Soumya Srivastava

Soumya Srivastava
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Hindustan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9% Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai (2021) ...yet another cringeworthy watch. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
69% Pagglait (2021) Sanya Malhotra delivered all notes with perfection in her performance as a young woman who has lost her husband. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
50% Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020) All comparisons aside, Manoj and Diljit do make Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari an easy treat. However, it is still not worth braving the coronavirus for. Stay home, stay safe, wait a bit and do watch it whenever it arrives on any streaming service. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
29% Kaagaz (2021) Pankaj Tripathi is brilliant as ever but still could not save this Satish Kaushik film that is riddled with cliches and still years behind in a genre that has seen far better examples. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman, among the few actually interesting DC icons, had the good luck to find someone as perfect as Gal Gadot to wear the cuffs, yet even she could just barely save a largely soulless, wonderless film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
64% Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020) The film doesn't do justice to Bhumi and Konkona's talents. The defining moments aren't cooked well enough. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
44% Khaali Peeli (2020) A popcorn-muncher straight from the belly of Bollywood, it's a movie that will not ask much of you, and sometimes, that's what we need from our movies. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
27% The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Joey King and Jacob Elordi's Netflix high school rom com cannot really make up its mind what and why it wants to be. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Powered by gorgeous performances and aided by the 19th century charm of cottages, big skirts, carriages, grand pianos and Alexander Desplat's lovely score, it's the one film no one should miss, whether you are a little girl, young woman or a grown man. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) JJ Abrams takes the reins of the beloved franchise back, only to deliver one of its most disappointing films ever. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
19% Dabangg 3 (2019) There's frantic action scenes to give you headaches and nasty jokes to make you nauseous. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Daniel Craig-starrer is two hours well spent with a hilarious and just clever enough whodunnit. Think of it as reading an Agatha Christie masterpiece. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Five years and multiple million dollars hence, Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning's film offers nothing new or even remotely as path-breaking, emotional or magical as its predecessor. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) As Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and the rest of the cast of the hit show return, it leaves us asking if the charm of the English life in the face of unfair class divide was always wholesome entertainment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) This sequel to Gerard Butler's films Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen may be a little more woke but is just as unimaginative and boring as before. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) From the high octane flourish and pomp of his stage persona, to the broken-hearted man who has been told he would never find true love, Taron plays Elton as a star and a human being with equal sincerity. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Tim Burton's remake of 1941 Disney classic fails to take off. It underuses important scenes and introduces needless others. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 84% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It tests your patience at moments but rewards you just as well at the end. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper delivers a stunning and heartbreaking rendition of the Hollywood musical. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 fails to work not due to its all-star cast but because of director Gary Ross' lazy storytelling, lack of imagination and the film's glacial pace. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin serves as a reminder to the life we have left behind, for even the happiest children with the warmest friends have to grow up some time. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 99% Paddington 2 (2018) Years later, the sequel only gilds the franchise with yet another story full of heart, humour, adventure and friendship. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Greatest Showman (2017) If a singing, dancing Hugh Jackman in a Mean Girls remake (while ignoring the reality) is what you are in the mood for, The Greatest Showman might just be the right way to say goodbye to 2017. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
2.5/5 72% Ferdinand (2017) Watch Ferdinand if you have a crying kid who watched the trailer and won't shut up about it. Better yet, drop them in the theatre while you figure out The Last Jedi really is in the one next to it. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2.5/5 86% Wonder (2017) Wonder has a good idea at its core and that is all it has. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
1.5/5 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Unless you are a kid who was just fed a jar of sugar, I'd say it'd be quite tough to keep up with this annoying, screaming film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) [Hobbit 3] maintains the light and often humorous spirit of the prequel franchise and still manages to remind us we are coming close to the actual LOTR with its lessons in the sins of greed and avarice. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
4/5 97% Boyhood (2014) [Boyhood' is truly a historical moment in cinema. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 76% Fury (2014) All of this was worth it when we finally got to see some tank against tank or tank against a full army action. The climax of the movie will be counted as one of the best war scenes in recent times - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) It is very rarely that we see good sequels and this one is not to be missed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 42% Step Up: All In (2014) This one, again, is driven by the tried and tested formula that is cast in stone for all Step Up films. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2.5/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) Watch the movie only if you are a fan of meaningless disaster flicks. We have another suggestion: go easy on the soft drinks with this one. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3/5 67% Lucy (2014) Do we need repeating? Watch it for the 'breathtaking' VFX and Scarlett Johansson and for 90 minutes of visual delight. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (2014) Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is an epic fail. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 58% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Have we seen better animated films? Without a doubt, yes. Have we seen a better film in the same franchise? Definitely. But that doesn't take away from the fact that this too is 1.5 hours of silly fun with a filling of marshmallowy niceness. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) If you can forgive the ending, like I have, and love Diana for her inspiring character, the righteousness of her spirit and also the mad slo-mo action, this film will lasso you right in. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
1.5/5 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) The film just doesn't wash. The plot defies logic, performances are below par and several bad directorial decisions sink the period drama so deep that even a seething Jude Law can't lift it up. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/5 72% Sing (2016) Sing is formulaic, amusing at places but will be forgotten as soon as you step out. And unless you are writing a review, I don't see why you should remember it anyway. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2.5/5 35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) So, you too take inspiration for the sentient doggy and ignore the gaping holes in the film's own logic and choose to swim against the torrid current of reason (much like that poor dog). - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
4.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) What makes this film more than just another fairytale with extra CGI, pretty dresses and a happy ending, are the songs. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3.5/5 87% Jackie (2016) Portman does a stellar job of drawing out all the hundred emotions of sadness, grief and hopelessness that one would have thought are humanly possible. Her performance, however, is not as nuanced and varied as in the... Black Swan. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) A heart-warming film and not one to be missed if you have lately been running low on inspiration in life. Let the stories of three geniuses tell you how a woman, despite several hurdles, can still cross the finish line. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 30% Passengers (2016) The problem with Passengers is not the selfishness but the laziness with which it has been wrapped in the garb of 'love'. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Sounds fun, right? Except it isn't. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) Zootopia has great voice performances from Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman who suit their characters perfectly. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
1/5 13% Collateral Beauty (2016) Here comes Will Smith in a red Santa suit bearing Collateral Beauty, the perfect holiday movie about dying children. Isn't that something to spread the cheer? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
2/5 75% Trolls (2016) Wait, this isn't about the deplorable idiots on the internet? That's one good title wasted. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2.5/5 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) It does have the vibes of a fun chick flick but sorry Bridget, I cannot love you just the way you are anymore: incomplete without a man - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) I wish I could throw Bad Moms in the faces of the misogynistic haters found regularly in the YouTube comments section of Ghostbusters trailer and laugh at their expressions of defeat but it's me sitting sunken in my seat with the same expression. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 72% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) It is a wonderful answer to every pet owner's paranoia and I recommend that you watch it, with your pets if you can. But maybe they watched it already while you were at work today. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016