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:
390
Total QuickRatings:
8
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 390
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 71% 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 54% 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
2/5 81% Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010) eye WEEKLY
Posted Mar 3, 2011
5/5 91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) " It's hard to tell whether this line has been scripted or captured, but it packs an emotional punch all the same." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 25, 2011
4/5 95% The Arbor (2011) " The Arbor is not an easy film, but it's a rewarding one." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 25, 2011
3/5 73% Gabi on the Roof in July (2011) eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 18, 2011
4/5 80% Modra " That the director's Slovakian relatives appear in background roles as members of Lina's extended clan gives MODRA the feeling of a home movie, but it's more accurate to say that this is personal filmmaking of a refreshingly modest stripe." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 11, 2011
1/5 4% The Roommate (2011) " No scares, no gore, no boobs, no anything: The Roommate plays like a thriller that's already edited itself for airplanes." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 7, 2011
5/5 80% Attenberg (2012) " An early contender for film of the year." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 21, 2011
3/5 97% Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1961) eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 14, 2011
2/5 90% London River (2011) eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 14, 2011
1/5 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " There are almost no laughs to be had in Season of the Witch. That's unfortunate, because the only chance that this overproduced yet still shoddy piece of early-January multiplex fodder had of being entertaining was as an unintentional comedy classic." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jan 6, 2011
2/5 10% Little Fockers (2010) " Its leads' enthusiasm notwithstanding, Little Fockers is a barely tolerable sitcom concoction." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Dec 24, 2010
2/5 40% Summerhood (2008) " Let the record show that it's better than Hot Tub Time Machine, though that's not much of a compliment." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Nov 5, 2010
2/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " Special mention must be made of Bryce Dallas Howard, who takes a swing at the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role and hits a stand-up double; it's not exactly a good performance, but it briefly energizes a moribund movie. " — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 18, 2010
1/5 64% Secretariat (2010) " Scarcely a scene goes by where Penny's savvy, grace, and generosity aren't explicitly cited by some character or another, often in the process of apologizing for not recognizing her visionary brilliance in the first place." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 8, 2010
2/5 53% I'm Still Here (2010) " I'm Still Here's gruelling faux-doc assemblage loses its charm after about 40 minutes." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 24, 2010
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) " Stone, however, passes with flying colours: at this point, she's the clear heiress-apparent to Anna Faris' crown." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " Rudd has mastered the role of the tetchy mensch. He's a straight-man foil with the slightly crooked delivery." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/5 62% Salt (2010) " Salt is less fun than it sounds." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jul 30, 2010
94% The Dark Knight (2008) " Flawed and overrated." — Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 6, 2010
93% Iron Man (2008) " Clever and cogent beats idiotic and incoherent, and Iron Man is spryer than the overwhelming majority of films in its budget range." — Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " The remake of The Karate Kid impresses with its craft and its patience." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " It's all neatly thought out and executed but, at this point, the Pixar mixture of antic slapstick and hard-sell sentimentality has lost some of its potency." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Jun 17, 2010
4/5 47% MacGruber (2010) " The filmmakers deploy kid-genre conventions and soundtrack cues with affection, including the best montage-for-the-sake-of-it since Team America: World Police." — eye WEEKLY
Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 71% The Crazies (2010) " This new film has the advantage of superior craft: Maxime Alexandre's cinematography brings the various cramped suspense set pieces to vivid, dingy life." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Feb 25, 2010
14% This Beautiful City (2007) " The only real notes of authenticity are struck by the actors, and even then, only on the distaff side." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 27, 2009
—— Hania (2007) " There is more to movies than pretty pictures. And make no mistake, Hania is plenty pretty." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 11, 2008
2/5 3% The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008) " Unfortunately, the performances are so slack and the filmmaking so clunky that any intentional humour gets lost in a sea of inadvertent giggles." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Oct 31, 2008
4/5 69% Hadewijch (2010) " Dumont's patient, suggestive approach transcends mere provocation: this is a film about absence with some real weight to it." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Sep 12, 2008
100% Z Odzysku (Retrieval) (2006) " Overall, it's still a fine debut, balancing its more ungainly dramatic turns with an absolutely perfect and poetic (dare I say Dardenne-esque?) final shot." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2008
3/5 54% Viva (2007) " Viva the film is as sly and knowing as Viva the character is endearingly oblivious." — eye WEEKLY
Posted May 8, 2008
2/5 48% The Ruins (2008) " Paranoia, spinal injuries, psychic distress, impromptu amputations, self-mutilation -- it's all in there, convincingly rendered (the first-rate sound design exacerbates every fracture) and finally pointless." — eye WEEKLY
Posted Apr 4, 2008
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