Ronak Kotecha

Ronak Kotecha
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
While I head content for a leading radio station in the UAE, I am also a film critic with a consistent body of work since 2014. Films are my absolute passion and I believe there is no better place than a cinema hall. I am happiest when I am there. I review films for the Times of India and I have my own show called First Day First Show with Ronak Kotecha on Tata Sky Showbizz - a subscriber based channel on India's biggest DTH platform Tata Sky with 67.56 million, as of 31 December 2017. I also review films for my radio station, you can find those on www.radio4fm.com. Before moving to Dubai, I reviewed films for Bollywood Hangout - a Youtube channel with 260,740 subscribers.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 75% Chhalaang (2020) On the whole, director Hansal Mehta gets the setting quite right with a lot of detailing. But with more conviction in execution and writing, this one could've hit it out of the park. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet The 2nd (2020) The lack of technical finesse and a bland background score further contribute in making The 2nd a boring affair. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 50% The Witches (2020) The Witches is a simple story made grandly entertaining with all its crafty ingredients firmly in place. Enough to cast its magic spell on children of all ages. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
2.5/5 33% The New Mutants (2020) With all its power play, The New Mutants seems more like a complex campus drama with teenage squabbles and first kisses rather than a sophisticated making of the next breed of X-Men. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.5/5 40% Honest Thief (2020) Honest Thief is an all too familiar Liam Neeson outing. But a unique plot with unpretentious performances and some thrilling moments make it worth your while. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 92% The Outpost (2020) The Outpost is crafted with precision, expertise and experience. It's a war drama that transports you to the battlefield in all its cinematic brilliance. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) Overall, The War with Grandpa is no more than a bunch of gags put together in staged set pieces, but thankfully, it never pretends to be more than that either. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3.5/5 100% Greenland (2020) It's as grounded as it is gritty, leaving you emotionally heavy and cinematically satisfied. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5/5 18% The Silencing (2020) The Silencing is one of those serial killer sagas that's not so much about what it is telling you, but how it is telling you. And that's where it makes quite a killing. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Bill and Ted wears its inanity on its sleeves, never pretending to be more than a tale of two best friends believing in each other. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 19% Ava (2020) It's Jessica Chastain's charisma and star power that saves the day for Ava. Otherwise, it's an unimaginative plot with less thrill and many clichés. - Ronak Kotecha EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
4/5 71% Tenet (2020) The secret to enjoy 'Tenet' lies in what a scientist, who is explaining inversion tells the Protagonist, "Don't try to understand, feel it." - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
2/5 14% MILF (2018) MILF starts off as a seductively amusing film, but with a mediocre script, it soon ends up being bland and offensive that's neither sexy nor funny. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) The film's biggest bane is its runtime that needed to be shorter and filled with more action than clichéd characters and confusing scenes - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Music Teacher (2019) Backed by simplicity and strong performances, 'Music Teacher' manages to warm your heart - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
2/5 17% Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) ...a few minutes into the film and you realise that it's criminally nonsensical. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3.5/5 33% The Wrong Missy (2020) The narrative is predictable but the situations are outlandish and whacky enough to keep you invested. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3.5/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) Overall, Bloodshot is a decent attempt that scores on its ambitious sci-fi imagination and a superhero, who is always ready for action. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/5 21% Love Aaj Kal (2020) Love Aaj Kal sets off to celebrate complex characters and relationships, with the universal emotion of love at its core. It creates some emotional moments, but doesn't quite leave you spellbound. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) In the end, it's the heartwarming story that works its magic with humour and thrilling adventures along the way. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Baaghi 3 (2020) There are ample acrobatics on display, slo-mo shots, deafening explosions and lethal punches in Baaghi 3. But none of it can rise beyond a weak script that doesn't go for the kill. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) While the film's runtime is short, the pace seems exhausting because most of the scenes are concluded abruptly, leaving you waiting for the big reveal. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.5/5 69% Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) The film is highly entertaining in the first half when the narrative is light and breezy. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Sab Kushal Mangal (2020) What works against the film is not its story but the execution that suffers from weak writing and missed opportunities for an impactful social satire. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
