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:
371
Total QuickRatings:
8
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 371
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 91% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's lovingly assembled documentary inventories the near-misses and noble failures that comprised Big Star's short career, as well as the tragedies that occurred after they'd stopped recording." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2.5/4 89% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein's film works first and foremost as a showcase of Jay's skills, but he's also an ideal interview subject ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2/4 42% The English Teacher (2013) " A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
3/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " That the movie is so indifferently written shouldn't really be a surprise. The dialogue is just there to mark time between the set pieces, and it's nice to report that Lin has outdone himself in that department." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 66% The Iceman (2013) " Michael Shannon is an overpowering actor, and in The Iceman, the best that he can do is wrestle the movie around him to a stalemate." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 17, 2013
3/4 98% Mud (2013) " There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 17, 2013
1.5/4 40% Skull World " Skull World tries to differentiate itself by focusing intently on a single box warrior in lieu of a more panoramic view, but Justin McConnell's film isn't particularly interesting as a character study." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 10, 2013
3/4 85% Graceland (2013) " Graceland ... has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 10, 2013
2/4 40% Tai Chi Hero (2013) " While Fung's attempts to err on the side of seriousness in this one after the stylized video-game high jinks of its predecessor are clearly purposeful, they don't necessarily make for a more pleasurable viewing experience." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 26, 2013
1.5/4 —— Becoming Redwood (2013) " There's a fine line between quirky and overbearing, and Becoming Redwood keeps stumbling over to the wrong side." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/4 68% Wrong (2013) " There's a winning confidence to the filmmaking, which is deceptively stylish - Dupieux favours nervy close-ups and blurred foregrounds - and some real soul in Plotnick's performance." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2.5/4 68% Renoir (2013) " Gilles Bourdos's film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 12, 2013
2.5/4 —— Charlie Zone (2013) " There isn't a whole lot of style to Charlie Zone, but the movie-making is as determined and efficient (and thrifty) as Avery himself." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 1, 2013
1.5/4 39% Dark Skies (2013) " Writer-director Scott Stewart doesn't want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it's easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He's not really holding anything." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 22, 2013
3/4 —— A Silk Letter (Baekseo) " Considering the gravity of the subject matter, Kang Sang-woo, the writer-director of the Korean drama A Silk Letter, has a pretty good sense of humour." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 1, 2013
6/10 34% Passion (2013) " In the end, Passion feels like a bit of a private joke -- one where the set-up is a little bit funnier than the punchline." — The Grid
Posted Jan 22, 2013
1/4 12% Alex Cross (2012) " Stripped down to his undershirt or brandishing an assault rifle, Perry looks both incongruous and ridiculous - an icon out of water." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/4 88% Herman's House (2013) " Herman's House is conventionally produced, but it does right by its two uncommon subjects." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 12, 2012
1.5/4 77% Samsara (2012) " One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to perceive themes of circularity and renewal in Samsara, but it takes that level of patience to suffer its frequent low points with silence and good humour." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 5, 2012
7/10 88% Head Games (2012) " Its steady, methodical style, however, does justice to its overall aim, which is to touch a nerve that has been desensitized by the media's valorization of athletes as tough guys." — The Grid
Posted Oct 3, 2012
3/4 90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) " His art is a force that can't be contained: No wonder he felt so at home in the warped environs of Pee-wee's Playhouse." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/10 50% Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012) " For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative." — The Grid
Posted Sep 20, 2012
1/4 40% The Possession (2012) " The film is basically a compendium of possessed-child clich├ęs reaching back to The Exorcist." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 31, 2012
3/4 80% Darwin " Depending on how you look at it, Darwin is either an affirmative record of proud outliers getting by on true grit or a grim snapshot of a community on its last, buckling legs." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 24, 2012
1.5/4 —— Somewhere Tonight " Bad dialogue in a film that is basically just wall-to-wall talking is a major problem, but it's not the only one on display." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 17, 2012
3.5/4 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) " It has absolute clarity about a character who isn't at all sure about what he wants - or whether he wants to keep going at all." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 10, 2012
4/4 78% Killer Joe (2012) " In the immortal words of Wayne's World: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl."" — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/5 75% Collaborator (2012) " A witty and well-paced thriller." — Metro News
Posted Jul 17, 2012
3/4 77% Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012) " At times, Warriors sacrifices dramatic nuance for scale, but even its most rousing passages are tempered by a sense of loss." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 27, 2012
2.5/4 69% The Hunter (2012) " By the time The Hunter jettisons its narrative ballast altogether and embraces its elemental appeal, it's too late." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 88% Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011) " The film, meanwhile, remains mired in the middle ground between meta-cinematic cleverness and earnest good intentions." — eye WEEKLY
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 49% The Bang Bang Club (2011) " The Bang Bang Club seems to imply that the real tragedy was how a group of talented, committed young men were broken by a dangerous professional environment -- a dubious conclusion for a dubious movie." — eye WEEKLY
Posted May 5, 2011
2/5 53% The High Cost of Living (2011) " Chow's direction shows a good eye for locations, but her gritty nighttime aesthetic can't cloak the predictable nature of the material, which only really has one way to go and staggers there down the home stretch." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2/5 71% African Cats (2011) " That African Cats baldly assigns human personality traits to its feline stars is no surprise; what's shocking is that a nature documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson could be so bland." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 20, 2011
2/5 46% Soul Surfer (2011) " There's a beatific quality to AnnaSophia Robb's performance as Bethany: it's as if the character is being canonized onscreen rather than plausibly feeling her way through a massive loss." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 6, 2011
5/5 64% Curling eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— The Rhino Brothers (2002) eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
4/5 87% Buried (2010) " Buried may well be an allegory for the fates of so many Americans waylaid in sandier climes, but it works first and foremost as an experiential horror film -- the best of its kind in some time." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
4/5 100% I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (J'entends Plus La Guitare) (1991) " Garrel's nakedly personal disappointment bleeds into an unsentimental elegy for an elegantly wasted generation. Instead of shallow self-pity, he gives us a melancholy deep enough to drown in." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
3/5 82% Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2011) eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— Cyberman (2001) eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
1/5 72% Monsters (2010) " It's a journey that involves plenty of hazards, none more dire than the prospect of romantic scenes between two actors with zero chemistry." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 —— La Nostra Vita (Our Life) (2010) " The result is a blandly schizophrenic melodrama." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 1, 2011
3/5 85% Essential Killing (2012) " The stark, propulsive filmmaking and Gallo's impressively committed performance must be judged against the evasiveness of its maker's motivations." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 1, 2011
3/5 94% Win Win (2011) " Giamatti has become predictable as an avatar of middle-aged anxiety, but he's less self-conscious than he was in Barney's Version, and plays amusingly off McCarthy regular Bobby Cannavale." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 25, 2011
2/5 56% Mr. 3000 (2004) " This feature-length commercial for Major League Baseball covers all the cross-marketing bases." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 21, 2011
3/5 —— Cosmonauta (2009) " A wry, sensitive coming-of-age comedy set against a very specific historical backdrop." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 18, 2011
3/5 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " Though compelling as a kind of live-action Road Runner cartoon where the coyote really deserves his comeuppance, I Saw the Devil is finally and literally too bludgeoning for its own good." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/5 —— New Year Baby (2008) eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4/5 88% Rango (2011) " There's more visual wit in Gore Verbinski's Rango than the last two Pixar films combined." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 5, 2011
2/5 88% Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010) " Chenillo is a smart filmmaker, but the film is too tidy. Maybe next time out, she'll really get her hands dirty." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 4, 2011
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