Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Film Companion

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
36% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) Writer-director Mudassar Aziz attempts to deliver a remake that is lively, funny and at least superficially, progressive - he doesn't always succeed but there is fun to be had here. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
50% Panipat (2019) The screenplay is essentially a check-list of events that are being ticked off... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
No Score Yet Marjaavaan (2019) The film is a blend of 80s and 90s Hindi film clichés with ear-splitting background music, bombastic dialogue-baazi and frantic over-acting. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) The film has a sense of glee that's infectious. It's pleasurable and occasionally silly but it's consistently fun. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Anthony Maras is successful at staging the horrors of that night and the scale and extent of the tragedy is too vast to leave you unmoved. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Pagalpanti (2019) Pagalpanti is singularly unfunny. Stray jokes land but by the second hour, the film is an arid, flat wasteland that you must endure to get to the end credits. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
80% Bala (2019) There is enough to enjoy here and yet the film doesn't land as it is simplistic and on-the-nose. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
94% Chak de! India (2007) It's a career-defining performance in a film that has lost none of its impact. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet Drive (2019) Subtlety is not the film's forte. Neither is clarity, characterization, coherence or anything else that any reasonable person requires. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/5 64% Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) Once Dil Dhadakne Do gathers momentum, it will force you to care about this frustrating, flawed family. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) Sincere and heartfelt, but it never gets raw or messy... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
73% War (2019) War is a popcorn entertainer and you can't ask too many questions but if you're willing to suspend disbelief, the twists and turns exert a solid grip. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
58% Chhichhore (2019) The one-liners keep coming so that even when the film tests your patience - and let me assure you that it does - you keep rooting for these people to succeed. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
36% Batla House (2019) The film is firmly on the side of the beleaguered cops and it makes its point with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Which is why Batla House will satisfy John Abraham fans. Those biceps were not made for nuances. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) Jabariya Jodi is over-plotted... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Khandaani Shafakhana puts too much pressure on Sonakshi Sinha. She is in almost every frame of the film. We see her in close-up - literally and figuratively. But her performance is largely confined to pouting and scowling. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
64% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) The writing becomes simplistic, and the big reveal feels implausible and forced. But the film dips and soars, and while it can be exhausting, it's also a true-blue original that's worth a shot. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
33% Super 30 (2019) The simplistic storytelling kept getting in the way, though Super 30 does have good intentions and the right social message...should have made for memorable cinema. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The original The Lion King had gorgeous hand-drawn animation, oodles of charm and a great, beating heart. This one is almost a frame-to-frame remake. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is the shot of fun you need at this point in the long-running Avengers franchise. It's not essential viewing but it's an amiable diversion. And do stick around for the end credits. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
89% Article 15 (2019) Subtlety is not his strong point, but director Anubhav Sinha has a talent for staging drama. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
55% Game Over (2019) To steal a line from Shakespeare, Game Over is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. These two deserved a better film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
29% Bharat (2019) The South Korean film on which this is based in a masterclass in melodrama, while this is bloated and inconsistent... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) There is nothing timid about the storytelling. Which is exactly how it should be, because this is the life of an extraordinary singer and showman. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
20% Chopsticks (2019) The humor inherent in the situations flattens out quickly as the film lurches from one preposterous scene to another... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) The narrative is painfully simplistic - it's all about class conflict but the rich are lonely and curdled while the middle-class folks are loving and supportive.... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 50% Student of the Year (2012) If you have patience and a taste for the overblown, check it out... - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
86% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) It's inventive, provocative and truly genre-defying. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
No Score Yet Blank (2019) When you decide on a title like Blank, you must make sure that your film is exactly the opposite. Otherwise you unwittingly end up providing ammunition for critics and viewers. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
63% Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) I recommend that you check-in reality at the door and enjoy this over-blown fantasy...Bachna Ae Haseeno is a frothy, candy-floss confection. - NDTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame makes you keenly aware of the passage of this time. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 38% Kalank (2019) The film is an operatic fantasy filled with staggering sets, swirling fabric and heartache, but to enjoy it, you must wholly suspend disbelief. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 17% Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) The film is too drab. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Clearly, not all heroes wear capes...it runs a tad too long...but the film delivers laughs and emotions. A refreshingly goofy superhero movie. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 44% Junglee (2019) The elephants have gotten more impressive. The rest, not so much. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 31% Kesari (2019) We get bloodshed in slow motion, a few good men fighting until their last breath and a plaintive soundtrack to underline their immense sacrifice. It gets a little exhausting. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 94% Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) This richly imaginative and absurdist film gives us a roster of memorably kooky characters, inspired action sequences and priceless moments. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) The film is so quiet and so still in some parts, that you will get impatient. But it is evocative and its tenderness will stay with you. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 57% Badla (2019) Nothing is what it seems and there are many turns, but the film isn't as clever as it thinks it is. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 75% Sonchiriya (2019) There is no doubt that Abhishek has talent to burn and I can't wait to see what hell he immerses us into next. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) The Wife is an insight into long relationships, the way men and women heal and hurt each other. There are moments here that all husbands and wives will recognize. But the biggest reason to see this film is to experience the power of Glenn Close. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 95% Gully Boy (2019) By the end, I was wiping tears and cheering furiously not just for Murad but for each one of these characters to find happiness. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The two-hour-long film does require patience. But there is enough juice here to keep you hooked. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 56% Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) ... despite these flaws, Manikarnika reveals Kangana as an artist with boundless ambition and I'm excited to see what she creates next. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 31% Zero (2018) [Characters] are individually interesting but the connective tissue between them is so thin that the narrative starts to wobble precariously. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
1/5 22% The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) The film tosses in news footage of real people and then cuts to their onscreen counterparts. Which of course makes this whole enterprise even less convincing. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 67% Uri (2019) Ultimately, though, this dance between realistic terrorist drama and rousing action thriller proves to be too much. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If you have young children, you might consider giving Mary Poppins Returns a chance. I think they will enjoy it. There is less fodder here for adults but perhaps like me, you can distract yourself by admiring the sharp cut and fit of Mary's coats. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
78% Fan (2016) Fan is a fascinating but flawed study of celebrity and the reverential relationship we have with our stars. The film is a hall of mirrors with Shah Rukh playing a thinly disguised version of himself as Aryan Khanna the superstar. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
70% Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) Kal Ho Naa Ho is filled with these ridiculously convenient plots twists, obviously manipulative emotional moments and problematic gender politics - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018