Sam Adams

Sam Adams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Chicago Tribune , IFC.com , Los Angeles Times , Philadelphia City Paper , Salon.com , The Dissolve , Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1013

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 60% The Cold Lands (2014) " The Cold Lands [...] sustains a lovely mood, but keeps the audience at a perpetual distance. It keeps threatening to turn into a movie, but never entirely does." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 100% The Visitor (1979) " The Visitor doesn't come close to answering all the questions it raises, but that's the film's M.O.: If nothing makes sense, then nothing is off limits." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.0/5 56% Knights of Badassdom (2014) " [E]ven while it's apparently not what its creators intended, Knights Of Badassdom is perfectly enjoyable in a low-key way, with sharp performances [...] and a nigh-endless string of cameos" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 84% Run & Jump (2014) " Whether it's possible to go on loving somebody who's no longer himself is a momentous question that this movie largely ducks, ultimately providing an answer that seems imposed from without rather than arrived at organically." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " Paradise: Hope quickly rights itself and becomes lighter, looser, and more sympathetically observed than anything Seidl has done previously, ending a grim trilogy on a brighter note than expected. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 88% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) " While the movie isn't a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 96% The Court Jester (1956) " Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian's story into a pat narrative." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 11, 2013
1/5 57% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " The dialogue is the stuff of rapidly closing Off Broadway plays; the camerawork is flavorless and haphazard. Tucci hits every line like he's about to break into a malicious tap dance, and Eve looks as if she was handed her script on the way to the set." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 11, 2013
2.5/5 69% S#x Acts (2013) " In S#x Acts, male-female relationships only head in one direction, to a degree that eventually passes through being awful and starts to verge on inadvertent comedy." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 18% Twice Born (2013) " The movie's nagging inconsistency goes from merely grating to flat-out jaw-dropping, courtesy of late-game plot twists that squander whatever benefit of the doubt may remain." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 4, 2013
1/5 89% White Reindeer (2013) " Everything is tainted by a sneering sense of superiority. It's like washing down Christmas dinner with rancid eggnog." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 73% The Motel Life (2013) " This debut film does establish a fragile mood that lingers like a morning fog." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 92% Le Joli Mai (1963) " Marker set out to make a social document, a record and an examination of where his fellow Parisians' heads were. But more than what they thought, Le Joli Mai is interested in how they thought. " — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 71% Everyday (2013) " Everyday isn't just about time; in a sense, that's all it is." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " If this remake of 2011's French-Canadian hit Starbuck feels as if it's just going through the motions, Vaughn himself radiates sincerity and good intention. The actor doesn't get it right this time, but he's earned himself another chance." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " The script's sporadic silliness makes every plot turn questionable; how the talent deftly negotiates such goofiness makes the film near-impossible to resist." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/5 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " It's an engrossing, overstuffed disaster-sometimes captivating, sometimes too ingeniously terrible to turn away from; it's like watching a car wreck in slow motion, if both cars were stuffed with confetti." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/5 11% Paris Countdown (2013) " Paris Countdown has style to burn, where "style" means "uses lots of lighting gels and some camera flourishes," but it doesn't have a coherent point of view or a solid take on the genre." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 7, 2013
5/5 87% Fearless (1993) " In Fearless, fear-not just overcoming it, but experiencing it-connects us to our deepest selves, and to each other." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Apart from a handful of physical stunts and the penultimate biker-bar setup, Knoxville never puts himself at risk, and the imbalance of power curdles the imperative to laugh at the rubes." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/5 29% Hellbenders (2013) " Hellbenders mostly feels like a doodle, an amiable lark that will amuse genrephiles and anyone else with their sights set appropriately low." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " If the implication is that the Beats crawled over a dead man on their way to success, something similar could be said about Kill Your Darlings itself." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 16, 2013
B+ 31% Mandingo (1975) " Viewed with fresh eyes, it can credibly be seen as revisionist history of a particularly savage kind." — AV Club
