Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) In parts stolid, but solid nevertheless, Just Mercy is timely and important. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Jai Mummy Di (2020) Good premise for a rom-com, especially because the characters speak Punjabi. But the lead pair comes off exactly as they have in their previous mode. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
67% Darbar (2020) Darbar may be Superstar Rajinikanth's first film with hit director A R Murugadoss, but it remains a Rajini film which bows at each step to the continuing myth of the one and only Thalaivar. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/5 70% Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) Just the film for those who long for a simplistic, dressed-up slice of the past. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3.5/5 86% Chhapaak (2020) Yes, it's worthy, but it's also very watchable. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sab Kushal Mangal (2020) The film breaks out of an uneasy mess by a contrivance... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/5 33% Ghost Stories (2020) Overall, there's not enough sustained unease or a sense of dread or foreboding. Nor is there too much originality: I got flashes of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 83% Good Newwz (2019) Good Newwz works best when it is being its bawdy, silly, raucous self. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The reason why this film works (as opposed to the many editions which were overpowered by clanking machines) is because of the emotional connect it creates with us. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/5 17% Dabangg 3 (2019) Dabangg 3, which has a long back-story of how Chulbul came to be called Chulbul, is not just a dreary mish-mash of the previous ones, it is also a cringe-fest. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
1/5 17% The Body (2019) Everything in it is flat: the plot, the performers, the alleged twists. And that must have taken some doing, given that the filmmakers had a ready-made plot to dip into. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.5/5 50% Mardaani 2 (2019) The other problem, which is much more in our face, is the hammer-it-in approach when it comes to descriptions of 'mard' and 'aurat...' - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 50% Panipat (2019) ...did Panipat, which clocks in nearly three hours run time, need to be quite such a drudge? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 42% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) If only this new triangle had made more of Vedika's spunk, and Tapasya's spirit, it would have been a much more interesting take on contemporary marriages and more... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 86% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, Aamis is an unusual, brilliant film, and Bhaskar Hazarika one of India's most gifted filmmakers. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 82% Bala (2019) Bala is an achievement. He's perfected the art of playing people who are not instantly likeable, and he works the characters' kinks to the point where we can see them, and yet sympathise. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
1/5 17% Ujda Chaman (2019) If the point of the film is to tell us that external appearances have nothing to do with our inner selves, it needed to have done it better. Much, much better. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
40% Housefull 4 (2019) The Akshay Kumar starrer offers nothing that makes sense. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 33% Made In China (2019) The initial bits keep up the light tone and there are some laughs to be had, but all too soon, as it happens so often in Bollywood, everything goes limp. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 53% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar's body language is wrong. Their faces are made old by latex, but their hands and necks are young. Crucially, at no point do they make us suspend disbelief. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
1.5/5 13% Laal Kaptaan (2019) There are flashes when you feel the film will finally say something important, but then it lapses back into stodgy set-pieces which go on and on. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) The sky can indeed be any colour you want, there's lovely whimsy in the title. It needed to have seeped into the film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 73% War (2019) All the space is gobbled up by Hrithik and Tiger, and they are so busy strutting across the screen, in all their glory, so ripped, so brawny, that the poor baddies don't really get a chance. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 50% Dream Girl (2019) Dream Girl starts to swing uneasily between smut and sentiment. And then it takes refuge in what comes easiest-tastelessness. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 45% The Zoya Factor (2019) For a rom-com which needs to be light on its feet, hitting fours and sixes as it goes along, the writing is not as supple as it should have been. Too many slog overs here. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) The scenery is spectacular, but the humans are plain annoying. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 33% Prassthanam (2019) Those who know these films can predict exactly what happened in the distant past that Singh doesn't talk about, but the film has enough meat on its bones to keep us chewing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) Gavron films with authenticity and empathy. We see this bunch of young women as they see themselves-dealing with teenage insecurities, and other messy details of home and school. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
93% Jallikattu (2019) The control the director displays as the film races along... Jallikattu is exhilarating, and I am still all shook up, a few hours after the standing-ovation gala screening. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
86% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) The Long Walk is a tough, demanding film, and reveals its rewards slowly. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is many things rolled into one: a sharply observed satire, black comedy, thriller, tragedy. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) The Father, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, takes refuge in the absurd, and making us laugh through sheer exasperation. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
84% Waves (2019) For the most part, Waves is wonderful, the camera hovering literally a few inches away from the faces, each blemish and frown and smile and tear in sharp focus. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A film like this can turn into an unbearably soppy four-hankies tale. But it is to Heller's credit that she keeps the sentimentality in check even though I confess to wet eyes in a few places. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Bawdy, lusty and in your face... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) To show a marriage going off the rails can be the most banal thing in the world, but the writing is sharp and smart, and in many places we see the little things that make a couple that special unit. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) ...the idea of the film really is have a blast in giving us an old-fashioned murder mystery solved in the most old-fashioned way - through the use of the old grey cells. Poirot would approve. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) It's not just journalists, especially print warhorses, who will enjoy this account, but also the others who have no idea what it takes to be a newsperson who has dedicated his or her life to the reporting of truth as they see it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) Though a bit all over the place, there is no doubt that we are in the presence of a major filmmaker, giving us the sights and sounds - lush, drenched in desire, and a couple of blow-your-socks-off-sequences-of-carnal-pleasure - which are stayers. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Dogs Don't Wear Pants is more interested in using pain and humiliation as a means to explore the innards of the human psyche... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 36% Batla House (2019) John Abraham is strictly one-note, which may be how dour cops are meant to come off, but it becomes same-same in a screenplay stretched to show off a well-muscled chest. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/5 57% Mission Mangal (2019) The human interactions are the best part of the film. The downer comes from the science bits, clearly crafted for dummies. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) From start to finish, there's isn't a single shred of conviction on display. The result is a confused, unpleasing, long-drawn mess, which the viewers will 'jabariya' have to sit through. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 27% Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) If you are making a film that hoists a flag for a strong feminist ideal, then don't waver, and confuse it with stuffing the film with too many issues. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Vip 2 (Lalkar)(hindi) (2017) Going by VIP 2, let me tell you, it can get pretty terrible. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 20% Sniff!!! (2017) Sniff is all heart, but neither sharp nor magical enough. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 44% Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (2016) The squelchy pulp fiction aspect, and the attempts at black comedy are not quite enough to make this a film on its own. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 40% A Gentleman (2017) And while we are fully O-ding on the eye-candy on display, we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 17% Qaidi Band (2017) The actors all do their job, but the film is so careful to be prison lite that nothing seems real: even the dust of the prison grounds is air-brushed. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
63% Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) (2017) Overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness, and a sagging climax. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019