Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Kamal Al-Solaylee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 34%

Knowing (2009)

"Its breathlessness and permanent state of confusion make you long for the assured touch of M. Night Shyamalan." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 20, 2009
3/4 40%

RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009)

"A forceful, vibrant and immensely entertaining call to action." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2/4 24%

Fired Up (2009)

"A teen comedy that views sex as an all-you-can-gorge buffet." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 20, 2009
3/4 77%

Examined Life (2009)

"A hugely successful and provocative attempt at elevating the tone of public discussion, and inviting some great minds along to help smooth the bumpy ride ahead of us all in 2009." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 23, 2009
3/4 71%

Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

"There's nothing revolutionary or artistically groundbreaking here, but there's something reassuring in the fact that this is what the French have anointed as their biggest hit. Vive la (low-key) différence." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 23, 2009
2/4 38%

Inkheart (2009)

"As an adventure flick, Inkheart is not all that adventurous. It goes to places and falls on tropes that many fantasy films -- most notably but not exclusively the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- have covered." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 23, 2009
2/4 No Score Yet

Saving Luna: The True Story of a Lone Orca (2007)

"The film about an animal that doesn't respect boundaries has set none for itself." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 8, 2008
2/4 24%

The World Unseen (2008)

"It doesn't leave you cold, but it doesn't exactly make an impression, either." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 7, 2008
1/4 5%

College (2008)

"In the battle for the hearts, minds and fat wallets of North American teens, College fights dirtier and sinks lower than most gross-out screen comedies." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 2, 2008
2.5/4 86%

Beaufort (2008)

"Clearly something has gone MIA in moving from the small pictures into a cohesive big one." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 31, 2008
3/4 88%

Boy A (2007)

"Even its structurally weaker moments give Garfield an opportunity to expand on Jack's physical and mental dislocation. Given Boy A's final floating reel, it's an anchoring performance in every sense of the word." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 29, 2008
3/4 91%

Tuya's Marriage (2006)

"For those who are still reeling from the forced exuberance of Mamma Mia! but have room for one more film about a woman with multiple suitors, may I recommend Tuya's Marriage?" ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 21, 2008
3.5/4 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"[Director] Marsh creates a transfixing documentary feature that doubles as a celebration of one man and an elegy to two buildings that are no more." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 7, 2008
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Last Continent (2007)

"You can't help wondering whether less telling and more showing would have served this film and its politics better." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 4, 2008
2/4 31%

Closing the Ring (2007)

"Closing the Ring needed to find a context for its free-flowing emotions." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 1, 2008
3.5/4 77%

Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

"Despite an austere budget and some minor anachronisms, The Last Mistress proves that Breillat has found something in the luscious language of the 19th century that makes sense to us today." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2008
2/4 78%

A Jihad for Love (2008)

"[An] important but rudderless documentary." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 No Score Yet

4th Life (2008)

"There's a depth that is hinted at but constantly beyond Miron's reach." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2008
2/4 68%

La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) (2008)

"This is a case where style has not only trumped substance, but negated it as well." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 33%

The Babysitters (2008)

"Despite the racy content and the alarmist 18A classification, The Babysitters is a remarkably restrained and decent film. It's polished, smoothly edited and shot with simple elegance." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2008
3/4 83%

It's a Free World (2007)

"The film's bleak but powerful ending is a wake-up call to Britain and a measure of the pessimism of Loach, one of its most trenchant critics. I fear things must be really bad over there." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 24, 2008
3/4 88%

Young@Heart (2007)

"The doc may indeed be too cute for some, but Walker knows when to step back and let life, with all its harshness and disappointments, into the picture." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 69%

Ben X (2007)

"It's not the overarching naturalism of the performance that stands out but the conceptual breakdown of the portrayal into smaller, loosely connected segments." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 17, 2008
2/4 48%

