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
1/5 Big Brother (2020) Manoj Kumar R What was the need to import an actor from Bollywood, only to put him through such an embarrassment? And what was the need for Siddique to make this movie at all? EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
1.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta The real trouble is that the dances are so seen-it-before, so-not-exciting. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Panga (2020) Shubhra Gupta That Jaya Nigam, played with absolute conviction by Kangana Ranuat, dares to dream of a past life where she was in the spotlight, is a straight-off win, subject-wise. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Shubhra Gupta In parts stolid, but solid nevertheless, Just Mercy is timely and important. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta Good premise for a rom-com, especially because the characters speak Punjabi. But the lead pair comes off exactly as they have in their previous mode. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Darbar (2020) Shubhra Gupta Darbar may be Superstar Rajinikanth's first film with hit director A R Murugadoss, but it remains a Rajini film which bows at each step to the continuing myth of the one and only Thalaivar. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2/5 Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) Shubhra Gupta Just the film for those who long for a simplistic, dressed-up slice of the past. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3.5/5 Chhapaak (2020) Shubhra Gupta Yes, it's worthy, but it's also very watchable. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta The film breaks out of an uneasy mess by a contrivance... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/5 Ghost Stories (2020) Shubhra Gupta Overall, there's not enough sustained unease or a sense of dread or foreboding. Nor is there too much originality: I got flashes of John Krasinski's A Quiet Place, and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3/5 Good Newwz (2019) Shubhra Gupta Good Newwz works best when it is being its bawdy, silly, raucous self. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Shubhra Gupta The reason why this film works (as opposed to the many editions which were overpowered by clanking machines) is because of the emotional connect it creates with us. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/5 Dabangg 3 (2019) Shubhra Gupta Dabangg 3, which has a long back-story of how Chulbul came to be called Chulbul, is not just a dreary mish-mash of the previous ones, it is also a cringe-fest. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
1/5 The Body (2019) Shubhra Gupta Everything in it is flat: the plot, the performers, the alleged twists. And that must have taken some doing, given that the filmmakers had a ready-made plot to dip into. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.5/5 Mardaani 2 (2019) Shubhra Gupta The other problem, which is much more in our face, is the hammer-it-in approach when it comes to descriptions of 'mard' and 'aurat...' EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 Panipat (2019) Shubhra Gupta ...did Panipat, which clocks in nearly three hours run time, need to be quite such a drudge? EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Shubhra Gupta If only this new triangle had made more of Vedika's spunk, and Tapasya's spirit, it would have been a much more interesting take on contemporary marriages and more... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Ravening (2019) Shubhra Gupta Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, Aamis is an unusual, brilliant film, and Bhaskar Hazarika one of India's most gifted filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
1.5/5 () Manoj Kumar R The film is devoid of any discernible artistic qualities. There are scenes where Sethupathi hardly makes an effort to emote. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/5 () Manoj Kumar R I get that style and glamour are important for a big-budget spy thriller. But, they are not the only pleasures of this genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 Bala (2019) Shubhra Gupta Bala is an achievement. He's perfected the art of playing people who are not instantly likeable, and he works the characters' kinks to the point where we can see them, and yet sympathise. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 () Manoj Kumar R Nivin Pauly has passed with flying colours if his main aim was to gain credibility as a serious actor. The greasy face and filthy clothes that he has embraced in this film shows his commitment to cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 Kaithi (2019) Manoj Kumar R The characters in this Karthi starrer are in a constant fight-or-flight mode. Lokesh forces them to choose between pain and pride. Surrender or resist. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 Ujda Chaman (2019) Shubhra Gupta If the point of the film is to tell us that external appearances have nothing to do with our inner selves, it needed to have done it better. Much, much better. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2.5/5 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) Manoj Kumar R The major flaw in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is Surender's attempt to force a sprawling story into a mould that fits the narrow definition of mainstream commercial cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Housefull 4 (2019) Shubhra Gupta The Akshay Kumar starrer offers nothing that makes sense. