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CNN-News18 is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Bedatri D. Choudhury
Rating Title/Year Author
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Gautaman Bhaskaran What is brand new in the film is the director's creative ability to make use of the letters and other documented facts to take us into the kind of magic relationship which the painter shared with his paintings. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
2.5/5 Tomb Raider (2018) Rajeev Masand The key to becoming invested in the film -- despite its overall familiarity and lack of any genuine surprise or originality -- is Vikander's natural performance... She's the reason Tomb Raider isn't a complete waste of time. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2018
Pad Man (2018) Rajeev Masand It's well-intended but let down by clunky execution. Which is a shame. Because PadMan deserves credit for addressing a subject that Indians find hard to talk about. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/5 Padmaavat (2018) Rajeev Masand The film belongs to Ranveer Singh whose delicious performance is its biggest strength. The actor keeps you invested in the film even when it plods on for over two-and-a-half hours. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2018
2/5 Suicide Squad (2016) Rajeev Masand It's dull and depressing and a reminder of everything that's wrong with modern blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2017
2/5 Kabali (2016) Rajeev Masand Rajni still commands the screen, but the film is a bloated mess. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2016
2.5/5 Brahman Naman (2016) Rajeev Masand Perhaps if it was better fleshed out, the film could have been a sparkling comedy. But despite all the sexual suggestiveness and jokes, it just doesn't rise to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3.5/5 Sultan (2016) Rajeev Masand Sultan is predictable, no two questions about it. But it's powered by a riveting central performance that makes you overlook so many of its problems. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/5 A Aa (2016) Karthik Keramalu Samantha may have found a new side to her through A Aa. However, Trivikram's [film] is somewhere between "Okay and Uh, Okay" only. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2016
2/5 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Rajeev Masand Robbie, Waltz and Jackson add chutzpah, but occasionally slip into overacting, making this film a complete ham and cheese sandwich. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5/5 Bombay Velvet (2015) Rajeev Masand Much of the film dazzles, but I found myself longing for some soul. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2016
2.5/5 Thoongaavanam (2015) Karthik Keramalu Rajesh M. Selva's thriller starts with a mundane shot and slowly takes things forward with a half-baked noirish approach. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 Fan (2016) Rajeev Masand Anyone who -- like me -- had grown tired and disappointed with Shah Rukh's unwillingness to step out of his comfort zone will have reason to be a fan again. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2/5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Rajeev Masand Two films down and it would appear that Zack Snyder's most significant contribution to the superhero genre will be in reminding us just how much we miss Christopher Nolan's artistry from the Dark Knight movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 Goosebumps (2015) Rajeev Masand It's one of those films that the family can watch together. Not a bad way to spend two hours. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Rajeev Masand It's familiar stuff, but also unmistakably entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2015
4/5 Inside Out (2015) Rajeev Masand While there is no question at all that you will laugh out loud several times, be prepared to tear up occasionally. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2015
3.5/5 Spectre (2015) Rajeev Masand Like a satisfying masala Bollywood film, Spectre is strictly escapist fun. Nothing wrong with that. It's just that you know what they could've pulled off had they tried harder. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2015
3.5/5 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Rajeev Masand It's brutal and relentless, and delivers a surefire adrenalin rush. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2015
4/5 Titli (2014) Rajeev Masand It may not be everyone's cup of tea -- it's especially not for the squeamish -- but it's an unflinching study of family in the way that the movies rarely provide. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) Rajeev Masand [Salman Khan] is in good form -- terrific in the comic scenes, and earnest in the emotional ones -- turning on the charm to help you survive, and even enjoy, this nearly 3 hour film that's crammed with songs, and over-styled to a fault. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2015
2/5 Shaandaar (2015) Rajeev Masand A wildly inconsistent film that seesaws unevenly between charming and WTF. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2015
5/5 Killa (2014) Rajeev Masand I can't think of another film I saw recently that stayed with me like Killa has. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2015
