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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
2/5 () 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
3.5/5 Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) Sreedhar Pillai Nerkonda Paarvai is Ajith's best movie in recent times and deserves a watch for its daring theme and presentation. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Bring the Soul: The Movie (2019) Siddhant Adlakha Bring The Soul is, at the end of the day, adequate. For a band well on their way to all-time stardom, though, "adequate" can't help but feel frustrating. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/5 Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad It would be unfair to say that there is no chemistry between Sinha and Jora, because the screenplay invests zero effort in their equation. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 Arjun Patiala (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Varun Sharma repeats his buffoon act and Kriti Sanon reprises her pretty small-town girl role. Both deliver been-there-seen-that performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/5 Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Judgementall Hai Kya is based on an interesting concept, it is often funny and fascinating, but in the ultimate analysis, it does not make the grade. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Disney has retooled some of its classic stories to make them more progressive and nuanced, but we don't see that in this Lion King. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Photograph (2019) Poulomi Das In the real world, Miloni [Sanya Malhotra] and Rafi [Nawazuddin Siddiqui] would never get the luxury of a happily-ever-after, which is why witnessing them longing to get away from their isolated existences feels so rewarding. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 Raatchasi (2019) Sreedhar Pillai Raatchasi skims through issues plaguing the education system and offers a one-woman army as the solution. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2.5/5 Gorilla (2019) Sreedhar Pillai Kong remains the saving grace of an otherwise run-of-the mill Kollywood entertainer from writer-director Don Sandy. The chimpanzee plays a key role in a comedy heist drama which has hardly anything new to offer. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 One Day: Justice Delivered (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala The story of a vigilante judge trying to bring justice once he has given up the duty of following the rule book had potential, but Ashok Nanda's direction exposes flaws in the performances and tears open the already gaping holes in Alaukik Rahi's story. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Super 30 (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Super 30 comes across as a project that someone somewhere lost interest in at some point and then it all came apart. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Mihir Fadnavis Director Jon Watts, who crystallised all the funny shenanigans of American high schools as seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, somehow manages to keep things interesting in Far From Home. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
0.5/5 Malaal (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad ... an inexorably dull retelling of the clichéd conviction so many people hold in real life: that a good woman can reform even the worst of men. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Unda (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Expecting the unexpected is par for the course for Malayalam film buffs, but it still takes a moment to get used to Unda. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 Thamasha (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad The reason why Thamaasha works so well is because its messaging is couched in amusing, endearing, relatable realism. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 House Owner (2019) Sreedhar Pillai House Owner is as heartwarming as it is riveting. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan keeps the flag of independent filmmakers flying. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4.5/5 Article 15 (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Sinha's unfaltering direction is backed by Ewan Mulligan's unsparing cinematography and a strong cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
1/5 Kabir Singh (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Again brother, stop. Stop with the euphemisms, please. Call the Kabir Singhs of the world what they are and show them up for what they are: obnoxious, ugly sociopaths. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
BTS World Tour 'Love Yourself' in Seoul (2019) Siddhant Adlakha If you've ever wondered what it was like to be alive during Beatlemania, watching a BTS concert film with a sold-out ARMY crowd is a pretty fitting parallel. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Bulbul Can Sing (2018) Siddhant Adlakha Das' eye for naturalism is commendable, but the existence of a creation as singular as this, telling a tale that feels so new and endearing, is a worthwhile story on its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Ravening (2019) Siddhant Adlakha The film is rife with metaphors about repression and the all-consuming nature of romance, but it works best as a literal document of two people with a strange shared passion, one which complicates their already complicated predicament. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Driveways (2019) Siddhant Adlakha In Ahn's America, outsider experiences of race and sexuality are treated as mundane norms, while the mundane activities of suburban normalcy become their own eccentric journeys. A trip to the supermarket is an opportunity to accept mortality. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
() Siddhant Adlakha It feels like a crime film lasered on to a tale of a sheltered Indian girl, thrown into the chaotic world of American college. On one hand, the beats feel emotionally honest. On the other, it meanders without fully embracing its aesthetic transposition. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Burning Cane (2019) Siddhant Adlakha There's a jaded harshness to Burning Cane. Its stylistic flourishes make it feel like a modern ghost story at times; a fitting outcome, given its tale of spiritual inheritance. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Skin (2018) Siddhant Adlakha The meta-textual questions of timing are inescapable - Why this story? Why now? - though even taken at its word, as a straightforward tale of reform, Skin offers little by way of insight into reformation, let alone modern racism. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Sir (2018) Siddhant Adlakha There's a tangible sense of excitement to something as simple as Ashwin and Ratna passing each other in the hallway, and an equally potent sense of danger when they interact while in the presence of other people. What might they let slip? EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Siddhant Adlakha Blinded by the Light is a breath of fresh air, though not because it feels new or unconventional. Rather, it deals strictly with the familiar (for better and for worse), though it does so with incredible passion. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Leto (2018) Siddhant Adlakha Its boundary-breaking musical numbers feel like the spirit of rebellious creativity embodied, and every frame exudes a joyous sense of freedom. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 Game Over (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Game Over is inventive, it is intelligent, it does not take the viewer lightly and above all else, it is terrifying. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 Bharat (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947 to contemporary India. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? (2019) Udita Jhunjhunwala Even at 90 minutes, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai demands a great deal of patience and leaves you dissatisfied with the modern revision. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
1.5/5 India's Most Wanted (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Do you sometimes sit in a movie hall and sense that what is unfolding on screen began with an interesting concept that somehow choked at the execution stage? India's Most Wanted is that kind of film. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
0.25/5 PM Narendra Modi (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad Omung Kumar B's PM Narendra Modi is not a biography. It is an unwittingly farcical, comical hagiography. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
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