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
84% Just Mercy (2020) Since conventional marketing techniques won't work for Just Mercy, perhaps positive word of mouth will. So here's a tease for the Marvel crowd: This is the only time you'll see Killmonger and Captain Marvel directed by the guy who's making Shang-Chi. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) I can only imagine the effect 1917 will have on audiences that aren't familiar with the techniques Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins are about to unleash upon them. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) At a time when humanity seems to be under the spell of fraudsters masquerading as elected officials and false idols just waiting to be toppled, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood presents the story of a true saint. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell asks vital questions about power, consent, and the consequences of silence. It's a genuinely empowering story of resilience and retribution. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
74% Richard Jewell (2019) Clint Eastwood's new film is an indictment of the fake news media, of the intellectual elite, and of a group of people he likes to call the 'p*ssy generation'. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
20% Cats (2019) In it, Ian McKellan (winner of 6 Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, 4 Drama Desks, and 2 Critics' Choice Awards, a two-time Oscar and four-time BAFTA nominee) says the words 'meow, meow', while licking the back of his hand. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
33% Ghost Stories (2020) It should be noted that none of the four filmmakers - Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar - has made a horror movie before. God knows Johar has scared audiences, but this time, he's expected to. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Ratzinger and Bergoglio clash, but they also bond over pizza; they have disagreements, but they also dance the tango; they argue, but they wouldn't dream of watching the World Cup final with anyone but each other. They're men of God, but they're men. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) Reuniting Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for the first time on screen since The Theory of Everything, The Aeronauts is also a film about human ambition, although it being sneakily retrofitted as a feminist fable might be morally questionable to some. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
37% 6 Underground (2019) Allowing Michael Bay to abuse the creative freedom that Netflix prides itself on offering its directors is like handing a convicted arsonist a gallon of gasoline. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Caught between The Rock and a Hart place. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
88% Hala (2019) Geraldine Viswanathan delivers a star-making performance in director Minhal Baig's terrific new Apple TV+ original film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Perhaps the only thing more difficult than watching films like Marriage Story is writing about them. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
96% I Lost My Body (2019) At 81 minutes and with an English dub available, I Lost My Body is hardly a demanding experience. But it is a challenging one. For the love of Martin Scorsese, please don't watch it on your phone. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Pop open a non-alcoholic beverage, slice up some watermelons, and scoop out your favourite ice cream. Purchase a large television, invest in Netflix stock, and never, ever, lose your faith in Martin Scorsese. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Exhilarating but never exploitative, Hotel Mumbai does for 26/11 what United 93 did for 9/11. So of course it makes sense that it took over a year for the film to secure distribution in a country whose people it honours so graciously. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) In what amounts to making a post-MeToo film from the perspective of an accused, 21 Bridges is a broad celebration of cops at a time when the discourse around police brutality in America is at an all-time high. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
96% Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Bikram has more in common with HBO's Leaving Neverland, a similarly sensitive testimonial account of Michael Jackson's alleged crimes, than Wild Wild Country, another story about an Indian immigrant who came to America with a knapsack of exotic ideas. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Written, produced, directed by and starring Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn is the sort of passion project that is made only when someone loses a bet. That, or Norton had some quality dirt on a top-level Warner Bros executive. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Both as a racing drama and as an excellent example of the sort of movie that Martin Scorsese believes isn't made anymore, Ford v Ferrari is exquisite. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) There is a great movie inside Doctor Sleep somewhere, but just like the decency inside Danny Torrance's heart, it perhaps needed to be coaxed out. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
71% The King (2019) Stately and serene, The King is a rather demanding period drama that is given a necessary jolt of adrenaline by a truly anarchic Robert Pattinson performance. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Breakneck, blasé, and browner than usual, Terminator: Dark Fate is a prime example of sneaky Hollywood self-plagiarism. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) The acne on Tom Holland's face gives an indication of just how badly The Current War has been delayed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Had Rudy Ray Moore been depressed, mentally ill (and white), he might have turned into the Joker. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