3.5/5 Talvar (2015) Rajeev Masand Alternately wry, witty, persuasive and shocking. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2015
2/5 Phantom (2015) Rajeev Masand A big problem with Phantom is that it's never fast-paced and slick like the Bond or Bourne [movies] that it so badly wants to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2015
3/5 Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) Rajeev Masand It's more engaging than such typical Salman Khan blockbusters as Bodyguard and Ready, if only because it has a sliver of a story, and its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2015
3/5 Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015) Rajeev Masand Someday we'll get a smart film on the battle of the sexes. Until then, perhaps cheap laughs will have to do. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2015
2/5 Jazbaa (2015) Rajeev Masand Good luck protecting your eyes and ears from this sensory overload. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2015
1/5 Rudhramadevi (2015) Roktim Rajpal Rudhramadevi is an ambitious project that could have worked had the screenplay not been so unimpressive. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2015
Baahubali (2015) Karthik Keramalu Bahubali certainly is bigger and better in its imagination and execution. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2015
1/5 Puli (2015) Karthik Keramalu The story moves from a thatched house to a castle. But the film, overall, moves from one corner of fluff to another room of nothingness. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2015
4/5 Sicario (2015) Rajeev Masand [A] relentless film that never lets up. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2015
3.5/5 The Walk (2015) Rajeev Masand It all comes together so well in the end that you're even willing to forgive the clunky, sometimes whimsical early portions. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2015
3/5 Everest (2015) Rajeev Masand Everest relies heavily on awe, special effects and 3D. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/5 The Martian (2015) Rajeev Masand Scott puts a nice spin on the modern sci-fi, and a gives us a film that warms the heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3.5/5 The Intern (2015) Rajeev Masand Much of the film's charm, expectedly, comes from the heartfelt performances of both stars EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2015
2/5 We Are Your Friends (2015) Rajeev Masand The film, sadly, never takes flight, and a key reason for that is the sheer emptiness of the writing. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2/5 Hero (2015) Rajeev Masand This is lazy, indifferent filmmaking, and a colossal bore for most of its running time. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2015
2.5/5 Welcome Back (2015) Rajeev Masand Welcome Back, directed by Anees Bazmee, is overlong, over-plotted, and unmistakably silly. But it's also incredibly funny in portions. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 The Transporter Refueled (2015) Rajeev Masand The Transporter Refueled smells like a hack job at best, a lazy attempt to cash in on a successful brand. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 Ricki and the Flash (2015) Rajeev Masand There are some things even Meryl Streep can't do. Rescuing this flaccid film is one of them. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5/5 Brothers ... Blood Against Blood (2015) Rajeev Masand The result is a film that's trying a little too hard. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File (2015) Rajeev Masand Make time for Gour Hari Dastaan. It's an important story that must be heard. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 Srimanthudu (2015) Karthik Keramalu Srimanthudu is a notch above the so-so model of commercial films. It'd have been neater had the gap between the intent and the content of the film narrowed down further. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2015
Amy (2015) Rajeev Masand Like the director's terrific previous documentary Senna, on the life of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, Amy humanizes a fascinating figure that deserved a more thoughtful study than the headlines provided. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015
3/5 Ant-Man (2015) Rajeev Masand If, like me, you've been slowly tiring of the big, bloated superhero adventures that all seem to end with entire cities being reduced to rubble, then you'll be happy to know that Ant-Man feels a lot more intimate than the typical Marvel blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2.5/5 Southpaw (2015) Rajeev Masand Director Antoine Fuqua shoots the boxing scenes in long takes and gives us full body shots that look painfully real. What a shame that it's all in service of a plot that's utterly predictable from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015
3.5/5 Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Rajeev Masand A deliciously thrilling experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015
4/5 Baahubali (2015) Rajeev Masand It's exactly what a blockbuster should be. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015
2/5 Bangistan (2015) Rajeev Masand It's likely that buried somewhere under all those unfunny jokes, simplistic sermons, and cringe-inducing melodrama, there may have been a promising idea at the heart of Bangistan. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2015