Rahul Desai Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rahul Desai

Rahul Desai
Rahul Desai's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Companion Reviews

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 86% Badhaai Ho (2018) It's a testament to the art of casting that the film is allowed to hinge on an actress in the position to draw from her own fierce individuality and life experience in the face of similar odds.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1/5 38% Helicopter Eela (2018) Helicopter Eela is one of the most clueless, boring and unintentionally Oedipal films of our times. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 89% First Man (2018) There's much to appreciate about the way Chazelle and his core team magnify the journey of a man who finds solace in telescopic emotions.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 87% Tumbbad (2018) The trick maybe is to digest Tumbbad as a dark bedtime story narrated by an orthodox Brahmin father to his kids every night. The morality and broadness of this universe is his, but the wild texture and density of details aren't. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 57% Hichki (2018) Mukerji's performance, as previously mentioned, is at the mercy of her character - which alternates between being subject and subplot, according to the whims of a greedy two-pronged biopic.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
3/5 69% Manto (2018) Director Nandita Das beautifully stitches five of the famous Urdu author's short stories into the narrative of his life's definitive five-year period. But perhaps her film's most distinctive trait is its contextualization of his life through his work...‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
1.5/5 14% Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018) This is just shabby filmmaking all around. It goes to show that today's producers don't care for the craft either, as long as there's a "message," a digital revolution and a rousing monologue.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
92% Pad Man (2018) It's easy to dismiss Pad Man for the same reasons as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Both are glorified PSAs with a superstar making a profit out of playing the savior of womanhood...‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 67% Raid (2018) Ajay Devgn appears so uninspired...‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1/5 29% Baaghi 2 (2018) I suspect I will be reviewing Baaghi 8 in the near future. Perhaps by then, Hindi cinema will have moved on from believing that the Indian Army is composed of heartbroken college boys who decide to substitute women for country.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Prey at Night is designed as a defiant and antique reaction to these formulaic jump-scare franchises - in the limitless hope that perhaps a few steps back for the genre is actually one step forward. In doing so, they salute every cliché in the book. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Almost every scene is a throbbing set piece, because the premise pivots on the very core of human nature.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 80% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) It's Abhishek Bachchan's Robbie that is by far Manmarziyaan's most interesting character. He isn't your usual 'third wheel;' there are shades of grey lodged deep within his magnanimous personality.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 83% Love Sonia (2017) Tabrez Noorani is unrelenting in his deconstruction of cinema, and by extension, humanity. Bad things happen in dark, closed spaces; good things, rare as they are, happen in daylight.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2.5/5 57% Laila Majnu (2018) Perhaps the biggest clue to this movie's bipolarity lies in its choice of location.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1.5/5 29% Aiyaary (2018) Take out all the slow-motion saunters, needless flashbacks, timeline jumps and token female representation...and Aiyaary isn't a second longer than 23 minutes. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 72% Hostiles (2018) What Cooper manages to achieve through his simple, uncomplicated storytelling is a remarkable magnification of time. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
1.5/5 43% Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018) Every meninist who forgets that he is not a real term is on you. Every subsequent Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety ka Punchnama will be on you. And the joke, as always, will sadly be on us.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 50% Pari (2018) It's rare to see a successful mainstream actress not only believe in this as a producer, but strip herself of beauty so fully that her hideousness becomes beguiling.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Even after watching 140 minutes of a gloomy, campy European Katniss Everdeen find her real-world calling, it's difficult not to want more. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
0/5 0% Hate Story 4 (2018) Perhaps the most humbling moment of my existence occurs every year at the ticket counter on the morning of another Hate Story movie.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) [Entebbe] misses an opportunity to supplement its vision with a voice. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
