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 Review
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 93% 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 59% 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 72% 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 65% 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 48% 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 26% 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
4/5 88% Fyre (2019) There is emptiness in this culture, and some might find it troubling. But behind its slick thrills, Fyre burns with surprising insight. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Bruce Willis, once the biggest movie star on the planet, has been made to surrender top-billing, and Shyamalan, once the path-breaking genius, is now offering meta-commentary on not only comic books and comic book culture, but also, strangely, his career. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Widows may appear to be dressed for a funeral, but peel back the layers and more shall be revealed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) As strange as it may sound, Clint Eastwood is trying, through his movies, to become a better person. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
3.5/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) For a series that was on the verge of being dismantled and sold for scraps, much like Bumblebee, it has found a saviour. Travis Knight has lived up to his name. The Transformers can wear his shiny armour. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) A spoonful of Emily Blunt makes the mediocrity go down. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet In the world of Black Mirror, we're all pawns of Charlie Brooker, falsely made to believe that life has meaning and happiness (in case you haven't yet noticed) is often an unattainable fantasy. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
3.5/5 62% Bird Box (2018) For all its taut thrills and ambitious ideas, Bird Box traps itself into the same cage that ensnared other high-concept sci-fi thrillers such as the forgotten Nicolas Cage movie, Knowing, and even the recent Alex Garland film, Annihilation. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) There isn't much talking in Roma, nor are there many close-ups of the characters - faces and words are forgotten as time passes; and Alfonso Cuaron wants his film to feel like a half-remembered dream, washed away by the tide of time. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It's equal parts Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones; like Black Panther told from Killmonger's perspective. It isn't as polished as Wonder Woman, but neither is it as putrid as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) It's like Snowpiercer for kids - set inside a closed society that acts as a microcosm of our world, and its people. It's like Titanic - a story about the fragile nature of human hubris. But above all, it's a fun time at the movies. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli feels like it has arrived at least five years too late, what with its unmistakable post-Dark Knight vibe. But like its relegation to Netflix, these are merely external factors that have impeded the progress (and progressiveness) of this film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Rajma Chawal (2018) Rajma Chawal does a far more commendable job of capturing the wicked passion of Delhi than most films, but it can't capture the passion of its people. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) If Creed was almost as good as Rocky, Creed II is almost as good as Creed. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Robin Hood is beyond saving. Not because it reeks of cynicism - it does - but because it felt that it could get away with this; and that is unforgivable. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Gone is the vulnerability that Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara brought to the character - easily one of the 21st century's most admired feminist heroines - and gone is the cultural subtext that David Fincher buried beneath his icy version. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Each story feels unique, yet cut from the same cloth. Here are six tales from the American Frontier, six tales of violence and vengeance, irony and existence, survival and betrayal. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is at once dense with lore, yet strangely lean on plot. It can't seem to make up its mind if wants to be a Fantastic Beasts sequel or a Harry Potter prequel. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Is deifying such a radical nationalist a wise thing to do in this day and age? Who knows? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) It might be the first film since Star Wars: The Force Awakens that somehow combines everything that is wrong with Hollywood - sequels, remakes, reboots - into one miraculous anomaly. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 78% Apostle (2018) This isn't to say that Apostle is a flawless victory - far from it, in fact - but it's a worthy (and necessary) stepping stone for a filmmaker who will only move up the ranks in the years to come. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) At three films old now - everyone has decided (incorrectly but conveniently) that he made his debut with Whiplash - director Damien Chazelle's obsession with obsession is taking shape. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 80% 22 July (2018) Director Paul Greengrass steps away from Jason Bourne and returns to his roots with a harrowing real-life account of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/5 29% Venom (2018) Tom Hardy delivers a bravura one-man show in this poisonously drab Spider-Man spin-off. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Watching its characters, Steve Rogers' quip instantly comes to mind: "Take away the money, what are you?" Unfortunately for Crazy Rich Asians, it has neither the wit nor the likability of Tony Stark. Instead, it drawls like Bruce Wayne, "I'm rich." - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 71% Hold the Dark (2018) From its very first scenes, Hold the Dark latches onto your neck and drags you, despite your protests, to where it wants you. And in its final moments, it goes in for the kill. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
4/5 92% Village Rockstars (2017) More than Terrence Malick and the existential poetry of his films, Village Rockstars' closest cinematic cousins are Benh Zeitlin's 2012 fable about climate change, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Sean Baker's 2017 masterpiece, The Florida Project. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The kindest thing that can be said about Johnny English Strikes Again is that it clocks in at 89 minutes - 80, if you scarper before the end credits. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 32% The Predator (2018) As you'd imagine, no one with more than one X chromosome is welcome to this party. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) Stop me if you've heard this one before. A priest, a nun and a village idiot walk into a haunted monastery... - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 91% Searching (2018) Searching is more than just an empty stylistic exercise. Beneath the cool techno thrills, there is a beating heart. It's one of the best and most innovative thrillers of the year. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
0.5/5 10% Satyameva Jayate (2018) Satyameva Jayate is near-unwatchable. It is a torturous experience; a deeply irresponsible, phony and tone-deaf waste of time, a shameful low for everyone involved. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Long Live Brij Mohan (2018) Every performance, for some reason, is childishly loud, as if delivered by five-year-olds made to look like adults. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 71% Karwaan (2018) Karwaan is a bittersweet, tender and hilarious road trip film about life and death, fathers and their children; featuring three empathetic central performances by Irrfan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The Equalizer films don't exactly push him beyond his comfort zone. But they celebrate the icon that Denzel is. They play on his persona, they savour his looming presence, and they give him more to chew on than similar films would. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/5 45% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) The Devil and Father Amorth is more than just a schlocky oddity, it's a fascinating exploration of the human brain and the power of religion. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible - Fallout has some of the most stunning action ever put on film - Nolanesque in tone, paced like a bullet, and breathtaking in IMAX. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Perhaps save this one for when you're feeling sorry for yourself with a bucket of ice cream and a bag of cholesterol in front of you? - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper has some of the nuttiest moments of any Rock movie, and this is including the muscle-flex-plaster-break from Furious 7, getting flipped off by a giant gorilla in Rampage, and racing a nuclear missile in Fate of the Furious. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 11% Siberia (2018) It almost gives the impression that a well-meaning team went out into the wilderness to make a movie about the titular Russian frontier town, and came back with approximately four-fifths of what they needed to cut together a workable film. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Barely an hour has passed since I saw it, and it has already been reduced to dust in my memory. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's about dictatorship and Nazis and the Holocaust. It's the most distressing film Wes Anderson has ever made. - Hindustan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018