The Indian Express

The Indian Express is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Manoj Kumar R, Shubhra Gupta
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 India's Most Wanted (2019) Shubhra Gupta The overall result is more a placid seen-it-before run-around than the edge-of-the-seat nail biter that it promises to be. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 PM Narendra Modi (2019) Shubhra Gupta An unabashed hagiography... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Johnny Gaddaar (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Sriram] Raghavan nails the grimy, grotty feel of a James Hadley Chase novel, where everyone is is either bad, greedy, villainous, plain amoral, or simply, a combination of all of the above. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Dil Dosti Etc (2007) Shubhra Gupta Modern, westernised youth vs traditional, feudal mindsets: even if it's been done before, there's space for films which are about the young, and talk to the young. But Dil Dosti etc doesn't quite get where it wants to. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Go (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Go] has no redeeming features. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
It's Breaking News (2007) Shubhra Gupta The production values are shoddy, and the execution is amateurish. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Chhodon Naa Yaar (2007) Shubhra Gupta Why, oh why, do movies like this get made? EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) Shubhra Gupta Pradeep Sarkar's Laga Chunari Mein Daag is very aged wine - palatable, but with no strikingly new notes. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Bhool Bhoolaiyan] is just a plain old ghost story, tarted up by loads of befuddling tantra, mantra and an [Kumar] Akshay whose connect with his audiences is more potent than any magic spell. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Speed (2007) Shubhra Gupta Vikram Bhatt has been ripping off some Hollywood movie or the other in every one of his films. This time around he steals from so many that you could spend a more profitable time trying to recall the originals than watching this Speed. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Hannibal Rising (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Hannibal Rising] shows us the death of a little boy, and the birth of a monster, but at no point does it make us want to look over our shoulder. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Resident Evil: Extinction] looks as if it has been lifted from the same genre of films. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Jab We Met (2007) Shubhra Gupta Jab We Met looks all set to be the young love movie of this year. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
No Smoking (2007) Shubhra Gupta No Smoking is no good. Not because it doesn't have a superb idea. It does. But because it is too bizarre, too outré, too out of it. It stops us from connecting. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Dhan Dhana Dhan ... Goal (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Dhan Dhana Dhan] Goal has some rousing moments, especially when the team comes good in a wonderfully-shot climax to win the game. But everything that's gone before is tepid, and takes too long to happen. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Gauri The Unborn (2007) Shubhra Gupta Gauri is a weird mix of badly-done shlock, and a rant against abortion. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Mumbai Salsa (2008) Shubhra Gupta There are moments that spark in this film made by a first-time director. But the film doesn't really have the voice it is intending for. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Om Shanti Om (2007) Shubhra Gupta [Shah Rukh Khan], needless to say, is superb. There is no one who can do his combo of I'm-a-regular-guy-but-hey-I'm-the-king better. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Saawariya (2007) Shubhra Gupta Saawariya is an act of supreme self-indulgence EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Watch Khoya Khoya Chand for its sparkling supporting cast, which buoys the lead pair, cements the in-between cracks, and makes you overlook, almost, the meandering plot, especially in the second half. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Aaja Nachle (2007) Shubhra Gupta Does ace lensman Anil Mehta, who's first feature this is, pull it off? Not really. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) Shubhra Gupta Dus Kahaniyan is like an anthology of short stories, one or two very good, one or two just-about-all-right, one or two which leave you cold, and one or two, which are plain bad. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Strangers (2007) Shubhra Gupta So where does Anand Rai take his version? Nowhere we haven't been before, despite an A-grade performance by Kay Kay Menon. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Welcome (2007) Shubhra Gupta Anees Bazmi's latest manages to drum up laughter here and there, but it isn't rolling-in-the-aisles funny. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Hanuman Returns is a nice holiday outing for kiddos, and mums and dads. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Shubhra Gupta You wish the film had been braver in its intention of creating a really cracking rom-com, instead of playing its clichés for a laugh. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Showbiz (2007) Shubhra Gupta Nothing the unfortunate lead pair do saves this film from doom. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Halla Bol (2007) Shubhra Gupta Post interval, [Rajkumar] Santoshi does what he has done in most of his films - crowds the stodgy screenplay with too much, and fritters away the advantage he's built up. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
My Name is Anthony Gonsalves (2008) Shubhra Gupta My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves starts losing steam too soon, and reaches the stop-line after too many fits and starts. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Sunday (2008) Shubhra Gupta Sunday is neither a thriller, nor a comedy. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa (2008) Shubhra Gupta This is low budget, low brow tripe. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Mithya (2008) Shubhra Gupta The rich, dark comic potential of a plot which plucks VK from his scrounging-for-bit-parts life into a vortex of death and destruction is realised, but is not mined completely. But there are enough gorgeous moments to keep you going. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Jodhaa Akbar (2008) Shubhra Gupta Watch Jodhaa Akbar for its beguiling moments of amour. The rest is window dressing. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Black & White (2008) Shubhra Gupta The plot isn't exactly novel, and the treatment, archaic. The film divvies up its characters into round holes and square pegs, gets them to mouth clichéd lines, delivering them, and us, into a clumsy, improbable climax. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Bhoothnath (2008) Shubhra Gupta [Bhoothnath is] a well-made film. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Jimmy (2008) Shubhra Gupta Mimoh [Chakraborty], under the baton of old-timer Raj N Sippy, gets served up in a dish which was cold before the 80s gave out. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Jannat (2008) Shubhra Gupta Jannat has been engineered for the scruffy charms of its leading man. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Ghatothkach: Master of Magic (2008) Shubhra Gupta Just make sure they are really little, or they will start comparing what they are catching on the big screen to what they get for free on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, and that, let us tell you, will not be a good thing. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Dhoom Dadakka (2008) Shubhra Gupta Like all somewhat tasteless, determinedly plotless capers of this kind, it would have done itself a kindness by finishing off half an hour before it does. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Why is Mithun [Chakraborty] in this film? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta There are enough plot points, which while not bothering to be original could keep you interested but the film is done in by Mehta's old weakness - not being able to keep it tight and together. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
1.5/5 Student of the Year 2 (2019) Shubhra Gupta This class of 2019 has predictable beats, which is to be expected in an underdog story, but that it is so stilted is disappointing. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Hastey Hastey Follow Your Heart! (2008) Shubhra Gupta It can't get much worse than this. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Sarkar Raj (2008) Shubhra Gupta The film does deliver some surprises, and that's why it's much better, and tauter, than the first. The intrigue is sharper. So is the acting. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Aamir (2008) Shubhra Gupta Yes, it does look as if the film, helmed by first-timers both on the directorial and the lead actor front, has been `inspired' by Phone Booth, but it has enough to stand on its own. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Good for a single serve on a summer afternoon. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
De Taali (2008) Shubhra Gupta E Niwas rips off his own Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, which had roughly the same plot, minus the tedium. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Haal-E-Dil (2008) Shubhra Gupta Haal-e-Dil sure beats logic, while it goes about reprising bits of Jungle and DDLJ [Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge]. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Khushboo (1975) Shubhra Gupta What am I doing here? EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
The Memsahib (2006) Shubhra Gupta It's all very, very loud. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019