Sam Adams

Sam Adams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Sam Adams's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% X2: X-Men United (2003) "X2 still feels like a prologue. No matter how much goes on, you feel like nothing has happened. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 14, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) "Gigli won't be the worst movie to come out of Hollywood all year, but it's sure to be one of the most forgettable. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jun 22, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "For all the tumult in Mad Men's final stretch, Weiner guided his characters to surprisingly soft landings. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 18, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 13 "Matthew Weiner dropped a bomb on his audience as well as his characters. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 11, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 12 "[Don's] meant to be free, not tied down by a four-year contract - although the brief glimpse of his Social Security card, secreted away in an envelope with Megan's wedding ring, reminds us that while Don Draper signed that contract, Dick Whitman did not. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 4, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 11 ""Time & Life" was the show's busiest hour in weeks, a welcome change of pace full of intensely enjoyable moments that hearkened back to Sterling Cooper's glory days. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Apr 27, 2015
89% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 10 "This is still a series that seems exquisitely aware of our desire for a satisfying ending, and just as determined to mess with it. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Apr 20, 2015
64% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 9 "After last week's densely packed and symbolically fraught midseason opener, tonight episode ("New Business") felt like a breath of fresh air - or maybe more like a wisp of a breeze, over almost before it started. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Apr 13, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) "Chicago may not rank with the classics, but it's the best traditional movie musical in many a moon. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B 90% Obvious Child (2014) "Slate, who had a brief and unremarkable tenure on Saturday Night Live, proves a winning companion; it's a hang-out movie, and she's fun to hang out with. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 98% Citizenfour (2014) "The scariest thing you'll see this Halloween is Edward Snowden swearing in disbelief at the end of Laura Poitras' gripping, disturbing documentary. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B- 90% The Guest (2014) "Shot in lurid colors and drizzled with a squelchy synthesizer score, Adam Wingard's bloody thriller is so enamored of John Carpenter it might as well be passing him mash notes in social studies. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015
78% Bad Santa (2003) "If Bad Santa does well at the box office, Zwigoff will get credit for being a savvy player. That Bad Santa is as vile and stupid as Ghost World was insightful and touching is something Hollywood has no interest in measuring. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 14, 2014
87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) "Miyazaki isn't interested in the jolts of surrealism so much as imbuing his audience with the idea that reality can change at any moment, and change back just as quickly. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 8, 2014
97% Spirited Away (2001) "Chihiro's escapades don't always proceed one from the other, but let yourself go and you'll be swept away as well. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 7, 2014
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) "Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 6, 2014
91% The Joy of Life (2005) "The Joy of Life combines intriguing but incompatible parts. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Nov 7, 2014
86% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Its broadness isn't dumbed-down so much as it is welcoming, inviting its potential audience to sit down to a nice home-cooked meal before hitting them with some humorously phrased but still uncomfortable truths. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 24, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Party (1968) "The film makes a strong argument for the liberating joys of disorder. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Neeson's latest effort, A Walk Among The Tombstones, is slightly more subdued than his average shoot-'em-up, but no less gruffly satisfying. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 50% Any Given Sunday (1999) "Stone's blend of mayhem and sensuality-which doesn't shy away from the eroticism of athletes-is a refreshing alternative to the solemnity of most sports dramas. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
78% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) "It's like being inside a Woody Allen movie without Allen's character to point out what self-absorbed schmucks these people are. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B+ 80% Land Ho! (2014) "It's a warm soak rather than a squirt in the eye. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B+ 91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Feels like a wisp of light next to its premium-cable competition's endless night. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B+ 88% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It's not the future of TV, but it makes you feel pretty good about its present. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 8, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) "The Ring is easily the most terrifying movie to come out of Hollywood in years. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 60% Hercules (2014) "What makes "Hercules" a good deal of fun, if not precisely "good," is the way the cast's camaraderie carries over onto the screen. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A- 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Had Hoffman never played a role other than Günther Bachmann, he would still have been one of his generation's greatest actors. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B 56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Blossoms into a surprisingly tender portrait of a man and a woman trying to make room for their own relationship in a house crammed full of children, dogs, fish and an ever-growing stack of unpaid bills. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 17, 2014
B+ 87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) ""The Strain" is garbage, and I kind of love it. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 10, 2014
B 83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The pilot feels more like a sizzle reel than a story; it's enough to pique your interest, but that's all it does. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 9, 2014
B+ 97% Life Itself (2014) "James' film is less like a eulogy than a wake, a commemoration of his living spirit rather than a meditation on his loss. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 4, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) "I can't imagine how [it] looks to a novice viewer, but as a longtime fan who came to embrace the show's ridiculous core, it's slightly thrilling to slip back into the old rhythms, to feel my pulse quicken in time with that accelerating countdown. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 6, 2014
4/5 80% Sorcerer (1977) "[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 64% 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 58% 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 89% 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 87% 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
Posted Dec 11, 2013
1/5 48% 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
Posted Dec 11, 2013
2.5/5 67% 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 17% 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
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
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 71% 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 39% 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
Posted Nov 19, 2013
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