David Chute

David Chute
David Chute's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine L.A. Weekly Los Angeles Times Village Voice IFilm

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T-Meter Title | Year
64% RamLeela (2013) The most effective sequences the two stars have together are the large-scale dance numbers, which are beautifully and imaginatively staged. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
No Score Yet Dedh Ishqiya (2014) The exhilarating Dedh Ishqiya is the young writer-director Abhishek Chaubey's worthy sequel to one of the sharpest Bollywood comedies of recent years. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet Boss (2013) In the end, it is little more than an extended high-energy commercial for the mugging wonderfulness of its leading man, veteran scenery-chewing megastar Akshay Kumar. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
69% Krrish 3 (2013) The silly, square and charming Bollywood superhero picture Krrish 3 measures up pretty well, provided you bear in mind that it's more of a kids' movie than its U.S. counterparts. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
88% Queen (2014) It is charming and at times unexpectedly moving ... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2014
80% Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) This comedy reinvigorates the familiar conventions of Bollywood's signature genre. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2014
55% Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) Sitcom leftovers are artlessly reheated in this repetitive and exaggerated romantic comedy-drama about a newlywed couple. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2014
No Score Yet Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) (2014) At under two hours, the pic is drastically shorter than most Hindi movies, although it feels longer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2014
69% Gunday (2014) What makes "Gunday" work and pulls us along is the great skill and obvious affection with which these familiar elements have been deployed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2014
20% Jai Ho (2014) Carries to a new level of slapdash vulgarity the blunt-force, post-"Matrix" style of action moviemaking that rules the roost now in Hindi cinema. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014
No Score Yet Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2014) Long on visual ingenuity, short on coherent storytelling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2014
10% Chander Pahar (2014) The thrills seem to have evaporated from Kamaleswar Mukherjee's handsome, slow-moving adaptation of a classic Bengali novel. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2014
71% Dhoom 3 (2013) Acharya's camera seems to be dancing - and swooning - along with the performers. Cynics need not apply. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2013
No Score Yet R... Rajkumar (2013) The 'R' stands for 'Romeo,' but there's little to love in this sluggish Bollywood action comedy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
33% Bullett Raja (2013) "Bullett Raja" is, for most of its length, a tight, clever, blithely amoral crime drama about a buddy pair of hit men rising to the top of the mob heap in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
44% Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) The falseness of the exaggerated romantic comedy sequences here infect the aspects of the story that should be underplayed and gentle, as they were in "Swades." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
75% Kites (2010) Not even the incoherent mishmash of plot...can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up between a blue-eyed Punjabi and a blue-eyed Mexican of almost equal comeliness. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2010
75% Kites (2010) Not even the incoherent mish-mash of plot (mostly faux Sergio Leone by way of Tarantino and Rodriguez, with periodic car-flipping chase sequences) can entirely dim the appeal of this match-up. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2010
100% Three Idiots (2009) A superstar for more than two decades, Aamir Khan has never been more popular than he is today, in his mid-40s. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2010
43% Paa (2009) The film owes much of its interest to the alertness and sincerity of the younger Bachchan and the luminous Vidya Balan as the anguished parents, and to the soft wash of the tasteful playback songs supplied by Ilaiyaraaja. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2009
No Score Yet Wanted (2009) Khan and Deva will do just about anything for effect, and even an over-the-top amoral revenge fantasy needs a shred of internal consistency. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2009
63% Dil Bole Hadippa! (My Heart Goes Hooray!) (2009) Dil Bole Hadippa! is a sad commercial place holder of a movie, a product of an industry that has treading water for some time, now, patiently waiting for the next big trend. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2009
57% New York (2009) A predictable, brow-furrowing drama (sadly songless except for a couple of Sunday-in-the-park montage sequences) about the effects of 9/11 (and 9/11 paranoia) on some South Asian immigrants living in New York. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2009
83% Daytime Drinking (Naj sul) (2008) The movie leaves a warm glow. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2009
