Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Adam Nayman'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

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Under the Shadow is skillful and scary enough to be a legitimate niche hit." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Sieranevada (2016)

"What's exciting in Sieranevada -- or, again, depending on your aesthetic preference, "taxing" -- is how the raucous, multi-directional dramaturgy keeps us from apprehending the true shape of the film for most of its duration." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 11, 2016

Certain Women (2016)

"If one measure of a great filmmaker is that you wouldn't mistake a frame of her work for somebody else's, Reichardt's increasingly personalized variations on long-standing American indie tropes qualifies her for consideration." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Toni Erdmann (2016)

"Enough cannot be said about the sharpness and intelligence of Ade's script, and how credibly it sketches the connections between its superficially disparate co-protagonists." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"The richest wellspring of surprise is Daniel Radcliffe's performance as Hank's corpse-companion Manny, combining as it does inspired flesh-and-blood physical comedy with special-effects-enhanced superpowers." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Sep 30, 2016
C 36%

Skiptrace (2016)

"Skiptrace is a movie made to serve a number of competing interests and markets, and in trying to offer the proverbial something for everybody, it ends up possessing a very limited appeal." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 30, 2016

The BFG (2016)

"Spielberg's charms are not yet overthrown, but his movie is not such stuff as dreams are made on." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"It's just good enough that you only wish it was better." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 23, 2016

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"Na certainly has fun with an onscreen world whose rules keep getting rewritten with each new iteration of evil." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jun 15, 2016

De Palma (2016)

"For all the interestingly schizophrenic attitudes it captures, its gaze is finally too straightforward to honor a director who has always kept us guessing about the best place to look." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Jun 8, 2016
B 35%

Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016)

"Manhattan Night is modest in a way that automatically consigns it to the margins of the summer movie season. But like its hero's carefully secluded home, it's worth seeking out along the sidelines." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 17, 2016
C 8%

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016)

"It's the sort of film that's destined to be the answer to a trivia question, and not much more." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 27, 2016
B 91%

The Confirmation (2016)

"In the best moments, Nelson juxtaposes ... ephemeral, eternal doubt against the concrete realities of small-town American poverty and marginality." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B- 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"This is a film that doesn't want to be easily pegged, either in terms of its politics or generic allegiances. Such ambiguity is a virtue, but for all his technical facility, Hood doesn't really have the finesse of a great, fearless satirist." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 10, 2016

Capote (2005)

"Miller and Futterman underscore the idea that what Capote's achievement does to the story of Hickock and Smith and the Clutter killings is to remove it from the actual world and place it in a literary one." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Western (2015)

"Western is languidly paced, at times to the point of inertia, but its shots of flat-lined Southern landscapes stretching on past the horizon are painterly enough to warrant your patience." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

The Wolfpack (2015)

"A documentary that goes beyond the old stranger-than-fiction cliché into the realm of the genuinely perplexing." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

The Nightmare (2015)

"Few non-fiction films pack the affective punch of The Nightmare, which seeks to turn viewers into mirror images of its terror-stricken subjects. " ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"There are plenty of posthumous profile pieces, of course, but Listen to Me Marlon is unique in that the dearly departed is the only one permitted to speak. It's more of a séance than a documentary." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015)

"Montage of Heck isn't an investigation into its subject's death so much as an homage to his creativity and life force -- it's tender and sad." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"An enjoyable, well-made movie filled with amusingly stylized performances by famous actors." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Being Canadian (2015)

"Being Canadian reifies stereotypes under the guise of deconstructing them, and panders to the pernicious idea of celebrity authority (with a few experts and plucked-from-the-crowd civilians sprinkled in for good measure)." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Jan 2, 2016

American Sniper (2015)

"American Sniper cannot be reduced to simple pro- or anti-war labels." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Jan 1, 2016

Timbuktu (2015)

"Sissako, who always has balanced his social conscience with a stridently comic sensibility, frames the Islamists as figures of fear, but also of mockery." ‐ The Walrus
Posted Dec 30, 2015

The Revenant (2015)

"Simply put, it's boring to watch something so pompously pretentious that stays so resolutely on beat." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 16, 2015

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"A Most Violent Year's final scenes are its worst: they reveal that the plot's sure-footed plodding hasn't led anywhere unexpected, narratively or thematically." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 14, 2015

Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

"We might say that this version of the character is more honest than the one who came before, and in turn, what was bitterly comic in the first section of the film gets reconfigured as ineffably tender." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 9, 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015)

"I'm sympathetic enough to Andersson's project and his sensibility to concede after several months of disappointed reflection that Pigeon's redundancy is merely a case of diminished artistic returns than a lazy repackaging job." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

The Princess Of France (2015)

"The happy paradox of Piñeiro's work is that for all its meticulous control, it's also modest, starting with those truncated running times and including also the pared-down size of the narratives." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Eden (2015)

"Where the early scenes of Eden feel on the nose, the back half is filled with precisely the sorts of glancing-yet-wounding blows that are Hansen-Love's specialty." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Tangerine (2015)

"As a formal exercise... Tangerine is nothing short of remarkable; as a portrait of people doing their best to be their best selves, it's as warm and vivid as the sunsets splashed across its narrow but expansive digital canvas." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Sicario (2015)

"Sicario is as brilliantly made as Prisoners, perhaps even more so." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Creed (2015)

"The surest sign that Coogler has honored his source material is that Creed is populist through and through. His achievement... is that he gives his audience exactly what they want and makes it feel like a gift rather than a bribe." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Son of Saul (2015)

"Nemes's style is undeniable, but it might also just be a brilliant disguise: the handed-down vestments of an ascendant yet fundamentally unclothed emperor." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"There's an amazing sense of scale and depth to the cinematography by John Seale, who came out of retirement for this one, and also a brilliantly varied color palette." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Spectre (2015)

"Instead of propelling Spectre over the top where it belongs, Waltz instead becomes its unhappy avatar, the thinly grinning face of sadly diminished returns." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 7, 2015
C+ 80%

Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015)

"The ostensible boldness of Misunderstood is undermined by the sense that it's also pandering-that its view of childhood as a bourgeois horror-show is at least as salable on the art-house circuit as it is authentic to its creator's experiences." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 24, 2015
A- 87%

Fort Tilden (2015)

"For all its exquisite theater-of-cruelty viciousness, Fort Tilden is finally a work of empathy about people whose own supplies are running on empty." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 75%

Counting (2015)

"Vivid and yet elusive." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015

Dear White People (2014)

"Dear White People is less than the sum of its very polished parts -- a first feature that's just impressive enough to be frustrating." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 16, 2015
0.5/4 16%

The Gallows (2015)

"[The Gallows] winds up telegraphing its final twist so far in advance that you begin to resent the characters for not cluing in." ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 92%

Mala Mala (2015)

"The outcome of this campaign gives the film a heroic arc, and yet amid all the images of celebration and joyful physical abandon the most lingering images are the ones depicting daily routines." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 30, 2015
B+ 85%

A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015)

"It's a good thing that this unruly, enervating, sometimes exhilarating documentary finally got loose, so that more viewers can tucker themselves out try to wrestle it to the ground." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 29, 2015
A- 100%

3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)

"The film on the whole feels restrained considering the scope of the rage and sadness in play." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 25, 2015
C- 0%

The 11th Hour (2015)

"By the time the film empties its inventory of shock tactics and reaches its (too calculated) ambiguous conclusion, we're not sure if Maria deserves better, but it's pretty clear that Basinger does." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 10, 2015
1/4 91%

Love & Mercy (2015)

"It gives us Brian Wilson as a tortured genius, which may be true, but also reduces pretty much everyone else onscreen to a stereotype or a cipher." ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
C 13%

Police Story: Lockdown (2015)

"This is a very poorly paced and structured movie, cutting between time periods to fill in the sort of convoluted backstory that a leaner, more propulsive piece of pulp probably wouldn't bother with in the first place." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 57%

Big Muddy (2015)

"It's a quintessentially Canadian idea mixed in with the material Moneo borrows from various hard-boiled film noirs and sun-dappled westerns." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 28, 2015
C 0%

Unfreedom (2015)

"It's not enough to just jab at hot-button topics. You need to do so with a deft hand. And as far as filmmaking goes, Kumar is all thumbs." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 28, 2015
B 94%

Güeros (2015)

"Even if Güeros doesn't entirely work, it feels worthy: a film made independently and without interference whose reverence for the past thankfully doesn't result in too much solemnity or seriousness." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2015
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