Saibal Chatterjee

Saibal Chatterjee
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: NDTV

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 No Score Yet Milestone (Meel Patthar) (2020) This sublimely multi-layered film embraces the personal struggles of its characters with as much passion as it portrays the manifestations of the social inequities that are an intrinsic part of their existence. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
60% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) The film evokes empathy... - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
91% The Best Is Yet To Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) (2020) Wang Jing is up to the task of depicting the struggle in a way that is both deeply affecting and technically proficient. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
100% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) A very French film made by a director who brings a delicate touch to bear upon a difficult theme. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
92% Wildfire (2020) Cathy Brady is clearly a filmmaker to watch. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
95% The Water Man (2020) The Water Man celebrates the power of innocence, hope and the blessing of loving each other every day that we have... - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
4/5 97% One Night in Miami (2020) The performances by the principal actors are the pillars on which the film stands. Regina King draws the absolute best out of her cast. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sadak 2 (2020) It is a difficult to classify Sadak 2. Suffice it to say that it faffs on about fatherhood and filial faith and overstays its welcome by the entire length of its runtime. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
2.5/5 18% Class of '83 (2020) Despite Bobby Deol's unfussy impersonation of a stolid, righteous policeman, the film is more tattle than tension, more acrimony than action. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3.5/5 100% Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Tripathi's natural, low-key, conversational tone serves as the spine of the drama. Angad Bedi, Vineet Kumar Singh and Manav Vij are perfectly in tune with the low-throttle film. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/5 88% Shakuntala Devi (2020) A warm, whippy dramatization of the life of an extraordinary woman whose head for numbers is the stuff of legend, Shakuntala Devi is consistently entertaining and emotionally engaging... - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 87% Dil Bechara (2020) The film will obviously always belong to Sushant Singh Rajput - on the money all the way, his performance demonstrates exactly why the chops he possessed weren't ordinary. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
45% Rustom (2016) The reenactment of the Nanavati murder case sees Akshay draw a convincing, if somewhat predictably airbrushed, portrait of a naval officer who killed a man with whom his wife was having an affair. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
36% Mohenjo Daro (2016) Another messy movie of this magnitude from either Gowariker or Hrithik could well be a blow that would be hard to recover from. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Even at its most exhilarating, it never loses its restraint. It works wonderfully well both as a human drama and a sports film. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 11% Sarkar 3 (2017) Its worn-out under-wiring simply doesn't possess the strength to carry the weight of the film. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 44% Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017) Not all of it hits home. But what does sticks and makes a definite difference. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2.5/5 82% Hindi Medium (2017) If Hindi Medium remains watchable all the same, it is only because it is difficult not to marvel at the spark that Irrfan adds to the film. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 92% A Death in the Gunj (2016) A Death In The Gunj, steeped in nostalgia, is a consummate requiem to an era gone by... But it is, above all, a sensitive, profoundly moving portrait of an angst-ridden young man derailed by a world bereft of empathy. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 78% Dear Maya (2017) buoyed enormously by an astounding pivotal performance from Manisha, who is supported solidly by two younger actresses, Madiha Imam and debutante Shreya Singh Chaudhary. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 43% Behen Hogi Teri (2017) The plot itself is wafer thin and exceedingly fatuous, when it isn't irritating. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 11% Raabta (2017) The characters are superficially etched. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
1.5/5 11% Bank Chor (2017) The film, on its part, adheres to no particular generic rules, flitting back and forth between flippant and intense in the hope of hitting its straps. It never does. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 27% Tubelight (2017) Tubelight breaks the parameters of conventional Bollywood male bravado and presents a vulnerable but gallant protagonist who lets his heart lead him through the complexities of the world around him. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha (2017) It echoes long-mothballed generic conventions and resorts to plot devices that popular Hindi cinema learnt to jettison many, many years ago. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 67% Mom (2017) Relevant, riveting and oddly rousing despite its grim theme. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 43% Shab (2017) A courageous film and not only on account of its theme. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 83% Jagga Jasoos (2017) Even if this film might feel like an epic misfire at times, Anurag Basu's deliciously zany, ambitious adventure drama, when it is on song, has an oddly bewitching quality. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 93% Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016) A truly engaging and effective tale of women whose woes are but the starting points of acts of courage and defiance. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
1.5/5 38% Munna Michael (2017) Even if you were in a particularly lenient frame of mind, you wouldn't be able to bring yourself to spot anything at all in the film that could be held up as a redeeming feature. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 38% Mubarakan (2017) Mubarakan tries too hard to tickle our funny bones and the effort shows. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 71% Raag Desh (2017) It isn't quite your average edge-of-the-seat thriller, but it abounds in scenes that hit home with their inherent intensity and emotional resonance. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 85% Gurgaon (2017) Splendidly crafted. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 9% Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) It leaves you wishing they hadn't met. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 25% Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) It is a classic case of flippant treatment and ham-fisted execution mutilating a serious subject beyond recognition. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/5 72% Viceroy's House (2017) Faux-historical pastiche. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
1.5/5 20% VIP 2 Lalkar (2017) Semantic subtlety certainly isn't the strong suit here. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 73% Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) A largely inoffensive, mildly diverting small-town romance that generally hits the right buttons thanks primarily to a crisp and lively screenplay, earthy dialogues and effortless acting by a fine cast. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
1.5/5 40% Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (2016) It misfires on most counts. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
2/5 33% A Gentleman (2017) Risky is yet another film that believes that a patina of gloss is all that is needed in order to paper over mounds of dross. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 29% Qaidi Band (2017) On the performance front, Qaidi Band is dominated by Anya Singh. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 67% Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) (2017) This is highly tricky terrain but director R S Prasanna skirts around the potential pitfalls with the help of loads of maturity and a consistently light touch. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Baadshaho (2017) The story is strictly bare-bones, a glaring fact that is sought to be disguised through the means of gratuitous chase scenes and meaningless banter. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 94% Newton (2017) [A] delectably free-flowing, brilliantly written and wonderfully well-acted film. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Haseena (Haseena: The Queen Of Mumbai)(haseena Parkar) (2017) The drudgery is only aggravated when the director resorts to outmoded, by-the-numbers storytelling that has little to commend itself. In the end, the film achieves neither grit nor glory. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
1/5 40% Bhoomi (2017) Subtlety isn't director Omung Kumar's forte. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 100% CRD (2016) Refreshingly original and delightfully whimsical. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
1/5 33% Judwaa 2 (2017) One cannot help wondering why a film that has absolutely nothing new to offer has been made in the first place. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 100% You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) (2016) Dhaimade's light touch makes Tu Hai Mera Sunday an easy watch. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 45% Chef (2017) Chef is a feel-good drama that benefits from the nuanced colour palette that cinematographer Priya Seth... brings to the table. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020