Udita Jhunjhunwala

Udita Jhunjhunwala
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) Sometimes stunning, sometimes stressful and all together sobering view of a situation that [writer-director Ashvin Kumar] seasons with hope. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
18% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) The songs are amber lights in an already jumpy narrative that squanders an opportunity rich in potential. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet Mere Pyare Prime Minister (2019) Appearing to be overly focused on delivering a message, the director has compromised on delivering a well-crafted cinematic experience. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 44% Junglee (2019) Logic is thrown out of sight and the characters lazily slip into stereotypes. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
No Score Yet Hamid (2018) A compassionate tale that sensitively touches on a number of issues. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Expect to be impressed by the cinematography (Ben Davis), costumes (Colleen Atwood), production design (Rick Heinrichs), music (Danny Elfman) and the animation that created the adorable Dumbo with those large watery eyes that sparkle in the wild. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) For all its good intentions, Ben Is Back is at most a satisfactory watch, but a remarkable showcase for both Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts. - The Quint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
54% Badla (2019) If revenge is a dish best served cold, this one isn't icy enough. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Vodka Diaries (2018) Despite their best efforts, the moments between Bedi and Menon are awkward, and though the seasoned Menon throws in all he's got, even his handlebar moustache looks weary by the end of this sobering slog. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/5 17% Welcome to New York (2018) Why 3D, why make this movie, why give Karan Johar a double role, why not use more cameos? Why watch this indulgent snoozefest? - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 85% The Square (2017) The Square is actually the sum of its parts, rather than a seamless whole. Viewers are probably going to pick differing scenes as their favourites. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/5 55% Veere Di Wedding (2018) Regret to inform you that Veerey Ki Wedding is a marriage not made in heaven. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 58% 102 Not Out (2018) Shukla creates an intimate world in which the obvious tropes do pop up. The pitch is often too loud for film and, with the staging of some scenes, the goings-on occasionally feel more suitable for the theatre than for the big screen. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 56% Fanney Khan (2018) A weak script with some directing inconsistencies, Fanney Khan had room to be an enjoyable comedy or satire. Instead it careened towards over-the-top melodrama with debatable messaging. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Genius (Tamil) (2018) Young Sharma is sincere and puts all his will and might into a chaotic story that loses track of its top and tail quite early on. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 92% Shadow (2019) The costumes are exquisite and the fight scenes imaginative. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) With changing geography and passage of time, the soundtrack shifts from Polish folk to French jazz to rock 'n' roll. This is one of the highlights of Pawlikowski's homage. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence (Namdev Bhau) (2018) Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence will resonate with residents of big cities who endure daily sensory overload. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 67% Uri (2019) As far as war dramas go, Uri: The Surgical Strike is a confidently made film that comes out guns blazing. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 22% The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) The intent of the film is less confused than the direction... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 22% Thackeray (2019) Sadly there is very little focus on his children or even his impact as an artist. The timeline of Thackeray is conveniently engineered to delete the unflattering, the sensitive and the problematic mandate. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
1/5 33% Total Dhamaal (2019) They say the journey is more important than the destination. But director Indra Kumar's adventure comedy (a very, very loose definition) is all about the journey, which is troublesome, even frightening, and all together tedious. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 33% Luka Chuppi (2019) Utekar directs what can best be defined as an overwritten dummies guide to live-in relationships. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton deftly balances Nancy's angst with Jared's ordeal at being subjected to a narrow-minded blame-game therapy. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Namaste England (2018) The loose direction, tepid interaction between the leads, an immature premise, dull locations, and Jasmeet and Param's illogical actions are exasperating. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/5 17% 5 Weddings (2018) Director Namrata Singh Gujral's Indo-American saga feels like a dated crossover movie of the genre that was being churned out in the late 1990s and early 2000s. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet FryDay (2018) Dogra's direction is unimaginative and the production values so sub-par that besides Govinda fans with a penchant for physical comedy, there is no reason to thank god for this FryDay. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
100% Andhadhun (2018) It's Tabu who runs away with the show. Raghavan's greatest misdirection was to make us believe that this film was about anything or anyone else. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 22% Loveyatri (2018) The vibrant background occasionally compensates for the lifeless foreground. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 22% Batti Gul Meter Chalu (2018) The main feature is a bloated narrative that skirts almost three hours. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) When the two-hour viewing ends, one feels the need to take a deep, deep breath. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
1.5/5 29% Paltan (2018) Paltan is more testosterone and male ego than strategy or drama and, surprisingly, it's tentative even in its jingoism. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
1/5 13% Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se (2018) If you delete the many superfluous scenes from YPD3, you would be left with a 90-minute film, and even that would be 90 minutes too long. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/5 18% Satyameva Jayate (2018) Whether he is making a macabre charcoal painting or bursting out of a tyre or thrashing a shocked cop John Abraham does it all with sincerity. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
36% Dhadak (2018) Within the ambit of Bollywood, Dhadak is a watchable film that goes beyond the initial curiosity factor to stand on its own legs. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 63% Haraamkhor (2015) I didn't feel for any of the characters and I was let down by this emotional disinterest. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/5 100% Poorna (2017) Poorna Malavath's story is well documented. The film handles that with reverence and sensitivity. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/5 45% Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) The film's flaw is that it's trying to say too much and doing so at such a painful pace that much of a good intention is lost in execution. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) His jibber-jabber gets tiresome after a while, however, and irreverent, subversive and shocking humour is funny only upto a point. After which, the grand action scenes aside, it feels like a pattern: Offend. Kill. Make an inside Marvel joke. Repeat. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/5 60% Hope Aur Hum (2018) Even at a 90-minute running time, Hope Aur Hum gets gawky and humdrum. There are some sweet and fun moments, though, especially in the family banter. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War is relentless action and entertainment, packed with super-heroes, super-heroines, superpowers and a super cliffhanger. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
2.5/5 58% Beyond the Clouds (2018) The effect of a lack of cohesion eschews the very emotional gravitas Beyond the Clouds works so hard to achieve. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Missing (2018) The inadvertent humour aside, one of the primary flaws in Missing is that the story peaks too early. If you are well schooled in the genre, you can see one major diversionary tactic early on. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
56% Hichki (2018) At times Hichki feels too righteous...Fortunately the story is strongly underlined by the instances of the resourcefulness of the students and the idea that education should not be a one-size-fits-all concept. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
40% Pari (2018) Pari is technically competent, and Prosit Roy receives production support in plenty. The costumes, hair and make -up, and background music being noteworthy....but themes of good versus evil and love limits this film's appeal to the loyal viewer. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Veerey Ki Wedding (2018) The message, if there is one, is that sometimes you need a brave man willing to use his fists to fight off bad elements in society. Deepa Bakshi and Dilip Shukla's story provides the basis for the direction and production - musty and hollow. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro creates a beautifully imagined world, rich in colours and characters, with touches of humour and social commentary. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) The special effects, sets, costumes, music and production design are bombastic and overpowering at times. Yet, it's also one of the more well-rounded superhero origin films - with a beginning, middle and open end that efficiently sets itself up. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/5 60% Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz (2018) The blending of innocence and the world of words with modern casualness and the laziness of expression through emojis is what works best for this lighthearted romance. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
80% Pad Man (2018) Padman is sanitised and sweet, and its message is not just to encourage the use of sanitary pads, but that with the right motivation, imagination and a whole lot of patience you can solve problems with ingenuity. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018