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
D 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Revenge has seldom tasted so boring." ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"It's not that this go-around regurgitates... It's the inconsistency of the dialogue, story and editing that leaves me flat." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C+ 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Sure, TREK BEYOND is an entertaining ride... But that... is at the center of why the J.J. Abrams-produced reboot runs afoul of the spirit of what STAR TREK was always about: Tackling complex social issues with inventive and diplomatic workarounds." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
C- 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Refn is too engrossed in false color nostalgia, replicating the moods and palettes of the 80s, like Panos Cosmatos' BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW or the many hipster bands of late who copy the sound and fashion, but never bothered to listen to the lyrics." ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2016
B 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"The Russos devote substantial time undoing the incoherent mess Joss Whedon left behind in AGE OF ULTRON..." ‐
Posted May 5, 2016
A 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Unlike the French Revolution, the film ends with a bang AND a whimper..." ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2016
B 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The film creates a clear sense of right and wrong; violence and greed are blinding forces that threaten a delicate balance upon which all depend. " ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2016
D 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Snyder creates a series of bigger explosions and greater "inescapable" scenarios which works itself to absurdity until the audience, not the villain, is beaten into submission. " ‐
Posted Mar 24, 2016
B- 89%

Blade Runner (1982)

"Like Nolan's INCEPTION and Kubrick's 2001, Scott's works are really shallow, action set pieces masquerading as profound science fiction." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2016
B+ 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Astonishingly, Tarantino pulls it off with a picture 1.7 times wider than in Lumet's 12 ANGRY MEN, achieving the same tension." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2016
C- 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Perhaps another director will pick up the elements that Abrams left scattered about, imbue them with some... any kind of subtext, to give us some real poetry." ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2015
B+ 94%

Creed (2015)

"What Hollywood director would make a movie in which the hero braids his girlfriend's hair or confides to her his fear of failure?" ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2015
C- 65%

Spectre (2015)

"If SKYFALL had hints of Mamet, SPECTRE has heaping servings of Bay with slightly more interesting location shoots." ‐
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"The actors drive this film to good, but not insanely great heights." ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2015
B+ 92%

The Martian (2015)

"The true spectacle of space exploration... lies in the collaboration between people: scientists, engineers, agencies, governments, nations, and the public..." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2015
A- 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"George Miller has taken trash, literally and figuratively, and transformed it into a kinetic art sculpture traveling through the Namib at 200 kilometers per hour, complete with its own roving orchestra..." ‐
Posted May 14, 2015
C- 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Mr. Whedon seems to rely heavily on forced jocularity in lieu of substantial character development. " ‐
Posted May 1, 2015
A+ 89%

The Breakfast Club (1985)

"Molière's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious." ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B+ 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A solidly entertaining and thoughtful science fiction persuades us around the edges of the story at what kind of future Alexander and Blue Eyes will inherit from Malcolm and Caesar." ‐
Posted Jul 13, 2014
A- 71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"The adult in me might wonder how beings from another universe don't blink out of existence entering one with entirely different cosmic constants... but, then the kid in me says to myself, "Shut up, brain! Giant robots and alien godzillas!" " ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2013
C+ 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The film's expository dialogues get in the way of otherwise great images..." ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2013
B- 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals" ‐
Posted May 16, 2013
C- 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"[Abrams] might as well have made Fast and Furious 7: In Space No One Can Hear You Drift." ‐
Posted May 16, 2013
A+ 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The action lies somewhere in the middle, framed on one side by fear and on the other by exhaustion. There's no party. No ticker tape parade." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2013
A+ 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Mr. Tarantino has learned the difference between sharing one's love of trivia versus sharing one's love of cinema." ‐
Posted Dec 24, 2012
A- 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Here Mr. Kushner, through the vessel of Daniel Day-Lewis, marveously encapsulates the cerebral, doubting Lincoln. " ‐
Posted Nov 16, 2012
A- 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"SKYFALL returns to basics. The plot and economical but riveting action sequences are secondary to the film's cinematography, direction, acting and writing." ‐
Posted Nov 9, 2012
C 93%

Looper (2012)

"The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows. " ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2012
B+ 86%

Arbitrage (2012)

"The director's first stroke of genius is in convincing you to empathize... with Robert, the puppetmaster who seduces everyone around him..." ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2012
C- 87%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Hollywood always bets on the audience's willingness to settle for less than they deserve." ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C+ 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"The tragedy of this Prometheus is that it begins to ask huge questions, and then saves the answers for a sequel." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2012
A 79%

Shame (2011)

"Shame is the study of our species' need to find connection in spite of our more selfish and isolating primal vices." ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2011
A- 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"These films are Campbell's "Hero's Journey"... Star Wars to a generation of kids afraid of being thrust so quickly into adulthood-a reality all too close to home for the post-9/11 generation." ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2011
A 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"In a Spartan eighty minutes, layers of visual, narrative and character detail are fluidly conveyed, doubly so for a film that contains no dialogues." ‐
Posted Feb 6, 2011
B 92%

Another Year (2010)

"In a sense, [Mary] manufactures crises to garner sympathy. That, not alcoholism, is her addiction." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2011
C+ 64%

Biutiful (2010)

"Mr. Iñárritu does a commendable job with the imagery and story vignettes... However, he never completely and smoothly connects all the threads." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2011
B 90%

The Fighter (2010)

"Driven by its ensemble of skilled actors, The Fighter contrasts success and failure, ambition and apathy, victory and defeat." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
A 95%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Few films this year have had as well-rounded a mix of acting, direction, sound and picture, but The King's Speech is in every respect a beautiful film, beautifully played by its principal and supporting cast." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
D- 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"Garrett Hedlund may be the world's first live-action, artificial actor." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
F+ 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"How do you say, "I want a refund," in Italian?" ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
B+ 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills." ‐
Posted Dec 4, 2010
C+ 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"The film's weak points, almost concealed by the tightness of the narrative and graphics charting the flow of money, lie in close proximity to Michael Moore's failings as a documentary filmmaker." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"An interesting subtext to the film is its implied statement about intelligence gathering methods... The national dialogue over torture is well-known and well-exhausted, but here the film doesn't ram it down your throat." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2010
D+ 40%

Due Date (2010)

" I would much rather see two hours of [Robert Downey, Jr.] improvising without any script, than watch five minutes of Zach Galifianakis' tired shtick." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 53%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"At its conclusion you're nowhere near where you started, nor are you waiting for the twist to drag you back to the beginning to tie up all narrative threads in one neat bow." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"Mr. Franco transports us into Ralston's frame of mind in the five-plus days he remained trapped, surviving on a carefully-rationed 300ml of water and whatever wits he could maintain under such horrifying circumstances." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"...the elements of scene and sound combine to reveal a maturity to the Potter franchise that surprises, scares and entertains in all the ways the lifeless Twilight films failed to accomplish." ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2010
A+ 97%

Breathless (1961)

"Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference." ‐
Posted Oct 25, 2010
A+ 96%

Back to the Future (1985)

" It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards." ‐
Posted Oct 25, 2010
B 58%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"Genuine moments of discovery exist between modest Craig and inquisitive Noelle a-la Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, with a touch of The Breakfast Club mixed in..." ‐
Posted Oct 8, 2010
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