Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
"Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we have very little reason to be interested in them." - Pauline Kael "Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second, and every cut is a lie." - Jean-Luc Godard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Rubin Safaya's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Showing 51 - 100 of 160
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) "That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 3, 2010
B 68% The Runaways (2010) "Despite its flaws, it's eminently watchable particularly for those, like myself, nostalgic for an era of brazen rock, uncluttered by today's whiny, ineffectual Corgan and Yorke clones. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 19, 2010
C- 53% Green Zone (2010) "While never truly boring, it's a rehash of leaden archetypes of good and evil to suit an action flick disguised as social commentary--hand-held shots abused to excess. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 12, 2010
C 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) "The chief motivation for watching this film is to see people bouncing off walls. That being the case, you could just as easily watch neighborhood kids on a sugar rush. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 5, 2010
C- 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) "No background whatsoever is given, from initial intentions to their invariably sympathetic turns, to understand the motivation driving most of the character arcs... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 5, 2010
A- 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) "The story involves intricately crafted misdirection and political intrigue in a style reminiscent of David Mamet's Spartan. The omnipresent machinations beckon a second viewing for a deeper read. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 26, 2010
C- 24% Saint John of Las Vegas (2010) "With a scattershot plot, one's attention may focus more acutely on the characterizations, adeptly handled by very skilled, principal actors. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 26, 2010
D 19% Cop Out (2010) "I'm convinced that Mr. Smith has the ability to create humorous sketches and slap them together... But he doesn't seem to yet grasp how to structure, pace and edit a continuous, rational narrative. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 26, 2010
A 68% Shutter Island (2010) "Mr. Scorsese is like Buddy Rich, dynamically gunning out more tonality, depth and rhythm from a four piece kit than James Cameron's ham-fisted, three-hour solo on his latest twenty-piece contraption. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 23, 2010
C- 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) "Despite so much epic drama in Greek mythology from which to borrow, here we are given little sense of the magnitude of the clash between the quarrelsome gods... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 13, 2010
D 18% Valentine's Day (2010) "Where's Burt Bachrach or Leonard Cohen when you need him? " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 12, 2010
D+ 29% Dear John (2010) "Mr. Tatum... gives Keanu Reeves serious competition - defining numerous shades of blank of which I had been thus far unaware. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 5, 2010
C 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) "...we must sit through inexorable hokum and titillating violence... right up until the infuriating end. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 29, 2010
D 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) "It seems there's one jackass doctor for every desperate father in America. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 22, 2010
A 85% Black Dynamite (2009) "Here, the acting, framing, focus, blocking, editing, sound and film processing all nail down the period so perfectly... It looks, sounds and feels as if it were shot in 1972. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 18, 2010
C- 31% The Lovely Bones (2009) "...the movie veers off into whimsical imagery entirely incongruous with the tone of every other scene. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 48% The Book of Eli (2010) "The movie lacks sufficient build-up to make us care about his journey until it's already over. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 21% Leap Year (2010) "Ms. Adams and Mr. Goode are capable of showing greater comic depth than is on display in this relatively shallow, recycled parable of serendipitous discovery of true love. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 8, 2010
D+ 37% Nine (2009) "There isn't a single intriguing, amusing, passionate or inspiring visual to be found in Nine. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 1, 2010
B 83% Avatar (2009) "For all its flaws as art, Mr. Cameron has served up functional entertainment with a gigantic price tag. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 18, 2009
D 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) "...the uptown, house-hawking, vegetarian Meryl gets to flex Ms. Parker's typecast, cosmopolitan dependency act... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 18, 2009
C- 76% Invictus (2009) "...suspension of disbelief is strained to its limits by portentous dialogue which, in overuse, dilutes its potency. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 11, 2009