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"From storyline to characterization to style of comedy, everything about the directorial debut of former Friends star David Schwimmer is a nod to accommodation, compromise and consensus." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2.5/4 55%

Married Life (2008)

"A curious, provocative if unsatisfying little movie." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3/4 50%

CJ7 (2008)

"The message, at least, is consistently and passionately delivered. But it's safe to say that this 90-minute flick doesn't require a very big thinking cap or much by way of analysis." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2008
2.5/4 60%

Viva (2007)

"Its triumph is that of style -- gloriously and revoltingly tacky style -- over substance." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2008
1/4 No Score Yet

Love and Other Dilemmas (2008)

"Methinks the movie theatres where Love and Other Dilemmas is playing will be as deserted as the Vancouver depicted in it. And frankly, fans of independent Canadian films are getting tired of these vanishing acts." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 1, 2008
2/4 16%

Untraceable (2008)

"The makers of Untraceable don't have that high an opinion of you." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 24, 2008
3.5/4 92%

Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006)

"Spare, motionless and silent as a still-life painting. But what [director] Jia is documenting is nothing less than a civilization in a state of flux. Chaos wouldn't be an overstatement." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 24, 2008
2/4 20%

Death Sentence (2007)

"Awesomely bad." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 30, 2007
3/4 23%

Balls of Fury (2007)

"It may look episodic and disgracefully low-budget in places, but there's also a theatrical quality in the way scenes are blocked, and punch lines delivered." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 29, 2007
2.5/4 32%

Klimt (2005)

"Whatever its flaws may be (and, frankly, they are legion), Raoul Ruiz's latest film is a biopic that mixes and matches visual and narrative styles boldly, wildly, madly enough to invigorate the genre, but not enough to save the movie." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/4 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

"An equal-opportunity offender, slapping right wingers on the wrist while, much to said right wingers' expectations, reducing homosexuality to its lowest common denominators." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2007
2/4 57%

Interview (2007)

"The end result of this showcase for Buscemi's writing, acting and directing chops is so uneven and mixed in small details and overall tone that it's anybody's guess if it's one for the Oscars or the Razzies next year." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2007
1/4 No Score Yet

Bolly Double (2007)

"Bolly Double replicates the broad strokes of Indian film but has nothing funny or intelligent to say about it." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 11, 2007
1/4 44%

Angel-A (2005)

"Feels like a mash-up of It's a Wonderful Life and Xanadu, without the wholesome sweetness of the first and the campy excesses of the second." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"A sweepingly melodramatic and, in [director] Dahan's words, 'tragic, romantic blockbuster' of a movie that not only captures the (soap) operatic life of its subject with unflinching honesty but refuses to see her any other way." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 33%

Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)

"[Director] Gutierrez sustains a heightened mood of sex and violence that, without breaking new ground, entertains in the way Gothic flicks do: a combination of cheap thrills and a good old-fashioned crusade against evil." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Look at what else is playing in multiplexes across North America at the moment and, if you can find a film that entertains and touches as effectively, give us a call." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/4 61%

Bug (2006)

"It's one helluva movie that makes Ashley Judd look ugly and demented, while turning Harry Connick Jr. into the most frightening screen thug since Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 25, 2007
3/4 69%

Close to Home (2007)

"Both [main actresses] show their characters' growth while steadfastly and, sadly, unsuccessfully trying to hold on to the last vestiges of their innocence. If that's not the real tragedy of life in the Middle East, I don't know what is." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 18, 2007
2/4 29%

Provoked (2007)

"[Director] Mundhra can't control the expansiveness of the melodrama or focus on the terseness of realism. Every character in Provoked, from victims to tyrants, Indian to English, loud to quiet, ends up as a grossly exaggerated comic creation." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 18, 2007
2.5/4 83%

Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)

"It takes more than a fan to analyze the legacy of a period. But a fan is just what it takes to indulge in that legacy, which is exactly what Broadway: The Golden Age is all about." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 24, 2004