Jose Solís

Jose Solís
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Jose Solís has been writing about film since 2003. His work has appeared in publications like PopMatters, The Film Stage, and Backstage. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. His most unique skill is being able to relate everything to The Wizard of Oz.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 80% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Caro, who has proved to be an expert at capturing the inner lives of the Mexican upper middle class, delivers a potent essay of the way in which the more connected we think we are, the less open we tend to be. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
A- 77% Never Look Away (2019) Judging only by the synopsis one might imagine a tedious melodrama with nothing new to offer, but Never Look Away is a film that restores our sense of wonder. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
B 86% Las Sandinistas! (2018) As American news channels obsess with the non-threat of the "migrant caravan" seeking refuge in the U.S., Las Sandinistas! arrives as a perfect piece to contextualize why it is these families are fleeing the places where they were born. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C+ 81% Boy Erased (2018) [Edgerton] tries to make almost every single character palatable enough to placate the side they might offend. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
6/10 55% Plastic Planet (2011) The film travels aimlessly from country to country and talks with all kinds of experts without ever finding a single unifying theme. This lack of depth in each of the segments makes it easier for skeptical audiences to dismiss his allegations. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
8/10 100% La Haine (1996) Unlike most films of the '90s, Matthieu Kassovitz's La Haine remains a timeless snapshot of a transitory decade that forever transformed world history. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B 66% Lizzie (2018) Rather than focusing on Lizzie as a figure out of a horror movie or creepy folk tale, she is portrayed as a woman who found liberty only through the death of her oppressors. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C- 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Anyone who's seen a film of its type before is likely to unlock the central puzzle in no time, making the rest of the movie a truly laborious experience. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C+ 76% Never Goin' Back (2018) Even if I didn't particularly enjoy watching characters projectile vomit and defecate onscreen, I was glad that women were doing it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B+ 92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Even though she spent her whole life trying to capture "the sound of defeat," Nico, 1988, with its inspired finale, grants the late singer a small, but significant, victory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
B+ 99% McQueen (2018) The filmmakers behind McQueen know that their subject is ultimately larger than life, so they bask in the creations he left behind and invite us to join if we're willing to lose ourselves in them. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
B- 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Few things seem to make men more uncomfortable than seeing women enjoy themselves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Teenage boys get their shape-shifting robots, angry cars, and space wars, so if the Bellas want to sing "Oops I Did It Again" on a rocket, let them have it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
A- 98% Jane (2017) More than being a standard biographical doc, the film serves as a cautionary tale against the perils of male chauvinism. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
B- 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Rather than going for a greatest hits approach with Tigger's attention span, the film would've been quite magical if it had used Eeyore's wistfulness as inspiration. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
C+ 68% Breathe (2017) Turn after turn the film is unabashedly old school, with gold hue flashbacks and vignettes that lionize Robin more than they advance the plot. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
A- 97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Who knew a documentary about the library could turn out to be the most thrilling political film of the year? - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B- 50% Year by the Sea (2017) [Year by the Sea] is not a film trying to show the extraordinary in the mundane, but rather create a space for characters like Joan to figure out what they can become. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
C 52% England Is Mine (2017) A muddled portrait of a young man unaware of the creativity within him. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
C 51% The Glass Castle (2017) When you're lacking a magnetic star in the lead, and the screenplay is trying to decide whether it wants to be Dardenne or Disney, it's nothing but a structure meant to shatter. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
B 89% Escapes (2017) Almereyda makes the most of this Dickensian hero's qualities by having him share some of his most unique anecdotes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
B+ 91% Girls Trip (2017) An important reminder of how the rest of American culture needs to catch up when it comes to cultural appropriation and the way black women are talked about and portrayed. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
B 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets doesn't always work because Besson tries to imbue it with too much and all at once, but when it does, it's unlike anything you've seen. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
B- 90% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Béatrice is perhaps the polar opposite of what we think about when we think Deneuve, and yet, as with all the other eccentrics she's played, the actress grounds her through an otherworldly grace and humanity. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
B 88% bwoy (2017) John G. Young might have very well made the film that best encompasses what online dating feels like. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
A- 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) It might just be the ultimate found footage film. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
A 94% Princess Cyd (2017) Is there a director more generous to his characters than Stephen Cone? - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2017
A- 70% Gemini (2018) A fantastic neo-noir. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
B 77% Sleight (2017) If Sleight wasn't so entertaining, one might be tempted to define it as a social drama in which we are witnesses to the lack of opportunities young black men are provided. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
B 92% Obit (2017) Rarely does the idea of death elicit the warmth and utter charm as it does in this documentary. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
C- 64% The Finest Hours (2016) A lush disaster film that assumes audiences will undoubtedly root for love at all costs, even if it's just a device used to avoid constructing a solid dramatic structure. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
C+ 57% Lazer Team (2016) Effective, low-budget visual effects, bro-ish jokes, and a self-aware love of geekdom that's completely free of cynicism. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2016
5/10 No Score Yet The Trip to Bountiful (2014) This Lifetime version of The Trip to Bountiful feels appropriate to remind people to go to the theater, to go seek why shows keep being turned into films and TV miniseries. The Trip to Bountiful, as it is here, isn't always worth the ride. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
8/10 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) With this heartbreaking premise, directors Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright directed Call Me Kuchu, a revealing documentary that takes a look at how a small group of people are working hard to take Uganda out of this dark ages. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2013
9/10 96% My Fair Lady (1964) Even if the story is quite simple, the film, as directed by the legendary George Cukor, achieves various levels of depth, particularly because of the way in which he turns it into a keen gender study. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2013