X: Past is Present - External Reviews
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 (?)
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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 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 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
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