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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, Siddhant Adlakha, Udita Jhunjhunwala
Rating Title/Year Author
0.25/5 Big Brother (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad There is absolutely nothing by which to recommend Siddique's Big Brother. Even Mohanlal's acting here is meh. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
0.5/5 () Anna M.M. Vetticad What really kills this film though is the supposed big reveal in the end about Laali and Pinky's intense enmity. It is so poorly conceived and so ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2.75/5 Darbar (2020) Sreedhar Pillai ...the trouble with Darbar is that Murgadoss does not have a convincing story and the narration lacks logic. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/5 Chhapaak (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad ...what we are left with are good intentions, a heart in the right place, a major star taking a huge risk with an unorthodox role and a bunch of pluses that somehow do not come together to deliver an immersive experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/5 Bhangra Paa Le (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Sunny Kaushal is yet to hit his stride, thanks to a contrived screenplay and feeble script... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Siddhant Adlakha Baumbach allows us to get to know the couple better than they know themselves - that is, we get to know them through each other's eyes, as they expose those parts of themselves they haven't yet come to terms with. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Family Romance, LLC (2019) Siddhant Adlakha By leaning-in to digital artifice, Herzog searches constantly for the nuggets of truth nestled between constructed lies, ultimately finding the bitter loneliness between moments of performative façade. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Capernaum (2018) Siddhant Adlakha A tough-to-watch neorealist drama from Nadine Labaki, Capharnaüm (or Chaos) captures the nascent fury of twelve-year-old Zain (a brave performance by Zain Al Rafeea), a Beirut slumdweller suing his parents for giving birth to him EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
The Farewell (2019) Siddhant Adlakha The Farewell is certainly dialogue-heavy, but it captures the Wang family dynamic through blocking and movement, as Billi both stands out as a westerner in her former homeland, and gets caught up in the sweep of family rituals and idiosyncrasies. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
() Siddhant Adlakha Clocking in at a mere six minutes, The Fall is a gut-churning short that mirrors our phantasmagorical political moment. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
2.5/5 The Body (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Unfortunately, and not unlike the original, The Body places more emphasis on answering the question of why rather than how. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 Mardaani 2 (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Mardaani 2 is a timely reminder of how good this industry can be when it chooses not to be weighed down by prejudice, market-driven compulsions and lazy formulae. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 Panipat (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Panipat is shorn of Padmaavat and Kesari's insidious intent, but it is not exactly an innocent, truthful chronicler of Indian history. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala In 2019, the men as seen in this movie, are still taking women for granted, and the women, who maybe independent-spirited, are still responsible for forgiving and forgetting. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/5 Marjaavaan (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Marjaavaan is so hackneyed that even the usually restrained Malhotra is driven to intermittent over-acting during its two-hours-plus running time. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Devika is sincere in her portrayal in a simplified narrative that does little more than follow the form of a school essay on the Indian warrior queen. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 Enai Noki Paayum Thota (2019) Sreedhar Pillai Ene Noki Paayum Thota is way off the target and should have been shorter. The Gautham Menon magic is clearly missing. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Sreedhar Pillai With a runtime of 150 minutes, Sangathamizhan is a tedious watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
1.5/5 Pagalpanti (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Pagalpanti is sporadically entertaining, but for the most part it feels stale and ordinary. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Though it may be a slightly diminishing return, it's everything kids, and those who were kids back in 2013, want in a sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/5 Nalpathiyonnu (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad It makes you wonder why a filmmaker would pick such a subject in the first place if the intention was not to go the whole hog. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
.75/5 () Anna M.M. Vetticad If Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal's problematic gender politics is one nail in its coffin, the other is its stilted storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/5 Bala (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad If this film had no Latika (or she was better written and appropriately cast) and the humour of the opening half had been maintained in the second, it would have been near perfect. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
