Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Indian Express

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 44% Mardaani 2 (2019) The other problem, which is much more in our face, is the hammer-it-in approach when it comes to descriptions of 'mard' and 'aurat...' - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/5 55% Panipat (2019) ...did Panipat, which clocks in nearly three hours run time, need to be quite such a drudge? - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 36% Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019) If only this new triangle had made more of Vedika's spunk, and Tapasya's spirit, it would have been a much more interesting take on contemporary marriages and more... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 86% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, Aamis is an unusual, brilliant film, and Bhaskar Hazarika one of India's most gifted filmmakers. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 82% Bala (2019) Bala is an achievement. He's perfected the art of playing people who are not instantly likeable, and he works the characters' kinks to the point where we can see them, and yet sympathise. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
1/5 17% Ujda Chaman (2019) If the point of the film is to tell us that external appearances have nothing to do with our inner selves, it needed to have done it better. Much, much better. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
40% Housefull 4 (2019) The Akshay Kumar starrer offers nothing that makes sense. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 33% Made In China (2019) The initial bits keep up the light tone and there are some laughs to be had, but all too soon, as it happens so often in Bollywood, everything goes limp. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 50% Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar's body language is wrong. Their faces are made old by latex, but their hands and necks are young. Crucially, at no point do they make us suspend disbelief. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
1.5/5 13% Laal Kaptaan (2019) There are flashes when you feel the film will finally say something important, but then it lapses back into stodgy set-pieces which go on and on. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) The sky can indeed be any colour you want, there's lovely whimsy in the title. It needed to have seeped into the film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 73% War (2019) All the space is gobbled up by Hrithik and Tiger, and they are so busy strutting across the screen, in all their glory, so ripped, so brawny, that the poor baddies don't really get a chance. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 50% Dream Girl (2019) Dream Girl starts to swing uneasily between smut and sentiment. And then it takes refuge in what comes easiest-tastelessness. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/5 45% The Zoya Factor (2019) For a rom-com which needs to be light on its feet, hitting fours and sixes as it goes along, the writing is not as supple as it should have been. Too many slog overs here. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019) The scenery is spectacular, but the humans are plain annoying. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/5 33% Prassthanam (2019) Those who know these films can predict exactly what happened in the distant past that Singh doesn't talk about, but the film has enough meat on its bones to keep us chewing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) Gavron films with authenticity and empathy. We see this bunch of young women as they see themselves-dealing with teenage insecurities, and other messy details of home and school. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Jallikattu (2019) The control the director displays as the film races along... Jallikattu is exhilarating, and I am still all shook up, a few hours after the standing-ovation gala screening. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
86% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) The Long Walk is a tough, demanding film, and reveals its rewards slowly. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is many things rolled into one: a sharply observed satire, black comedy, thriller, tragedy. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) The Father, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, takes refuge in the absurd, and making us laugh through sheer exasperation. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
85% Waves (2019) For the most part, Waves is wonderful, the camera hovering literally a few inches away from the faces, each blemish and frown and smile and tear in sharp focus. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A film like this can turn into an unbearably soppy four-hankies tale. But it is to Heller's credit that she keeps the sentimentality in check even though I confess to wet eyes in a few places. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Bawdy, lusty and in your face... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) To show a marriage going off the rails can be the most banal thing in the world, but the writing is sharp and smart, and in many places we see the little things that make a couple that special unit. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) ...the idea of the film really is have a blast in giving us an old-fashioned murder mystery solved in the most old-fashioned way - through the use of the old grey cells. Poirot would approve. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) It's not just journalists, especially print warhorses, who will enjoy this account, but also the others who have no idea what it takes to be a newsperson who has dedicated his or her life to the reporting of truth as they see it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) Though a bit all over the place, there is no doubt that we are in the presence of a major filmmaker, giving us the sights and sounds - lush, drenched in desire, and a couple of blow-your-socks-off-sequences-of-carnal-pleasure - which are stayers. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) Dogs Don't Wear Pants is more interested in using pain and humiliation as a means to explore the innards of the human psyche... - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/5 36% Batla House (2019) John Abraham is strictly one-note, which may be how dour cops are meant to come off, but it becomes same-same in a screenplay stretched to show off a well-muscled chest. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/5 62% Mission Mangal (2019) The human interactions are the best part of the film. The downer comes from the science bits, clearly crafted for dummies. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Jabariya Jodi (2019) From start to finish, there's isn't a single shred of conviction on display. The result is a confused, unpleasing, long-drawn mess, which the viewers will 'jabariya' have to sit through. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 27% Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) If you are making a film that hoists a flag for a strong feminist ideal, then don't waver, and confuse it with stuffing the film with too many issues. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Vip 2 (Lalkar)(hindi) (2017) Going by VIP 2, let me tell you, it can get pretty terrible. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 20% Sniff!!! (2017) Sniff is all heart, but neither sharp nor magical enough. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 44% Babumoshai Bandookbaaz (2016) The squelchy pulp fiction aspect, and the attempts at black comedy are not quite enough to make this a film on its own. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.0/5.0 40% A Gentleman (2017) And while we are fully O-ding on the eye-candy on display, we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1.5/5 17% Qaidi Band (2017) The actors all do their job, but the film is so careful to be prison lite that nothing seems real: even the dust of the prison grounds is air-brushed. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
63% Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) (2017) Overall this comedy of middle-class-Dilli-manners-and-mores suffers from a sit-com flatness, and a sagging climax. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) The trouble with this film is that quite soon it chickens out. From a comedy with a strong 'social' component which could have been a barrel of meaningful laughs, it turns into a soppy melodrama. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Baadshaho (2017) The film comes off as old wine, in a not very new bottle, which we have to sip for over 2.5 hours. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/5 50% Daddy (2017) I ended up drinking in every single frame, and searching for a full film. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
0.5/5 33% Poster Boys (2017) In the hands of a skilled director, this could turn into a running joke in a flavoursome comedy of manners. Except Poster Boys turns the joke on the audience: we are the ones who feel like fleeing. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 64% Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) Once I began seeing it as the murmurings of a different mind, I bought it as a caper, as burlesque, where nothing is as it is. I had problems with some of it, but I really liked the rest of it. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Sameer (2017) Worthy attempt, but the raw edges show. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 70% Simran (2017) Kangana [Ranaut] keeps us watching. With her plain unvarnished face, and mobile features, she comes across as a real, solid, complex woman, someone you can reach out and touch. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 40% Lucknow Central (2017) It is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling. When it is not that, then we find our fine conspirators being much too dramatic. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 94% Newton (2017) Except for momentary descent into needless cliche, and a couple of flat notes, Newton stays firmly on course. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 44% Bhoomi (2017) Bhoomi is, mostly, disturbingly voyeuristic - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Haseena (Haseena: The Queen Of Mumbai)(haseena Parkar) (2017) This could have been a deeply interesting sketch of a woman who is clearly capable of being much more than she started out with. But Haseena Parkar offers no such insight. - The Indian Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019