Rachit Gupta

Rachit Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been reviewing films, both Hollywood and Hindi since 2006. I started off with the newspaper Screen published by the Indian Express group. Then, I reviewed films for Filmfare for both print and online media. I now write reviews for The Times Of India, again for both print and online.
Publications: The Times of India, Filmfare

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% Mission Mangal (2019) Despite the ups and downs, this story does make you believe that dreams do come true, especially in the vast expanses of the outer space. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Blank (2019) The movie has flashes of promise but just as many, if not more, moments of amateur execution. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 38% Kalank (2019) What's fresh about Kalank is the treatment. This period drama is mounted on a lavish scale and whether it's the sets or the costumes, everything about the film brings the grandeur alive. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Tashkent Files (2019) All its sensational content is relevant and important social issues are highlighted, too. But, the storytelling effort is half-baked and lacks the finesse that such a heavy-duty film requires. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 25% Notebook (2019) The highlights of Notebook are the cinematography by Manoj Kumar Khatoi and the performances by Zaheer and Pranutan. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 31% Kesari (2019) With technical brilliance, intricate writing and thundering performances, Kesari is a loud war cry that evokes strong feelings of patriotism and it also wrenches your heart with its climactic tragedy. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 57% Badla (2019) Even the seasoned genre faithfuls will agree that Badla offers a creative and thrilling end to a captivating mystery. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 100% Gully Boy (2019) This is a film that deserves an encore. And in true rap style, let's just say...Yeh Gully Boy hard hai bhai! - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) This one's a refreshingly cool black-comedy that does wonders for the genre. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 73% Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) The writing isn't all top-grade, but this film has its heart in the right place and sometimes that's all that really matters. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 22% Thackeray (2019) Perhaps a more seasoned writer could have fleshed out Thackeray's character and eccentricities a lot better. But its Nawaz's nonchalant performance that overshadows the flaws and leaves a lasting impact. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 10% Replicas (2019) This one's best described as a cheap knockoff. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 31% Zero (2018) Inconsistency plagues the movie...while the film has a wealth of references to Bollywood and its stars, these details don't compensate for a story that starts with a beautiful plot, but takes off on a bizarre ride. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
53% Maleficent (2014) If your adult mind doesn't reject the ideas that fairy tales taught you as a kid, Maleficent can offer you a wonderful ride full of hope and love with the adequate twist. - Filmfare EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 46% Kedarnath (2018) The clever use of CGI mixed with live-action shots to depict moments like cloudburst and the pilgrim city submerging underwater creates an authentic impact. The execution in these areas, along with a memorable debut by Sara, is what keeps the film afloat. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 59% 2.0 (2018) While the movie certainly looks world-class, the writing doesn't always live up to the expectations. It's Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar's star power that really saves the day for this magnum opus. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased tells a powerful story with finesse and the right amount of grit. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 21% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) With the mammoth expectations attached to this movie, the end experience just leaves you all at sea. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Dassehra (2018) Dassehra is a quick watch, but the dated content and the loud background score turn it into a real hotchpotch. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 33% Baazaar (2018) Baazaar uses plenty of stock market jargon and showcases complex ideas like insider trading and financial manipulation with ease. It's great to see an edgy story unfold in completely new settings in a Hindi film. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Namaste England (2018) Namaste England has a lot of promise, but the film just isn't able to shake off the ill-effects of clichéd storytelling. This one's a classic case of love's labour lost. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 91% Badhaai Ho (2018) Even though the story has a limited scope, the detailed writing, the finesse of Sharma's direction and some unforgettable performances make this film an absolute winner. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 87% Tumbbad (2018) This one is genuinely scary. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/5 63% Pataakha (2018) Vishal Bhardwaj, as he always does with his films, has tried to put many quirky spins into this comedy. The music is rustic, but very pleasing. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 22% Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018) BGMC loses power under the load of its heavy-duty screenplay. