Udita Jhunjhunwala

Udita Jhunjhunwala
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T-Meter Title | Year
63% Radioactive (2020) Rosamund Pike fiercely embraces the material and her character's complexities. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
80% Ahaan (2021) Ahaan is an optimistic, feelgood film that genially works towards normalising mental development disabilities and mental health issues. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) Friends: The Reunion is aimed at the avid fan who might be disappointed to hear that Kudrow reject the idea of a reboot or a Friends film, but will take great solace in observing the enduring chemistry and camaraderie... - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
82% Milestone (Meel Patthar) (2021) A solemn film, Milestone is imbued with desolation. There is immense gravitas when Ghalib says, "I do this job because this is who I am. My misery lies in the fact that this is all I am." - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
90% The Vigil (2021) A quintessential low-budget supernatural horror, The Vigil mines Jewish folklore and rituals to create an effective sub-genre experience. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) Filmed largely indoors and in often claustrophobic spaces, the movie isn't always subtle, but its impact is felt particularly in the scenes featuring Rahim. His powerful performance is supported respectfully by Foster, Cumberbatch and Woodley. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
69% Pagglait (2021) Malhotra steadily travels Sandhya's journey and studiously conveys her emotional ambivalence. By showing her as betrayed and bereft, the filmmaker pushes the audience towards sympathy for Sandhya... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
95% Soul (2020) Doctor, Powers and Mike Jones have written a sweet, simple, happy, sad, soul-stirring story that reminds you that every now and then that it's important to stop and smell the flowers. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
86% Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi (2019) An accomplished ensemble cast and glib dialogues keep a film about death, expectations and duty afloat. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
72% A Call to Spy (2020) At 123 minutes, the narrative misses out on building suspense, but the emotional core of the story and the fascinating individuals keep the viewer curious. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
92% Spelling the Dream (2020) The documentary holds strong because the children are impressive and the competition is a window into a peculiar tradition that, quizzically, enjoys "sports" status. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
56% Come Play (2020) Chase turns up the volume and relies on jump scares to build the mood, but the frights barely leap out of the screen. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
87% Dil Bechara (2020) Saif Ali Khan's special appearance sharply reiterates the impact of a void left by sudden loss. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
60% Guilty (2020) The emotional thrust comes from Kiara Advani as the troubled teen, who is constrained by conditioning, distorted morality and contrition. - Scroll.in EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
88% Onward (2020) While it isn't as emotionally involving as some other Pixar films, there is sufficient artistry and joyful storytelling here - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
92% 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
50% Shikara (2020) She captures vulnerability and optimism but the reactions are repetitive and unimaginative. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 44% 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 69% 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
68% 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
75% 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
51% 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 14% 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
43% 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 43% 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 27% 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
87% 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
56% 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 29% 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 64% 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
38% 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 38% Batla House (2019) Batla House feels burdened by its patriotic ambitions and by repetition. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
11% 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