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Kaleem Aftab

Kaleem Aftab
Kaleem Aftab's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK), The National (UAE), The List

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep has a ball, wearing extravagant dresses and performing excruciatingly badly on stage. Yet she does not play Jenkins as a lamentable, pitiful figure, instead portraying her as a self-aware exhibitionist who chooses to ignore the bad vibes. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The audience has its Eureka moment much to soon and can easily guess whodunit -- and it's at that moment the shock turns to schlock. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Oct 7, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Arguably one of the best romantic films made since cult favorite Amélie. ‐ Glamour
Posted Sep 9, 2016
A- 100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) Bouzid has joined the ranks Arab female filmmakers worth keeping tabs on. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 7, 2016
4/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) With excellent performances from Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, this is a rare American film that ponders big existential questions while also managing to deliver big laughs. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) [Phillips] takes the serious subject of arms dealers supplying troops in the Middle East and plays it for laughs -- and partly succeeds. But this throwaway, comedic style is a problem when trying giving to give the film any real substance. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It doesn't take long for the film's incomprehensible "plot" to reveal itself to be a mundane excuse for fights and explosions. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Sarbjit (2016) The film picks up momentum as the focus shifts to Kaur's campaign, but becomes heavy-handed as it attempts to frame Singh's plight in the context of Indo-Pakistan relations. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted May 19, 2016
A- 43% Tricked (Steekspel) (2016) Verhoeven must be commended for retaining a jaunty, light-hearted tone throughout. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Once it kicks in, Abu-Assad finds his voice and the right tone. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Feb 22, 2016
2/5 51% Genius (2016) Genius is a lesson in the differences between film and theatre as mediums. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 65% Spectre (2015) Spectre is a film of sequences rather than sustained adventure. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) It's all good fun, it's just a shame about the attempts to impose drama on what is essentially a comic character study. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 25, 2015
1/5 0% London Fields (2015) Most scenes lack pace, are performed badly and are accompanied by a running commentary of action we can see for ourselves. It's car-crash film-making. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 59% The Program (2016) There are only so many scenes of Armstrong using drugs that can retain an element of drama. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) This is the happiest Moore film in tone, and his funniest film by far. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 18, 2015
5/5 74% Youth (2015) There are elements of Fellini and Bill Forsyth's Local Hero in the mix of nostalgia, musings on contemporary life and anecdotes. The story is told so far in the abstract that it never feels trite. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2015
73% He Named Me Malala (2015) It's about how a family can rise above oppression with humility. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 94% Spy (2015) Spy offers plenty of laughs along the way, thanks to McCarthy, but it's disappointingly slapdash and déjà vu. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted Jun 5, 2015
A 95% Amy (2015) Whether [Kapadia] has or hasn't captured the true essence of the singer may require further debate, but what's beyond question is that "Amy" is an extraordinary, powerful work. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 90% Dheepan (2016) Dheepan is a radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head, and takes a faceless immigrant coming from a war barely covered in the media and turns him into a Travis Bickle-type anti-hero. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 41% Love (2015) Noé delivers, although the sex scenes aren't as hard core as one might expect. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Pixar's most ambitious, imaginative and adult film takes a look at the emotions that control our wellbeing. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 20, 2015
3/5 73% Don 2 (2011) This is the movie that proves Hindi cinema is finally mastering the sequel. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted May 12, 2015
4/5 100% Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) [A] hugely enjoyable and amusing romp. ‐ The National (UAE)
Posted May 11, 2015
A- 64% Reality (2015) The beauty of Dupieux's latest -- which some viewers may find grating -- is that it's guaranteed to leave audiences scratching their heads over which events are fact or fiction. There are no simple answers. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) The Coens imbue this simple tale with their trademark quirkiness and wry humour. ‐ The List
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) To her credit, Taylor-Johnson proves that graphic images are not needed and this is the first mainstream Hollywood film that successfully shows female pleasure in bondage scenes. Unfortunately, we have to wade through an awful lot that is trite. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2/5 45% A Little Chaos (2015) It takes some doing to waste the talents of two of Europe's finest actors. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4/5 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) Nonetheless the film is carried by a sense of mystery, sex and the unanswered questions of the case. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 22% The Sound And The Fury (2014) This, Franco's most ambitious project, is his best film by far. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 77% Rosewater (2014) Unfortunately for Stewart, the problem with movies is that while the story is unimpeachable, films are judged on the quality of the direction and entertainment value -- and in both these departments he falls short. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
5/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch is odds-on to be nominated for an Oscar (at the very least) for his brilliant turn as Alan Turing. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) An unlikely Dickensian romance, but Ralph Fiennes shines in the limelight. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 13, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) Cumberbatch as the awkward Australian Assange performs a masterclass in mimicry. It's a shame, then, that the performance is let down by some clumsy storytelling that trots out all the usual clichés. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 13, 2013
1/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) There are echoes of the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey in this and in the observational alien tale The Man Who Fell To Earth. The comparisons do Glazer no favours. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 8, 2013
82% Sharknado (2013) What the film does have is some fantastically cheesy lines combined with some humorous social commentary. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) Director Sofia Coppola delivers a wily critique of celebrity culture in The Bling Ring as she dresses up the true story of Los Angeles teenagers robbing their Hollywood idols' homes. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 8, 2013
3/5 64% Great Expectations (2013) A surprisingly worthwhile addition to the Dickens celebrations and one that lives up to expectations. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Nov 27, 2012
5/5 93% Amour (2012) It's a universal tale that is at times touching and horrifying and always powerful. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 25, 2012
2/5 43% On the Road (2012) Salles never overcomes the problem that so influential has the book been that the depictions which once seemed radical are now cliché. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 25, 2012
2/5 36% Restless (2011) It feels like a series of scenes rather than a cohesive whole. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 17, 2011
3/5 29% Twixt (2012) Quote not available. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 94% Moneyball (2011) Given that Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin are two of the best screenwriters in Hollywood today, it's no surprise that there is some great dialogue. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
2/5 38% Oscar and the Lady in Pink (2010) Quote not available. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
2/5 32% Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) Broomfield struggles to keep his footing on Wasilla's icy roads -- a good metaphor for the film, which skates on thin ice as a journalistic endeavour. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/5 69% Wuthering Heights (2012) A defiantly art-house adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic that is from the school of Robert Bresson rather than Merchant Ivory. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Sep 9, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) So the wait was worth it. The eighth film of the seven-book series sees Harry Potter finally waving a wand in anger at his nemesis Lord Voldemort, and is not a disappointment. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2011
5/5 92% Drive (2011) Without doubt the most stylish film in years, Drive plays like the best episodes of Miami Vice. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 27, 2011
2/5 14% Restless (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 20, 2011