Poulomi Das

Poulomi Das
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Firstpost, Hyperallergic, Arré, Qrius

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Much of the brilliance of the genre-hybrid Aamis is in its steadfast refusal to commit. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
27% De De Pyaar De (2019) De De Pyaar De, which has its rare moments, never holds up: It's no different than innumerable Hindi films that lets its hero get what he wants over the course of two hours. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
8% Student of the Year 2 (2019) Even discarded scripts must have more complexity than Student of the Year 2. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House serves primarily as a searing examination of power and its glaring inaccessibility - specifically in a democracy. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
63% Omertà (2018) It is about as effective as a dramatised Wikipedia entry - there is nothing in its 96-minute runtime that we don't already know. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
58% 102 Not Out (2018) Despite his guilt-inducing tactics, the only message that 102 Not Out ironically disseminates is the abject need for educating our birth-givers in the language of parental independence. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Raazi (2018) Raazi manages to nuance the idea of patriotism, and lace it with a conscience. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
55% Veere Di Wedding (2018) It's as if Veere Di Wedding refuses to have any emotional depth only because it fears that its protagonists might have to talk about something other than men. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
45% Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) The third act of the film is essentially a lesson in misdirection... - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Lust Stories (2018) What makes Akhtar's short groundbreaking is its unflinching articulation of the hypocrisies of the entitled middle class. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
89% Hereditary (2018) The film takes the saying "skeletons in the closet" literally, giving us a genuinely terrifying portrait of a family's breakdown. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
38% Sanju (2018) It doesn't just heroise a flawed personality, but also ends up as the definitive and selective account for the future. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
91% Set It Up (2018) It exists as a canny tribute to the rom-coms of yesteryear, hitting a sweet, nostalgic feel-good spot. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is a testament to the urgent need for animated movies to address socio-political context. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
33% Dhadak (2018) Spoiler alert: Dhadak is as terrible as anyone who has watched Sairat expected it to be. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
55% Gold (2018) For a film about sport, Gold treats hockey as a mere formality in service of an Akshay Kumar vanity project. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
77% Stree (2018) There's only so much an exciting premise can do for a bloated film that frequently loses its grip on its plot. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
56% Laila Majnu (2018) In its last 30 minutes, unveils the film's secret weapon: a visceral portrait of insanity. It's only here that the film actually lives up to its ambitious promise of retelling the legend of Layla and Majnun. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
76% Love Sonia (2018) At several points during Love Sonia, I found it hard to not question its real purpose: Is it really to highlight unimaginable trauma or fetishise it? - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
75% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) Aided by smart writing and affecting performances, the film subverts the nice guy trope and squashes the idea of the one true love. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
71% Manto (2018) Going in, I'd expected Manto to provoke and make a statement at every opportunity. What I got instead, was an unflinching portrait of a man who despised taking the middle road. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
89% Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018) In a film about dignity of labour, Katariya's mastery is most evident in parts where the focus is on the immense emotional and domestic labour every married small-town woman inevitably shoulders. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
63% Pataakha (2018) Vishal Bhardwaj's Pataakha understands this language of sisterhood, where throwing abuses, insults, and jabs at each other is par for the course. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
93% Village Rockstars (2017) While Rima Das intended the film to be a tribute to her village, her sensitivity and warmth guarantees that it also captures the innocence of childhood - and the doting bond between mothers and daughters. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Andhadhun (2018) The film is all about clever writing, top-notch execution, and hard-hitting social commentary - but it is also a triumph of casting, and an ode to actors. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
22% Loveyatri (2018) Barely three months after Race 3, Salman Khan has bankrolled another nightmare, by introducing his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the hope that he'll pass off as an actor. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
90% Badhaai Ho (2018) Badhaai Ho is a delightful comedy that exposes society's hypocrisy toward sex. It underlines our unwillingness to view our parents as sexual beings... - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
87% First Man (2018) A sombre portrait of what going to the moon and back does to a man. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
25% Baazaar (2018) Baazaar doesn't have characters - just caricatures. Every plot point of the film is an extended open-mic joke that refuses to land. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
23% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Vijay Krishna Acharya's Thugs of Hindostan is one of Bollywood's most unambitious and derivative films; it redefines the idea of an epic disaster. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Green Book takes a muddled viewpoint of racism. But together, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen bring to screen an unforgettable chemistry that's poignant, rousing, and which single-handedly enlivens the broad strokes of the film's script. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
90% A Private War (2018) A Private War is a piercing plea championing empathy, asking us to not turn a blind eye to the abject suffering of countless faceless civilians. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
42% Kedarnath (2018) In a film which features flash floods, it's the love story that becomes the disaster. Kedarnath, is indeed a calamity. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
63% 2.0 (2018) Despite being loaded with quinnessential Rajinisms - including the slo-mo walk, self-referential dialogue, witty punchlines, and, well, immortality - 2.0 stands out for acknowledging the problem plaguing every superhero film. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
96% Roma (2018) The black-and-white spectacle captures the memory of childhood, in unflinching clarity. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
82% Ben is Back (2018) The film investigates the aftermath of addiction, both as a raging epidemic and as a crushing emotion. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
33% Zero (2018) The film might be the worst reminder of SRK's incompetence in completely inhabiting a character. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
30% Simmba (2018) If Simmba is Rohit Shetty's idea of what justice looks for women, I can only hope that we don't have to sit through a film that is his version of what equality looks like. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet Khoon Bhari Maang (2014) It's only a film like Khoon Bhari Maang that can turn a complete lack of logic into poignancy. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
85% Soni (2018) At a time when the wounds of #MeToo are yet to be healed, Soni's indictment of how normalised patriarchy continues to smother even the most empowered women, is probably the most riskiest and bravest... - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
67% Uri (2019) If the film had released 20 years in the future, it could actually have been considered a tribute to our armed forces. Right now, however, it just feels like like well-made propaganda. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
33% Luka Chuppi (2019) Even a meme conveys more about live-ins than this logic-defying, unfunny movie. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Gully Boy (2019) The wait for a film that tenderly recreates a musical subculture like gully rap instead of co-opting it, might still be slightly longer, but the wait for a perfect rap soundtrack is over. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
92% Paddleton (2019) As Paddleton posits in the heart-wrenching final minutes, what better balm can there be to loneliness than all-consuming companionship? - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
75% Sonchiriya (2019) For much of its run-time, Sonchiriya is packed to the brim with commentary that mines the past to inform the injustices of the present. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
57% Badla (2019) Ghosh builds a solid case against the assumption of innocence that we often grant women accused of heinous crimes. If only Badla lived up to its intent. - Arré EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019