality of global terrorism. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 80% Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) A fun watch because of three reasons-likable characters and relationships, interesting situations and the witty lingo. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008) That lump in the throat that the film leaves you with makes it affecting and uplifting. And it's only in the fitness of things that the cynical Ae dil hai mushkil plays in the background. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Rock On!! (2008) The package gets complete courtesy Jason West who films the concerts brilliantly-the energy does spill over. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet A Wednesday (2008) In a way, the film moves a step forward from where Rang De Basanti left. In a similar vein, it articulates the frustration and violence that has become deep-seated in the urban, middle-class psyche. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet The Last Lear (2008) Worst aspect, perhaps, is the weak voice of the narrator. Who wants to hear a story in such a weedy voice? - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) The film never gets dull or downbeat. It never loses out on its rustic humour, courtesy some fine dialogue. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Ramchand Pakistani (2008) Ramchand Pakistani provides yet another glimpse into the freshly energised, new wave cinema of our neighbour. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/4 60% U, Me Aur Hum (2008) Irritating rather than affecting... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet One Two Three (2008) ...such a mess. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Shaurya (2008) A blatant copy with a contemporary Indian spin: it raises the contentious issue of army atrocities. But it's a highly facile critique, a lost chance. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 94% Juno (2007) A smart yet sensitive film, more a coming-of-age drama with believable American youngsters rather than TV-perfect Beverly Hills types... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 86% Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008) A reasonably nice kiddie flick, but fails to reach out to adults. Essentially like a cartoon film, utterly simplistic in every aspect-characters, plot or narration. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1/4 No Score Yet Love Story 2050 (2008) In this mayhem, even an over the top Punjabi mother like Archana Puran Singh seems like a little relief. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1/4 40% 27 Dresses (2008) The film is yawningly predictable... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 85% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) It keeps getting bloodier by the scene, yet remains curiously engaging. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) The sprawling, dark epic hinges on atmospherics and the moody air. It's heightened further by the ominous music, especially in the long, wordless opening sequence set in the mines with man pitted against nature. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 80% Jodhaa Akbar (2008) Gowariker builds the film on progressive, even if simplistic, politics that may not be palateable to all, but shows his own civility as a filmmaker. Needless to say, Ash and Hrithik work rather well as a pair... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Mithya (VK Ki Kahani) (2008) It's one of those rare Hindi films where eating is an integral part any character's doings. Truly inspired edginess. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1/4 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) The plot is illogical to the core, which one would have accepted had the film been a sheer roller-coaster ride, leaving you little time to notice the holes in the plot. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Strangers (2007) The only thing that makes the film worth a watch is the interesting cinematography: the meticulous lighting, the painstakingly done close-ups redeem a failed attempt at story-telling. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Khoya Khoya Chand (2007) It engages and involves you, but intermittently. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 80% Aaja Nachle (2007) Aaja is genteel and winsome and directed with restraint. Some of the best dialogue in recent times, resting on a core of quietude. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
29% Thackeray (2019) Between Thackeray's followers who will rationalise everything about him and find the film charismatic and the detractors who will find it unconvincing and abhorrent, lies a hagiography in continuum. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) Navdeep scores big in building the small-town ethos and atmosphere. - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 66% Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) Yi Mou does show his undeniable expertise in the spectacularly mounted warfare sequences that can rival anything you saw in the Lord of the Ring movies. The wonderfully choreographed martial arts sequences are heartstopping... - Outlook EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019