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 The Sky Is Pink (2012) 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
Saaho (2019) Manoj Kumar R [A]n ostentatiously nonsensical film, which cannot be salvaged even if the makers are willing to spend another Rs 100 crore. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
1.5/5 Batla House (2019) Shubhra Gupta John Abraham is strictly one-note, which may be how dour cops are meant to come off, but it becomes same-same in a screenplay stretched to show off a well-muscled chest. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/5 Mission Mangal (2019) Shubhra Gupta The human interactions are the best part of the film. The downer comes from the science bits, clearly crafted for dummies. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/5 Jabariya Jodi (2019) Shubhra Gupta From start to finish, there's isn't a single shred of conviction on display. The result is a confused, unpleasing, long-drawn mess, which the viewers will 'jabariya' have to sit through. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) Shubhra Gupta If you are making a film that hoists a flag for a strong feminist ideal, then don't waver, and confuse it with stuffing the film with too many issues. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 Vip 2 (Lalkar)(hindi) (2017) Shubhra Gupta Going by VIP 2, let me tell you, it can get pretty terrible. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 Sniff!!! (2017) Shubhra Gupta Sniff is all heart, but neither sharp nor magical enough. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (2016) Shubhra Gupta The squelchy pulp fiction aspect, and the attempts at black comedy are not quite enough to make this a film on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 () Shubhra Gupta And while we are fully O-ding on the eye-candy on display, we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 Qaidi Band (2017) Shubhra Gupta The actors all do their job, but the film is so careful to be prison lite that nothing seems real: even the dust of the prison grounds is air-brushed. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) Shubhra Gupta Overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness, and a sagging climax. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Shubhra Gupta The trouble with this film is that quite soon it chickens out. From a comedy with a strong 'social' component which could have been a barrel of meaningful laughs, it turns into a soppy melodrama. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Baadshaho (2017) Shubhra Gupta The film comes off as old wine, in a not very new bottle, which we have to sip for over 2.5 hours. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 Daddy (2017) Shubhra Gupta I ended up drinking in every single frame, and searching for a full film. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
0.5/5 Poster Boys (2017) Shubhra Gupta In the hands of a skilled director, this could turn into a running joke in a flavoursome comedy of manners. Except Poster Boys turns the joke on the audience: we are the ones who feel like fleeing. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Shubhra Gupta Once I began seeing it as the murmurings of a different mind, I bought it as a caper, as burlesque, where nothing is as it is. I had problems with some of it, but I really liked the rest of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
1.5/5 Sameer (2017) Shubhra Gupta Worthy attempt, but the raw edges show. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Simran (2017) Shubhra Gupta Kangana [Ranaut] keeps us watching. With her plain unvarnished face, and mobile features, she comes across as a real, solid, complex woman, someone you can reach out and touch. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 Lucknow Central (2017) Shubhra Gupta It is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling. When it is not that, then we find our fine conspirators being much too dramatic. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Newton (2017) Shubhra Gupta Except for momentary descent into needless cliche, and a couple of flat notes, Newton stays firmly on course. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 Bhoomi (2017) Shubhra Gupta Bhoomi is, mostly, disturbingly voyeuristic EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 Haseena Parkar (2017) Shubhra Gupta This could have been a deeply interesting sketch of a woman who is clearly capable of being much more than she started out with. But Haseena Parkar offers no such insight. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.0/5.0 CRD (2016) Shubhra Gupta CRD is refreshing in its willingness to go down paths less trodden. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Judwaa 2 (2017) Shubhra Gupta For a comedy whose plot would make a wafer look thin, the lines have to be razor sharp, and delivered in just the right rhythm. This is where the director falters... EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 Spyder (2017) Shubhra Gupta The cat-and-mouse games [Mahesh Babu and SJ Surya] play keep us engrossed enough in the first half... but the film itself starts to slide and wobble. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Tu Hai Mera Sunday (2016) Shubhra Gupta Tu Hai Mera Sunday' is a feel-good, light-hearted yarn. And it comes at a time when that precious, vanishing space -- middle-of-the-road and realistic, not too shiny or too drab but just right -- needs an urgent refill. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Raatchasi (2019) Subhakeerthana Raatchasi doesn't convey anything new to the audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 Chef (2017) Shubhra Gupta There are some interesting flavours here, but Chef feels derivative, and doesn't come together as a fully satisfactory dish. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
0.5/5 One Day: Justice Delivered (2019) Shubhra Gupta [T]he execution is so ham-fisted from opening to closing frame that you are left reeling. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Super 30 (2019) Shubhra Gupta Yes, the real-life story is inspiring. But the telling of it is a drag. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019