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.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1030
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 29% 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
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 86% 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
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 91% 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
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
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/5 90% 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
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
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
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/5 34% 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
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 36% Touchy Feely (2013) "Like her characters, Shelton doesn't know what to do when things actually happen. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2013
1/5 32% 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
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
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
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
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
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 21% 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
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2/5 37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) "Essentially an overlong, off-brand episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm ... " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 64% 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
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 31% Beneath (2013) "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
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
Posted Jul 16, 2013
B 84% 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
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
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
B+ 68% World War Z (2013) "The movie fares best in its quiet moments, between Pitt and wife Mirelle Enos, or in a climax set in the antiseptic maze of a Cardiff science lab. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 4, 2013
C- 54% The Look of Love (2013) "Not only is Coogan not pushing himself, he often seems barely engaged, playing Raymond as a man of less than life size. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) "The film at least avoids a tidy "...and that was the summer that changed my life" wrap-up, but when what comes before the end credits feels so prefab, you might as well throw in a cribbed happy ending. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 58% Stuck in Love (2013) "The movie's not especially urgent or inventive, but it has small moments of grace ... " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 2, 2013
B+ 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) "Nothing happens in This Is Martin Bonner, and that's the best thing about it. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 20, 2013
B+ 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) "Neville doesn't dwell unduly on the vicissitudes of fame; he's more concerned with celebrating his subjects' accomplishments and giving them a(nother) chance through new recordings on which they sing both backup and lead. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) "Although the unexplained collapse of honeybee colonies is a global problem, the most startling moments in Markus Imhoof's documentary take place on a microscopic level. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) "It's far too soon for a happy ending, but in praising Kato's bravery, Call Me Kuchu at least points to the potential for one. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 14% As Cool As I Am (2013) "Mayer doesn't find a way to make the ritual traumas of adolescence feel new again. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
1/5 13% Hello Herman (2012) "It barely tries to offer insight into its much-debated subject, content to rip the scab off an ever-fresh wound for the sake of controversy. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/5 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) "The structural fireworks of Darcy-Smith's first feature may ultimately provide more light than heat, but they don't distract unduly from its strong performances. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
A- 84% Upstream Color (2013) "It's no surprise that Upstream Color is a head-scratcher, but its untrammeled emotionalism comes as a shock to the senses. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted May 23, 2013
A- 93% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) "The world the characters inhabit is less expressionist than impressionist, blessed with a delicate evocation of natural light and color that subtly incorporates Miyazaki's environmentalism. " ‐ AV Club
Posted May 23, 2013
51% At Any Price (2013) "Bahrani shares his characters' ambitions, and also their lack of perspective. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted May 23, 2013
A- 82% Something in the Air (2013) "Works with a light touch, but leaves a surprisingly lasting mark. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted May 23, 2013
C- 64% Epic (2013) "So generic it might as well come in a black-and-white box: Animated Adventure TBD. " ‐ Time Out
Posted May 23, 2013
D 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) "Dumps the fill-in-the-blanks structure for straightforward comic action. Unfortunately, the impetus has less to do with a push for novelty than simple franchise fatigue. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) "Ricky Jay is the master of a discipline he created: trickster, archivist, showman and raconteur rolled into one. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted May 23, 2013
Showing 51 - 100 of 1030