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 Rebecca (2020) Shubhra Gupta The only thing that stands out is the atmosphere that Rebecca manages to create occasionally. Even in this, the film is more engaging in its first few minutes in sunny South of France, rather than in the imposing bleakness of Manderley. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
2/5 Evil Eye (2020) Shubhra Gupta It's a pleasure to see Sarita Choudhary in a substantive part. Hopefully, we will see more of her, in something more credible. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is the kind of film which opens up spaces and dialogue around difficult topics, and raises the feminist bar while doing so: give it many 'chamakte sitare' already. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/5 Khaali Peeli (2020) Shubhra Gupta ...that's really what this film does, overall. Khaali Peeli knows that it needs to refresh the tropes it is up against, and manages to do so only some of the time in its two-hour duration. As a pandemic time-pass, it serves. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Shubhra Gupta The voices we hear over the course of that night resonate even more today. We are entering a new time, says Malcolm X. It was. And it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
Concrete Cowboy (2020) Shubhra Gupta We know how things will pan out, of course. But there's freshness in the way Concrete Cowboy is written. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
() Shubhra Gupta The film's bleak outlook is leavened with a ray of hope, when she decides to take a road less travelled. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
Shiva Baby (2020) Shubhra Gupta ...a decidedly quirky, sharply observant film... EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
() Shubhra Gupta The connection between the two is tenuous, but tangible: you get the feeling that it may not last too long, as teenage passions are wont to, but it may leave a stamp on both. In spring, things blossom. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
1/5 () Shubhra Gupta Maybe some day Mahesh Bhatt will make something watchable with Alia Bhatt, one of the most exciting actors of this generation. Sadly, Sadak 2 is not that film. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 Class of '83 (2020) Shubhra Gupta Class of '83 works both as a well-realised if a trifle sketchy hark-back at an interesting epoch, as well as an entertainer. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
2/5 Lootcase (2019) Shubhra Gupta The length of the film begins weighing upon the plot, which starts stretching and flattening. A crisper plot and faster pace would have made Lootcase what it was aiming to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
2.5/5 Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Shubhra Gupta Could the film have been better? Undoubtedly. Women following their dreams against patriarchal odds? Absolutely. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/5 Shakuntala Devi: Human Computer (2020) Shubhra Gupta Sengupta works well with Balan, and Malhotra and Sadh, as the modern couple, feel right. The film, which stays determinedly cheerful even in the grey hues of London, slides into flatness here and there... EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
2.5/5 Dil Bechara (2020) Shubhra Gupta It is the occasional sweetness that Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi Sanghi manage to rustle up that carries the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
2/5 () Shubhra Gupta It doesn't help that the lovely Aditi Rao Hydari doesn't really fill her part... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Ninaithale Inikkum (1979) Manoj Kumar R Not only serious socio-political drama, but Balachander has also made solid feel-good entertainers. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Thillu Mullu (2013) Manoj Kumar R The remake of Hindi film Gol Maal is the best and arguably the only full-length comedy film in Rajinikanth's career. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Duet (1994) Manoj Kumar R The film has the best compositions of AR Rahman from the 90s. What happens when two brothers fall in love with the same girl? The tragedy is inevitable. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Kalki (2019) Manoj Kumar R The Balachander film challenges conventional ideas of chastity, surrogacy, and the hypocrisy of patriarchy. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Shubhra Gupta First-timer Sidney Flanigan is so believable as Autumn, that you never stop feeling protective of her... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 Bulbbul (2020) Shubhra Gupta Bulbbul is fashioned as a sharply relevant fable. It is a powerfully feminist, revisionist tale of a woman wronged, and it is told with economy, precision, style and feeling. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
2.5/5 Bhonsle (2018) Shubhra Gupta Bhonsle gives us an actor on the top of his game. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
1.5/5 () Shubhra Gupta Keerthy Suresh tries to make the best of a bad job, and is quite a sight when squaring up to monsters, but the proceedings let her down. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
4.5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Shubhra Gupta Da 5 Bloods is Lee in major key, all trumpets blowing. And what a film it is, excavating past and present, real and fictional... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
2/5 Gulabo Sitabo (2020) Shubhra Gupta I missed the zest, the drollness and sharpness, that Juhi Chaturvedi's writing is so full of. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
2/5 () Shubhra Gupta Jyotika carries the film with her performance, but you wish she varied the mix of pain-sorrow-determination: after a point it becomes one-note. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
0/5 Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) Shubhra Gupta Nothing, not Jacqueline Fernandez in her perfectly coiffed curls, nor Mohit Raina trying very hard to appear as if he knows what's going on, nor the sundry others who come and go, help. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
3/5 Ema (2019) Shubhra Gupta Ema puts out many contradictory things out there, but my biggest takeaway is something quite simple: love can heal even the deepest wounds. And that sometimes, you can burn the dislike, and hatred, off. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
2.5/5 Extraction (2020) Shubhra Gupta ...for what it is, right now, in these lockdown times, it does what it needs to: where the good guy, even if he is a white first-worlder saving the slummy third world, one bullet at a time, comes out on top... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
2/5 Maska (2020) Shubhra Gupta Manisha Koirala can't save this bland film... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
2.5/5 Angrezi Medium (2020) Shubhra Gupta In its attempt to strike a balance between making us laugh and cry, broad comedy and wring-your-heart emotion, the film keeps swaying one way and another, resulting in sudden tonal shifts. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
1.5/5 Love Aaj Kal (2020) Shubhra Gupta ...such liveliness, and zest: if only the whole film had the same feel. I came away with a feeling of being comprehensively let down: where has the craft gone, and where, indeed, the heart? EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3.5/5 Kaamyaab (2020) Shubhra Gupta The film manages to give us this insight without getting preachy is its real kaamyaabi, both heart-warming, and heart-breaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2020
Baaghi 3 (2020) Shubhra Gupta [A] much-too stretched saga, despite all the hustle-bustle... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/5 Thappad (2020) Shubhra Gupta Thappad resonates, as it is meant to. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
2/5 Road, Movie (2009) Shubhra Gupta Dev Benegal's latest... lacks the enchantment this sort of film must necessarily possess to take hold of, and enthrall. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/5 Shikara (2020) Shubhra Gupta We see militancy being encouraged and supported from across the border, but nothing goes deeper. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
1.5/5 Malang (2020) Shubhra Gupta The first half is a waste, even if it gives us several opportunities to ogle at a leading lady with a jaw-dropping waist-hip ratio. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2.5/5 Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) Shubhra Gupta A little more consistency with the writing, and a re-upping of the fun-meter, would have made Jawaani Jaaneman super. As it is, it is fun while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
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 Street Dancer 3 (2020) 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 Jai Mummy Di (2020) 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
() 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