Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khiladi) (1978) Shatranj Ke Khilari needs to be watched for its sheer prescience... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
1.5/5 20% Sardar Ka Grandson (2021) Arjun Kapoor and Neena Gupta's 'dadi-pota' love story is let down by its hackneyed and dull manner despite having its heart in the right place. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
0.5/5 9% Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai (2021) A mindless, moronic mess of a film... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
.5/5 No Score Yet Koi Jaane Na (2021) Were there writers on the job? Is this really a film? Who knows? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
2.5/5 100% Ajeeb Daastaans (2021) The best film comes from Neeraj Ghaywan, one of the most exciting young voices working in Bollywood today, and Kayoze Irani. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 98% The Father (2021) As a man helplessly disappearing, Anthony Hopkins is magnificently present. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3.5/5 93% A Death in the Gunj (2016) Sensharma's assured directorial debut unpacks a complex sentiment with feeling, and gives us a layered film with memorable characters about the games people play, and how, sometimes, that can have terrible consequences. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
1/5 10% Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) Why? Who knows. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Irul (2021) The set-up of this Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir starrer has promise and the actors are up for it too. However, the story-telling lets them down. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
2.5/5 69% Pagglait (2021) Sanya Malhotra starrer is sharp yet subtle... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 60% Saina (2021) Parineeti Chopra gives us a good, solid Saina Nehwal. When she raises her racket after a hard-fought win, you cheer. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
1.5/5 33% Mumbai Saga (2021) In Sanjay Gupta's better films, the bad guys used to be more interesting, the action used to be classy. This John Abraham-Emraan Hashmi film, however, feels jaded. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3/5 50% Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021) This is a film that comes from a trenchant world-view which looks at issues beyond the obvious and the trite. A world that can be savage yet shot through with unexpected warmth and understanding, where scowls and smiles are part of the whole. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
1.5/5 43% Kochadaiyaan (2013) Even Rajini, the one and the only, can't pick up a film and run with it, if it has the oldest , creakiest plots cobbled together from many books. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
1.5/5 33% Happy Ending (2014) Saif Ali Khan is in a part that he can and has winged before: this is territory he inhabits with charm and ease, but none of those things help when the film is this lax. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
2.5/5 71% Waiting (2016) It is too explanatory, too talky: you want the characters to stop describing what they are feeling; you want some quiet so you can see them feeling, and feel right alongside. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
2.5/5 83% Bioscopewala (2018) There was great potential here; Bioscopewala realizes only some of it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
1/5 11% Roohi (2021) What's missing is a coherent plot and writing. All we get is one cringe-inducing sequence after the next. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
2.5/5 67% AK Vs AK (2020) Vikramaditya Motwane's movie is not just meta. It's meta-meta, especially when some parts hit too close to the mark, and some are just tantalisingly off the mark. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
94% Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) A film that's winsome yet oddly profound. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
100% Petite Maman (2021) What's remarkable is just how much the little girls are proper persons in their own right, not precious, cutesy creatures. The camera is always at their level... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
96% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) The film makes us laugh out loud and wince at the same time, and two days in, it is already one of my top films of this year's edition. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 86% Drishyam 2 (2021) It's not easy to craft murder-mystery sequels. Jeethu Joseph's film jumps over the familiarity hurdle by broadening its ambit on crime and punishment. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
100% Brother's Keeper (2021) It has a strongly structured plot, and near-expository dialogue, but it also transports us to a place and time, like all good films. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
86% Introduction (2021) The director knows exactly how to reel us in, and to make us stay invested in a story which seems to flow with such fluidity that you never know where you are going to end. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 9% The Girl on the Train (2021) The Parineeti Chopra film has the subtlety of Shatabadi Express... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 80% Soorarai Pottru (2020) The film is marred, however, by the high-pitched melodrama whistled up every time the script needs to create fan-pleasing moments... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
2.5/5 No Score Yet Lucifer (2019) Lucifer proves that Prithviraj does have a flair for direction, and the ability to amp up the drama, and keep things moving briskly. Next time around, maybe lop off some running time, and tamp down the ear-shattering background music. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
2.5/5 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) Despite some flat patches, and the predictable arcs, we stay invested in LJ and Peter, because there's real sweetness to them... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/5 40% Madam Chief Minister (2021) Richa Chadha is in every frame, and shares some winsome moments with Shukla, but sadly, Madam Chief Minister ends up being strictly passable. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) Chopra does her bit, though her American-desi rebellious 'bahu' is a bit fuzzily dealt with. But the film belongs to Adarsh Gourav, who channels that very specific, razor-sharp mixture of obsequiousness and rage, to come up with a stellar performance. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 86% Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy (2021) What I really like about Tribhanga is the clear-eyed, unsentimental treatment of relationships, which can often be so cloyingly exaggerated in mainstream cinema. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
1.5/5 29% Kaagaz (2021) The plot is littered with clichés, and comes off distressingly dated. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 86% Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi (2019) Quite often, the film reminds you of similar situations you've been in. In some places, I found the acerbic overhang and the good-natured ribbing turning into something edgier. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Coolie No. 1 (2020) When you see Varun Dhawan, who has channelled Govinda in many of his films much better, tread almost the same path, mouthing almost the same lines, there's no laughter, only despair. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
86% On The Rocks (2020) For a while, the film teeters on the brink of sitcom territory, but rescues itself by introducing a degree of complexity in the proceedings. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It is Dev Patel who carries this ensemble with great flair, looking every inch the boy who has fallen upon hard times and longs to be recognised as the gentleman he is. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Durgamati: The Myth (2020) You should hear Gill say heavily: I don't like negativity. Tell me if you didn't crack up. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 70% Chhalaang (2020) Mehta displays a knack of old-fashioned story-telling in this one, which reminds you of Dangal in some of its elements...Girls for the win, yay. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
1.5/5 50% Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020) It's not just the wonderful Manoj Bajpayee who so rarely gets to do a light-hearted caper that the film does injustice to, even the seasoned Annu Kapoor and Supriya Pilgaonkar, and Manoj and Seema Pahwa, are wasted. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/5 75% Ludo (2020) Pankaj Tripathi is on the top of his game, although right about now is a good time for him to start breaking out of the permanent criminal-mobster trap. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Krishna and His Leela (2020) At two hours, it is a stretch... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
1/5 39% Rebecca (2020) The only thing that stands out is the atmosphere that Rebecca manages to create occasionally. Even in this, the film is more engaging in its first few minutes in sunny South of France, rather than in the imposing bleakness of Manderley. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 45% Evil Eye (2020) It's a pleasure to see Sarita Choudhary in a substantive part. Hopefully, we will see more of her, in something more credible. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3.5/5 64% Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is the kind of film which opens up spaces and dialogue around difficult topics, and raises the feminist bar while doing so: give it many 'chamakte sitare' already. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/5 44% Khaali Peeli (2020) ...that's really what this film does, overall. Khaali Peeli knows that it needs to refresh the tropes it is up against, and manages to do so only some of the time in its two-hour duration. As a pandemic time-pass, it serves. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) The voices we hear over the course of that night resonate even more today. We are entering a new time, says Malcolm X. It was. And it is. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) We know how things will pan out, of course. But there's freshness in the way Concrete Cowboy is written. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
91% Holler (2021) The film's bleak outlook is leavened with a ray of hope, when she decides to take a road less travelled. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
98% Shiva Baby (2021) ...a decidedly quirky, sharply observant film... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020