Cinephiles

Cinephiles is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Yazmin Ghonaim
Rating Title/Year Author
7/10 The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Yazmin Ghonaim A film that escalates its ability to astonish viewers with its technological achievements. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2003
5/10 Laurel Canyon (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim While the plot successfully sets up the subsequent confrontation between the fragmented Sam and Alexis, both actors fail to elevate their performances to the dramatic level the climactic scene requires. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2003
6/10 About Schmidt (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Delivers bittersweet comedy and a heartening message about the ever present possibility of finding significance in the world. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2003
7/10 Four Feathers (1929) Yazmin Ghonaim Director of photography Robert Richardson ... captures the images vividly and draws viewers further into the film's dramatic desert battle scenes. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2002
9/10 Life Is Beautiful (1997) Yazmin Ghonaim A dramatic rendition of the fortitude required to reclaim the violated spirit and the imaginary optimism needed to save a dying innocence. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2002
7/10 Insomnia (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2002
8/10 Baran (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Offers viewers an honest portrayal of the realistic dilemmas confronting its characters and of the inspiring ways by which they learn to overcome them. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2002
6/10 Road to Perdition (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim The film presents its main characters in an overall simplified manner, where a character's personal dilemmas and inner conflicts are represented by plot much more so than by character. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2002
4/10 Full Frontal (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim A sometimes realistically and other times unrealistically portrayed group of mostly unlikeable men and women undergoing an identity or 'middle-age' crisis. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2002
4/10 The Bourne Identity (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim The film fails to explore more intriguing narrative possibilities regarding the psychological effects of its character's identity crisis. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2002
7/10 The Lady and the Duke (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Aside from Rohmer's bold choices regarding point of view, The Lady and the Duke represents the filmmaker's lifelong concern with formalist experimentation in cinematic art. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2002
7/10 Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Exalts the character of former Queen, now Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), whose impressive array of attractive costumes appropriate the young actress' natural beauty. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2002
7/10 Spider-Man (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Effectively brings to the screen an unforgettable superhero that swings back into contemporary times. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2002
5/10 High Crimes (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Conforms itself with creating a game of 'who's who' ... where the characters' moves are often more predictable than their consequences. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2002
6/10 Panic Room (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Although Panic Room manages to deliver a visual story about a horrific home intrusion, the film lacks overall creative narrative options that would sustain and effectively develop the film's horror and suspense. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2002
6/10 The Time Machine (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Neglects the author's fundamental vision. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2002
7/10 Showtime (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim The film benefits from De Niro's personification of the unglamorous, grumpy Mitch, from Murphy's overstressed -- yet amusingly credible -- performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2002
6/10 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Creates a rapport with its young viewers by first affronting them with its crude treatment of sex and then entertaining them with a silly plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2002
3/10 Collateral Damage (2002) Yazmin Ghonaim Reduces itself to a highly simplified story about an overly aggressive victim, who is conveniently empowered to carry out extraordinary tasks in unknown territories. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Does manage to recreate in the viewer's mind those powerful, fantastical images of the magical land of Middle-earth. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2001
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Successfully lures the viewer into the mind of a character who is portrayed as defining everything in his world in mathematical terms. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2001
Vanilla Sky (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Successfully lures the viewer to feel sympathy for the the protagonist. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2001
Ocean's Eleven (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Deprives the viewer of the type of heightened suspense desirable for the heist genre, and rather, distracts him and her with its superficial treatment of character and plot. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2001
7/10 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Successfully imposes its imagery of the highly fictionalized reality of Harry Potter, and capitalizes on the charming qualities of its popularized protagonist. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2001
Focus (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Successfully presents its main character's reactions toward unsolicited events. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2001
Amelie From Montmartre (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim An amusing tale about the awkwardness --and the importance-- of human relations. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2001
From Hell (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Offers a fairly conscientious revision of the always sensationalist case of Jack the Ripper. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2001
K-PAX (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim The film conforms itself with suggesting its characters' intelligence, rather than exploring it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2001
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Most successful in its construction of the concept of Time. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2001
Bread and Tulips (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim Charms the viewer as it communicates a noble message about the need to remove oneself from the meaninglessness of daily life in order to appreciate its full worth. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2001
The Glass House (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Falls short of the suspense and drama it pretends to be built on. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2001
The Deep End (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim The Deep End's most notable visual tool involves the recurrent theme of water, captured by the cinematography of Giles Nuttgens. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2001
America's Sweethearts (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim It is ironic that while the film tries to demystify its celebrities by showing their 'true' identities, it simultaneously creates a myth for the Julia Roberts character Kiki. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2001
Jurassic Park III (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Does offer a few genuinely horrific images. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2001
Moulin Rouge (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim The new versions of these classic songs refresh the words and accentuate the harmony of their meaning. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2001
The Princess and the Warrior (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim An original story with an ingenious narrative structure that gradually lures the viewer into its two main characters' introspective journeys. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2001
The Closet (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Survives the dangers of its risky premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2001
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Mostly overburdened by the responsibility to stand as an adult fairy tale that integrates the visions of two very distinct filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2001
Pearl Harbor (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Successfully provokes feelings of patriotism and of admiration for those who volunteered to 'fight back' and/or to save lives. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2001
Angel Eyes (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Uses a down-to-earth approach in portraying its characters' imperfections. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2001
The Luzhin Defence (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim Most successful in depicting its protagonist's unique -- often inadequate -- nature. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2001
Amores perros (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim An extraordinary cinematic feat. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2001
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Offers a more realistic portrait of the unglamorous woman. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2001
Just Visiting (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Creates a fair degree of authenticity in its representations of cultural and period differences. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2001
Le goût des autres (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim The spirit of belonging is delicately captured by one of the film's concluding scenes. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2001
Someone Like You (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim Offers an ineffective climactic scene. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2001
Memento (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim A suspenseful story which evolves as a result of its protagonist's abnormal cognitive processes. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2001
The Caveman's Valentine (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim A film with intriguing concepts and unclear representations of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2001
6/10 Hamlet (2000) Yazmin Ghonaim Hamlet offers a valuable meta-comment on the role of the visual media with regards to the representation of the self. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2001
Hannibal (2001) Yazmin Ghonaim A figure to be remembered more for his overpowering determination than for his 'bad eating habits,' Hannibal has carved a niche in our brain. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2001