Udita Jhunjhunwala

Udita Jhunjhunwala
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020) Writer-director Hitesh Kewalya is not shying away from the same sex conversation. He's not subtle about it either, but treats the relationship between the lead duo with respect and sensitivity. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet BHOOT - Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) Vicky Kaushal's film is a superficial take on trauma and tragedy... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi's comedy about a budding young Nazi exhausts its satire early... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
43% Shikara (2020) She captures vulnerability and optimism but the reactions are repetitive and unimaginative. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 57% Malang (2020) It feels like misdirection to bring you into the world of Malang through Advait and Sara's superficial, chemically assisted love story but place greater emphasis on the twisted minds of the cops in charge. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Gul Makai (2020) The flat action scenes, the repetitive storytelling, the tacky wigs and beard attachments, and the over-the-top performances by actors playing the Taliban and the army officers are beyond bearable. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 64% Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) A side-plot about a housing redevelopment project does not fit in smoothly but otherwise, Kakkar steers clear of chest-thumping melodrama and old-school moralising. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
82% Judy (2019) Judy, a musical drama, is both a warm and loving tribute to the actor and singer Judy Garland as well as a cautionary tale about the pressures and impact of celebrity. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) The drama and narrative is so flat you almost forget this is a 3D film. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Bhangra Paa Le (2020) Sunny Kaushal is yet to hit his stride, thanks to a contrived screenplay and feeble script... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
70% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell avoids a big bang in favour of a firm commitment to a screenplay that succumbs to occasional theatrics, but understands the nuances of sexism, harassment and #MeToo. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
83% Good Newwz (2019) For Kumar, Kapoor Khan and some truly laugh-out-loud moments, Good Newwz is the lightness needed to round off the year. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Abrams maintains a certain dated filming technique, reminiscent of the first trio of films, while adding modern-day computer graphics to breathlessly edited action sequences. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) The ending disappoints a bit with its easy resolution, but then Jumanji is not meant to keep you on the edge of your seat: it's just a game after all. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
2.5/5 17% The Body (2019) Unfortunately, and not unlike the original, The Body places more emphasis on answering the question of why rather than how. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
50% Panipat (2019) This is an interesting chapter of history to revisit, because the winners were not the real heroes of the Third Battle of Panipat. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2.5/5 42% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) In 2019, the men as seen in this movie, are still taking women for granted, and the women, who maybe independent-spirited, are still responsible for forgiving and forgetting. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Devika is sincere in her portrayal in a simplified narrative that does little more than follow the form of a school essay on the Indian warrior queen. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is a disturbing and haunting reminder of what so many endured. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
86% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Bhaskar Hazarika's Aamis is bold and subversive. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks gets the soundtrack right, and the costumes and hairstyles are impressive. But the action set-pieces are not, and the story itself is a weak spy thriller with a collection of caricatured men... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
8% Marjaavaan (2019) The action scenes are slick and Zaveri remains loyal to the milieu and garnished speeches. It might have worked too, had the story had some heft, some surprises... - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
53% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Pannu and Pednekar are wonderful and spunky and embrace their parts even though their body language and posture is variable. Bakshi and Arjun provide admirable support. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Maybe it was a sign that this film was ill-fated when it took almost 20 years for it to get off the ground. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is a delight for fans of the drama series set in the world of the British aristocracy. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 33% Prassthanam (2019) Structured like a Shakespearean tragedy, Prassthanam is built on countless conflicts, awash with textbook characters and dated in its story-telling. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 70% Section 375 (2019) The cinematography and editing serve to keep Section 375 moody and moving at a decent pace. With Gupta's fine writing, Section 375 does not take a shrill, moralistic stand. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
58% Chhichhore (2019) The humour in Chhichhore is so organic that one can forgive the film's contrivances. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The unimaginative script matches the uninspired action scenes, which are worsened by shabby computer graphics. The laziness of this franchise is apparent in the third part... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 36% Batla House (2019) Batla House feels burdened by its patriotic ambitions and by repetition. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
13% Raabta (2017) This reincarnation drama with convenient plot-points doesn't quite come together. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet Sonata (2017) Sadly, the theatricality of the piece has not transitioned smoothly to screen. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Designed to appeal to their enormous fan base, the makers clearly have every intention of going out at full throttle. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
22% Naam Shabana (2017) Much more effort has gone into creating an authentic milieu than crafting an engaging character study in the foreground. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
48% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) Not even Jackie Chan can save this ill-advised mash-up. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The plot is as flimsy as the garments on the beauties. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
11% Shivaay (2016) Devgn has clearly put time and effort into his direction, but appears to have put less into his performance. Neither makes the grade. And let's face it, there can only be one Liam Neeson. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
25% Housefull 3 (2016) The brand of humour aligns with previous Housefull films, with a few funny gags but mostly stupid ones. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
28% Warcraft (2016) It's hard to tell one growling, sabre-toothed orc apart from another. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The film misses Burton's odd charm, is largely devoid of humour and, in spite of Hathaway, Depp and Bonham Carter, is mostly a waste of time. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
59% Money Monster (2016) Foster deftly handles tonal shifts between humour, satire and comment to deliver a timely and thrilling entertainer. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
56% Laal Rang (2016) The Haryanvi dialect (I often wished for subtitles), production design and locations add to the authenticity. Sadly, the script takes its time setting up the tension and conflict... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
62% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) The Man Who Knew Infinity is moving, but not as compelling as the real life story of the genius it celebrates. The definitive film on Ramanujan remains to be made... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
40% Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016) This sequel fumbles on all the fronts on which the original succeeded... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The series has seen a steady decline from the surprisingly palatable opener, Divergent, with its political metaphors so smoothly handled. It became clunkier with subsequent chapters... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
60% Joy (2015) This optimistic, often amusing story is a Lawrence show all the way as she flies the flag for feminism, entrepreneurship and family without missing a beat. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 (2016) There is a serious drought of energy and jokes in this script (by Milap Zaveri and Mushtaq Sheikh), particularly considering that the characters talk non-stop. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
71% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) Originally in French, dubbed in English, this action adventure touches on social issues such as environmental degradation, modernization, materialism and classism with a light, satirical touch. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
67% Ghayal Once Again (2016) Deol is sincere and still evokes whistles when he lets loose his right hook. Fans of the Deol brand of action won't be disappointed. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
36% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) It would have been nice to have some fresh insight into what goes on behind the scenes during an election campaign. This crisis does not convert into an opportunity. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019