A- 91% Up in the Air (2009) "The consummate bachelor, Mr. Clooney reflects just enough comfort in his own skin without teetering into arrogance, quietly amused by life's idiosyncrasies. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) "The film's countless canned platitudes aside, an intriguing plot unfolds wherein intellect and brute strength play against one another... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A+ 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) "Brokeback Mountain is ultimately about the paralysis of regret and how it fractures the lives of not just those afflicted by it, but everyone else around them. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 84% Whip It (2009) "Whip It is a coming-of-age story told straight, devoid of trendy hipster sensibilities, yet aiming equally for entertainment as well as insight. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B- 58% The Invention of Lying (2009) "Mr. Gervais... has given us a static, crass Phil Connors to introduce the world to belief in the supernatural. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them? " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Mr. Waltz's dynamic performance contrasts satirical and dramatic hues, effectively charismatic and repulsive at once. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A 79% The Informant! (2009) " Visual and narrative punchlines strike flawlessly like the absurdist humor of a Bugs Bunny cartoon... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 42% Jennifer's Body (2009) "Devil's Kettle might as well have been called Crock Pot. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 56% 9 (2009) "Entirely superfluous conversations and thoughts hinder what could have otherwise been a beautiful, somber existentialist film about a number of potential themes%u2014loss, survival, consciousness. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B- 63% Extract (2009) "...it's not quite as uninhibitedly ridiculous as The Hangover, the tacked-on moral lesson for which no apology is even attempted. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
F 7% All About Steve (2009) "Were you thinking "deaf kids", "sinkhole"? No? I defy you to write a dumber screenplay. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 47% Taking Woodstock (2009) "Watch carefully as the film tries to ramrod too many themes, invoking split-screen technique, and see if you can identify how often self-indulgence is confused for enlightenment. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 8% Post Grad (2009) "...a coming-of-age tableau that is neither inspirational nor uplifting. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009) "...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect? " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A 90% District 9 (2009) "The film persuades us to look beneath the aliens' chitinous exterior, and slowly eats at us as the images of racism, subjugation and internment become familiar and prod our conscience. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D- No Score Yet Goods (2000) "Did the studio put so little faith in this snowball of ineptitude that the filmmakers couldn't even afford a tripod? " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 75% Julie & Julia (2009) "Amy Adams is so meek she echoes Cynthia Nixon's waif servant in Forman's Amadeus. In fact, for a moment I thought she was Ms. Nixon, until I remembered that Amadeus was twenty-five years ago. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 13% The Ugly Truth (2009) "...there's no finesse or scarcity to lend impact to the vulgarity. It's handled with all the craftsmanship of an infant wielding an arc welder. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) "The film revels in the hip witticisms that swim mostly inside a writer's head but never come forth in the real world with the timing and execution seen here. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 14% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) "The movie could have been much improved by slicing a few frames from each shot, and reining in Rust's weirdness just a bit%u2014so as to not contribute to the lumbering, hallucinogenic feel of his initial characterization. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) "When the story does get underway, the incident that sets it into motion seems thrown in%u2014precisely what you'd expect for the third installment in a series that was already tired by the second. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) "The film has its flaws and swims in meticulously crafted schmaltz... yet also has well-conceived tender moments hiding in the fringes. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 15% Year One (2009) "The problem is not the historicity, or lack thereof, in a comedy, but the uneven pace of the humor. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) "This is either bad writing, bad direction, bad acting or a combination of the three. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B+ 79% The Hangover (2009) "Question: What do Mike Tyson's tiger, a chicken, a horrible effeminate Chinese man stereotype naked in a car trunk, a stolen police car, a baby, a missing tooth and Phil Collins' music all have in common? Answer: Nothing... " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
F+ 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) "Leave it to Hollywood to take a bad idea and make it terrible. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A- 98% Up (2009) "...if you've ever wondered what kind of jokes dogs would tell if they could speak, here's your chance. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B+ 100% Sita Sings the Blues (2008) "The story shifts effortlessly between the two-dimensional collage style of the narrator segments, the classical artistic design of the Rama-Sita story, the pencil sketch style of the modern story, and finally Hanshaw's musical numbers in a two-dimensional " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) "...as fascinating as chewing styrofoam--with the occasional firecracker jammed in to make you chew faster. " ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 6, 2009
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