Tumbbad Movie Reviews

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Tumbbad Reviews

Ratings: 6.92/10

Score: 87%
Reviews Counted: 38
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Bollywood Hindi Movie Tumbbad Reviews and Ratings from Top Film Critics.
Director: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
Producer: Sohum Shah, Aanand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah, Amita Shah
Writer: Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 12 October 2018

Raja Sen | Hindustan Times: 3/5
Director Rahi Anil Barve’s first feature is more of a visual feast than a narrative achievement ... Full Review

Deborah Young | The Hollywood Reporter: 4/5
Atmospheric, heavy on mythology and scary as hell ... Full Review

Rachit Gupta | Times of India: 4/5
A psychological horror film with strong visuals and metaphors ... Full Review

Shubra Gupta | The Indian Express: 3.5/5
A gorgeous looking, intriguing morality tale. Debutant director Rahi Anil Barve has a distinct voice. Tumbbad is a gorgeous looking, intriguing morality tale which both entrances and repulses: it’s not something I will forget ... Full Review

Shilajit Mitra | The New Indian Express: 3/5
So entrenched is parabolic horror in our storytelling traditions that it’s a shame Hindi cinema is only just waking up to it ... Full Review

Rajeev Masand | News18: 3.5/5
Above everything else this is a wildly original film with a look and feel that is of the highest standard ... Full Review

Bollywood Hungama: 2/5
TUMBBAD rests on a unique concept but the disjointed narrative spoils the show. It’ll be a challenge for this film to impress the masses and hence struggle to do good business at the box office ... Full Review

Umesh Punwani | Koimoi: 3.5/5
Never Knew Fear Could Look So Beautiful!. Jesper Kyd’s background score is one of the best to come out of a Bollywood film ... Full Review

Namrata Joshi | The Hindu: 3.5/5
The atmosphere, landscape, and themes in ‘Tumbbad’ are accentuated by a sense of Gothic dread and an eerie expectancy of the diabolical ... Full Review

Shilpa Jamkhandikar | Reuters: 3.5/5
But the true star here is Barve, who takes what could have been a regular horror film and elevates it to another level ... Full Review

Sreehari Nair | Rediff: 2/5
What seemed missing in Tumbbad was that screwiness, that kinkiness, which shades so many of our best parables ... Full Review

Anna MM Vetticad | FirstPost: 3.5/5
Ship of Theseus team redefines horror with this genre-defying folksy fantasy flick ... Full Review

Jacob Trussell | Films School Rejects: 4/5
The strengths behind Tumbbad lie within its narrative, but that story is only supported by a structure of realism and cinematography that grounds the films heightened macabre theatricality ... Full Review

Scaries Things: 4.5/5
This is the Unicorn of International horror movies: The Great Bollywood horror film ... Full Review

Udita Jhunjhunwala | Live Mint: 4/5
A visually rich blend of fear and folklore. Tumbbad is a technically accomplished and edgy home-grown horror fantasy ... Full Review

Sanjukta Sharma | Scroll: 3.5/5
But by the end of its running time of about two hours, Tumbbad isn’t just a clever, meaning-making horror film. It is a parable in which the wrath of the tamed divine child seems weak against his unscrupulous, misogynistic, feudal opponent ... Full Review

Suparna Sharma | Deccan Chronicle: 3.5/5
Beauty and horror of imagination that stalks you gently ... Full Review

Roshan H Nair | Deccan Herald: 4/5
But Tumbbad is not just a scary movie that is not scary. It skips over cheap thrills because it aspires to break a genre that has rarely even been bended ... Full Review

Mayank Shekhar | Mid-Day: 3/5
Does the incredibly strong visual craftsmanship (rare for an Indian indie) satisfyingly guide you into a world hitherto unseen/unknown? Oh, absolutely ... Full Review

Devesh Sharma | Filmfare: 3.5/5
All-in-all, Tumbbad, as stated earlier, is a game changer not only for the horror genre but for Hindi cinema overall. Watch the film for its unique concept, spooky visuals and some superb acting ... Full Review

