Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman

""There is no way out of here. It will be dark soon" - Torgo "KHAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNN!" -Capt. Kirk "Can you dig it? - Cyrus, leader of the Riffs"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
a 21 year old film critic at Eye Magazine in Toronto, Adam has been writing about movies for as long as he can remember, and just can't believe they're paying him for it.
Favorites:
2001: A Space OdysseyGrand IllusionManos: Hands of Fate400 Blows
Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine , eye WEEKLY , L.A. Weekly , Reverse Shot , The Dissolve , The Grid
Total Reviews:
386
Total QuickRatings:
8
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 100% The Amazing Catfish (2014) " Sainte-Luce shows great assurance for a first-time filmmaker, and if she's able to capitalize on her talent going forward, The Amazing Catfish will be looked at fondly as ground zero for a worthy career." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 27% Burning Blue (2014) " Burning Blue has lots of scenes where its male leads gaze longingly at each other, which is meant to be melancholy and erotic, but unfortunately skirts close to parody." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it's hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
2.5/4 77% 112 Weddings " A skilled documentarian, Block moves briskly from easily relatable domestic scenarios to more tragic ones, and changes things up by focusing on two young marrieds-to-be." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Having already directed the first two (and superior) X-Men films, Singer shows a level of comfort with both the material and the cast ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
2.0/5 40% Grand départ (2014) " While [Grand Départ's] protagonist spends most of his time onscreen wringing his hands, the filmmakers barely seem to have lifted a finger." — The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 71% Foxfire " A handsomely mounted but strangely prosaic period piece." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 16, 2014
5/5 95% Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964) " Yasujiro Ozu's lilting swansong holds up as one of the director's greatest films." — Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 66% The German Doctor (2014) " The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/4 80% I Used To Be Darker (2013) " Porterfield's film doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but the ways the characters bounce off one another in small spaces are precisely observed, and the actors have a lot of soul ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/5 31% Bad Johnson (2014) " This is a parable about a man who learns to embrace his better self in the absence of his nether regions. Said parable is neither surprising nor profound, but that wouldn't matter as much if the movie were funny. It isn't." — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 28% Pompeii (2014) " Better than it had any right to be." — Little White Lies
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 95% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.0/5 31% The Girl and Death (2014) " There's a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long-and certainly not for two grueling hours." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " Bright Days Ahead means to be a casual, charming movie about a woman taking charge of her life, but its lightness gets unbearable; the film is so featherweight that it eventually blows away. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2/4 —— Hold Fast " A workmanlike movie adaptation of Kevin Major's well-known Canadian young adult novel - a book compared by some critics to The Catcher in the Rye." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " If The Raid 2: Berandal doesn't end up as the most violent movie to hit screens in 2014, it won't be for lack of trying." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 74% Oculus (2014) " A deeply silly and mildly effective horror movie about two young-adult siblings coping with the mysterious deaths of their parents." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 79% Afflicted (2014) " Runs smack into a number of generic clichés, from the back-and-forth bickering about how to deal with the situation to a lazy underlying misogyny." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " In the end, The Unknown Known is inconclusive - albeit provocatively so." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel struggle to create authentic drama and so fall back on action-movie clichés." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 58% The Returned (2014) " This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " A self-styled outsider artist comes into focus in Finding Vivian Maier, a striking documentary undertaken after one of its directors bought a nondescript box of photo negatives at a garage sale." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " While Rob The Mob doesn't ultimately hold together, it isn't for a lack of trying by the performers or the filmmakers [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/4 95% The Lunchbox (2014) " If co-writer and director Ritesh Batra occasionally takes his sweet time getting from point A to point B, it's equally true that he gives the audience a nice, comfortable ride." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.0/5 27% Stay (2014) " While there's always a case to be made for filmmaking that doesn't traffic in artificially heightened emotions, the solution isn't necessarily to bring things in under the bar, either." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/5 83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " [Patrick] is malevolent, but he's also melancholy-the ultimate example of a guy who likes a girl, but try as he might, can't make a move. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 14, 2014
1.5/4 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " An extension of the 300 universe, like an add-on content pack for a video game." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/5 29% Angels in Stardust (2014) " [O]ne of the biggest problems with Angels In Stardust is that its ostensible mover-and-shaker spends most of her time being lectured. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 —— Fly Colt Fly " The movie feints at examining the loneliness of its long-distance runner, but it keeps taking on the feeling of a victory lap." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/4 69% Visitors (2014) " As it glides along from one pretty picture to the next, Visitors starts to feel less like a singular artistic gesture than a compendium of quasi-experimental film clichés." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The proximity between sex and death has rarely seemed as intimate as in Stranger by the Lake, the accomplished new film by gifted French director Alain Guiraudie." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Only a multilevel chase sequence involving Surly and some glowing-eyed street rats has any real kinetic excitement, and the supporting characters lack visual distinction." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2/4 —— Arctic Defenders " The sheer accumulation of details in the anecdotes is revelatory, yet Arctic Defenders is only intermittently compelling." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 17, 2014
1.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Almost 25 years later, Jack: Ryan Shadow Recruit tries its best to reignite the Cold War, with tepid results." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " That a movie this fleet and lean succumbs to action-blockbuster bloat in the home stretch is both disappointing and predictable, although the director deserves credit for keeping the climactic shootouts slick and spatially coherent." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/4 65% Mama (2013) " The problem is that [the] movie barely meets the minimum generic requirements, and thus comes off as pretentious for presuming to hover so airily above them." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/4 89% The World's End (2013) " If Wright doesn't quite sustain this astonishing mixture of sadness and silliness all the way through, he gets major points just for attempting it in the first place." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/4 —— The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " The amazing imagery of stony beaches and stubbornly frozen fjords suggests nature's utter indifference to human presence, a well-trodden theme here given an entertainingly tricked-up treatment." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/4 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " The hook of The Crash Reel is that it's about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker's slickly produced documentary is about one man's ongoing battle with himself -- on and off the slopes." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 22, 2013
2/4 81% Maidentrip (2014) " If it at times, the movie ends up communicating the boredom of such an isolated endeavour, that's necessarily a criticism." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 20, 2013
1/4 62% Nicky's Family (2013) " Nicholas Winton is a figure who deserves a worthy documentary in his name; unfortunately, Matej Minac's Nicky's Family only gets about halfway there." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/4 85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/4 —— The Italian Character: The Story Of A Great Italian Orchestra " Bozzolini stays resolutely on message from beginning to end, insisting so enthusiastically and adamantly about the greatness of Italy's musical culture that he almost drowns out the melodies on his own soundtrack." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 89% Frozen (2013) " It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Delivery Man can be pegged as yet another in a seemingly endless series of Apatow-era man-child redemption stories ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/4 64% Bastards (2013) " As black and sticky and inescapable as a tar pit - a movie whose darkness swallows its characters and the audience whole." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 11, 2013
1/4 29% The Family (2013) " The casting of Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafioso hiding in witness protection is witty in only the silliest, most superficial way. It's a joke with its own tinny, built-in laugh track." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 58% Riddick (2013) " In lieu of blockbuster spectacle, Twohy spins wittily choreographed scenes of small-scale carnage, most of it initiated by Riddick himself." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 6, 2013
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