Renuka Vyavahare

Renuka Vyavahare
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Times of India

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 10% Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) The most appealing thing in this movie are the mouthwatering garam samosas that are served to one and all. Sadly, the film is not a samosa but a diet wala confused chivda, low on salt. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
4/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Spectacular cinematography by Joshua James Richards and music by Ludovico Einaudi, enhances the earthy, raw sentiment of the story and landscapes it observes. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3.5/5 60% Saina (2021) Saina the film could have been more memorable, but it doesn't fall short of inspiring the youth. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 67% AK Vs AK (2020) It partially works as a satire, making commentary on the workings and culture of the industry. The thought is audacious, but the larger idea is thwarted by its own ambition to be desperately different. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
4.5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Metaphorical and melancholic, Céline Sciamma's masterpiece is a slow burn period romance that takes its time to draw you in. But once it does, there's no looking back. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/5 86% Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy (2021) The idea behind the movie is inspirational but ideas aren't enough unless they make for a riveting viewing experience. If you haven't, watch Shahane's Rita instead. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/5 83% Sir (2018) Director Rohena Gera's... comprises exquisite moments. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) It wages war against patriarchal mind-set and discrimination, and identifies it as a bigger threat to progress than the one we perhaps tackled in 1999. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/5 83% Bulbbul (2020) Bulbbul reflects upon this thought as it condemns the culture of silence that women are subjected to. It reminds you what you are truly capable of, once you decide to avenge injustice and seek redemption. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3/5 62% Game Over (2019) It is engaging and atmospheric but largely convoluted and unprovocative. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/5 32% Bharat (2019) Bharat is well-intentioned, entertaining and doesn't succumb to the trappings of commercial potboilers. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Overall, this clash of the titans tale is forgettable and cliched. Every time any character harps ... you want Godzilla to fart on them so that they stop talking. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 22% India's Most Wanted (2019) The crime drama holds your attention despite the odds, given the gravity of the events it chronicles. It's commendable how Raj Kumar Gupta doesn't fall for the staples... - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet PM Narendra Modi (2019) Whether you believe or don't believe in the political philosophy of Narendra Modi is secondary, as a film, this one is too lopsided for you to appreciate. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) ...unlike Marley & Me, this one's a bit predictable and thus falls short of tugging at your heart strings. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 15% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) The script might have looked interesting on paper with its share of dramatic twists. However, flawed execution, lacklustre storytelling, languid pace and far-fetched writing, makes this one a tad hard to embrace. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 40% Junglee (2019) Watch Junglee for its spellbinding action, cute elephants and gorgeous jungles. Such an adventurous and brave attempt is rare in Hindi cinema. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) Don't go looking for logic and you will have a blast watching Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) Photograph isn't a perfect shot and is lured by exquisite nothingness but it's intriguing and takes you back in time. Like love and life, it's uncertain and hopeful. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 80% Sonchiriya (2019) Gripping, tense and unpredictable, despite being a slow-burn western, Chaubey's period thriller makes for a riveting watch. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 36% Glass (2019) To cut to the chase, Glass is terrific but has its share of underwhelming moments. However, if you are the type who likes the journey regardless of the destination, Glass is your film. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/5 62% Uri (2019) The film is a fitting tribute to the Indian Army conceptually but cinematically, it's not a film without flaws. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) The film is effortlessly soul-stirring. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 39% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web makes for an engaging watch as a stand-alone crime thriller. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) Some films stay with you for eternity. This one transports you to the moon and back and is as special and introspective as the man it intricately studies but rarely reveres. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 100% Andhadhun (2018) Open to various interpretations and unpredictable from beginning to end, AndhaDhun is an engaging thriller that keeps you on your toes and leaves you guessing all the way. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 94% Village Rockstars (2017) Village Rockstars is heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 74% Manto (2018) Watch it for the director's flawless interweaving of Manto's poignant writing into her script and watch it for the words - spoken and unspoken. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 74% Love Sonia (2018) What then makes this film an honest if not a compelling attempt is its spectacular ensemble cast. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
4.5/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching is a true game-changer in every sense of the word. Do not miss this at any cost. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 70% Karwaan (2018) Karwaan might not be the roller coaster ride you expected it to be, but it leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling in the heart. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
3.5/5 83% Trapped (2017) Driving this one-man show is a terrific Rajkummar Rao, who allows the film to solely feed on his character's despair. His ability as an actor to portray this ordeal is astounding. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The Ant-man sequel is a thrilling fun ride that engages you emotionally and amuses you with its CGI antics and comic demeanour. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 44% Singh Is Bliing (2015) This Singh is silly but cute and endearing. Do not miss his starry entry on the beats of a foot-tapping bhangra number, Tung Tung Baje. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) While the film is supremely engaging, it is Joaquin Phoenix, who breathes life and intrigue into its cold existence. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
67% The Wretched (2015) The jumpy narrative leaves a lot unanswered, making you feel indifferent towards the characters...Haraamkhor shows a lot of promise but ends up being way too vague to be hard-hitting. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sonali Cable (2014) The film has a good concept but lacks the vibrancy and spirit of the city it is set in. Overall, it faces 'connectivity' issues. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Wedding Pullav (2015) It's loaded with mandatory party/ wedding songs, honeymoon jokes, friendly banter, mummiji's drama, et al. What the film lacks is heart and scrumptious food! - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4.5/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Boasting of some great unsuspecting cameos, the story humanises Deadpool, without letting go of what makes him different - deviant ways, indulgence in gory violence, sarcasm and narcissism. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/5 33% Tum Bin 2 (2016) Tum Bin 2 is a partially heartrending tale that can be watched for its beautiful message and sincere execution. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Perfect Girl (2015) The film may not be 'perfect' per se but has its heart in the right place. The cinematography deserves a special mention as well. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet The Legend Of Michael Mishra (2016) The film aspires to spoof small town goons in a filmy way but the execution lacks style, substance and humour to fulfill this desire. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 60% The Ghazi Attack (2017) While the visuals and special effects lack finesse, the film compensates for it with its riveting story. The second half keeps you on the edge of your seat as the submarines go head-to-head. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Tutak Tutak Tutiya (2016) Despite being a tad underwhelming, Tutak Tutak Tutiya is a fairly enjoyable film that can be watched on a family outing. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016) The movie puts you to sleep despite its loud execution - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/5 20% Saat Uchakkey (2016) We have no clue what was the director's vision behind this film but his execution has gone awfully wrong. Please skip it, unless you want to subject yourself to some mental torture. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 45% Rustom (2016) Tinu Suresh Desai infuses ample melodrama and ups the intrigue. Ileana D'Cruz is perfectly cast and does complete justice to her role. Arjan Bajwa is decent as well. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 30% Rock On 2 (2016) Overall, acting is one of the highlights of the film with Farhan, Purab and Arjun in particular, being extremely effective. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) A sci-fi film with a heart, it revolves around true love, friendship and loyalty. Not once does Spielberg's passion for creating spectacular cinematic movie-going experience, overshadow his story's underlying message. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Rahasya (2015) The film relies heavily on Kay Kay's Sherlock act. Much to our relief, the seasoned actor holds the film together. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018