Rohan Naahar

Rohan Naahar
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am based out of New Delhi, India. I have been reviewing films and TV for close to three years for the Hindustan Times, one of the largest English news outlets in India. In these three years, I have written over 250 reviews, having made an attempt to cover films and shows that normally would not have been given much of a spotlight in my country.
Publications: Hindustan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Ready or Not (2019) Funnier than most comedies and scarily thought-provoking when it needs to be, Ready or Not is a sneaky little surprise. It establishes Samara Weaving not only as a scream queen for a new generation, but also, in my opinion, a star. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed Khan is not only a beacon for representation - for South Asians and Muslims and immigrants - but also for a different kind of male movie 'hero'. He cries; he runs away from fights; he is a poet and a gentleman. We could do with more like him. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) Unbearably long yet brimming with ambition, It Chapter Two is a film that seems constantly at odds with itself - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1.5/5 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The film is a testament to the depressing reality that no matter how amazing an original idea might be, Hollywood will always roll its eyes back in ecstasy at the slightest whiff of a franchise, no matter how poorly conceived. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
1/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Featherbrained foolishness; spare your kids. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) The film's lean and mean plot could easily inspire one of those popular 'Florida Man' headlines, because like most good horror pictures, it begins with an act of blinding stupidity. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
1/5 21% The Kitchen (2019) I'm convinced it exists only because Warner Bros had already invested in erecting '70s era New York sets for their Joker movie. So, 'screw it', they thought, and to maximise returns decided to allow director Andrea Berloff to film during off hours. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Ironically for a film about the movies, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is far less kind to historical figures as it is to fictional characters such as Rick and Cliff. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 81% Brexit (2019) Whether or not if any of this is true is beyond me, but there is something distressingly cynical about the story, which is perhaps fitting for the times we live in. Cummings could have chosen either side, but he made a decision, didn't he? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's one thing for huge movie stars to tailor a film around themselves, but it's a whole new thing if that movie star essentially hijacks a pre-established (and universally beloved) franchise without honouring its legacy in any meaningful way. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
1.5/5 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Raff, despite his noble intentions, paints his film, ever so lightly, with the brush of propaganda. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The new Lion King is like a deeply triggering and very expensive episode of Planet Earth narrated by Childish Gambino, here to traumatise a whole new generation of viewers. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) The lead character didn't have to be brown. Danny Boyle simply hired the best man for the role, and not, as history has conditioned us into expecting, the best white man for the role. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A passable postscript to Avengers Endgame, but a marvellous ode to Tony Stark. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
2.5/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is neither here nor there - too generic for hardcore horror fans to enjoy, and desperately lacking in jump scares, which is sure to dissatisfy longtime fans of the franchise. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It is at this point that we must ask ourselves, how much of a good thing is too much? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) Like its hero, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir's intentions are pure, but it is, in its heart of hearts, far too reliant on the same old tricks, always on the lookout for the next chump to con. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) MiB: International is like going to a famous chef's restaurant, and learning that they died, years ago. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) The benefits of saving humanity are debatable, but with artificial intelligence capable of birthing children in the future, is there any point in preserving men? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
1.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It made me wish for the days of Bryan Singer, and that's unforgivable. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 20% Chopsticks (2019) Like the inconvenient cutlery it is named after, there's little reason to try it if there are alternatives to be found. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe, the latest and best film in Netflix's Summer of Love (2019 edition), is excessively dedicated to the rules of rom-coms, but it is also quietly effective, and empowering in subtle and smart ways. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4.5/5 72% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is precisely the sort of gem that gets lost in the interminable glut of mediocrity these days. We will watch what we are told to watch - either by corporations or by algorithms. I am neither. So, please watch The Perfection. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Despite being one of the most unambitious tentpole films of the year, the live-action Aladdin is - by far - the oddest movie that director Guy Ritchie has ever made. And remember, he once made a rom-com for his ex-wife Madonna. