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 78% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Running Scared (2006)

"There's something films like this reflect in our nature... that we seem to delight in propped up monsters that give the protagonist an excuse to behave like one." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

16 Blocks (2006)

"It's like those cartoon chase sequences where the scrolling background is on a loop. Here, the characters are on a loop, and the backgrounds change." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)

"Because Chappelle's really digging into who people are... he has the capacity to adeptly grasp such perennial wellsprings of humor as class conflict to a degree unparalleled by modern entertainers..." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

"To describe this film as "pornographically violent" is an affront to pornography." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

The Libertine (2006)

"Stumble away from this film as quickly as possible." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

"It's an underestimation of the intelligence of your average eight year old to believe his or her rapt attention can be held for long by a film like this." ‐
Posted May 4, 2006

Failure to Launch (2006)

"...logic be damned if this film needs an artificial catharsis to keep audiences from falling asleep." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005)

"...we see around and behind and underneath the stage, so to speak -- peering into the intertwined lives of the people who are caught up in the maelstrom of an untenable subject for film adaptation." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

V for Vendetta (2006)

"They're working within a style that depends on exaggeration, sure -- I get that. However, aside from lacking the granularity that would make V a more intriguing and complex figure, he is by even his own admission little more than a reaction." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Find Me Guilty (2006)

"We could have done just as well to watch the proceedings on Court TV -- free, as it were, to flip channels or get up for a snack and skip the parts that disinterest us, rather than be held hostage by 125 minutes of drive-by clichés." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)

"Without cheap deceptions, clever editing, plot conveniences or overt exposition, the film pulls you in and keeps you there on the merit of the story's substance." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Inside Man (2006)

"This isn't the kind of story that can really occupy the full length of a feature film, unless of course you're fooled into believing something more actually happened." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

CSA: The Confederate States of America (2005)

"Here, technique interferes with the film's argument because it's attempting to satirize a history that didn't occur." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)

"...the film doesn't try to be too clever and hip for the kids, as have many animated movies of late in the endless attempt to sell attitude to credit-card wielding adults at the box office." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Thank You for Smoking (2006)

"It's not quite as dark a satire as "Lord of War," and its protagonist's jolly attitude, resembling (frighteningly) a more rational sort of Timothy Treadwell, does distract one... But... the movie is never in danger of being crushed by it's own weight." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006)

" shorten the discussions between Mohr and Scholl would have been to miss the point. She makes her lasting impression on Mohr, and us, not by violence, or cacophony, but by the persistence, patience and persuasiveness of her intellectual discourse..." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Take the Lead (2006)

" goes through it's checklist, epitomized in 80's inspirational student-triumphs-over-socioeconomic-pseudoreality films like "Lean on Me" and its lesser-known predecessor "Stand and Deliver"..." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Brick (2006)

" I felt like I was watching a bad film school rehash of Godard in the most contrived manner. But somewhere along the way, this flagrantly self-affected and at times dementedly jocular piece of art-house trash earned my respect." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

"The film quickly abandons biting sarcasm in favor of gumming you to a sloppy, slow death." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

The Sentinel (2006)

"Michael Douglas, now 61, needs to push whatever sex appeal it is his booking agents (and the public) think he possesses. I don't care, and neither should you." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

American Dreamz (2006)

"It figures... that Universal Pictures would see fit to inject multiple jabs at the world of television while unable to re-examine its own hubris." ‐
Posted May 3, 2006

Stick It (2006)

"The film attempts, and fails, to move in directions dramatically that are just beyond the reach of the director, Jessica Bendinger, who wrote the nearly identical "Bring It On."" ‐
Posted May 2, 2006

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

"It had the potential... to be great had it avoided running lockstep with the structure of lesser films." ‐
Posted May 2, 2006

Hard Candy (2006)

"If Slade's intent is so clever, then why is the film so stupid as to hamfist a two-hour anti-pedophilia PSA down the throats of an entire culture that, by and large, already agrees with the premise...?" ‐
Posted May 2, 2006

United 93 (2006)

"it's a respectable extrapolation that doesn't paint the terrorists as villains or the passengers as heroes. The movie doesn't need to." ‐
Posted May 1, 2006
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