1.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) Perhaps the most disappointing part is Oyelowo's clumsy presence.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/5 78% Stree (2018) Stree is about a ghoul that picks up lone men at night. But by the time the horror comedy finds its tone, the damage done by its jarring background score and pointless songs is irreversible.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 60% Blackmail (2018) It's a pity Blackmail doesn't capitalize on its details. On a technical level, Deo exhibits the eye of a proficient ad filmmaker...little moments don't quite add up, but they do place this film near the top of the burgeoning well-made-average-movie pile. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 100% Raazi (2018) Raazi is an excellent film because of how easily it could have not been one. On another day, this might have well been a jingoistic Neeraj Pandey actioner called Naam Sehmat. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 63% Veere Di Wedding (2018) It might look bold and flashy and path breaking in an industry yet to acknowledge the whims of female chemistry. But maybe there's a clue to its futility in the film's relentless product-placement stance. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) The film's skeleton isn't a commercial gimmick; the style is in fact an integral part of infusing the story with an extra tonal dimension to make us feel a certain way.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 89% October (2018) While movies regularly pivot on those who use heartbreak to find passion, October meditates on those who might never discover the difference between the two feelings.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 67% 102 Not Out (2018) I suspect that this is the kind of average fare that relies on who its viewers are. Many parents might choose to overlook the flimsiness and view this as a winning unbeaten century in a chase. I'm not so sure others may look at it the same way. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 80% Omertà (2018) A decent, focused film.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain (2018) A movie that thrives on inverting the angrezi of love isn't as novel as it should have been: it is too busy flaunting its humble grammar.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet High Jack (2018) If nothing, High Jack might just end Kumud Mishra's comedy career.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 50% Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018) This might have seemed cheeky on paper, but it's almost as if the writers willingly dilute their vision when it runs the risk of getting too self-aware. ‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 63% Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) To call Bhavesh Joshi Superhero a lost opportunity is a gross understatement. To compare it to the other genre misfires from this country would be a disservice to its aspirational tone.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
0.5/5 9% Race 3 (2018) There's a strange kind of smug awfulness attached to this sequel.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3.5/5 100% Lust Stories (2018) Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this short-film anthology is that four Indian directors - Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar - have accurately interpreted lust as the forbidden emotion.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary [is] one of the rare enigmatic experiences you'd rather not entirely understand. And I'll be damned if I have to re-watch it to truly get it.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 89% Set It Up (2018) It's calculative matchmaking, but not entirely genuine. Consequentially, the narrative appears more custom-made than it already is.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) There's something missing from Sicario: Day of the Soldado...Much like in the ill-paced third season of Narcos, I see no compelling reason for this theme to explore a sense of redemption.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs makes the kind of noise we want to hear, irrespective of how we process it. It is both profoundly detailed and intimately collared.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 63% Soorma (2018) Soorma doesn't rouse as much as it should. It doesn't stop to feel its own heart beat. It tick-marks all the boxes and explores none. The goalposts are broadened - it drags home the same age-old clichés.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 44% Dhadak (2018) The problem with this film, as opposed to its source material, is that most of these emotions - these subtle moments between the lines - feel planted.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Much of our enjoyment of the Mission: Impossible series is derived from the fact that filmmakers continue to challenge Cruise's ageing body and our ageing minds - and by extension, the traditional core of action filmmaking.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2/5 33% Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 (2018) The longer a scene is, the more abruptly it ends. The shorter it is, the more clueless its timing becomes.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 83% Mulk (2018) I came out of Sinha's film admittedly humbled, and of the belief that verdicts are best delivered after the closing statements.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 71% Karwaan (2018) The film, to its credit, recognizes here that a road trip is little more than a memorable car ride. Perhaps even the director recognizes that the adventure, in fact, lies within - as opposed to the actual physicality of a journey.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
0.5/5 63% Fanney Khan (2018) Kapoor, unfortunately, is the only one convinced this is a legitimate movie.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Vishwaroopam 2 (2018) The problem with globe-trotting espionage dramas is rooted into its form. Spy thrillers have very little to draw upon, which is why we see so many of the modern versions parodying their own themes rather than building upon real experiences.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
1.5/5 60% Gold (2018) Some of the writing is needlessly perfunctory.‐ Film Companion Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018