0.5/5 Drive (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad Gaping gaps in the plotline recede into the background in the face of ordinary car chases that routinely look plastic and an embarrassingly low-brow extended climax that feels like the work of an entry-level animation student. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Siddhant Adlakha A fascinating therapeutic experiment, in which Shia LaBeouf gives his demons familiar form, while finding ways to forgive them. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Given the task of playing women double their age, Pannu and Pednekar come up trumps in their turn as cheery, fire-breathing warriors. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Comfort food cinema, like this one, may not bring much artistic value, but it sure as hell warms the cockles of your hearts if you give it a chance. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Mihir Fadnavis ...the fairy dust has worn off, and the unexpected charm has given way to a piece of disposable product, as opposed to a film you can cherish. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Siddhant Adlakha An incisive, empathetic, intimate portrait of isolation. It's graceful, sweet and strange, and despite its twee exterior, it manages to stare social malaise right in the eye, giving it the kind of dressing-down that doesn't simply preach to the choir. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Young Ahmed (2019) Siddhant Adlakha The film may not have much to say, but it's a riveting watch regardless. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Midsommar: The Director's Cut (2019) Siddhant Adlakha The 171-minute "director's cut" adds a chilling night-time ritual that fleshes out the commune's deeply-held beliefs and, more importantly, a night-time argument that helps clarify the troubled state of Dani and Christian's relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Siddhant Adlakha In Midsommar, grief is accompanied by an unnerving hum: the confluence of hundreds of mourners collectively putting anguish out into the ether, as if to open up emotional veins and make the act of sharing pain almost too vulnerable an affair. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 The Sky Is Pink (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Zaira Wasim as Aisha injects her character's bio with a cheeriness that is never over the top. And Rohit Suresh Saraf delivers a rock solid performance as her brother Ishaan. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Siddhant Adlakha As much Ad Astra is an interstellar adventure, it's a tale rooted in the emotional brokenness of men, reverberating across time, space and generations. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Siddhant Adlakha It's admittedly hard to imagine a film like Joker inspiring real-world violence - or inspiring much of anything. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 War (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad ...an ode that is particularly cynical and offensive considering that the past five years have heralded unprecedented Islamophobia in India. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Siddhant Adlakha An emotionally brutal piece from one of our finest filmmakers, as he captures the corrosion of the human soul. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.75/5 The Zoya Factor (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad So yes, The Zoya Factor trips up on a very crucial front, but where it works, it works well, being funny and thoughtful all at once. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 Finals (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad The road to cinematic ordinariness is paved with persons who had good concepts that they struggled to flesh out, especially well-meaning men who find the idea of a strong woman appealing but don't quite know how to deal with one. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 Dream Girl (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad The empty writing of Mahi, her grandmother and a policeman's cliched nagging wife shows Team Shaandilyaa's disinterest in - or perhaps ignorance about -women. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 Prassthanam (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Structured like a Shakespearean tragedy, Prassthanam is built on countless conflicts, awash with textbook characters and dated in its story-telling. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 Section 375 (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala The cinematography and editing serve to keep Section 375 moody and moving at a decent pace. With Gupta's fine writing, Section 375 does not take a shrill, moralistic stand. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.75/5 Chhichhore (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad There are too many draggy patches in between, the acting is inconsistent, and the somewhat superficial messaging adds nothing to the "what matters is that you tried" line we have heard before. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
0.25/5 Kalki (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad This is a film that uses crushed bones, twisted joints and sliced off body parts as a tool for both humour and moralising, in what must rank as one of the most disgusting cinematic odes to bloodshed ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
1/5 Saaho (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad [A]n over-indulgent, over-stylised film in which looks have been prioritised over substance, swagger over script. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Crawl is a cleverly designed thriller in a genre costume. Although it will not win any awards, it is proof that well polished ludicrousness is still a perfectly acceptable form of popcorn entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
1/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Going by Butler's haggard look in this movie, one would not be surprised to see the next one titled Crutches Have Fallen. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Inglourious Basterds (2009) Siddhant Adlakha Tarantino's Western-inspired fantasy acts as a real-world corrective of how the Nazis perhaps ought to be seen - with utmost scorn - and in what context this sort of cinematic violence can, and even should, be indulgent. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/5 Batla House (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Batla House feels burdened by its patriotic ambitions and by repetition. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
0.5/5 Jabariya Jodi (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Malhotra deserves better but either does not have the right instincts for scripts or is just not getting good offers. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019