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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Young adults in today's Entitlement Generation may come away from the film thinking that it's perfectly justifiable to be an a**hole and a misogynist, as long as you get into Harvard and come out a billionaire." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2010
A- 86%

Inception (2010)

" of the strongest science-fiction concepts to come along in some time..." ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2010
C- 64%

Predators (2010)

"Seeing The Pianist's Adrien Brody doing one-liners is like watching Patrick Stewart cover Public Enemy's 911 Is A Joke." ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2010
D- 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"...core fans will go see this movie regardless of what critics, or any other rational human beings, tend to think of this color-graded, celluloid turkey." ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2010
C 52%

Knight & Day (2010)

"...the effects throw us into physics-defying action so preposterous that one half of the movie undermines the other. " ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2010
C- 74%

Splice (2010)

"...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2010
C 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"It's disposable fun. Check your brain at the door on the way in. Drop all memory of the movie on your way out." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2010
D 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"A forgettable entertainment that might be worth a matinee if you can't think of anything else to do--laundry, for example." ‐
Posted May 31, 2010
D 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"[Ridley Scott's] primary interest seems to be that of all "generals in the arts," to wow us with action set pieces garnished with bits of faux-profundity and Cliff's Notes historicity." ‐
Posted May 14, 2010
D 15%

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

" unintelligible mess, as if this remake of the slasher-genre favorite is its own dismembered victim." ‐
Posted May 1, 2010
D 76%

Kick-Ass (2010)

"Kick-Ass is a movie carefully engineered to appeal to the child in some of us." ‐
Posted Apr 16, 2010
C- 62%

When You're Strange (2010)

"When You're Strange wobbles in the transition from straightforward biography to op-ed with teeth. At times, the editor doesn't seem to know what to do with the uncovered footage, or there isn't enough to string it into a visual narrative. " ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2010
C+ 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"The filmmakers achieved something I wasn't expecting. They improved the visual effects without taking the silly action-oriented story too seriously." ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2010
B+ 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"The acting, cinematography and production design work well without being overstated. We aren't treated to Dutch Angle abuse to falsely inflate tension. Instead, the story and the characterizations drive the suspense." ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2010
A 85%

The Art Of The Steal (2010)

"That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy." ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2010
B 68%

The Runaways (2010)

"Despite its flaws, it's eminently watchable particularly for those, like myself, nostalgic for an era of brazen rock, uncluttered by today's whiny, ineffectual Corgan and Yorke clones." ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2010
C- 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"While never truly boring, it's a rehash of leaden archetypes of good and evil to suit an action flick disguised as social commentary--hand-held shots abused to excess." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2010
C 73%

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)

"The chief motivation for watching this film is to see people bouncing off walls. That being the case, you could just as easily watch neighborhood kids on a sugar rush." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2010
C- 52%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"No background whatsoever is given, from initial intentions to their invariably sympathetic turns, to understand the motivation driving most of the character arcs..." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2010
A- 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"The story involves intricately crafted misdirection and political intrigue in a style reminiscent of David Mamet's Spartan. The omnipresent machinations beckon a second viewing for a deeper read." ‐
Posted Feb 25, 2010
C- 24%

Saint John of Las Vegas (2010)

"With a scattershot plot, one's attention may focus more acutely on the characterizations, adeptly handled by very skilled, principal actors." ‐
Posted Feb 25, 2010
D 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"I'm convinced that Mr. Smith has the ability to create humorous sketches and slap them together... But he doesn't seem to yet grasp how to structure, pace and edit a continuous, rational narrative." ‐
Posted Feb 25, 2010
A 68%

Shutter Island (2010)

"Mr. Scorsese is like Buddy Rich, dynamically gunning out more tonality, depth and rhythm from a four piece kit than James Cameron's ham-fisted, three-hour solo on his latest twenty-piece contraption." ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2010
C- 49%

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"Despite so much epic drama in Greek mythology from which to borrow, here we are given little sense of the magnitude of the clash between the quarrelsome gods..." ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2010
D 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"Where's Burt Bachrach or Leonard Cohen when you need him?" ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2010
D+ 29%

Dear John (2010)

"Mr. Tatum... gives Keanu Reeves serious competition - defining numerous shades of blank of which I had been thus far unaware." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2010
C 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"...we must sit through inexorable hokum and titillating violence... right up until the infuriating end." ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2010
D 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"It seems there's one jackass doctor for every desperate father in America." ‐
Posted Jan 22, 2010
A 83%

Black Dynamite (2009)

"Here, the acting, framing, focus, blocking, editing, sound and film processing all nail down the period so perfectly... It looks, sounds and feels as if it were shot in 1972." ‐
Posted Jan 18, 2010
C- 31%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"...the movie veers off into whimsical imagery entirely incongruous with the tone of every other scene." ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"The movie lacks sufficient build-up to make us care about his journey until it's already over." ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"Ms. Adams and Mr. Goode are capable of showing greater comic depth than is on display in this relatively shallow, recycled parable of serendipitous discovery of true love." ‐
Posted Jan 7, 2010
D+ 38%

Nine (2009)

"There isn't a single intriguing, amusing, passionate or inspiring visual to be found in Nine." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2010
B 83%

Avatar (2009)

"For all its flaws as art, Mr. Cameron has served up functional entertainment with a gigantic price tag." ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2009
D 12%

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

"...the uptown, house-hawking, vegetarian Meryl gets to flex Ms. Parker's typecast, cosmopolitan dependency act..." ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2009
C- 76%

Invictus (2009)

"...suspension of disbelief is strained to its limits by portentous dialogue which, in overuse, dilutes its potency." ‐
Posted Dec 11, 2009
A- 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"The consummate bachelor, Mr. Clooney reflects just enough comfort in his own skin without teetering into arrogance, quietly amused by life's idiosyncrasies." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"The film's countless canned platitudes aside, an intriguing plot unfolds wherein intellect and brute strength play against one another..." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A+ 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"Brokeback Mountain is ultimately about the paralysis of regret and how it fractures the lives of not just those afflicted by it, but everyone else around them." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Whip It is a coming-of-age story told straight, devoid of trendy hipster sensibilities, yet aiming equally for entertainment as well as insight." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B- 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Mr. Gervais... has given us a static, crass Phil Connors to introduce the world to belief in the supernatural. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Mr. Waltz's dynamic performance contrasts satirical and dramatic hues, effectively charismatic and repulsive at once." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A 79%

The Informant! (2009)

" Visual and narrative punchlines strike flawlessly like the absurdist humor of a Bugs Bunny cartoon..." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 43%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Devil's Kettle might as well have been called Crock Pot." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 57%

9 (2009)

"Entirely superfluous conversations and thoughts hinder what could have otherwise been a beautiful, somber existentialist film about a number of potential themes%u2014loss, survival, consciousness." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B- 63%

Extract (2009)

"'s not quite as uninhibitedly ridiculous as The Hangover, the tacked-on moral lesson for which no apology is even attempted." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
F 7%

All About Steve (2009)

"Were you thinking "deaf kids", "sinkhole"? No? I defy you to write a dumber screenplay." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 47%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Watch carefully as the film tries to ramrod too many themes, invoking split-screen technique, and see if you can identify how often self-indulgence is confused for enlightenment." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 8%

Post Grad (2009)

"...a coming-of-age tableau that is neither inspirational nor uplifting." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009