Nandini Ramnath

Nandini Ramnath
Nandini Ramnath's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):
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T-Meter Title | Year
27% Kabir Singh (2019) Kabir Singh reimagines the Indian hero archetype in interesting ways, but its inability to even consider the flaws in its leading man's romantic outlook is its undoing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
62% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) The 109-minute movie is good at setting up moments with potential, only to squander them with limp humour and indifferent characterisation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
60% Game Over (2019) As these women forge a sisterhood of sorts and navigate their way past the curveballs thrown their way, they suggest that the horror film can function just fine without men in it. At least on this score, Game Over is a modest triumph. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
31% Bharat (2019) An ode to survival becomes a tribute to its leading man's infallibility. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
29% India's Most Wanted (2019) The best bits are right at the end, when India's Most Wanted sheds its ripped-from-the-headlines pretensions and settles for the grandstanding that is possible only in fiction. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
No Score Yet PM Narendra Modi (2019) And on it goes, for 131 unrelenting minutes... - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
25% De De Pyaar De (2019) The next time you see Ajay Devgn making eyes as a woman far younger than him, you have every right to be sceptical. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) The sequel that nobody wanted is neither an improvement over the original nor a downgrade of it. The bar is low to begin with... - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
38% Kalank (2019) The movie retains its hauteur and attention to period haute couture even as it goes off the rails, finally chugging into its destination after leaving broken hearts and unmet ambitions in its wake. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Tashkent Files (2019) The rigour that was needed to prove Agnihotri's thesis is missing, and the biliousness of his selective targeting robs The Tashkent Files of its attempt to being an effective conspiracy thriller. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
17% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) The period detail in the production design (by Madhur Madhavan) and the richly textured colour-coded cinematography (by Tapan Basu) further fuel the conceit that something momentous is happening here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
25% Notebook (2019) Notebook has an unremarkable lead pair, an underwhelming dull love story... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
44% Junglee (2019) The scenes between Jammwal and elephants of various sizes are the best thing about Junglee, after its plea to halt the poaching of the gentle giants. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
31% Kesari (2019) A movie that should have been about a legendary last stand becomes yet another star vehicle for Akshay Kumar, who is the only character with a back story. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
57% Badla (2019) The gender swap allows for a meaty role for Amrita Singh, who deftly plays a key character, and her presence, along with that of Tony Luke, work strongly in the movie's favour and helps it along its pretzel-shaped journey. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
75% Sonchiriya (2019) The movie's reach exceeds its grasp, like the outlaws it follows through the ravines. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
33% Luka Chuppi (2019) Luka Chuppi isn't quite radical, let alone consistently funny, but the long walk to the altar is far less conservative than it could have been. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
33% Total Dhamaal (2019) Some of the humour is nicely timed and executed, and Indra Kumar even tucks in a message of environmental conservation (delivered through tamed wild animals). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
No Score Yet Anandi Gopal (2019) Sameer Vidwans's Anandi Gopal isn't the cracking portrait of a proto-feminist that it needed to have been, but it is always absorbing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
100% Gully Boy (2019) Dreams and reality fuse seamlessly in Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar's most heartfelt and accomplished movie yet. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
73% Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) ...a movie that is part rom and part com and never comfortable in either zone. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
22% Thackeray (2019) In the process of exploring the rise of the demagogue, the film makes his thuggery and rank bigotry seem normal. Thackeray proudly resurrects the Sena's violent campaign... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
56% Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) The Manikarnika production isn't lavish enough to suggest a grand sweep of history, and the focus on its heroine is too narrow to accommodate a larger conversation about the efficacy of Lakshmibai's actions. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
30% Simmba (2018) Simmba is a watered-down version - more Distemper than Temper. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) A largely unremarkable film that just happens to star a remarkable actor and director as a remarkable man. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
22% The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) Although it tries to put on a gossipy, insider tone and create a this-is-how-it-happened feel, The Accidental Prime Minister never evolves into anything more than a broadside against the Gandhi clan. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
