Vishal Menon

Vishal Menon
Vishal Menon's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Publications: The Hindu

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Gorilla (2019) This is the kind of joke I had outgrown even when I was still in my diapers. Now what if I were to tell you that this was one of the film's better jokes? - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Unda (2019) Mammotty's character redefines the idea of manliness in this display of weakness. Which is what's most remarkable about this film. It subverts every cliché that comes with the cop film genre and turns it on its head. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Sathru (2019) ... a surprisingly taut cop thriller with moments where you're rooting for the bad guy just as much as you're rooting for the hero. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel (2019) The film keeps showing us visuals of jigsaw puzzles and codes to tell (never show) us about the complexity of the case. But it's just the writer patting his own back... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Dev (Telugu) (2019) I feel a lot of what goes missing from their dynamic is because of the casting of Rakul Preet... - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 30% Simmba (2018) ...it degenerates into yet another badly-written Tamil comedy. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Mikhael (2019) This is what happens when you think terms of sequences rather than a cohesive screenplay. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Maari 2 (Tamil) (2018) Of course, the film does manage to return to form but a lot of time has passed until then and that's when we realise how Maari 2 has repeated a lot of the mistakes of the original. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Seethakaathi (2018) Aided well by Govind Vasantha's non-intrusive music and a team of great actors, Seethakaathi doesn't just question the state of the business of our cinema, but also the state of its art. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Odiyan (2018) It really is the director that seems to have failed Odiyan. He could have chosen to make a very personal film about the irony of such a character. He could also have made a mad action entertainer that all of us were expecting. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
No Score Yet Vishwaroopam 2 (2018) It feels like the star (also the film's director) is just getting his political promotions/intent out of the way so we can get started on a big, loud spy thriller. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet Junga (2018) Sethupathi needs clever writing to pull off comedy and his dialogue delivery alone cannot save it. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Tik Tik Tik (2018) Tik Tik Tik does manage to do a lot, given its limitations, but there's a long way to go for it to truly take off. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
50% Kaala (2018) Now that he has become a politician, it's Rajni the superstar that we long to see. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet Wedding Pullav (2015) Watching Wedding Pullav is an experience so traumatising that it's likely to keep the viewer off weddings and pullavs for months after leaving the theatre. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Nimir (2018) It might be an easy watch for first-timers, but for those who've watched the original, Nimir feels blasphemous. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
No Score Yet Rekka (2016) Vijay Sethupathi set off to have a jigarthanda, and changed his order to a litchi smoothie instead. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet Aruvi (2017) It leaves you shaken, leaving behind images that last. Do go chasing this waterfall. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
No Score Yet Kaatru Veliyidai (2017) When you leave the theatre with a lump in your throat, you remember how your love for this director doesn't arise merely because he makes you smile. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
10% Shaandaar (Shandaar) (2015) Even the film's moment of triumph, coming in the last 10 minutes, feels like Vikas Bahl reminding the world that he's the pro-woman director who made Queen. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
11% All Is Well (2015) All is Well is the kind of film you want to show to that relative who assumes it's easy to watch movies for a living. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
No Score Yet Hamari Adhuri Kahaani (2015) Stoops to petty sentimentality. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
29% Welcome to Karachi (2015) One doesn't go in expecting a Citizen Kane but Welcome to Karachi is still stretching the boundaries of how much torture a film can inflict on its audience. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
57% Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) As the film comes to a predictable ending, one realises just how selfish both Tanu and Manu are. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
No Score Yet Ungli (Unglee) (2014) With its incoherent subplots and all its silly dialogues that would embarrass even David Dhawan's dialogue writer, Ungli becomes a shadow of what it could have been. - The Hindu EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015