Charles Solomon

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For 69 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 17% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Solomon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Pinocchio
Lowest review score: 10 Capture the Flag
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 69
  2. Negative: 6 out of 69
69 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    In a divisive era, Okko’s Inn carries a welcome message of acceptance and inclusion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Solomon
    Sadly, Laika’s new feature, Missing Link, fails to match the striking visuals and compelling characters in its Oscar-nominated 2016 film Kubo and the Two Strings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Charles Solomon
    Chance is a well-intended but heavy-handed denunciation of the barbaric blood sport of dog fighting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Charles Solomon
    At 44 minutes, This Magnificent Cake may be a long short or a short feature. Either way, it’s an intriguing, disturbing film, utterly unlike American studio animation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    Hardcore “Hunter” devotees may enjoy “Last Mission,” but the film lacks much of the good cheer and frisky élan of the broadcast series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    “Broly” delivers exactly what “Dragon Ball” fans want from a feature; newcomers may find themselves lost in places.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Solomon
    Liz and the Blue Bird may appeal to fans of “Sound Euphonium,” but many recent Japanese features have dealt with teen friendships and angst in more interesting ways.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Solomon
    In divisive times, Pig and his friends, who consist of maybe a dozen drawn lines apiece, provide much-needed laughter in the tradition of the great Warner Bros. cartoons.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    MFKZ is obviously modeled on Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s “Akira” and Taiyô Matsumoto’s “Tekkonkinkreet,” but it lacks the gritty brilliance of the former and the underdog poignancy of the latter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    The film is alternately intriguing and frustrating. The visuals are often strikingly handsome and oddly funny. But the movements are stiff, the characters chatter endlessly, and the unnecessary songs bring the plot to a grinding halt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Solomon
    At almost two hours, the film feels a bit long and suffers from multiple endings, but Okada is clearly a talent to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    Yuasa's bold imagery and sometimes convoluted storytelling defy the conventions of traditional animated filmmaking, but he is clearly an artist with an individual vision whose work offers something genuinely new and eye-catching.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    The filmmakers seem to have been trying for the kind of animated film noir that has been done so skillfully in Japan, but Cinderella the Cat never approaches that level level.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Solomon
    Its wrenching honesty provides a potent counter to the simple-minded let’s-all-be-friends-and-sing-a-song inanities of “My Little Pony,” “The Emoji Movie” and other recent American animated features.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Solomon
    Inventive and imaginative, Napping Princess confirms [Kamiyama] as one of the most interesting writer-directors working in Japanese animation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    “Girl” is a welcome reminder that animation doesn’t have to be synonymous with realistically rendered CG, but can be a means of artistic expression as uniquely personal as a signature.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    The flashy battle sequences will delight “Yu-Gi-Oh” fans. Viewers not familiar with the game will themselves be hopelessly lost.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    Earlier English translations soft-pedaled the nature of Fiore’s affection for Mamoru. The lively new version is closer to the original, and suggests Fiore’s feeling are more passionate than fraternal.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    Viewers unfamiliar with One Piece may find themselves lost in places, as the filmmakers treat the regular characters and their relationships as givens, with no introductions or explanations. Fans will find the outré settings, bizarre characters, over-the-top fights and slapstick comedy they enjoy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    Although the filmmakers use the soldiers’ own words, they fail to create believable characters who can engage the audience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    Much of the dialogue is too literal and undercut by its stolid earnestness, and many of the characters are left underdeveloped.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Charles Solomon
    Even the most sophisticated software can’t give characters a sense of weight or a way of moving that suggests their personality. Nor can it create an engaging story. Sadly, director Deane Taylor and his crew fail to provide those elements.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Solomon
    Although Mark Osborne’s new CG/stop-motion feature succeeds in bringing the essence of Saint-Exupéry to life in the lovely stop-motion sequences, there are only a few of these delightful moments in an otherwise muddled movie that feels like three films ineptly grafted together.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Solomon
    Like their Oscar-nominated “A Cat in Paris” (2010), Phantom Boy by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gangol is a modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Solomon
    Belladonna of Sadness is an interesting curiosity from the early days of modern anime, but material that may have seemed daring and adult in the era of Disney's “Robin Hood” and “Snoopy, Come Home” looks exploitative and misogynistic 43 years later.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Charles Solomon
    The visuals in Doukyusei are more original than the rather standard story.
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    • 10 Charles Solomon
    A family film no member of the family will enjoy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    Directors Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson fail to organize the material into a coherent story or strike a consistent emotional tone.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Solomon
    While individual sequences are genuinely entertaining, Monster Hunt remains considerably less than the sum of its many parts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Solomon
    The film is as lacking in polish and structure as its subject's canvases, which makes it an appropriate tribute to a marginal figure whose dreams of art world and/or Hollywood stardom stubbornly remain "almost there."

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