67% Uri (2019) Uri is the more effective - and insidious - of the films. Impressively gritty action sequences bookend moments of sycophancy towards the government. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
No Score Yet Petta (2019) Petta is always on the move, like its hero, and Subbaraj directs the film with a sure hand. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
33% Zero (2018) A movie that probably sounded interesting at the concept stage but ends up being irretrievably outlandish in its execution. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
No Score Yet Mauli (2016) Predictable to a fault, with patches of humour and standard-issue action scenes, the movie coasts along on Vithoba's blessings. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) At close to 120 minutes, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spins far too many webs for its own good, but the witty dialogue, energetic voice work, and eye-popping visuals mostly keep fatigue at bay. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
54% Maleficent (2014) Stromberg matches Woolverton's flights of fancy with imaginative backdrops and adorable jungle creatures. There is true magic in the staging of the striking special effects, but not enough in the characterization. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
42% Kedarnath (2018) Despite the brisk storytelling and nicely braided scenes that give a vivid sense of the locations, Kedarnath never achieves the emotional peak that is a requirement of the disaster movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
63% 2.0 (2018) In 2.0, Shankar's ability to marry visual effects with populist melodrama serves him well in some of the sequences, even though the larger message is confused and the screenplay is too sluggish for an action spectacle. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Mohalla Assi (2015) Always dull despite the vibrancy of the city in which it plays out, Mohalla Assi tries to gain an edge by courting controversy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% Pihu (2018) Pihu forces parents, both real and prospective, to confront one of their worst nightmares - a child left to its own devices in a house filled with dangerous objects. The director makes his little lead actor work very hard to achieve his goal. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) In the end, the movie belongs to Freddie Mercury, the Bohemian rhapsodiser of the title, who conquers with his voice from beyond the grave. The movie comes alive every time Mercury's sonorous voice booms out of the screen. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
23% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Amitabh Bachchan lumbers through the movie and looks exhausted from the burden of carrying so much armour and baritone-induced gravitas. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
No Score Yet Namaste England (2018) The 135-minute movie is the latest example of Arjun Kapoor's mysterious ability to continue headlining projects. The actor flubs all his scenes, whether romantic or nationalistic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
17% 5 Weddings (2018) Namrata Singh Gujral's 5 Weddings finds a clever way to weave together rituals with observational comedy...the film is content in its modesty, but it doesn't quite work as an intimate and closely observed drama... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
90% Badhaai Ho (2018) Priyamvada fades out of the view as Badhaai Ho chases a different set of expectations. Priyamvada's thoughts barely matter, which is a gaping hole in a movie that pays close attention to each of its characters... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) The star who is being born through this film is its actor-director. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
No Score Yet FryDay (2018) The great Govinda steals the show, Varun Sharma holds his own, Brijendra Kala chips in, and the female characters stand around like pieces of furniture...Fryday feels like a play or a low-budget television film at all times... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
33% Helicopter Eela (2018) The extended climax is pure schmaltz, but is rousing enough to ensure that Helicopter Eela doesn't crash-land all the way but escapes with significant damage. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
100% Andhadhun (2018) With a trimmer running length, the movie would have been perfect. Even at its current run-time of 139 minutes, Andhadhun slides into place as smoothly as one of Akash's piano pieces. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
22% Loveyatri (2018) Salman Khan devotees might be persuaded to accept the latest boon from their screen god, but for the unfaithful - and the unforgiving - Loveyatri is a trudge from start to finish. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
63% Pataakha (2018) The lead characters demand no empathy or identification, the acting is high-pitched and exaggerated in parts, the dialogue has the coarsensess of sand, and the humour is twisted and cruel. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018) Ice-cold and business-like, low on emotion despite the inflamed passions and muscle-flexing on display, and amoral to the core even with a backdrop of crime and punishment - and that's what is so good about it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
22% Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018) Buried beneath the melodrama, grandstanding and quick-fix approach is the very real issue faced by millions of Indians. Sushil articulates the problem only at the very end. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
71% Manto (2018) There is a wealth of detail here, based on copious research. However, in order to make sense of the numerous cameos and walk-on parts, viewers need to have a little knowledge of the world Manto inhabited - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018