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Firstpost is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anna M.M. Vetticad, Bedatri D. Choudhury, Poulomi Das, Udita Jhunjhunwala
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad De De Pyaar De's sense of humour continues in the second half, but the misogyny too is now front and centre... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/5 Student of the Year 2 (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad To analyse SOTY 2 primarily on the basis of its gender apathy would be to take it too seriously though. What it ought to be judged on are its blandness, triteness and poor casting. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad The atmospherics, the haunting ugliness of that prison complex and the suspense hold out enough excitement to make this a watchable albeit flawed film. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 Kammara Sambavam (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad It is impossible though to ignore the film's lack of commitment to its own cause. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 Abrahaminte Santhathikal (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad Abrahaminte Santhathikal (Children of Abraham) directed by debutant Shaji Padoor is better than most Mammootty films of the past couple of years, but nothing compared to his best. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Tamasha (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Tamasha harks back to the raw talent that was evident in Imtiaz's early films, the lovely Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met in particular. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Bajirao Mastani (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Despite its shortcomings then, this is a brave and beautiful film - beautiful to look at, beautiful in its position on religion, brave in its take on history... EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Dilwale (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Even Shah Rukh-Kajol chemistry cannot save this disappointingly boring film. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Fitoor (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad The pain, the rejection, the searing desire for revenge, the all-conquering power of love - none of it is adequately conveyed in Fitoor. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Ghayal Once Again (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad ...the film's well-executed chases are dragged down by its stupid improbabilities, its lack of focus, too many loose ends and oh yes, those bad white extras. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Azhar (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Azhar is a superficial look at the life of one of the most enigmatic and intriguing sporting stars this country has ever seen. It is an opportunity lost. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Sarbjit (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Even if these exclusions were to be excused as cinematic licence, the problem remains that this film fails to flesh out the people at the heart of this true story. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Veerappan (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad The film's deficiencies are most unfortunate because in its pluses we get a glimpse of the old Ramu that we all once knew and loved... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Udta Punjab (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad It is hard to believe that this uneven treatment of a grave issue has come to us from the director who delivered Vidya Balan to us in all her electrifying glory... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Housefull 3 (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad The indolence in the writing of Housefull 3 is best illustrated by the profusion of self-referential jokes in the film. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Madaari (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Neither of Madaari's two child actors has the charisma to match up to him. Still, Khan persuades us to invest in them too. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Dishoom (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Dishoom is a sporadically engaging, intermittently funny, yet always insubstantial film. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
() Anna M.M. Vetticad The good intentions and the allure of the cast, however, are not reason enough to ignore Ann Maria Kalippilaanu's mindless, oddball messaging... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
A Flying Jatt (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad A Flying Jatt could have been so much better than what it is, if he had not kept one eye fixed Westward for inspiration. This one is perhaps best suited to the very very young. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Oppam (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Oppam is technically polished, visually appealing and features a fantastic performance by Mohanlal. It is also pointlessly long-drawn-out and after a while, pretentious in its effort to scare. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Naam Hai Akira (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Akira exemplifies this trend of pretend feminism that threatens to harm a crucial cause and is perhaps even more dangerous than open misogyny. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
() Anna M.M. Vetticad Hats off to Kunchacko Boban for backing Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho, which will no doubt attract far more eyeballs because of the star association. It deserves every iota of attention it gets. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Parched (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Parched is rarely able to get past its mindfulness of being a film with a message, thus failing to lose itself in a story of real people with real, heart-wrenching problems. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Oru Muthassi Gadha (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad This is a film that compels us to think while we laugh. It does so largely without preaching. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Welcome to Central Jail (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Absurdity is acceptable as fun, but not when it descends to callousness. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Thoppil Joppan (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad C'mon Mammukka, would you not at least now consider quality over quantity? Or is it wrong to expect nothing short of rousing fare from you? EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 Dear Zindagi (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Dear Zindagi then is a mixed bag. I loved SRK in the film, Bhatt is always a pleasure to watch...overall though, the film comes across as being not enough because the writing needed more substance. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad The big let-down in Kahaani is the writing of the climax, whether viewed in isolation or in comparison with its remarkable predecessor. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 Befikre (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Befikre is entertaining at a superficial level, but at the end of the day it is nothing but old wine in a glossy new bottle. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
() Anna M.M. Vetticad ...in which a legend belted out the words "no means no," a line that sexual predators in India rarely hear. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Waiting (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin played well off each other, while their characters confronted some of life's toughest questions on the right time to let go of someone you love. Despite the grim subject, Menon gave Waiting her trademark light touch... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Fan (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad What a pleasure to watch Shah Rukh Khan shrug off every quirk his admirers have drooled over for 27 years and sink his teeth into a role. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Dangal (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad This December release has provided a truly happy ending to what has already been a good year for Hindi cinema. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
TE3N (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad An atmospheric Kolkata, a non-stereotypical portrayal of the city and its people, a stirring and suspenseful tale, supporting performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Ghosh's favourite heroine Vidya Balan completed the compelling mix. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Island City (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad Funny and insightful, comical and sad, Island City marked the arrival of an important new voice in Indian cinema. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Phobia (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Phobia delivered all the chills you might expect of a conventional spooky movie while also wordlessly providing remarkable insights into mental illness, sexual violence and the human imagination. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Psycho Raman (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Anurag Kashyap's essay on evil across class is one of the best in his filmography of 13 years as a director. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Sairat (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad In the matter of caste, Sairat is pathbreaking. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Neerja (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad It is easy to caricature villains. Making them relatable and believable in spite of their evil intentions is an effort few film writers make. Saiwyn does. Hats off to him for that. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
The Fourth Direction (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad This is a film about fearful silences and dreadful in-betweens, about the inexorable wait for what could happen because you never know who might attack you for something as innocuous as your pet barking in the night. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Kapoor & Sons -- Since 1921 (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Kapoor & Sons is hilarious, heartwarming and heartbreaking rolled in one. It does not wear its social conscience on its sleeve, but make no mistake about this: it has one. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Visaranai (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad I remained frozen in my chair and unable to speak for several minutes after I first watched Vetri Maaran's Visaranai. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Thithi (2015) Anna M.M. Vetticad A morbid subject on the face of it, but Reddy and his co-writer Eregowda turned it into a thoughtful, highly amusing yet never stereotypical observation of rural life and life itself. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 Rangoon (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Chemistry is not a factor of good acting alone, it emerges from great writing. Therein lies the problem with Rangoon. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
1.5/5 Naam Shabana (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Here is a thought. Next time you make a film supposedly revolving around a woman, please do so because you have a great story to tell, not because female-led cinema is a hot current trend. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 Sakhavu (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Siva seems to have his heart in the right place, and he does, after all, make the point he sets out to make here, aided by one of the most interesting male stars of the present generation. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.75/5 Hindi Medium (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Hindi Medium makes a point - several points, in fact - by being simple and straightforward yet not simplistic. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
1/5 Sarkar 3 (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Direction lacks zest, the writing by P Jayakumar lacks depth and the film ends up looking like a tired effort to cash in on the success of its precursors. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.75/5 Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Despite my disappointment at the rose-tinted view, I came away from the theatre this morning feeling slightly emotional and very inspired. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
1/5 Bank Chor (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Despite its many misses, Bank Chor has more verve. Whatever little progress Bumpy has made as a filmmaker, however, is far outweighed by the insidious messaging of this film. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019