Jay Weissberg

Jay Weissberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Jay Weissberg's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Qissa: The Ghost Is A Lonely Traveller "Though it's an odd hybrid of gender parable, displacement meta-text, ghost tale and unlikely romance, Qissa packs enough punch to make up for its thematic disparity. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) "The idea of an outwardly content Everyman acting as a temporary worker in hundreds of different jobs is an appealing one, yet Amelio can't sustain the concept, and characters meant to deepen themes wind up unsatisfactorily cluttering things up. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 4, 2015
43% Gerontophilia (2015) "Better camerawork and a lower gross-out factor than usual seem to have taken the oomph out of bad boy Bruce LaBruce, whose Gerontophilia sports a great title and a funny opening before going all limp. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2015
100% Court "There are courtroom dramas, and then there's Court, Chaitanya Tamhane's impressive debut, which flays alive India's justice system while commenting on class, education and access to power. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2015
100% Mia Madre "Moretti's exploration of loss is unquestionably affecting, and "My Mother" has powerful moments ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2015
97% Black Souls (2015) "Scenes are allowed to build slowly, and while at first the narrative seems difficult to fully grasp, the elements all fall into place. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "Stefan Haupt's 'biography' of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia is handsome yet bland. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2015
80% In Her Place "An acutely observed psychodrama from sophomore helmer Albert Shin, powered by three sterling performances. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
80% Dior and I (2015) "As carefully crafted as the clothes is Tcheng's well-considered direction, privileging the creative process over stereotyped glamour or backstabbing (this is no Ready to Wear). " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2015
89% Wolf at the Door (2015) "Coimbra's overambitious use of a complex narrative structure can feel clunky, and worst of all, the kid at the center is practically forgotten in the assemblage of flashbacks, significantly diminishing the emotional pull. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
100% Of Horses and Men (2015) "Flabbergasting images and a delightfully dry sense of humor make Of Horses and Men a debut worthy of celebration. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2015
40% Two Men in Town (2015) "Bouchareb's free adaptation benefits from Brenda Blethyn's well-modulated performance, yet the over-signaled narrative feels like a rehash, and the leaps of faith required are wider than Dead Man's Gulch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "Siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz bring their blistering trilogy of male domination in an Israeli family to a rewarding close with Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2015
No Score Yet Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will) "Just an excuse for more splatter from a director who, as always, knows his target audience. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2015
75% Salvation Army (2015) "Young Moroccan scribe Abdellah Taia moves into the director's seat with the screen version of his autobiographical novel Salvation Army, losing much of the texture in translation from pen to camera. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2015
72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) "TV-style and desperately in need of cutting, "Soul Boys" does convincingly position its subjects as key trendsetters, and their most memorable tunes continue to be enjoyable. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "In the hands of a master, indignation and tragedy can be rendered with clarity yet subtlety, setting hysteria aside for deeper, more richly shaded tones. Abderrahmane Sissako is just such a master. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2015
96% Wild Tales (2015) "A wickedly delightful compendium of six standalone shorts united by a theme of vengeance -- the kind that explodes in spectacular bursts after a put-upon soul is screwed over too many times. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2015
No Score Yet I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced "This is a film designed to draw attention to the disturbing prevalence of child marriages in Yemen, and it uses expected melodramatic flourishes to achieve its results. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 13, 2015
73% When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2015) "Porumboiu so carefully intellectualizes every outwardly inconsequential exchange that the picture has no room to breathe, forcing audiences to work hard to catch the sly playfulness and cunning within. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 7, 2015
No Score Yet Beats Of The Antonov "The resilience of oppressed communities holding on to their culture is the theme of this standout documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2015
25% Inside the Mind of Leonardo (2014) "Animating his drawings makes him more child's cartoonist than incomparable draughtsman, and Peter Capaldi's modern-dress impersonation has a gratuitously histrionic intensity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2014
No Score Yet Queens of Syria "[A] straightforward, absorbing documentary ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet Loreak "Elegantly lensed and warm-hearted to the core, without getting sappy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2014
