Bedatri D. Choudhury Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Be Water (2020) Be Water brings together a wide range of people to build a memorial to a man whose legacy is not limited to his tragically short screen career. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Ultimately, Fennell's debut is a noble effort weakened by a short-sighted adherence to old ideas of crime and punishment. ‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) It visibilizes the history of one of the most invisibilized communities in this country.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
100% The Fight (2020) The Fight does the work of uncovering the human faces and the immense emotional and intellectual labor that make up the organization.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) A Thousand Cuts tells familiar stories of how governments overrun or deceive their to serve racist, misogynist, and imperialist ideals. But the story never ends there.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Josephine Decker echoes Cixous's call for écriture féminine, a kind of feminist authorship that instates the power women have historically been denied, wherein they use their bodies to write themselves into the social fabric.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Miss Juneteenth is a rare film that unpacks a lot about being a Black woman in America today. It manages to both find pride in the legacy it examines while also pointing out where reinvention is needed. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
85% I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2020) I Was at Home, But tests its audience and never tells them if they're right, and therein lies the challenge. The point is not to "get" the film but to have thought about it and come up with a whole array of personal truths. ‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
79% Downtown 81 (2001) It's perhaps not a magical portal but an always-open, inviting one that promises a journey to a lost city of artists and roadside fairies where Basquiat sits on a chair, drawing on Man Ray portraits with a Sharpie.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (2019) The film brings us stories of resistance and revolution from Black America, thereby filling up the huge gaping holes that exist in Hollywood narratives of Victor Green's radical travel guide.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
92% The Last Resort (2018) The Last Resort resurrects Miami as an artistic muse, bringing together authors, artists, and filmmakers who grew up in Miami of the 1970s, and listens to them as they recount their childhoods and the art it has inspired.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
94% Kusama: Infinity (2018) It obviously tells the story of her life, but also goes beyond the biographical timelines to peek into the real person behind the woman who sits facing the camera in a bright red polka dotted dress with a shock of red hair.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
63% American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2020) American Trial and its portrayal of the broken American legal system seems so real that it doesn't just convey Snipe Garner's helplessness but also amplifies it. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's simultaneously a basic filmmaking class and a poignant look at art as a form of autobiography.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
100% Chained for Life (2019) It is an investigation into how history in general, and film history specifically, has perceived people with disfigurements, all done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward political correctness, but also genuine heart.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang's One Child Nation unpacks the history and brutal effects of a policy that dominated a population.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
100% Decade of Fire (2019) At least 150,000 people were displaced from the South Bronx throughout the '70s, and this film is a counter-history lesson to help prevent such a thing from happening again.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
87% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Aamis is a masterfully told macabre romance, strongly influenced by Nagisa Oshima and Wong Kar-wai. ‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) While Springsteen takes the American dream and helps everyone navigate through its dismantling, Gurinder Chadha packs it all up with Blinded by the Light and makes it speak to an entirely different country and a whole new generation.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) [3 Faces] is a more meditative reflection on women's relationships to art, work, and labor under Iran's orthodox societal norms and beliefs.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Aretha Franklin could sing anything and, in the true way of mystics, could sing of a love which melts the boundaries between a religious love and a romantic one.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) A painstakingly recorded, patient document of the immense pain, faith, and joy that accompanies the birth of a baby, a dream, and a nation. May they all thrive.‐ Screen Slate
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
No Score Yet Spell Reel (2017) Spell Reel is a diligent and painstaking recording of the processes of excavating, restoring and exploring the after-lives of the films of Guinea-Bissau.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
92% Dazed and Confused (1993) It is a nostalgia film and a coming-of-age film. In some ways, it is every Bildungsroman and in some ways, it is like no other. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