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 75% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) The performances by Taapsee, Vicky and Abhishek are special, to say the least. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 77% Stree (2018) Despite all its flaws and ambiguous ideas, Stree is still an entertaining film. This is an experimental comedy, that creates an eerie atmosphere and it manages to be funny and scary at the same time. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/5 57% Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (2018) HPBJ is just as good as HBJ, if not better. It has good music too and for a change, the songs actually add value to the storytelling process. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 18% Satyameva Jayate (2018) SMJ desperately tries very hard to sell the age-old idea of revenge and righteousness. But the big booming treatment is a little too hard to accept and digest. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/5 55% Gold (2018) This one is surely worth its weight in gold. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Vishwaroopam 2 (2018) Vishwaroop 2 is a classic example of overkill. This multi-lingual film has been shot in both Hindi and Tamil. And despite having some genuinely good moments, the film tries to put forth a little too much, a little too quickly. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/5 33% Dhadak (2018) With all its strengths and weaknesses, Dhadak attempts to highlight some shocking truths about our society and for that it makes a worthy watch. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) If you enjoy the thrill of gun fights and larger-than-life characters, Sicario 2 can be an engaging experience. Just don't expect it to make too much sense. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013) SBAGR focuses on the obsessions and passions of the Royal families in UP. And it does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of that vanity of that overt machismo. - Filmfare EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 36% Sanju (2018) Ranbir Kapoor is just as good as his reputation. To state that he's an incredible actor who fills Sanjay Dutt's role with gravitas and spunk is stating the obvious. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
50% Sulemani Keeda (2014) Some of it is truly hilarious, some profound and a little bit just doesn't make sense. Like any piece of art, it has its imperfect strokes. - Filmfare EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The new all-women setup puts a fresh perspective on this heist franchise. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
2.5/5 8% Race 3 (2018) For all its big moments, Race 3 just does not work up the feeling of suspense and intrigue that made the previous masala movies from the franchise a guilty pleasure. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 50% Veere Di Wedding (2018) What makes Veere Di Wedding a unique prospect is that here the pack of performers, is led by four ladies who make their choices, stand by them and have the guts to live their life the they want. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 40% Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018) Thrills, suspense, drama, a little bit of humour, as well as a solid comment on India's soldiers - this movie largely has all the tricks to please even a discerning audience. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
58% 102 Not Out (2018) The ease with which the film portrays the bittersweet relationship between its characters is fantastic. Such films are like soft serve ice cream on a sparkly Sunday afternoon. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Missing (2018) What good is a thriller that's not thrilling? It gets worse when you start laughing at a mystery movie. Any and all prospect of this film is lost in the midst of shoddy filmmaking. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 50% Blackmail (2018) This is one of the most wickedly funny films that we've seen in a long time. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 30% Baaghi 2 (2018) With better editing and a taut screenplay this one would have packed a stronger punch. Nonetheless, for fans of the action genre, Baaghi 2 can be a one-time watch. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3.5/5 55% Hichki (2018) For all its shortcomings, the movie still has plenty of freshness, insights and emotional intelligence. It can make you nostalgic about your school days and remind you of your favourite teacher. This one definitely deserves good grades. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2.5/5 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The cinematography and the production design create the right atmosphere for the scares. But for all its technical finesse, this 85-minute film feels a little too long. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/5 64% Raid (2018) Raid is a film that caters to public sentiment against black money and corruption. All in all, this one's right on the money. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/5 24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) For those who follow world politics and the Middle-East closely, this film offers compelling insights with strong artistic sensibilities. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Hate Story 4 (2018) Hate Story 4 serves up a lot of twists and turns but it's all too predictable. Most of the clever story reveals are let down by the fact that there's just too much erotica on offer. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 60% Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz (2018) For young lovers and those obsessed with good morning, good night and all sorts of wishes on WhatsApp, Kuchh Bheega Alfaaz has a lot to offer. Despite the slow build-up, it manages to entertain with ease. - Filmfare EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018