Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sameer (2017) Worthy attempt, but the raw edges show. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 70% Simran (2017) Kangana [Ranaut] keeps us watching. With her plain unvarnished face, and mobile features, she comes across as a real, solid, complex woman, someone you can reach out and touch. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 40% Lucknow Central (2017) It is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling. When it is not that, then we find our fine conspirators being much too dramatic. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 94% Newton (2017) Except for momentary descent into needless cliche, and a couple of flat notes, Newton stays firmly on course. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 44% Bhoomi (2017) Bhoomi is, mostly, disturbingly voyeuristic - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Haseena (Haseena: The Queen Of Mumbai)(haseena Parkar) (2017) This could have been a deeply interesting sketch of a woman who is clearly capable of being much more than she started out with. But Haseena Parkar offers no such insight. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.0/5.0 100% CRD (2016) CRD is refreshing in its willingness to go down paths less trodden. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 36% Judwaa 2 (2017) For a comedy whose plot would make a wafer look thin, the lines have to be razor sharp, and delivered in just the right rhythm. This is where the director falters... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Spyder (2017) The cat-and-mouse games [Mahesh Babu and SJ Surya] play keep us engrossed enough in the first half... but the film itself starts to slide and wobble. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) (2016) Tu Hai Mera Sunday' is a feel-good, light-hearted yarn. And it comes at a time when that precious, vanishing space -- middle-of-the-road and realistic, not too shiny or too drab but just right -- needs an urgent refill. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 40% Chef (2017) There are some interesting flavours here, but Chef feels derivative, and doesn't come together as a fully satisfactory dish. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet One Day: Justice Delivered (2019) [T]he execution is so ham-fisted from opening to closing frame that you are left reeling. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 36% Super 30 (2019) Yes, the real-life story is inspiring. But the telling of it is a drag. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Ranchi Diaries (2017) You get the feeling that this was meant to be a quirky hinterland heist saga, taking off from Ocean's 11, to which there's a clunky reference. But this comes off as a random assemblage of scenestrying to pass off as a film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2.5/5 90% Secret Superstar (2017) The deep pleasures of a simple story, simply yet eloquently told, is what makes Secret Superstar such an engaging, true watch. Till the first half. Post-interval, it dips, and the result is a film which stops short of being superlative. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) [Shoplifters] is a film edged by despair, and yet is life-affirming. Families may disintegrate, but love keeps us ticking over. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
1.5/5 29% Malaal (2019) Sadly, Malaal is nothing but a series of warmed-over clichés which only a talented pair could have refreshed. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 89% Article 15 (2019) Article 15 may have an unsatisfactory element or two, but as a film, it rushes in to tread forgotten grounds. It is what is needed, call it what you will-- a clarion call, a bugle, a shout-out. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 57% Golmaal Again (2017) For someone like me, there's usually very little to like in the Golmaal films. But I have to say that the addition of a few new faces, and moving the location from the beaches of Goa to the green slopes of Ooty, helped freshen things up. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Jia aur Jia (2017) The premise is not wildly original but still attractive enough. But the execution is so haphazard and so amateurish that you're left wondering: how do these movies get made? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 100% Rukh (2017) There's a somberness to the way this chronicle of a death unfolds, which holds your attention. Some scenes sit heavily, though. And if you are an alert viewer, you will figure out what happened much before the big reveal. But the rest holds. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2.5/5 63% Ribbon (2016) Nice to see man and woman working, and dealing with stuff that happens post-marriage: all the messy, irritating stuff that has not been part of the happily-ever-after Bollywood landscape. In many places, Ribbon makes us feel for these two people. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 89% Ittefaq (2017) Ittefaq is that rare Bollywood creature: a smart, gripping whodunit which keeps us guessing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
1.5/5 25% Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017) For a film that ostensibly sets out to speak against the ills of dowry, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is surprisingly, and dangerously muted. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 88% Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017) This is the kind of film where nothing happens while everything is happening. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Dark Wind (Kadvi Hawa) (2017) The child actors are excellent, as they always are in Madhab's films. It is the older lot whose performance is effortful, especially the calling-attention-to-itself-part from Mishra, who is capable of much more subtlety. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
0/5 No Score Yet Tera Intezaar (2017) Who made this film? Why was it made? Who was it made for? Is it even a film? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 14% Firangi (2017) The trouble with this mildly engaging film, with a solid supporting cast, is that it is far too long. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The third round of the Bellas is basically a bland, very-occasionally-bubbling-to-the-surface, not-enough-laughs comedy. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/5 79% All the Money in the World (2017) [Ridley] Scott is a little distant in the way he observes his characters and their dilemmas. The young boy is in mortal danger all through... but your heart is not as much in your mouth as it should be. Still, the film nails the time and place. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 86% The Brawler (Mukkabaaz) (2017) Anurag Kashyap's best work is shot through with a strong political streak, and he weaves it into the plot with grit and a robust, raucous, bawdy wit. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2.5/5 73% Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) I'd enjoyed the first one while it lasted. I had fun in this one too, once I got past the whole 'Come Children, Here's Make A Spy Story For You' explanatory mode of the flick, directed this time by Ali Abbas Zafar. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
1.5/5 25% Kabir Singh (2019) Shahid Kapoor takes the movie and tries to run with it. But he has been a hero at the centre-stage for too long; his responses are too practiced, too familiar. He feels too old for this role. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
No Score Yet Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd has just the right mix of warmth and fun, served up with lashings of wisdom. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
No Score Yet Nishabd (2007) Nishabd could have been a truly explosive love story, but its potential is frittered away. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2006) This movie, we are told, was resurrected after many years: we wish it hadn't been. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
90% Water (2005) Water is stunning because it is so quiet. The devastating unfairness of the lives of women interred in darkness, intertwined with the tragic love story of Narayan and Kalyani is played out without a hint of melodrama. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet 1971 (2006) 1971, a return to film-making by the Sagar family, gets almost everything right. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet Sarhad Paar (2006) Raman Kumar has good intentions and [uses] a real Punjab village, not some knocked-up designer set. He also has competent actors. But there's no real strength in the movie, which end up being fusty and comic-bookish - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet Hat Trick (2007) The dialogue has crackle, and some situations are very funny: Luthria should have crisped up his script a little and junked the repetitiveness, to score a crackling century. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
No Score Yet Just Married (2006) You can't help comparing this tepid offering with the similarly-themed recent Honeymoon Travels Pvt Limited, which gave us much more. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
86% The Namesake (2006) Mira Nair turns Jhumpa Lahiri's gentle, evocative novel The Namesake, into a gentle, evocative film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
No Score Yet Namastey London (2007) Vipul Shah has come with a first, a total role reversal of the hero and heroine. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
No Score Yet Say Salaam India (2007) Say Salaam India is a pleasant experience. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Khanna & Iyer (2007) By rights, this should have been a fun caper. But the lead pair, the girl a little better than the boy, winners of a TV talent show, are not talented enough to keep us with them. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Delhii Heights (2007) If you want Rabbi Sheirgill, whose songs are in the movie, buy his album. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Bheja Fry (2007) Good acting, enough novelty in the script, and very funny lines, even if they peter out occasionally. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee (2007) It has clearly been shot on a low budget, and has no production values, but it has an interesting storyline, and some fairly competent acting. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet Big Brother (2006) In one scene, the ground swallows up the bad guy. You wish it had done the same with this film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
10% Perfect Stranger (2007) The movie doesn't add up to much: the plot meanders, there are too many red herrings, and the end doesn't really justify the means. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019