Arthur Salm

Arthur Salm

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
San Diego Union-Tribune
Total Reviews:
82

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 98% The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (2007) " The Band's Visit blends gentle comedy and softly aching pathos into a low-key, deeply affecting wonder, a sort of alternate-universe version of Aki Kaurismki's raucous 1989 hoot Leningrad Cowboys Go America." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 29, 2008
2.5/4 53% Penelope (2006) " Penelope is an odd concoction -- a witch's gentle brew of modern-day fairy tale, feather-light romance and slapstick comedy. It's not a knockout potion, but it goes down smoothly and is harmless enough to serve to the kids." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 29, 2008
4/4 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) " A film of brutal, breathtaking intelligence, a work of pellucid, shimmering art without a scintilla of compromise, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is surely one of the very best films of the year. And you can pick the year." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2008
4/4 100% Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) " A methodically constructed, step-by-step detailing of how the Bush administration's policy of condoning torture trickled -- flowed, really; poured -- down the chain of command to inundate the largely untrained troops in the field." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 8, 2008
1/4 16% Untraceable (2008) " Hateful, brutalizing, inexcusable." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 71% Beowulf (2007) " Director Robert Zemeckis moves things along lickety-split; for such a dark, heavy tale, lit by gray, diffuse far-northern skies and golden torchlight, the film is remarkably light on its feet." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3.5/4 28% Next (2007) " Not overly ambitious, Next nonetheless keeps you thinking, guessing and entertained." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1/4 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) " A Halle Berry-Bruce Willis vehicle fresh as a Commodore 64." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2007
1/4 8% The Number 23 (2007) " If there's any real fun to be had at all with The Number 23, it's in post-op dismantling; so little of it, in retrospect, makes any sense." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 22, 2007
4/4 85% Hurricane on the Bayou (2006) " [Features] a knockout soundtrack, some very impressive gators and two irresistible forces: Hurricane Katrina and 14-year-old fiddler and eco-warrior Amanda Shaw." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/4 16% Eragon (2006) " Been to that galaxy, done that ring." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2006
1/4 17% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) " What's infuriating about Turistas is that it's slick, gorgeously shot and riddled with brilliantly crafted set-pieces." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2006
3.5/4 70% Roving Mars (2006) " It's shot through with edge-of-your-seat excitement." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2006
2.5/4 77% The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006) " The clips of Lennon and Ono (who appears as one of the present-day talking heads, and a most thoughtful one, at that) are every one of them fascinating." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/4 90% Half Nelson (2006) " Too smart a film to plod along the rutted trail of the standard drug flick." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2006
2/4 40% Scoop (2006) " Reminiscent of the short humorous fiction Allen has written for the New Yorker in recent years. They're tortured parodies of his pieces from a few decades back." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 28, 2006
4/4 91% Deep Sea 3D (2006) " The Halls have taken an artistic leap beyond their masterful Coral Reef Adventure (2003), stripping away much of the narrative thread and allowing the film to drift to and fro on currents of sheer beauty." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2006
1.5/4 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) " A flat comedy that pretends to cluck its tongue at gloss and glitz and the surface tension of lives attuned only to appearances, then spends most of its time drooling over them." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2006
3.5/4 68% Before the Fall (Napola) (2004) " Friedrich isn't particularly sharp, but Riemelt's wonderfully nuanced performance gives him intricate layers of feeling." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 14, 2006
1.5/4 19% Firewall (2006) " Although there are a number of small, internal twists and turns, the outline of the plot sags from having had so many movies hung on it for so many years." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 10, 2006
1/4 10% Annapolis (2006) " Bulling ahead through hackneyed scene after hackneyed scene, it grinds out an hour and 48 minutes of nonstop cliche, never offering so much as a marginally clever line, never succumbing to an original thought, never veering from the rutted path." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 27, 2006
3/4 46% Hoodwinked (2005) " A small, lightweight, enormously clever and never cloying little jewel." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 13, 2006
1.5/4 20% Rumor Has It (2005) " Complications ensue, but little else does." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
81% Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (2002) " Fluffy, schizophrenic (there's liberal borrowing from both Care Bears and The Empire Strikes Back) and oddly annoying." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2005
1.5/4 22% Two For the Money (2005) " Sports gambling! Big money, big games, big romance, big stars. Double down, all in. Problem is, the game's crooked." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 7, 2005
3.5/4 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " The tears it inspires -- the tears it demands -- are earnest and earned and true." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jan 7, 2005
3/4 77% Team America - World Police (2004) " Three times in the course of Team America: World Police I laughed so hard I thought I was crying, and when I checked, sure enough." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2004
3/4 26% The Stepford Wives (2004) " A comedy, with the screenwriting assignment awarded to Paul Rudnick, who delivers, per a subclause in the contract, a pretty decent one-liner every couple of minutes." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 11, 2004
1/4 64% Spartan (2004) " A genuinely ugly film." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 12, 2004
20% Honey (2003) " Watching Honey is like having the fluids drained out of your system and replaced by a sugar-loaded, mixed-drink concoction of a color not found in nature." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Dec 5, 2003
1.5/4 35% Duplex (Our House) (2003) " Duplex is a disaster. Just about everything in it is wrong." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 26, 2003
3.5/4 91% The Weather Underground (2002) " Compelling, troubling documentary." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Sep 20, 2003
2.5/4 82% Bugs! (Bugs! 3D) (Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure) (2003) " Captivating, peppered with breathtaking images." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 8, 2003
1.5/4 55% American Wedding (2003) " The thing is harmless." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2003
3/4 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) " The only special effect Pirates of the Caribbean needed was the eyeliner beneath the unsteady eyes of Johnny Depp." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2003
2/4 34% The In-Laws (2003) " Screenwriters Nat Mauldin and Ed Solomon, and director Andrew Fleming, miscalculate badly by putting the best stuff up front." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 23, 2003
3.5/4 90% Kilimanjaro - To the Roof of Africa (2002) " Were you to be shown some of the Kilimanjaro vistas, along with the explanation that these are the first transmissions from our interstellar explorer freshly landed on Tau Ceti IV, you might buy it. It's that weird, and that wonderful." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 16, 2003
2/4 30% Dreamcatcher (2003) " Dreamcatcher's biggest shock is that it flat runs out of ideas." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2003
4/4 91% Coral Reef Adventure (2004) " A moving and not infrequently breathtaking film." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2003
3.5/4 93% Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees (2002) " There's enough science to make it count as educational, and enough beauty to make it unforgettable." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2002
3/4 76% Comedian (2002) " A portrait of an artist." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2002
2.5/4 71% The Ring (2002) " Much less than the sum of its stylish parts, but for a while there, it'll curl your hair, or your toes, or whatever it is you've got that curls up when you're getting the holy popcorn scared out of you." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2002
2/4 63% Moonlight Mile (2002) " However sincere and heartfelt its intent, Moonlight Mile remains very much a contraption." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Oct 4, 2002
2.5/4 23% Who is Cletis Tout? (2002) " The whole mildly pleasant outing -- the R rating is for brief nudity and a grisly corpse -- remains aloft not on its own self-referential hot air, but on the inspired performance of Tim Allen." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Aug 16, 2002
4/4 90% Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002) " One senses in its playing out that right here, right now, these people, these deeds, these lessons are the stuff of a great legend, one that will be told and retold for countless generations." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2002
2/4 30% American Adobo (2002) " While American Adobo has its heart (and its palate) in the right place, its brain is a little scattered -- ditsy, even." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 14, 2002
1.5/4 44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) " Gothic-lite claptrap in the service of feel-good histrionics." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Jun 7, 2002
3/4 92% Insomnia (2002) " A fairly classy thriller." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 24, 2002
4/4 91% Murderous Maids (2002) " A sensitive, moving, brilliantly constructed work." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted May 16, 2002
2/4 26% The Sweetest Thing (2002) " Replace 'fun' with gross-out sketches, and you've pretty much got the tone of the movie." — San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted Apr 12, 2002
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