3.5/5 50% Mardaani 2 (2019) It's the conviction in the performances and a gripping narrative that ensure there's never a dull moment in Mardaani 2. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Peele's storytelling is masterfully unhinged in its execution to accommodate his unique vision. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 8% Marjaavaan (2019) Marjaavaan attempts to check all the boxes for an emotional action rollercoaster, but its dated execution doesn't quite make the kill. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Pagalpanti (2019) There are far too many songs placed randomly that only add to the runtime. Toward the end, it even meanders into a patriotic subplot that seems more forced. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 77% Bala (2019) Bala remains a light-hearted comedy with situations that are relatable. Just like the film's message, Bala is beautiful even with its flaws, and never fails to entertain. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 41% Midway (2019) As a war drama, Midway manages to educate, inform and entertain its audience about a historic battle that changed the course of World War II in the Pacific. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) With widespread death and destruction, this fairytale costume drama is by no means a child's play. However, it has enough live-action magic to bring the big screen alive. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) It stays honest and true to the reality with some clichés but also an important story that needs to be told, at all costs. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
3/5 29% Prassthanam (2019) Prassthanam manages to hold your interest in parts due to its fast paced developments. But it also suffers from the usual pitfalls like unwanted songs and just too many conflicts, happening all at once. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The film is way too long for its own good and perennially gloomy. Thankfully, the cinematography by Roger Deakins manages to highlight the dark undertones of despair and anguish in almost every frame. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 20% Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) For a film aspiring to be an innocent love story, the chemistry between the lead pair isn't exactly crackling to create any memorable moments. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) To sum 'It' up, there's a lot going on in this sequel that manages to engage you despite a complex narrative and an exhausting runtime of little less than three hours. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2.5/5 8% Saaho (2019) Saaho is quite the potboiler that fires in all directions in an attempt to entertain the audience. But with a weak storyline, too many twists and juvenile execution, it ends up being a missed opportunity. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) While it doesn't soar to greater cinematic heights, it surely improves on the original. The film's feather-light approach will leave you with quite a few chuckles without trying to be preachy or tug at your heartstrings. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) It tries to throw light on serious issues with lighter moments, but gets tangled in a melodramatic and unrealistic narrative that doesn't feel all that jabardust. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 9% Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) While this film's intent is bang on, what it really needed was a heavier dose of humour and entertainment. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Arjun Patiala (2019) Spoof comedies can be a tricky affair and this one is way too underwhelming to tickle your funny bone for full two hours. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Performance-wise, child star Mckenna Grace does a fine job with her restrained act even during the most horrific turn of events. Rest of the cast plays along well. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 23% Kabir Singh (2019) While Kabir Singh is a welcome change from stereotypical love stories, this kind of love affair needs some getting used to. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Even in its fourth instalment, Toy Story not only remains highly relevant, but also elevates the franchise to newer highs of cinematic excellence. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 23% De De Pyaar De (2019) DDPD is a fun ride that reinstates the fact that when it comes to love, age is just a number. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 33% The Intruder (2019) If you're a fan of the genre, you would have seen better and far worse than The Intruder. It falls somewhere in the middle, letting you enjoy the scares without explicit blood and gore, but also showing you what you might already know. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 6% Student of the Year 2 (2019) SOTY 2 doesn't have that Ishq wala love, but there is ample dosti, high school drama and cool stuff to keep you going. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For the non-fans, the film's explanatory tone might come across as a speed breaker at times, but for the fans, the same invokes hope and excitement, leading to constant gasps and howls. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) For a film on wrestlers, there aren't too many actual fight scenes, but as an entertainer, it delivers a knockout punch and wrestles its way to your heart. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Overall, it's a harmless family entertainer for children of all ages. - The Times of India EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019