100% Maidan (2014) "In contrast with most documentaries made in the wake of an historic event, "Maidan" will last beyond the current Ukrainian upheaval to stand as compelling witness and a model response to a seminal moment too fresh to be fully processed. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2014
73% Point and Shoot (2014) "Never mind that the Libyan civil war still rages -we've got an American to celebrate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 4, 2014
91% The Way He Looks (2014) "Everyone will root for the two teen protags in Daniel Ribeiro's sweet gay coming-of-age debut, The Way He Looks, since the boys are so likable and their route to first love has an undeniably touching quality. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 3, 2014
No Score Yet Toto si surorile lui (Toto and His Sisters) "A powerful look at siblings in a Bucharest slum unlikely to escape the grip of drugs, poverty and a monstrous mother. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2014
No Score Yet Sangue Azul "As in the non-prolific director's best-known pic, "Dry Movie," the lack of script cohesion means that mood is better evoked than character. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 15, 2014
71% Trash "Cavils melt before the 1,000-watt charms of Tevis, Luis and Weinstein, all non-pros whose joy before the camera, and in each others' company, transcends the more standard elements in the material. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2014
30% Autómata (2014) "Even for sci-fi, some logic has to enter the plot, which also needs to be devoid of major holes if it's not to fall into ridiculousness, and that, unfortunately, is where Automata lies. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2014
81% Human Capital (2015) "An engrossing, stinging look at aspirational parvenus and the super-rich they emulate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2014
No Score Yet Labor of Love "Evocative images are meant to make it poetic, yet watching water evaporate in a hot pan really doesn't add much. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
67% Hungry Hearts (2015) "Starts off with a delightful opening but turns increasingly exasperating. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) "Though shy on background info, the docu offers a fascinating portrait of Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) "Less satisfying than his previous pic, yet still a bold, melancholy statement. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2014
100% Master of the Universe (2014) "Former investment banker Rainer Voss gets his closeup in Marc Bauder's riveting documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) "Itself the object of political wrangling, Beauty has numerous scenes of enormous power, though removing one unnecessary plot strand would allow deeper probing elsewhere. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2014
No Score Yet Next Year Jerusalem (2014) "Sure, some of these dames and geezers are fun, and it's heartening to see them pushing themselves for what's likely their last expedition, yet Gaynes forgets that even schmaltz needs salt and pepper. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2014
59% The Grand Seduction (2014) "This is middlebrow comedy at its blandest. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2014
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Wim Wenders confirms his mastery of the documentary form with this stunning ode to Sebastiao Salgado. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 22, 2014
96% National Gallery (2014) "Turning his camera on works of art and the people who steer the distinguished London complex, the grand old man of hands-off documentaries studies paintings and bears witness to staff meetings, curatorial discussions and gallery talks. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2014
81% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) "Though formulaic and cartoonish, this feel-good comedy... is the sort of harmless entertainment that fuels inactive evenings in front of the tube and helps pass the time on long flights. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2014
94% Bad Hair (2014) "Mariana Rondon's impressively multilayered drama brings a powerful specificity to the story of a boy and his embittered single mother. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2014
95% Gabrielle (2014) "Archambault's handling of Gabrielle and Martin's sexuality is one of the pic's strong suits, presenting their desire with a refreshing, straightforward honesty. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2014
No Score Yet Helium (2014) "Janga's spare, evocative study of a hoodlum unexpectedly in touch with the natural world offers numerous rewards. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2014
No Score Yet Jacky In Women's Kingdom "Over-sensitive Islamists will cry ridicule, yet the Syrian-born Sattouf skewers all sexist and absolutist notions. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) "[Stalingrad] is big, loud and full of explosions. It's also awash in stereotypes, and lacks any characterization more than a millimeter thick. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2014
No Score Yet Il sud è niente (South Is Nothing) "An intimate, visually striking peek at the destructive nature of the Italian South's stifling Mafia-derived atmosphere of fear. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2014
No Score Yet Bulg-eun gajog (Red Family) "Juxtaposes mildly overcharged scenes with oddly placed sentimentality and unexpectedly meaningful moments that carry emotional weight. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2014
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