Top Critic Rated Malayalam Movies of 2023

Kaathal - The Core (MALAYALAM)
Mammootty , Jyothika , Joji John Jisshu Sengupta
Director: Jeo Baby
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Jeo Baby-directed film turns over a new leaf by depicting sexuality and its aftermath in one's family life. With its simplicity in narration and elegance in treatment, the film needles an astounding and effective emotional revelation while unfolding the mental trauma of a couple. Read Review
Aayirathonnu Nunakal (MALAYALAM)
Vishnu Agasthya , Remya Suresh , Shamla Hamza Niiniin Kassim
Director: Thamar K.V
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Director Thamar strikes narrative gold in his first full-length feature film, about how married couples keep skeletons in their closet. Read Review
Adrishya Jalakangal (MALAYALAM)
Tovino Thomas , Nimisha Sajayan , Indrans Vettukili Prakash
Director: Dr.Bijukumar Damodharan
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In a surrealistic premise with relatable events, this film explores ordinary lives snuffed out by the vicious hands of injustice and fascism. The grave plot has been aesthetically spread out to depict the mayhem in modern social life. Read Review
The Face of the Faceless (MALAYALAM)
Vincy Aloshious , Jeet Matharru ,
Director: Shaison P. Ouseph
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Inspired by the real life story of Sr. Rani Maria, the film depicts the tale of a feisty nun who sacrificed her life for the empowerment of the downtrodden folk especially for women in North India. Though a tad melodramatic in its narration, this tale of a selfless nun is poignant and impressive. Read Review
Nila (MALAYALAM)
Vineeth , Shanthi Krishna , Mamukkoya Madhupal
Director: Indu Lakshmi
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The tale of the relationship between a bed-ridden gynecologist and her US-residing son is simply poignant enough to kindle haunting emotions. With a stellar performance, Shanthi Krishna shines as an embodiment of maternity in this well-crafted flick that emphatically bears a director's signature. Read Review
La Tomatina (MALAYALAM)
Joy Mathew , Kottayam Nazeer , Sreejith Ravi Ramesh Rajasekharan
Director: Sajeevan Anthikad
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A highly metaphorical and bizarre film, the one-line plot of a captive whistleblower gradually takes us to the world of reality. The shocking as well as disturbing narration makes it purely a director's film. Read Review
2018 Everyone Is A Hero (MALAYALAM)
Tovino Thomas , Asif Ali , Kunchacko Boban Aparna Balamurali
Director: Jude Anthany Joseph
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Jude Anthany Joseph and his team of technicians transcend the genre with a disaster film told with great finesse. Read Review
Kannur Squad (MALAYALAM)
Mammootty , Rony David Raj , Shabareesh Varma Azees Nedumangad
Director: Robi Varghese Raj
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'Kannur Squad' stands out as one of the well-crafted investigative thrillers, impressing with its tight screenplay and compelling performances, although cinematic heroics occasionally intervene to drive the plot forward. Read Review
Iratta (MALAYALAM)
Joju George , Anjali , Arya Salim Sabumon
Director: Rohit
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The writing in Iratta is a mixed bag, but the acting and plot are so good that the film is consistently fascinating. There is a big twist in the plot and an even better piece of narration that give a new dimension to the twin characters and the title of the film. Read Review
Thuramukham (MALAYALAM)
Nivin Pauly , Nimisha Sajayan , Indrajith Sukumaran Arjun Asokan
Director: Rajeev Ravi
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A revolution is like war in that it is never fought alone. This means Thuramukham is not a call-to-action in the same way that a film like Padavettu is. The film powerfully captures the first stirrings of pent-up anger against the Chappa system in Kochi. Read Review
Falimy (MALAYALAM)
Basil Joseph , Manju Pillai , Jagadish Meenaraj
Director: Nithish Sahadev
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A subtle tale about fissures in family relationships, 'Falimy' is a thematically-relevant and delightful comedy drama. Natural performances and engaging narration save the latter part when shades of hiccups crop up. Read Review
O Baby (MALAYALAM)
Dileesh Pothan , Raghunath Paleri , Athulya Haniya Nafisa
Director: Ranjan Pramod
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RDX (MALAYALAM)
Shane Nigam , Antony Varghese , Neeraj Madhav Mahima Nambiar
Director: Nahas Hidayath
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In the face of a menacing group of thugs, two brothers and their friend unite to defend their family, resulting in the adrenaline-fueled spectacle of 'RDX.' This film is a thrilling blend of action-packed sequences and heartfelt emotions. Read Review
Garudan (MALAYALAM)
Suresh Gopi , Biju Menon , Jagadish Siddique
Director: Arun Varma
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'Garudan' excels in creating a gripping and engaging environment, with plenty of thrilling moments. Read Review
Purusha Pretham (MALAYALAM)
Prashanth Alexander , Darshana Rajendran , Jagadish Sreejith Babu
Director: Krishand
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Purusha Pretham makes fun of the notion that cops are brave and masculine. It often works as a tight slap on male ego, while reminding us that cops can be emotional fools. The writers recognize this and use humor to deliver the film's big ideas. Read Review
Neru (MALAYALAM)
Mohanlal , Priya Mani , Anaswara Rajan Jagadish
Director: Jeethu Joseph
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'Neru' relates the legal battle of a blind rape victim and her family for justice. Despite the limitations in the plot, the intriguing moments of the trial are intact, which makes this courtroom drama engaging. Read Review
Madanolsavam (MALAYALAM)
Suraj Venjaramoodu , Babu Antony , Rajesh Madhavan Sudhi Koppa
Director: Sudheesh Gopinath
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'Madanolsavam' is not as sure-footed as a political satire as it is as a piece of situational comedy. But the comedy is so good that it alone makes up for the minor flaws of the film. The laughs come at breakneck speed, and the actors have incredible comic timing. Read Review
Rajni (MALAYALAM)
Kalidas Jayaram , Namitha Pramod , Saiju Kurup Reba Monica John
Director: Vinil Varghese
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'Rajni' is devoid of a refreshing content to spring a surprise. But as a murder mystery thriller, it is able to trigger ample gripping and engaging realm of suspense. Read Review
Pranaya Vilasam (MALAYALAM)
Arjun Asokan , Anaswara Rajan , Mamitha Baiju Hakkim Shah
Director: Nikhil Murali
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It is refreshing to see a film where people are OK about their loved ones meeting their exes. Some movies may use this scenario to create some sort of domestic tension, but Pranaya Vilasam veers more towards the feel-good category. Read Review
Romancham (MALAYALAM)
Soubin Shahir , Arjun Asokan , Chemban Vinod Jose Deepika Das
Director: Jithu Madhavan
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"Romancham" (goosebumps) is a film so funny that it will have you rolling on the floor, laughing. It is an incomplete film, or a prequel, that works mainly based on moments of sheer improvisation. Perhaps Romancham II will give us the goosebumps that the title promises. Read Review



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