Rohan Naahar

Rohan Naahar
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am based out of New Delhi, India. I have been reviewing films and TV for close to three years for the Hindustan Times, one of the largest English news outlets in India. In these three years, I have written over 250 reviews, having made an attempt to cover films and shows that normally would not have been given much of a spotlight in my country.
Publications: Hindustan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 24% Men in Black International (2019) MiB: International is like going to a famous chef's restaurant, and learning that they died, years ago. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 91% I Am Mother (2019) The benefits of saving humanity are debatable, but with artificial intelligence capable of birthing children in the future, is there any point in preserving men? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It made me wish for the days of Bryan Singer, and that's unforgivable. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 20% Chopsticks (2019) Like the inconvenient cutlery it is named after, there's little reason to try it if there are alternatives to be found. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe, the latest and best film in Netflix's Summer of Love (2019 edition), is excessively dedicated to the rules of rom-coms, but it is also quietly effective, and empowering in subtle and smart ways. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4.5/5 74% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is precisely the sort of gem that gets lost in the interminable glut of mediocrity these days. We will watch what we are told to watch - either by corporations or by algorithms. I am neither. So, please watch The Perfection. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Despite being one of the most unambitious tentpole films of the year, the live-action Aladdin is - by far - the oddest movie that director Guy Ritchie has ever made. And remember, he once made a rom-com for his ex-wife Madonna. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) If you're looking for films in which a superpowered child grows up to become a moody murderer, you're better off watching Looper, or, heck, even Man of Steel. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) As hyper-stylised Neo-noir action threequels go, it's damn near a masterpiece - breathtakingly beautiful to look at, mythologically dense, and featuring the best action set pieces since Mission: Impossible - Fallout. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It cured me of my millennial depression. It also advised me on where to invest my savings and made me a nice dinner. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Director Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake, has so little to do with the original Dario Argento classic that it might as well drop the title and take its chances with a lawsuit. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite being the longest superhero film in history, and the longest film in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame is paced like Quicksilver on crack cocaine. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Until such time as this series starts investing in good scripts, it might as well surrender itself to creepy dolls or slender men or weeping women - whichever seems hungriest at that particular moment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 77% Guava Island (2019) Unexpectedly but appropriately, Guava Island is a companion piece to Jordan Peele's recent horror picture, Us - dense with symbolism and metaphor. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
0.5/5 17% Hellboy (2019) May it rot in hell. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) There were times during the film that I feared I was watching something like Werner Herzog's pathbreaking Grizzly Man. But Free Solo has none of that film's nihilism, although Alex Honnold in many ways is a Herzogian hero. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 78% The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018) If you knew where a bag worth $2 million was buried, would you go looking for it? That's the moral dilemma that the new Netflix documentary, The Legend of Cocaine Island, throws at you, while it tells the story of the one man who actually did. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) As the troubled DC Extended Universe finally finds its footing, after a quick sprint along no man's land and a dip in the ocean, it finds itself in an odd situation - emerging, as it were, from an abusive past, determined to reignite its passion for life. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) In an age when there's daily discourse on police brutality and mass shootings, the Highwaymen decides that now is the best time to tell the story of a couple of policemen who emptied 130 rounds into two twenty-somethings. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4.5/5 94% Us (2019) It's part home invasion thriller, part body swap drama, part Ira Levin-esque psychological satire. Peele's second film is a bolder artistic statement than Get Out, and one of the finest examples of untethered (forgive the pun) studio filmmaking. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Dear Dreamworks, please don't make another. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) The element of surprise has largely disappeared from modern mainstream moviemaking. And one of Triple Frontier's greatest accomplishments is how confidently it topples the expectations of a wary and weathered audience. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Unfortunately, Captain Marvel, for lack of a better description, is just another Marvel movie - set to a robotic, unmemorable score; deeply reliant on old tropes; and featuring yet another underwhelming villain. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Ever wondered what Yorgos Lanthimos' version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians would look like? