Udita Jhunjhunwala

Udita Jhunjhunwala
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 33% Prassthanam (2019) Structured like a Shakespearean tragedy, Prassthanam is built on countless conflicts, awash with textbook characters and dated in its story-telling. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 70% Section 375 (2019) The cinematography and editing serve to keep Section 375 moody and moving at a decent pace. With Gupta's fine writing, Section 375 does not take a shrill, moralistic stand. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
58% Chhichhore (2019) The humour in Chhichhore is so organic that one can forgive the film's contrivances. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The unimaginative script matches the uninspired action scenes, which are worsened by shabby computer graphics. The laziness of this franchise is apparent in the third part... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 36% Batla House (2019) Batla House feels burdened by its patriotic ambitions and by repetition. - Firstpost EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
13% Raabta (2017) This reincarnation drama with convenient plot-points doesn't quite come together. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet Sonata (2017) Sadly, the theatricality of the piece has not transitioned smoothly to screen. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Designed to appeal to their enormous fan base, the makers clearly have every intention of going out at full throttle. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
22% Naam Shabana (2017) Much more effort has gone into creating an authentic milieu than crafting an engaging character study in the foreground. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
48% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) Not even Jackie Chan can save this ill-advised mash-up. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) The plot is as flimsy as the garments on the beauties. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
11% Shivaay (2016) Devgn has clearly put time and effort into his direction, but appears to have put less into his performance. Neither makes the grade. And let's face it, there can only be one Liam Neeson. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
25% Housefull 3 (2016) The brand of humour aligns with previous Housefull films, with a few funny gags but mostly stupid ones. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
28% Warcraft (2016) It's hard to tell one growling, sabre-toothed orc apart from another. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) The film misses Burton's odd charm, is largely devoid of humour and, in spite of Hathaway, Depp and Bonham Carter, is mostly a waste of time. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
58% Money Monster (2016) Foster deftly handles tonal shifts between humour, satire and comment to deliver a timely and thrilling entertainer. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
56% Laal Rang (2016) The Haryanvi dialect (I often wished for subtitles), production design and locations add to the authenticity. Sadly, the script takes its time setting up the tension and conflict... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
62% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) The Man Who Knew Infinity is moving, but not as compelling as the real life story of the genius it celebrates. The definitive film on Ramanujan remains to be made... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
40% Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016) This sequel fumbles on all the fronts on which the original succeeded... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The series has seen a steady decline from the surprisingly palatable opener, Divergent, with its political metaphors so smoothly handled. It became clunkier with subsequent chapters... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
60% Joy (2015) This optimistic, often amusing story is a Lawrence show all the way as she flies the flag for feminism, entrepreneurship and family without missing a beat. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 (2016) There is a serious drought of energy and jokes in this script (by Milap Zaveri and Mushtaq Sheikh), particularly considering that the characters talk non-stop. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
71% Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Astérix: Le domaine des dieux) (2014) Originally in French, dubbed in English, this action adventure touches on social issues such as environmental degradation, modernization, materialism and classism with a light, satirical touch. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
67% Ghayal Once Again (2016) Deol is sincere and still evokes whistles when he lets loose his right hook. Fans of the Deol brand of action won't be disappointed. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
36% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) It would have been nice to have some fresh insight into what goes on behind the scenes during an election campaign. This crisis does not convert into an opportunity. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
22% Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015) You really have to ask yourself about the maturity of the scriptwriters who have clearly given vent to their misogyny through this immature sequel to the 2011 film. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
44% Singh Is Bliing (2015) With its lame script and tiresome gags, you'll forget Singh Is Bliing within seconds of leaving the cinema. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
72% He Named Me Malala (2015) Malala is highly confident, well spoken yet cheeky, and the story is powerful and inspiring. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Kaun Kitney Paani Mein (2015) The film, with sharp dialogues by Rahul Singh, cleverly touches on issues of caste, scarcity and environmental conservation. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
44% She's Funny That Way (2015) A light and likeable screwball comedy with a stellar ensemble cast. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
89% Mr. Holmes (2015) Suspense and sleuthing are a backstory to this elegant tale of regret, rectification and humility. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
16% Pixels (2015) The film catalogues the worst set of performances seen in a while, particularly Dinklage's accent and Gad's pubescent antics. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
40% Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File (2015) The depiction of Gour Hari's life is more compelling on paper than film... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
92% The Gift (2015) The violence is always emotional and psychological, not bloody and physical, which makes The Gift that much more disconcerting. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
50% Tomorrowland (2015) A futuristic Disney fantasy in a choppy and tiresome narrative. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
56% The Age of Adaline (2015) The unhurried storytelling matches Adaline's endless life, making this a respectable date movie. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
72% The DUFF (2015) While director Ari Sandel's adaptation is devoid of any surprises and spells out every thought and action, it does finally deliver a worthy message. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
33% Entourage (2015) The TV series was cheeky, witty, outrageous, over-the-top and entertaining. While the film has dashes of that, yet it feels like a haughty 104-minute-long episode with watered down wit and not enough Ari-isms. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) The British actors hold things together, adding charm, sparkle and mischief to a script that pales in comparison to the original. The title seems to prepare you for that anyway. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
25% Broken Horses (2015) The performances are mediocre, with D'Onofrio coming across as comically theatrical. Yelchin as Jakey is comatose. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
61% The Water Diviner (2015) While Crowe the actor has impressive screen presence and conveys grief with subtlety, Crowe the director errs on the side of caution in this conservatively directed feature, which splutters along... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
No Score Yet Fireflies (2011) The pace can be quite taxing as you wonder when he will reveal the point of his study of human relationships, fettered emotions, and final resolution... - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) It's hard not to want to avert your eyes and that makes up, marginally, for the otherwise clichéd screenplay. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
65% The Maze Runner (2014) As director Wes Ball builds the eeriness around the complex entrapment of a community of boys living a Lord Of The Flies type existence, he is ably aided by imaginative and well-executed production design and special effects. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) The "heroes in a half shell" are back, except this time producer Michael Bay slaps on his style of action and over-dependence on CGI, or computer-generated imagery. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
57% Hercules (2014) The battle scenes between rival armies are ambitious and long, with a body count to rival 300, but Ratner's unremarkable direction offers no surprises. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
42% Divergent (2014) This is a rite-of-passage film, with action, romance and self-realization woven in. But unlike some others of this genre, Divergent is thought-provoking teen sci-fi. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
65% Million Dollar Arm (2014) The pace slackens when the location shifts to LA but the performances and the gentle hand with which the subject is directed keep you interested. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
50% Carrie (2013) Moretz plays Carrie as either a constantly petrified, meek outcast or a grimacing destroyer. Peirce fails to build a connection between audience and protagonist. - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
68% Men in Black III (2012) MIB3 is entertaining but forgettable, even without a neuralizer! - Livemint EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019