52% Wounds (2019) The premise sounds like something a peeved off parent would come up with to get their teenage child to play outdoors more often. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) It is a sign of my limited imagination, more than any evidence Steven Soderbergh has provided through his filmography, that when I first heard about The Laundromat, I visualised a thrilling exposé of the Panama Papers scandal. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) I wonder how Double Tap's iffy right-wing streak will go down with modern viewers. At one point, in fact, a gun-nut character even yells out, "Thank God for the rednecks!" - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
63% Fractured (2019) Brad Anderson can direct films like Fractured - his latest, out on Netflix - in his sleep. So as a fan of his work, it came as a bit of a letdown that the filmmaker appeared to have done just that. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Playing out like a two-hour-long post-credits scene, El Camino is an unexpected but not entirely unnecessary new chapter in the Breaking Bad saga. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) To be considered effectively entertaining, Gemini Man needed to be at least 30% better, or at least 20% worse. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia gives football's flashiest figure the true-crime treatment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) Going by the spectacular fashion in which In the Tall Grass derails midway yet cheerfully carries on, I wouldn't be surprised if director Vincenzo Natali shrugged off his (and the film's) problems by smoking some of that fine grass around him. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) The twists in this film aren't as shocking as they are underwhelming. This isn't to say that they are predictable, but that these story beats could have been handled more elegantly. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% Joker (2019) I find it ridiculous that the same people who reject the notion of movies being responsible for inciting real-life violence are the ones panicking about Joker inspiring mass shooters. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a tremendously entertaining film, but it is also deceptively deep, with singles of wisdom slipped under its glittery g-strings. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Loud, full of hot air, but perversely watchable, Sylvester Stallone's sequel might become Donald Trump's favourite movie. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Funnier than most comedies and scarily thought-provoking when it needs to be, Ready or Not is a sneaky little surprise. It establishes Samara Weaving not only as a scream queen for a new generation, but also, in my opinion, a star. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed Khan is not only a beacon for representation - for South Asians and Muslims and immigrants - but also for a different kind of male movie 'hero'. He cries; he runs away from fights; he is a poet and a gentleman. We could do with more like him. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Unbearably long yet brimming with ambition, It Chapter Two is a film that seems constantly at odds with itself - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1.5/5 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The film is a testament to the depressing reality that no matter how amazing an original idea might be, Hollywood will always roll its eyes back in ecstasy at the slightest whiff of a franchise, no matter how poorly conceived. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Featherbrained foolishness; spare your kids. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 83% Crawl (2019) The film's lean and mean plot could easily inspire one of those popular 'Florida Man' headlines, because like most good horror pictures, it begins with an act of blinding stupidity. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/5 23% The Kitchen (2019) I'm convinced it exists only because Warner Bros had already invested in erecting '70s era New York sets for their Joker movie. So, 'screw it', they thought, and to maximise returns decided to allow director Andrea Berloff to film during off hours. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Ironically for a film about the movies, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is far less kind to historical figures as it is to fictional characters such as Rick and Cliff. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 79% Brexit (2019) Whether or not if any of this is true is beyond me, but there is something distressingly cynical about the story, which is perhaps fitting for the times we live in. Cummings could have chosen either side, but he made a decision, didn't he? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's one thing for huge movie stars to tailor a film around themselves, but it's a whole new thing if that movie star essentially hijacks a pre-established (and universally beloved) franchise without honouring its legacy in any meaningful way. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
1.5/5 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Raff, despite his noble intentions, paints his film, ever so lightly, with the brush of propaganda. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The new Lion King is like a deeply triggering and very expensive episode of Planet Earth narrated by Childish Gambino, here to traumatise a whole new generation of viewers. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The lead character didn't have to be brown. Danny Boyle simply hired the best man for the role, and not, as history has conditioned us into expecting, the best white man for the role. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019