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) If you're looking for films in which a superpowered child grows up to become a moody murderer, you're better off watching Looper, or, heck, even Man of Steel. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) As hyper-stylised Neo-noir action threequels go, it's damn near a masterpiece - breathtakingly beautiful to look at, mythologically dense, and featuring the best action set pieces since Mission: Impossible - Fallout. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It cured me of my millennial depression. It also advised me on where to invest my savings and made me a nice dinner. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Director Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake, has so little to do with the original Dario Argento classic that it might as well drop the title and take its chances with a lawsuit. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite being the longest superhero film in history, and the longest film in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame is paced like Quicksilver on crack cocaine. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Until such time as this series starts investing in good scripts, it might as well surrender itself to creepy dolls or slender men or weeping women - whichever seems hungriest at that particular moment. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 76% Guava Island (2019) Unexpectedly but appropriately, Guava Island is a companion piece to Jordan Peele's recent horror picture, Us - dense with symbolism and metaphor. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
0.5/5 17% Hellboy (2019) May it rot in hell. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) There were times during the film that I feared I was watching something like Werner Herzog's pathbreaking Grizzly Man. But Free Solo has none of that film's nihilism, although Alex Honnold in many ways is a Herzogian hero. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 78% The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018) If you knew where a bag worth $2 million was buried, would you go looking for it? That's the moral dilemma that the new Netflix documentary, The Legend of Cocaine Island, throws at you, while it tells the story of the one man who actually did. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 91% Shazam! (2019) As the troubled DC Extended Universe finally finds its footing, after a quick sprint along no man's land and a dip in the ocean, it finds itself in an odd situation - emerging, as it were, from an abusive past, determined to reignite its passion for life. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 56% The Highwaymen (2019) In an age when there's daily discourse on police brutality and mass shootings, the Highwaymen decides that now is the best time to tell the story of a couple of policemen who emptied 130 rounds into two twenty-somethings. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4.5/5 93% Us (2019) It's part home invasion thriller, part body swap drama, part Ira Levin-esque psychological satire. Peele's second film is a bolder artistic statement than Get Out, and one of the finest examples of untethered (forgive the pun) studio filmmaking. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Dear Dreamworks, please don't make another. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) The element of surprise has largely disappeared from modern mainstream moviemaking. And one of Triple Frontier's greatest accomplishments is how confidently it topples the expectations of a wary and weathered audience. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Unfortunately, Captain Marvel, for lack of a better description, is just another Marvel movie - set to a robotic, unmemorable score; deeply reliant on old tropes; and featuring yet another underwhelming villain. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Ever wondered what Yorgos Lanthimos' version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians would look like? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It isn't the kind of film you'd want to introduce to your parents, but it's a perfectly acceptable fling - the sort of movie that bumps into you on a busy street, offers a sheepish apology, asks you out for coffee and promptly disappears from your life. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 85% The Wife (2018) The Wife might be the greatest film of the post #MeToo era. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 92% High Flying Bird (2019) Steven Soderbergh shot most of High Flying Bird on iPhones. I wouldn't be able to write this review on one. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) If there's one thing we should have learnt by now, it is that we can never count James Cameron out. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is both a parable on the emptiness of revenge and a snarky takedown of the sort of movies Neeson has been making for the last decade. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) "A bad review is better than sinking into the great glut of anonymity," Jake Gyllenhaal's character says in Velvet Buzzsaw. There's an element of truth in that. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
2.5/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is a handsome film, dressed to the nines in distracting costumes, which, once removed reveal a rather skeletal screenplay. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 50% Escape Room (2019) It has the Kafkaesque set-up of Vincenzo Natali's Cube, the claustrophobia of the M Night Shyamalan-produced Agatha Christie reimagining, Devil, and the ambition of a rejected Black Mirror episode. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
1/5 20% Polar (2019) Polar is painful to watch, and not just in the many scenes of cruel torture that it revels in. Its disrespect for the audience can only be rivalled by its disrespect for women. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019