Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan
Baradwaj Rangan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Companion
Publications: The Hindu, Film Companion

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Enai Noki Paayum Thota (2017) This is a screenplay in which the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed with care. And with class. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
No Score Yet Sangathamizhan (2019) The film is a disaster at every conceivable level. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I didn't hate it, exactly, but I sat through the film solely as a completist. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
50% Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) With a mega star and a mega budget, is it too much to hope for a mega movie? - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Elder One (Moothon) (2019) Moothon has enough going on to justify a good half-hour more. But bumps and all, the journey is rewarding because there's always a deeply felt event around the corner. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
73% War (2019) War is a defining action movie of our time. It's Hollywood enough to rock the multiplexes, but it doesn't forget its roots. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
50% Dream Girl (2019) These are one-joke characters, and this is a one-joke movie. Very quickly, a sense of staleness sets in. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
69% Joker (2019) After a lot of throat-clearing, Joker finally becomes the movie it wants to be, positioning its protagonist squarely as the antagonist in the Batman mythos we know so well. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
86% Bombay Rose (2019) Bombay Rose subverts not just Bombay cinema's storytelling, but also the implicit assumptions of Bombay cinema. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet Raatchasi (2019) It's great that Jyotika is cherry-picking projects that indulge in a fair bit of "heroine worship". But she really needs better scripts. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
89% Article 15 (2019) For Article 15 to fully unleash its power, Nishad needed to be more than just a bit player. He is one of many characters who are outlined but not meaningfully fleshed out, and therefore appear tokenistic. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
55% Game Over (2019) Game Over is a bona fide original. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
29% Bharat (2019) At one point, Bharat launches into the national anthem in its entirety and some of the people around me began to stand up. Bharat is the kind of film you'd expect Akshay Kumar to make. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
7% Student of the Year 2 (2019) It isn't just the clothes that look like they've been flown in from Milan. It's the whole movie. Couture Couture Hota Hai. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 80% Super Deluxe (2019) This is an utterly unique film, a brave film. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
95% Gully Boy (2019) Zoya continues to demonstrate that she is one of our best directors. Her eye for pacing and staging, her ability to manufacture and maintain mood and atmosphere - they're just fantastic. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Peranbu (Malayalam) (2019) Ram's films have always displayed love for his protagonists. In Peranbu, we sense much love for the medium, too. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 22% Thackeray (2019) Thackeray is a warts-and-none propaganda film about a man who peddled hate and keenly fostered a sense of otherness. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/5 31% Zero (2018) Zero is all heart. It probably won't work if you start thinking about the probability of it all, but after a wobbly half-hour I found the film easy to embrace. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Viswasam (2019) Siva seems to have taken the memes and mean tweets personally. He doesn't try for the wannabe-ness of Vivegam. The writing is clean, simple. He isn't out to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay, but he fills his film with solid emotional beats. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Petta (2019) Petta looks rushed and even the Karthik Subbaraj flourishes come off like affectations. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Thuppakki Munai (2018) The staging, the rhythms are totally off. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/5 59% 2.0 (2018) That's the good thing about Shankar. He keeps throwing things at you. Now, if he'd only get a good writer to shape all these things into a solid script, it would make all the difference between 2.oho and 2.uh-oh! - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sarkar (2018) Sarkar is an efficient setup for a political entry, but as a movie, it should have been far more effective. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 21% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) There are three words in the title of Vijay Krishna Acharya's new film, and at least two of them are wrong. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 100% Bulbul Can Sing (2018) This is pure Rima Das. The film regains its footing, despite the stray bits of motivational-poster wisdom. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) This isn't dialogue that... explains. It's dialogue that replaces event, and takes us right into this place and its people. The final stretch is among the most purely emotional passages in Ceylan's oeuvre. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The ending breaks the heart and makes you think hard about the ties that bind us. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) This dazzlingly opaque dream-drama is one-of-a-kind. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) The film - if it can be called that - is touted as an examination of the modern Arab world, but the first hour or so is an eyeball-frying collage of visuals and sound. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
89% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) It's a chronicle of blue-collar workers who depend on each other for emotional sustenance. A deep sadness lurks under the laughs. It seeps under your skin. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) ... what kind of human being are you? They say great art makes you question things. There can't be a bigger question than that... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The lovingly excavated and assembled footage is never less than fascinating. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski knows that we know this story from other movies (A Star is Born, New York New York), so he strips away the externals, and trains his spotlight on the bare basics. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Ash has at least five endings, but its ups and downs are as riveting as they are exhausting. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sandakozhi 2 (2018) There's a Thevar Magan hangover in N Lingusamy's Sandakozhi 2... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet 96 (Tamil) (2018) Janaki is Trisha's most rounded character since Jessie in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya. Her innate coolness and reserve serve Janaki beautifully. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Nota (2018) Attention to these details could have made NOTA a great film. It's now merely a watchable one, kept afloat by scenes like the one where the city's youths become government officials... - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018) As with Kamal Haasan's writing, Mani Ratnam's partially stylised dialogue - with its staccato rhythms - needs actors who can pull it off. Only a few in this cast manage it. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Sunset is large and diffuse, and it never comes together - or perhaps we could say that whatever Nemes wants it all to mean remains locked up in his head. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
78% Never Look Away (2019) For about two hours, the 188-minute film is a frustrating experience...the last hour, imbued with a mystical quality, really works. The film makes the case that even the most individualistic artist is at his best looking back at his nation's history. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
87% First Man (2018) Smart, incisive, remarkably pared-to-the bone and wary of easy epiphanies. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale isn't a bad film; merely an unremarkable one we seem to have seen many times before. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
85% Soni (2018) A fly-on-the-wall observation of days in these women's lives, with each scene captured in a single take. It's an artistic choice that isn't about showing off so much as immersing us in these events without editing manipulations. It works beautifully. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Feel-good is the last thing this thoughtful, enigmatic, disturbing film is. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
92% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) Dolores is impassive, giving away nothing. The ambiguity may be dramatically unsatisfying, but that is the point. We become the viewers of that television show. Guilty or innocent, it's left to us to decide. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) At Eternity's Gate is, at heart, a mood movie, about an artist who finally made peace with the fact that his real audience exists in the future, that time (in the sense of one's lifespan) is meaningless when it comes to art. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Naachiyar (2018) It's as though the editor patched together some random footage shot by the second unit. Bala may have made a different movie, but this is certainly not a Bala movie. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Awe! (2018) An ambitious, meticulous mix of genres is a tad overcooked but also fun to think back on. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Poomaram (2018) Abrid Shine's marvellous movie-mosaic, with Kalidas Jayaram and Neeta Pillai, is a tribute not just to the artistic process but to art itself. - Film Companion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018