No Score Yet That Game of Chess (2009) Visually, the film displays no zest or inventiveness whatsoever, though the actors manage, most of the time, to read their dialog audibly. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
60% Billu (2009) It is dedicated to the proposition that god-like celebrities are ordinary folks at heart. Groans all around. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2009
No Score Yet Polanski (Polanski Unauthorized) (2009) Though it's a near thing, the movie isn't quite bad enough to qualify as a classic tone-deaf vanity production. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009
79% Luck by Chance (2009) An enjoyable but ultimately toothless inside-Bollywood dramady. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2009
42% Chandni Chowk To China (2009) Shapeless, shameless, and slapdash. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2009
50% Ghajini (2008) Aamir Khan, a teen idol in the early '90s turned dashing romantic leading man, has for several years been Bollywood's most exportable overachiever. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2009
78% Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (A Couple Made by God) (A Match Made in Heaven) (2008) In effect, the oppressed Taani is allowed to open up but the repressed Surinder is not, which hardly seems fair. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2008
No Score Yet Waiting in Beijing (2008) The cinematic equivalent of a hopeless self-published novel. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2008
56% Fix (2009) A shakey-cam odyssey across Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Watts, with a carload of drug dealers of convenience, in which almost nothing rings true. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2008
87% Dostana (2008) A pure star vehicle, gliding along on charm and timing -- exactly the sort of comfort cinema Hollywood now seems incapable of making. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2008
No Score Yet Fashion (2008) [A] finger-wagging slog through the Mumbai high-fashion scene. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2008
24% The World Unseen (2008) Lisa Ray is a magnificent actress, but she's still waiting for her first great role. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2008
50% Roadside Romeo (2008) You'd think the free-for-all atmosphere of the best Bollywood romps would be a perfect fit in the CG realm. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2008
38% Partition (2007) Partition doesn't add many new ideas to the mix, but the deep colors and complex textures supplied by Indian-born cinematographer-turned-director Vic Sarin seem to embody the intensity of his boyhood memories. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2008
83% Nana (2005) Despite the gritty urban setting, there are episodes of Gilmore Girls that have more 'edge.' - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2008
75% Jodhaa Akbar (2008) An imperial epic of 16th-century India, realized on a suitably gargantuan scale by writer-director Ashutosh Gowariker. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2008
No Score Yet Sunday (2008) We recommend sleeping in. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2008
67% Aaja Nachle (2007) If history has taught us anything, it's that the effectiveness of a proposition such as Aaja Nachle depends almost entirely on charm. In this case, that invitation is all but irresistible. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2007
76% Om Shanti Om (2007) The team of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and A-list-choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan have pushed the Main Hoon Na gentle masala movie parody to repetitive extremes. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2007
38% Saawariya (2007) Comes this close to sweeping us off our feet. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2007
50% Laaga Chunari Mein Daag - Journey of a Woman (2007) The movie works so hard to transform its shocking subject into acceptable material for middlebrow melodrama that it never deals with it. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2007
94% Chak de! India (2007) Weaves its familiar story with some fresh textures and even manages to invest the conflict on the field with a resonance that transcends the tick-tock turnover of the numerals on the scoreboard. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2007
47% Gandhi, My Father (2007) It's a beautifully shot and staged period reconstruction, and is at times impressively acted, at least in the secondary roles. What it lacks is fresh insight. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2007
46% Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) Flirtatious repartee between glamorous stars in travel-poster international locations; a gratifyingly simple plot with puzzles and sleight-of-hand surprises; and, at regular intervals, outbursts of gaudy, energetic dancing infectiously exploding. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2007
No Score Yet Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) Shootout at Lokhandwala may still be a rush for action fans because it never slows down long enough to become even remotely boring. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007
No Score Yet Cheeni Kum (2007) The movie [is] interesting to talk about afterward, but not necessarily any more fun to watch. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2007