Top 15 Malayalam Films of 2019 (Critics' Choice)by nairtejas | created - 20 Jan 2019 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
These are the best Malayalam films of 2019 as selected by eminent critics. This list takes into consideration the reviews and ratings by Sify.com, Nowrunning.com (K R Rejeesh and S Mullappilly), Lensmen Reviews (Aswin Bharadwaj S), Fullpicture.in (Neelima Menon), Film Companion (various reviewers), and Veeyen.
Because a lot of times we need the perspective of multiple people to come to a meaningful conclusion, I have started this new list of the top films in Mollywood that came out in 2019. You can also browse my other lists here: http://www.imdb.com/user/ur34967775/lists.
The films are updated every week or two and are ranked on the basis of their aggregate score, which is a mean value of all the ratings given by the critics. Because not all films are reviewed by every critic, a title is added into this list only if it has been reviewed by four or more people/publications (including me). So, in essence, all Malayalam films releasing between January 2019 and December 2019 will be considered by these six critics + me.
Appreciate your constructive thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you and enjoy! For more such analyses, visit my blog - https://www.nairtejas.com/.
Last final update: 21 August 2020.
Past Honorees: Ambili, Kakshi: Amminippilla, And the Oscar Goes To..., Luca, June, Lucifer, Athiran, Satyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo, Praana, Oru Yamandan Premakadha, Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam, 9, Madhuraraja, Allu Ramendran, Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu.
Half-yearly rankings: 15 Best Malayalam Movies of 2019 So Far
Note: Only films with at least 4 critics' ratings (out of 7) for each of them are selected.
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1. Kumbalangi Nights (2019)
Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The film revolves around four brothers who share a love-hate relationship with each other. Their relationship progresses to another level when Saji, Boney, and Franky decide to help Bobby stand by his love.
Rated the highest by Veeyen (assumed 9 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4669612/.
2. Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 (2019)
140 min | Comedy, Drama
Story of a conventional, conservative small town villager and his son who has to move away from home due to his profession. Their relationship gets an endearing twist when an AI humanoid enters their lives and fills in their emptiness.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5263801/.
3. Jallikattu (2019)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5235398/.
4. Virus (I) (2019)
Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Thriller
A real life account of the deadly Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, and the courageous fight put on by several individuals which helped to contain the epidemic.
Rated the highest by Film Companion (assumed 9 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5011861/.
5. The Elder One (2019)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A transgender child from Lakshadweep sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, an elder brother who left the island due to his sexual orientation.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my MAMI MFF review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5199306/.
6. Helen (V) (2019)
117 min | Drama, Thriller
An ordinary suburban girl suddenly disappears, leaving her loved ones in a desperate search as she must face the ultimate battle - the one for her life.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5280153/.
7. Thanneermathan Dinangal (2019)
136 min | Comedy, Romance
A rom-com based in a school where a schoolteacher named Ravi Padmanabhan comes into the lives of Jason and his friends.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5194607/.
8. Finals (I) (2019)
122 min | Drama, Sport
The film revolves around the struggles faced by Alice, a cyclist.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw6013652/.
9. Unda (2019)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
The film narrates the events that occur when a unit of policemen from Kerala reach the Naxalite prone areas in North India for election duty.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5038813/.
10. Ishq (I) (2019)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Two youngsters who try to find joy after they lose out on love and their need for a mutual trust to sustain love and happiness.
Rated the lowest by Film Companion (assumed 6 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5009507/.
11. Thamaasha (2019)
120 min | Comedy, Drama
A funny and naughty male teacher and his encounters with love
Rated the highest by Lensmen and Veeyen (8 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5122214/.
12. Uyare (2019)
125 min | Drama
Pallavi is a strong-willed woman who has always aspired to become a pilot. How she gets back on her feet through sheer resilience after being beset by a series of personal crises forms the crux of the film.
Rated the lowest by me (4 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4886798/.
13. Vikruthi (2019)
123 min | Comedy
Mistaking the sleeping passenger on his train for a drunk, a young man posts a picture of him online, unaware of his impulsive act's ugly repercussions.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5295804/.
14. Kettiyollaanu Ente Maalakha (2019)
135 min | Comedy, Drama
Sleevachan gets married in hopes of having someone to care for his aging mother. He is, however, oblivious of the idiosyncrasies of a relationship. Trouble comes soon after he takes matter to his own hands.
Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5295843/.
15. Thottappan (2019)
140 min | Drama
When his partner in crime goes missing, a small-time crook's life is transformed as he dedicates himself to raising the daughter his friend left behind.
Rated the highest by NowRunning (7.5 stars). Read my review - https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5606032/.