Devika Girish

Devika Girish
Tomatometer-approved critic
I am an Indian freelance film critic based in Los Angeles. I contribute regularly to Film Comment Magazine and have also written for publications such as the (erstwhile) Village Voice, Reverse Shot, MUBI? Notebook, Fandor, Vague Visages, Kinoscope, SVLLYWOOD, and Film Companion. Additionally, I edit the online arts-and-culture magazine Ampersand. I grew up in Nagpur, in central India, and moved to the U.S. to study film. My criticism is deeply influenced by my transatlantic experiences? I like to explore issues of politics, identity, and postcoloniality through my film writing. I am an alum of the 2017 NYFF Critics Academy and one of 8 critics selected for the Berlinale Talents program at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. I have also forayed into audio criticism? last December, my audio story? Demystifying Bollywood? won the L.A. Press Club? National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for soft news feature--radio.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) The film's "temblores" - Spanish for "tremors" - are emblematic of the script's preference for allusion over depth. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
61% Crown Vic (2019) A verbose, hackneyed thriller about a night in the lives of a veteran patrol officer and his trainee. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 93% Monos (2019) It is in these moments, when Monos inspires questions instead of simply withholding answers, that the film feels genuinely provocative. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) It's all a bit ludicrous, but that seems to be the very point. Late Night is a warm, winsome Hollywood comedy that proceeds along familiar lines and culminates with easily won happy endings. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Reason (2018) His film is partly an archive and partly an argument-both of which are essential in a country where history and free speech are under increasing attack. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
97% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border is less invested in glib symbolism or political commentary than in the specific, felt experience of being adrift between social boundaries and categories. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
88% A Whale of a Tale (2018) Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker captures the emotional caprices of her characters with thrilling immediacy, allowing her sociopolitical commentary to trickle in through background details. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
95% Who We Are Now (2018) While Nicholson's onscreen, it's impossible to pay heed to anything but her. She scorches the film with her barely bottled ferocity and vulnerability. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
96% Zama (2018) Even as Martel steeps the film deep within Zama's perspective, she observes his tortuous male pathos with the critical distance of a female gaze. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3.5/5 70% Gemini (2018) Although rife with wry nods to familiar tropes and meta-commentary on the making of mysteries, Gemini is not so much an ironic perversion of the genre as a woozy, Instagram-y evocation. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
88% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) A thoughtful reflection on the sociopolitical narratives (and myths) of contemporary, crisis-ridden France. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) For all its bluntness, The Insult confronts us with the true complexity of the Middle Eastern conflict and the ways in which war obliterates the ideas of victimhood and responsibility, rendering the justice system farcically inadequate. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismäki's unworldly drollery ... feels like it's from another time-until it's ruptured by the shocking contemporaneity of the global refugee crisis against which the movie is set. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) A Spielberg-Nolan lovechild of sorts, wondrous and mind-bending in equal parts, Denis Villeneuve's latest is a quintessential science-fiction blockbuster steeped in genre traditions and made singular by Amy Adams's transporting performance. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017