Rob Salem

Rob Salem

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Biography:
Toronto Star TV critic.
Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
32

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 32 of 32
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% The Good Wife: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013) " CBS' The Good Wife isn't merely good - it's great. Consistently great. " — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 2, 2013
1/4 28% Broken City (2013) " Did these people - or even these people's people - not bother to read the script first?" — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 20, 2013
3/4 96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) " The movie itself stands up well, even from an adult, two-dimensional perspective." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 18, 2012
2/4 40% Sushi Girl (2013) " We can't all be Quentin Tarantino, but that doesn't stop some people from trying." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3.5/4 83% Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012) " What gets you is the smile, which first lights up his face, and then the room, reflected by everyone else who is in it." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/4 71% Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) " The animation is great, in its stark, mostly monochromatic way, but the music merely serviceable." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 29, 2012
3/4 15% Ecstasy (2012) " Ecstasy is to ecstasy what Trainspotting was to heroin. Different times, different drugs, but the Scotland-set story of addiction and redemption is pretty much the same." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/4 95% Ping Pong (2013) " A charming and even inspirational doc that follows eight medal-winning veterans of the sport on their way to and through the 15th annual World over-80s Table Tennis Championship. " — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 22, 2012
77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " We are all too well-educated now in horror-movie tropes to really be surprised by any of this stuff. It's all in the execution, and to his great credit, Murphy executes this horror story with aplomb. And a lot of screaming. " — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 18, 2012
77% Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Can't wait to see how all this plays out. " — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2012
100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013) " All in all,... a solid return to form. " — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2012
83% Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It is... quite elementary. " — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 28, 2012
1/4 47% MacGruber (2010) " Another one of those flicks where anything worth laughing at is contained in the commercials." — Toronto Star
Posted May 20, 2010
2.5/4 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) " It now requires nothing less than the retroactive destruction of Shrekâ(TM)s idyllic family life to inject some necessary conflict back into the franchise. If you canâ(TM)t fix something that isnâ(TM)t broke, your only recourse is to break it." — Toronto Star
Posted May 20, 2010
1.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " How could such a great idea go so horribly, horribly wrong?" — Toronto Star
Posted May 20, 2009
3/4 83% JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008) " The film's odd conceit is its primary strength, with Van Damme in a nakedly honest, bravely candid turn that for the first time in his career can be commended as 'acting'." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 14, 2008
1/4 16% Max Payne (2008) " Maybe somebody decided the movie was already so convoluted and leaden that throwing in a few swooping, screeching valkyries could only help. They do not." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/4 85% Ghost Town (2008) " Through it all there always shone this subtle, gleeful naughty schoolboy charm, not quite a full-on wink at the audience, but a tacit acknowledgement that sometimes even total jerks can exhibit an endearing charm." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 19, 2008
1.5/4 23% Balls of Fury (2007) " The movie's big lug of a lead, Dan Fogler...could be dismissed as a poor man's Jack Black." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 29, 2007
3/4 14% War (Rogue Assassin) (2007) " All-the-way-through good, from explosive start to bloody finish, without so much as a momentary lag in the action or the story." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/4 82% Talk to Me (2007) " The characters are brought to vivid life with remarkably compelling performances by two of the screen's most versatile actors: Don Cheadle as the freewheeling Greene; and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Hughes, the aggressively ambitious executive." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 27, 2007
3/4 27% Evening (2007) " Evening's visual period splendour, its vivid characterizations and their comfortably clichéd relationships somehow draw us in and make us care." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2.5/4 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " Live Free or Die Hard is indeed a worthy successor to the original -- not perhaps quite as good, but close." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 27, 2007
2/4 78% 1408 (2007) " Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 72% Golden Door (2007) " I've got to be honest here. In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that I was not entirely awake all the way through." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) " Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a vast and significant improvement -- if not quite "fantastic," then the next best thing: It does not suck." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2.5/4 78% Surf's Up (2007) " Surf's Up is quite surprisingly good, going for the subtle chuckle where Happy Feet opted for show-stopping spectacle." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 64% Severance (2006) " Like Shaun of the Dead, the movie enthusiastically embraces all the grotesque clichés we love and have come to expect from the form -- turning several on their ear." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2.5/4 40% Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) " Each vignette is wittily worded by neophyte TV writer Aschlin Ditta, and subtly performed by a large ensemble cast that contains a few fairly recognizable surprises." — Toronto Star
Posted May 25, 2007
2/4 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " Relentlessly dense and unfathomable; Depp, the heart and soul of the series, doesn't even show up till several reels in." — Toronto Star
Posted May 24, 2007
3/4 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " What the characters and satirical situations may lack this time out in a certain fresh vitality, they more than compensate for with a warm, laid-back familiarity ... and the occasional, out-of-left-fjord surprise." — Toronto Star
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 57% Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) " A faithful and funny, entirely scripted, feature-length film version of the videotaped and improvised mockumentary series." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2006
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