Charles Solomon

Charles Solomon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Animation Scoop , Los Angeles Times
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
34

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 34 of 34
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Henry & Me " It's difficult to carp at a film that offers a positive message to children in need of hope and courage." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
—— Iceman (1984) " Although it can't have been easy, director Law Wing-cheong manages to defuse Yen's charismatic skill as a martial artist. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
—— Iceman (2014) " Simultaneously overblown and underdeveloped, "Iceman" fails equally at showcasing the talent of its star and resolving its baroque plot." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) " not an easy film to watch...But it serves as a striking reminder of the countless individuals who suffer similar pains in silence, and of the special power of animation to make the unseen visible." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
69% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " "Thunder and the House of Magic" epitomizes the sort film of that's supposed to be fun for the whole family, but that no one actually enjoys. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
—— Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie (2014) " "Naruto" owes much of its popularity to a winning mixture of magical ninja techniques, fights, slapstick comedy and friendship..."Road to Ninja" provides all the familiar elements and just enough sentiment to delight the legions of Naruto fans." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
14% Jake Squared (2014) " The characters natter endlessly and summon printed quotes from Jean Cocteau, Mark Twain and e.e. cummings onto the screen. But they say nothing that's original, insightful or even interesting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
—— Cheatin' (2014) " At a time when so many computer-generated features have an increasingly homogenized look, Plympton is a welcome reminder that the art of animation is too protean to be limited to a single visual style, medium or point of view." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2014
—— Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods (2014) " "Battle of Gods" delivers not only the familiar look but also the slapstick comedy, character interaction and over-the-top martial arts fights that "Dragon Ball" fans want and expect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Fire and Rescue isn't the kind of terrible film that makes viewers snap at each other over coffee afterward: It doesn't make a strong enough impression." — Animation Scoop
Posted Jul 17, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Writer/director Dean DeBlois has created a powerful, exciting and touching film that proves animation can challenge the summer's big-ticket live-action movies, just as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King did 20 years ago." — Animation Scoop
Posted Jun 11, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return reunites Dorothy Gale, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man-and just about every cliché of low-budget CG animation. " — Animation Scoop
Posted May 9, 2014
—— Short Peace (2014) " Katsuhiro Otomo's uneven but often dazzling anthology feature "Short Peace" reminds viewers of the untapped visual potential of animation." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
48% Rio 2 (2014) " Like an obnoxious relative at a family gathering, Rio 2 grabs you by the arm and insists you're having fun, even when you both know you're not. " — Animation Scoop
Posted Apr 10, 2014
95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Often clever and erudite...Unfortunately, that visual imagination is often negated by the filmmaker's failure to realize that every story has an appropriate length. " — Animation Scoop
Posted Feb 6, 2014
10% The Nut Job (2014) " a CG feature that has all the originality and individuality of a Dixie Cup." — Animation Scoop
Posted Jan 15, 2014
24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " A rehash of elements borrowed from Disney's largely forgotten Dinosaur and Don Bluth's The Land Before Time, Walking with Dinosaurs finally answers the question,'What killed off the dinosaurs': Birds talked them to death." — Animation Scoop
Posted Dec 18, 2013
100% Pinocchio (1940) " Although it may lack the heart-tugging appeal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the consensus among animation fans is that 1940's Pinocchio remains the most perfect animated feature Walt Disney produced." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
77% A Letter to Momo (2014) " Its many warm and charming moments, which sometimes recall the work of Studio Ghibli, should earn the film a solid fan base in America." — Animation Scoop
Posted Nov 11, 2013
—— The Legend of Sarila (2013) " The Legend of Sarila grafts a veneer of Inuit culture onto a very formulaic story that borrows heavily from mainstream American animation." — Animation Scoop
Posted Nov 6, 2013
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " If The Wind Rises has the unhappy distinction of being Hayao Miyazaki's last feature, it shows the director at the height of his powers making a premature but glorious exit." — Animation Scoop
Posted Nov 6, 2013
18% Free Birds (2013) " A veritable holiday fun fest - for people whose idea of a good time is listening to Owen Wilson scream." — Animation Scoop
Posted Nov 6, 2013
1.5/5 87% Akira (2001) " A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2013
1.5/5 17% Gobots - Battle of the Rock Lords (1986) " Unfortunately, the story, script, voice actors and animation all prove less flexible than the toys, and the film never turns into entertainment. GoBots are more fun to play with than they are to watch." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2013
1/5 —— GoBots: War of the Rock Lords " Unfortunately, the story, script, voice actors and animation all prove less flexible than the toys, and the film never turns into entertainment. GoBots are more fun to play with than they are to watch." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2013
1/5 —— My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) " The sugary cuteness of the Little Ponies masks a corporate greed as cold and sharp as a razor blade." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2013
1/5 —— Pound Puppies - The Legend of Big Paw (1989) " "Pound Puppies" lends new vehemence to the expression "going to the dogs."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3.5/5 64% Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (2003) " The characters may not move with the fluidity of their American counterparts, but the story unfolds with a sinister grace that any live-action director might envy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2003
93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " It's a pleasure to see "Beauty and the Beast" again in a theater with an audience that laughs and cries, but most of those pleasures would be just as evident in a conventional presentation." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 1, 2002
2.5/5 72% Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust (2001) " A baroque, bloody fantasy-adventure that stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 5, 2001
55% Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (1998) " A grim, brooding film of exceptional power." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 31, 2001
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Movie (1998) Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 14, 2001
3.5/5 55% Cyberworld (2000) Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 7, 2001
2/5 62% The Tigger Movie (2000) " Parents and older siblings, however, may grow impatient with the uneven execution that weakens the genuine charm the film sporadically exhibits." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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