X: Past is Present - External Reviews

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An intriguing experiment which I would recommend you watch, even if you might not like it as much as I did.



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18 reviewers have given X: Past is Present an average rating of 1.4/5.0 (?)

3 yays
11 nays
4 so-so

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Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...The film needed somebody – perhaps one of the 11 directors-- to help give it some kind of coherence, without disturbing the style of the individual filmmaker. As it is now, the film is a disjointed mess without direction or purpose. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...What it does tear open is the question of how ethical it is for film reviewers, who are in the business of commenting on other people’s films, have the power to influence opinion about films, to occasionally cross over to the other side. There is no ban on film reviewers/critics becoming filmmakers. But let us not for a second pretend that to get these assignments their clout, access as film critics was not in play. Often there are no rules. Often it is a personal standard of ethic that we all set for ourselves. These men, sadly, set them low. ... full review

Thumbs down by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - An experiment that doesn't work. The stories are boring and don't add up to any real portrayal of a life, leave alone an interesting one. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini ...Verdict - An experiment your wallet would rather you not be a part of. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pradeep Menon, FirstPost ...The last spoken word of X: Past is Present is perhaps the most delicious treat the film has to serve. It is paradoxically both, a punch in the gut as well as a rather apt ending for the grotesque tale you’ve just witnessed. And Swara Bhaskar spices it up so very well before dishing it out. It’ll leave you staring at the screen even as the end credits roll. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ... The uniqueness of the enterprise itself is defeating. And so is Manish (Masaan) Mundhra’s championing of it. In fact the entire film plays out like a hedonistic escapade powering a g’enormous ego trip ! ... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Although it feels aimless and self-indulgent throughout the first half, X: Past Is Present finds some purpose towards the end. However, you'll have to be exceedingly forgiving to sit through the first half waiting for the movie to find itself later on. ... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Overall, this movie is like a biryani prepared by 11 cooks. You can imagine the taste if one cook has forgotten to inform the other whether he has added salt! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Skip the movie if abstract scares you, for this will not only scare but also confuse. But do watch it if the intricacies of human mind and relationships intrigue you. Must watch for those interested in the art of filmmaking or storytelling too. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...X :Past Is Present tries too hard at being modern-day filmmaking but in the lieu forgets audience’s commercial tastes. In one of the dialogues, K says that he does not believe in God but in Science. Well, God, Science and Filmmaking, all three seem to be a lost cause here. I will go with a 1.5/5 for it! ... full review

Thumbs down by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Perhaps there’ll be those who’ll find something resonant in X, who might be moved to try and figure out the time-travel business teased towards the end. Personally, I doubt I would have thought less or more of the film if K and his friend had come across the DeLorean, travelled back to the start of the film and begun their conversation again. I wouldn’t stick around for the rerun, though. If past is present, my time is all the more precious. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Kapoor plays his role quite effortlessly. Not much can be said about the women as there are too many of them and some get just about a blink-and-miss role. Huma, Swara and Radhika, however, manage to stand out. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...From the heady to the humdrum, the film drifts much like the protagonist himself, but, like him again, makes it to a reasonably meaningful destination. ... full review

So-So by Sreehari Nair, Rediff ...Mistaking carnality for sensuality, X rings as too literal-minded and too talky, with a technique that just about drains any real density or genuine playfulness that may exist beneath all the talk.... full review

Thumbs down by Raspreet Kaur Bindra, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: X Past is Present is explicitly not for the masses. Although some portions of the film are creatively directed, the film fails to execute its purpose i.e highlighting the complicated relationship of a man and a woman. The film will fall flat at the box office. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Having said that it's the women on whom the camera remains acutely focused — specially Swara Bhaskar, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi, Parno Mitra and Pooja Ruparel — who make the film much richer than it is. The mobile faces, fleeting expressions, the effortlessness and screen presence are all a winner. The film might be about a man but it belongs to its women. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mohar Basu, Times of India ...Avoid, X : Past is Present. It will fail to suit your filmi palettes and make you stay away from biryani for life with a very grotesque reference. You can do without such negativity. ... full review