Anupama Chopra | Film Companion: 4/5
Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before In Hindi Cinema. Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad’s mysterious and magical movie is the most visually stunning film I’ve seen since Padmaavat ... Full Review

Rahul Desai | Film Companion: 3/5
An Original, Homegrown Bedtime Story That Places Design Over Depth. Rahi Anil Barve’s film is a richly imagined and daringly detailed fable of fantasy and horror that, at times, gets overwhelmed by the force of its own world-building ... Full Review

Madhuri | Filmi Beat: 3.5/5
Unlike a typical horror film where you have the spirit haunting the protagonist and his family, Tumbbad turns the table with Vinayak exploiting Hastar instead for his insatiable greed. That's exactly what makes the film stand out from the rest ... Full Review

Economic Times: 4/5
Film's stunning visuals make sure that your eyes never leave the screen. With ample stomach-churning moments, the film uses traditional styles of horror and gore ... Full Review

Financial Express: 4.5/5
What on earth is this? Magnificent! You’never see anything like this film again ... Full Review

Lee Marshall | Screen Daily: 2.5/5
The FX dazzle can’t paper over the cracks in a story which has begun to drag ... Full Review

Suparna Thombare | Cinestaan: 4/5
Deliciously morbid and fascinatingly metaphorical. Director Rahi Anil Barve creates a visually rich fantastical film that blends the horror, period drama and fantasy genres ... Full Review

Pavni Jain | India TV: 3/5
Tumbbad is certainly a game-changer in the horror genre. Leaving comedy-horror and supernatural thriller behind, Tumbbad is one step ahead of promising new elements for its audience ... Full Review

Vishal Verma | Glamsham: 4/5
Pathbreakingly unique & scary as hell ... Full Review

Tanul Thakur | The Wire: 2/5
'Tumbbad' Struggles to Live up to Its Cinematographic Splendour. After a point, the film's thematic and narrative emptiness begin to disappoint and you end up feeling like an unfortunate character in the movie: so close to the treasure – you can sense it, see it, admire it – yet so far ... Full Review

Daniel Goodwin | Hey U Guys: 4/5
That being of a jaunty, spooky monster movie made magical by mythology, enriched with intrigue and more mysterious than most mainstream horror ... Full Review

Trace Thurman | Bloody-Disgusting: 4/5
Tumbbad is one of the more pleasant surprises to come out of Fantastic Fest this year. With a compelling story of greed that spans more than 30 years, a memorable monster and some truly beautiful cinematography, Tumbbad is not to be missed ... Full Review

Slash Film: 3.5/5
Tumbbad bridges gaps between different worlds – India and any viewer’s homeland – through a common language: storytelling. Costumes and cityscapes may be unfamiliar, but Hastar’s terrifying chase sequences require no translation when it comes to horror appreciation ... Full Review

Baradwaj Rangan | Film Companion: 4/5
Tumbbad is about a haunted nation, possessed not by the devil but by the past. It’s been a while since something (apparently) genre-based turned out so rich and mysterious, so defiantly its own thing ... Full Review

R.M. Vijayakar | India West: 2/5
Neither Here Nor There, and Thus Not Worth Your While ... Full Review

Anton Bitel | Sci-fi Now: 4/5
A beautifully shot fairytale gothic. The Hindi-language Tumbbad is a grotesque gothic allegory of corrupting colonialism and (maybe) liberation ... Full Review

Rohit Bhatnagar | Peeping Moon: 3.5/5
Rahi Anil Barve’s direction is noticeable. He remained successful in creating the horror-adventure atmosphere throughout. His unusual storytelling is appealing especially when the plot belongs to the heartland of India ... Full Review

Meetu | Wogma: 3/5
A meaty story and a gory film which deviates from the typical possessed body horror storyline. Chills the spine as a horror film about supernatural phenomenon should even though I am not convinced horror films should be made at all ... Full Review
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