100% Personal Problems (1980) One doesn't quite watch Personal Problems for its technical superiority, one watches it for the problems that still persist, to draw a line of legacy for A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther and Mudbound that have been made‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
No Score Yet Unishe April (19th April) (1994) The story of a regular daughter and her successful mother that is told compellingly and immersively, and without a hint of mansplaining.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
No Score Yet Pahuna: The Little Visitors (2017) At a deeper level, for us adults, Pahuna is a reality check, a question we are uncomfortable answering. It asks us and our governments about the world we are leaving behind for the future generations.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet Half Widow (2017) This is the story of a woman who takes small steps into becoming as limitless and boundless as her name and favourite color. Blue. Neela.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
No Score Yet Long Live Brij Mohan (2018) Long Live Brij Mohan! is a film that doesn't allow the viewer to take sides - it doesn't have an easy plot that makes it clear who is a good guy and who is a bad guy. ‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
67% Ribbon (2016) Ribbon and its smallness (and everydayness) is not just a refreshing break but an extremely well-timed breaking of the mold.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
71% The Hungry (2017) Though the screenplay loses its tautness from time to time, The Hungry still makes for an engrossing watch and serves as an extremely promising feature debut from Chatterjee.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
No Score Yet Juze (JuJe) (2017) Juze tells the story of an India we don't often see in films, but an India that hurts, suffers and yet revolts and thrives.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
67% Omertà (2018) Sadly, Omerta ends up being a rather flat narrative, clinical in its depiction of events most people are aware of through news reports.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures inspires hope; not only because the scenes that show the lone woman in heels standing amidst a sea of black ties, not just because the women running their chalks over blackboards to solve equation after equation...‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
98% Moonlight (2016) In times of Ferguson, in the times that Eric Garner lived, it is radical to see Moonlight's Chiron still have enough love to give to Kevin. ‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
92% Badhaai Ho (2018) It brings with itself an assurance that a good film with a good story told convincingly will always find its takers.‐ Forbes
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Non-Fiction is definitely one of the more chattier Assayas films, and it is dotted with his amazing sense of humour.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
80% Nude (2017) Nude, emerging from western-Indian regional Maharashtrian cinema, is a beacon of radical hope.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Garrel's second feature film as a director is as delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet and delectable.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
74% Papi Chulo (2019) Apart from fantastic performances from its cast, especially Bomer and Patiño, Papi Chulo's biggest strength is the subtlety and grace with which it deals with the wide cross-section of issues it touches upon.‐ Vague Visages
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
95% Chavela (2017) Watching Chavela Vargas sing is like watching rain clouds gather against a hill; she appears onstage, takes to the mic, and sings in her husky tenor. The pain in her songs plays out through the twitch of an eyebrow...‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
94% RBG (2018) Feminism is not a fad, and the Notorious RBG continues to be in the fight for the long haul.‐ Bitch Media
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
98% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Goldsworthy's art is driven by an awareness of instability and mortality, which makes it a profound celebration of the present, of life. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
82% Love, Cecil (2018) Vreeland makes a concerted effort to probe beyond the Cecil Beaton the world knows.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Over and over again, Nicchiarelli's film advocates for a recognition of Nico that goes beyond her stint as a singer for The Velvet Underground. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
88% Walking on Water (2019) Watching the eccentric luddite Christo bringing the installation to life is like watching a magician perform a drawn-out magic trick. ‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
89% Jay Myself (2019) We witness not just an artist anxious about his uprooting, but also the anxiety of a city as it changes beyond recognition.‐ Hyperallergic
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
B 94% Newton (2017) Newton is a political film, but it is also a very witty. So there is no lecturing, no overt sloganeering, but only a very wry, ironical take on the way things function in India.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
C 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) When the project finally manages to achieve the numbers it had set out to achieve, it is obsolete and one is left wondering at the massive waste of time, energy, and money the film centers itself around.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
C+ 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is a great crowd pleaser but with a dangerously myopic narrative that, even with its flaws, serves a fitting tribute to the resilience of the people who lived and died through the terror attacks of 2008...‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019