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Made in China (2019) Shubhra Gupta The initial bits keep up the light tone and there are some laughs to be had, but all too soon, as it happens so often in Bollywood, everything goes limp. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Shubhra Gupta Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar's body language is wrong. Their faces are made old by latex, but their hands and necks are young. Crucially, at no point do they make us suspend disbelief. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2.5/5 Gang Leader (2019) Manoj Kumar R Gang Leader has its moments, thanks to Nani's effortless presence. He keeps the scenes lively and bright. It is not a bad film but that doesn't mean it is outstanding either EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta There are flashes when you feel the film will finally say something important, but then it lapses back into stodgy set-pieces which go on and on. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 The Sky Is Pink (2019) Shubhra Gupta The sky can indeed be any colour you want, there's lovely whimsy in the title. It needed to have seeped into the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 War (2019) Shubhra Gupta All the space is gobbled up by Hrithik and Tiger, and they are so busy strutting across the screen, in all their glory, so ripped, so brawny, that the poor baddies don't really get a chance. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 Dream Girl (2019) Shubhra Gupta Dream Girl starts to swing uneasily between smut and sentiment. And then it takes refuge in what comes easiest-tastelessness. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 () Manoj Kumar R Harish has turned an unusual meta-gangster movie into a usual 'masala film' with dollops of mother sentiment and romance. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 The Zoya Factor (2019) Shubhra Gupta For a rom-com which needs to be light on its feet, hitting fours and sixes as it goes along, the writing is not as supple as it should have been. Too many slog overs here. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
0.5/5 Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) Shubhra Gupta The scenery is spectacular, but the humans are plain annoying. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 Prassthanam (2019) Shubhra Gupta Those who know these films can predict exactly what happened in the distant past that Singh doesn't talk about, but the film has enough meat on its bones to keep us chewing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Gavron films with authenticity and empathy. We see this bunch of young women as they see themselves-dealing with teenage insecurities, and other messy details of home and school. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jallikattu (2019) Shubhra Gupta The control the director displays as the film races along... Jallikattu is exhilarating, and I am still all shook up, a few hours after the standing-ovation gala screening. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Bor Mi Vanh Chark (2019) Shubhra Gupta The Long Walk is a tough, demanding film, and reveals its rewards slowly. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Parasite (2019) Shubhra Gupta Parasite is many things rolled into one: a sharply observed satire, black comedy, thriller, tragedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Father (Bashtata) (2019) Shubhra Gupta The Father, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, takes refuge in the absurd, and making us laugh through sheer exasperation. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Waves (2019) Shubhra Gupta For the most part, Waves is wonderful, the camera hovering literally a few inches away from the faces, each blemish and frown and smile and tear in sharp focus. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Shubhra Gupta A film like this can turn into an unbearably soppy four-hankies tale. But it is to Heller's credit that she keeps the sentimentality in check even though I confess to wet eyes in a few places. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Shubhra Gupta Bawdy, lusty and in your face... EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Shubhra Gupta To show a marriage going off the rails can be the most banal thing in the world, but the writing is sharp and smart, and in many places we see the little things that make a couple that special unit. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Shubhra Gupta ...the idea of the film really is have a blast in giving us an old-fashioned murder mystery solved in the most old-fashioned way - through the use of the old grey cells. Poirot would approve. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta It's not just journalists, especially print warhorses, who will enjoy this account, but also the others who have no idea what it takes to be a newsperson who has dedicated his or her life to the reporting of truth as they see it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Shubhra Gupta Though a bit all over the place, there is no doubt that we are in the presence of a major filmmaker, giving us the sights and sounds - lush, drenched in desire, and a couple of blow-your-socks-off-sequences-of-carnal-pleasure - which are stayers. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Dogs Don't Wear Pants (2019) Shubhra Gupta Dogs Don't Wear Pants is more interested in using pain and humiliation as a means to explore the innards of the human psyche... EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019