Anna M.M. Vetticad

Anna M.M. Vetticad
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Anna M.M. Vetticad has been a journalist for 25+ years. Her reviews are known for their socio-political analysis, feminist content and focus on the portrayal of marginalised communities. @annavetticad

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 44% Mardaani 2 (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 55% Panipat (2019) Panipat is shorn of Padmaavat and Kesari's insidious intent, but it is not exactly an innocent, truthful chronicler of Indian history. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/5 8% Marjaavaan (2019) Marjaavaan is so hackneyed that even the usually restrained Malhotra is driven to intermittent over-acting during its two-hours-plus running time. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Pagalpanti (2019) Pagalpanti is sporadically entertaining, but for the most part it feels stale and ordinary. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
0/5 No Score Yet Adhya Rathri (2019) Sexism and misogyny are not Aadya Rathri's only characteristics. Kunjumon is repeatedly fat shamed. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
.5/5 No Score Yet Under World (2019) The rest of Under World shows a complete lack of imagination and implies a desire on Arun Kumar Aravind's part to join the club of masala directors to which Haneef Adeni belongs. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Nalpathiyonnu (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
.75/5 No Score Yet Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal (2019) If Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal's problematic gender politics is one nail in its coffin, the other is its stilted storytelling. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
1/5 8% Marjaavaan (2019) Dated, loud, cliché-ridden, preachy, unimaginative, boring, flat - that is what Marjaavaan is. - annavetticadgoes2themovies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 82% Bala (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Drive (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/5 50% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Given the task of playing women double their age, Pannu and Pednekar come up trumps in their turn as cheery, fire-breathing warriors. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 73% War (2019) ...an ode that is particularly cynical and offensive considering that the past five years have heralded unprecedented Islamophobia in India. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.75/5 45% The Zoya Factor (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Finals (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2.5/5 50% Dream Girl (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.75/5 58% Chhichhore (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
0.25/5 No Score Yet Kalki (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
1/5 9% Saaho (2019) [A]n over-indulgent, over-stylised film in which looks have been prioritised over substance, swagger over script. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) Malhotra deserves better but either does not have the right instincts for scripts or is just not getting good offers. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) It would be unfair to say that there is no chemistry between Sinha and Jora, because the screenplay invests zero effort in their equation. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/5 64% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 33% Super 30 (2019) Super 30 comes across as a project that someone somewhere lost interest in at some point and then it all came apart. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
0.5/5 29% Malaal (2019) ... 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Unda (2019) Expecting the unexpected is par for the course for Malayalam film buffs, but it still takes a moment to get used to Unda. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Thamasha (2019) The reason why Thamaasha works so well is because its messaging is couched in amusing, endearing, relatable realism. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4.5/5 89% Article 15 (2019) Sinha's unfaltering direction is backed by Ewan Mulligan's unsparing cinematography and a strong cast. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
1/5 25% Kabir Singh (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 55% Game Over (2019) Game Over is inventive, it is intelligent, it does not take the viewer lightly and above all else, it is terrifying. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 29% Bharat (2019) Far from being a Forrest Gump with Salman Khan, Bharat is mostly a plodding trek through post-1947 to contemporary India. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/5 29% India's Most Wanted (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
0.25/5 No Score Yet PM Narendra Modi (2019) Omung Kumar B's PM Narendra Modi is not a biography. It is an unwittingly farcical, comical hagiography. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
1/5 25% De De Pyaar De (2019) De De Pyaar De's sense of humour continues in the second half, but the misogyny too is now front and centre... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
1.5/5 7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018) The atmospherics, the haunting ugliness of that prison complex and the suspense hold out enough excitement to make this a watchable albeit flawed film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Kammara Sambhavam (2018) It is impossible though to ignore the film's lack of commitment to its own cause. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Abrahaminte Santhathikal (2018) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
67% Tamasha (2015) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
65% Bajirao Mastani (2015) 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... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
21% Dilwale (2015) Even Shah Rukh-Kajol chemistry cannot save this disappointingly boring film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
15% Fitoor (2016) The pain, the rejection, the searing desire for revenge, the all-conquering power of love - none of it is adequately conveyed in Fitoor. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
67% Ghayal Once Again (2016) ...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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
22% Azhar (2016) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
33% Sarbjit (2016) 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. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Veerappan (2016) 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... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
91% Udta Punjab (2016) 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... - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
25% Housefull 3 (2016) The indolence in the writing of Housefull 3 is best illustrated by the profusion of self-referential jokes in the film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
78% Madaari (2016) Neither of Madaari's two child actors has the charisma to match up to him. Still, Khan persuades us to invest in them too. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
50% Dishoom (2016) Dishoom is a sporadically engaging, intermittently funny, yet always insubstantial film. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019