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " Franco doesn't answer the elemental question posed by any literary adaptation: Why does this movie exist?" — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " The movie can't seem to settle on a consistent style or rhythm but still gets to you, even if it displays the subtlety of a truck going through a wall." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2.5/5 78% The Dirties (2013) " The Dirties is documentary-like in the best way, building a narrative out of Owen and Matt's natural, often funny interactions. Where that narrative leads, however, is harder to justify." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 2, 2013
2/5 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " Too sluggish for farce and too glib for a trenchant social satire, A.C.O.D. is several sessions short of a breakthrough." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/5 92% Inequality For All (2013) " In 90 minutes, Inequality for All doesn't get far beyond Income Inequality 101, but for those who struggle with the basics, it's an often essential primer." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 24, 2013
3.5/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " What makes Prisoners more potent than its oft-implausible mystery should allow is the way Villeneuve lingers over the textures of a terrible event. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Blumberg doesn't exempt his characters from responsibility, nor does he keep himself at arm's length. He's right there with them, one day at a time." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 17, 2013
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " While most film romances feel like a fait accompli, Enough Said's tentative fumblings toward bliss require, and merit, fighting for; its wanderings are never less than pleasant and its final moments pack surprising emotional power." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/5 35% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) " Thornton never establishes a rhythm that would let him move between stories without it feeling like he's changing channels on a vintage TV, the dial clunking into place every time he moves on." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 86% Warnung vor einer Heiligen Nutte (Beware of a Holy Whore) (1971) " Beware Of A Holy Whore is splendid to look at, even though most of the film consists of bored and/or disgruntled show-folk lounging around a Spanish estate while working on a movie. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/5 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " Like her characters, Shelton doesn't know what to do when things actually happen." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
1/5 34% Hell Baby (2013) " When you consider that Garant and Lennon make their living as screenwriters for hire, Hell Baby's shoddy script is an unholy mystery." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " If it's not thrillingly new, it's old in the best way-worn, comfortable and embodying virtues too often lost." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 13, 2013
4/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Except for the fact that one of them makes a living by slamming paint-dipped boxing gloves into canvas, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara could be any elderly couple-which is how documentarian Zachary Heinzerling treats them." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3/5 77% Kid-Thing (2013) " Aguirre is a find-she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween-but the movie's magical-realist elements don't jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/5 40% First Comes Love (2013) " [Approaches] a hot-button issue from the most suffocatingly narcissistic perspective imaginable ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 23, 2013
B- 72% Grabbers (2013) " The tough thing about genre hybrids is that they have to fulfill both genres, and Grabbers only nails one of them." — AV Club
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Bening flaps her arms like a baby bird and Dillon takes his There's Something About Mary sleaze down off the shelf, but their game supporting performances can't prop up screenwriter Michelle Morgan's prefab-to-a-fault script." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/5 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) " Essentially an overlong, off-brand episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 62% Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013) " Beck's widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 31% Beneath (2014) " The title doesn't just refer to what lurks in the lake's still water. It's a guide to where Beneath's substance lies, the acid heart inside its plastic chest." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 63% Broken (2013) " Director Rufus Norris deftly mixes gritty realism and lyrical impressionism, though its five-car pileup of a climax ultimately makes the film feel less a Greek tragedy than a miniseries in miniature." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
B 87% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " 100 Bloody Acres is as mercurial as its central character, breezily offbeat one moment, spattered in gonzo gore the next. It's as if the filmmakers ground the bits of other movies fine enough that it made a rich foundation for their own." — AV Club
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/5 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " None of the chapters use the unifying formal conceit to any real advantage; only one, directed by Timo Tjahjanto and The Raid: Redemption's Gareth Huw Evans, is worth a rental." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2013
3/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Coogler, who grew up in the same neighborhoods as Grant, evokes a tangible sense of place, and his staging of the climactic incident hits like a fist in the gut." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2013
B 94% Museum Hours (2013) " It's lovely but lulling, and for a movie in which little happens, oddly predictable." — Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 4, 2013
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