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It isn't the kind of film you'd want to introduce to your parents, but it's a perfectly acceptable fling - the sort of movie that bumps into you on a busy street, offers a sheepish apology, asks you out for coffee and promptly disappears from your life. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 85% The Wife (2018) The Wife might be the greatest film of the post #MeToo era. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) Steven Soderbergh shot most of High Flying Bird on iPhones. I wouldn't be able to write this review on one. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) If there's one thing we should have learnt by now, it is that we can never count James Cameron out. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is both a parable on the emptiness of revenge and a snarky takedown of the sort of movies Neeson has been making for the last decade. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) "A bad review is better than sinking into the great glut of anonymity," Jake Gyllenhaal's character says in Velvet Buzzsaw. There's an element of truth in that. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
2.5/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is a handsome film, dressed to the nines in distracting costumes, which, once removed reveal a rather skeletal screenplay. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 49% Escape Room (2019) It has the Kafkaesque set-up of Vincenzo Natali's Cube, the claustrophobia of the M Night Shyamalan-produced Agatha Christie reimagining, Devil, and the ambition of a rejected Black Mirror episode. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
1/5 21% Polar (2019) Polar is painful to watch, and not just in the many scenes of cruel torture that it revels in. Its disrespect for the audience can only be rivalled by its disrespect for women. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 90% Fyre (2019) There is emptiness in this culture, and some might find it troubling. But behind its slick thrills, Fyre burns with surprising insight. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Bruce Willis, once the biggest movie star on the planet, has been made to surrender top-billing, and Shyamalan, once the path-breaking genius, is now offering meta-commentary on not only comic books and comic book culture, but also, strangely, his career. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Widows may appear to be dressed for a funeral, but peel back the layers and more shall be revealed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) As strange as it may sound, Clint Eastwood is trying, through his movies, to become a better person. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
3.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) For a series that was on the verge of being dismantled and sold for scraps, much like Bumblebee, it has found a saviour. Travis Knight has lived up to his name. The Transformers can wear his shiny armour. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A spoonful of Emily Blunt makes the mediocrity go down. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet In the world of Black Mirror, we're all pawns of Charlie Brooker, falsely made to believe that life has meaning and happiness (in case you haven't yet noticed) is often an unattainable fantasy. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3.5/5 63% Bird Box (2018) For all its taut thrills and ambitious ideas, Bird Box traps itself into the same cage that ensnared other high-concept sci-fi thrillers such as the forgotten Nicolas Cage movie, Knowing, and even the recent Alex Garland film, Annihilation. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) There isn't much talking in Roma, nor are there many close-ups of the characters - faces and words are forgotten as time passes; and Alfonso Cuaron wants his film to feel like a half-remembered dream, washed away by the tide of time. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It's equal parts Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones; like Black Panther told from Killmonger's perspective. It isn't as polished as Wonder Woman, but neither is it as putrid as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) It's like Snowpiercer for kids - set inside a closed society that acts as a microcosm of our world, and its people. It's like Titanic - a story about the fragile nature of human hubris. But above all, it's a fun time at the movies. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli feels like it has arrived at least five years too late, what with its unmistakable post-Dark Knight vibe. But like its relegation to Netflix, these are merely external factors that have impeded the progress (and progressiveness) of this film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Rajma Chawal (2018) Rajma Chawal does a far more commendable job of capturing the wicked passion of Delhi than most films, but it can't capture the passion of its people. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) If Creed was almost as good as Rocky, Creed II is almost as good as Creed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood is beyond saving. Not because it reeks of cynicism - it does - but because it felt that it could get away with this; and that is unforgivable. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Gone is the vulnerability that Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara brought to the character - easily one of the 21st century's most admired feminist heroines - and gone is the cultural subtext that David Fincher buried beneath his icy version. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Each story feels unique, yet cut from the same cloth. Here are six tales from the American Frontier, six tales of violence and vengeance, irony and existence, survival and betrayal. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018