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.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 29%

Angels in Stardust (2014)

"[O]ne of the biggest problems with Angels In Stardust is that its ostensible mover-and-shaker spends most of her time being lectured. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Fly Colt Fly (2014)

"The movie feints at examining the loneliness of its long-distance runner, but it keeps taking on the feeling of a victory lap." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/4 68%

Visitors (2014)

"As it glides along from one pretty picture to the next, Visitors starts to feel less like a singular artistic gesture than a compendium of quasi-experimental film clichés." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/4 93%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"The proximity between sex and death has rarely seemed as intimate as in Stranger by the Lake, the accomplished new film by gifted French director Alain Guiraudie." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Only a multilevel chase sequence involving Surly and some glowing-eyed street rats has any real kinetic excitement, and the supporting characters lack visual distinction." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet

Arctic Defenders (2013)

"The sheer accumulation of details in the anecdotes is revelatory, yet Arctic Defenders is only intermittently compelling." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Almost 25 years later, Jack: Ryan Shadow Recruit tries its best to reignite the Cold War, with tepid results." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"That a movie this fleet and lean succumbs to action-blockbuster bloat in the home stretch is both disappointing and predictable, although the director deserves credit for keeping the climactic shootouts slick and spatially coherent." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/4 65%

Mama (2013)

"The problem is that [the] movie barely meets the minimum generic requirements, and thus comes off as pretentious for presuming to hover so airily above them." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/4 89%

The World's End (2013)

"If Wright doesn't quite sustain this astonishing mixture of sadness and silliness all the way through, he gets major points just for attempting it in the first place." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/4 83%

The Expedition to the End of the World (2014)

"The amazing imagery of stony beaches and stubbornly frozen fjords suggests nature's utter indifference to human presence, a well-trodden theme here given an entertainingly tricked-up treatment." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3/4 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"The hook of The Crash Reel is that it's about the rivalry between two famous American snowboarders, but in reality, Lucy Walker's slickly produced documentary is about one man's ongoing battle with himself -- on and off the slopes." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 22, 2013
2/4 82%

Maidentrip (2014)

"If it at times, the movie ends up communicating the boredom of such an isolated endeavour, that's necessarily a criticism." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1/4 64%

Nicky's Family (2013)

"Nicholas Winton is a figure who deserves a worthy documentary in his name; unfortunately, Matej Minac's Nicky's Family only gets about halfway there." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 85%

Spinning Plates (2013)

"Yet another smoothly produced doc for the foodie set." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/4 No Score Yet

The Italian Character: The Story Of A Great Italian Orchestra (2013)

"Bozzolini stays resolutely on message from beginning to end, insisting so enthusiastically and adamantly about the greatness of Italy's musical culture that he almost drowns out the melodies on his own soundtrack." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/4 39%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Delivery Man can be pegged as yet another in a seemingly endless series of Apatow-era man-child redemption stories ..." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/4 66%

Bastards (2013)

"As black and sticky and inescapable as a tar pit - a movie whose darkness swallows its characters and the audience whole." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 11, 2013

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"There are powerful moments in 12 Years a Slave, but they tend to happen on the margins of the action." ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Sep 13, 2013
1/4 29%

The Family (2013)

"The casting of Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafioso hiding in witness protection is witty in only the silliest, most superficial way. It's a joke with its own tinny, built-in laugh track." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/4 58%

Riddick (2013)

"In lieu of blockbuster spectacle, Twohy spins wittily choreographed scenes of small-scale carnage, most of it initiated by Riddick himself." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 49%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Michael Bay's muscle-bound satire is Bad Boys on 'roids. And that's not a good thing." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2.5/4 79%

La pirogue (2013)

"For all its technical skill and good intentions, the film doesn't quite have enough dramatic momentum to push it over the top." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3.5/4 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Bell summons up a rich creative voice and projects it at just the right volume. Everything in this cheerful, concise comedy rings out loud and clear." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2013
0.5/4 31%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"The year's most unpleasant movie." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 15, 2013
1.5/4 67%

Elysium (2013)

"A cautionary tale about the dangers of squandering resources that wastes its own talent." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 9, 2013
2.5/4 86%

The Attack (2013)

"It's set up as a descent into the heart of darkness, but it ends up playing out in pallid shades of grey." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 8, 2013
0.5/4 53%

Lovelace (2013)

"Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman settle for a titillating, exploitative snapshot instead of a fully rounded portrait." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 8, 2013
No Score Yet

The Venice Syndrome (Das Venedig Prinzip) (2012)

"Working in a loose, intimate style that belies his strong journalistic point of view, Pichler gathers testimony from a host of native Venetians bemoaning their hometown's chilly social and economic climate." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2/4 17%

Rufus (2015)

"[It] ends up feeling drab as well as looking it." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3.5/4 87%

Computer Chess (2013)

"Bujalski isn't playing at Christopher Guest-like caricature. Instead of mocking this eccentric group, he climbs right inside their anxieties and ambitions." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 86%

The Conspiracy (2013)

"The Conspiracy does more with a found-footage conceit than any horror movie since The Blair Witch Project." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2013
1/4 43%

Red 2 (2013)

"It's quite possible that Helen Mirren has never had to speak such terrible dialogue in her life." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Fondi '91 (2012)

"Fondi '91 has its flaws, but for the most part they arise from the same wellspring of sincerity as its virtues: it's an uneven but earnest debut." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/4 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"None of the stars are trying very hard, and so the most memorable presences are the cameos: If nothing else, Grown Ups 2 will go down as the only film in history to find room for Steve Buscemi alongside "Stone Cold" Steve Austin." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 92%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's lovingly assembled documentary inventories the near-misses and noble failures that comprised Big Star's short career, as well as the tragedies that occurred after they'd stopped recording." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2.5/4 90%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein's film works first and foremost as a showcase of Jay's skills, but he's also an ideal interview subject ..." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/4 42%

The English Teacher (2013)

"A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 30, 2013
3/4 69%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"That the movie is so indifferently written shouldn't really be a surprise. The dialogue is just there to mark time between the set pieces, and it's nice to report that Lin has outdone himself in that department." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2013
2/4 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"Michael Shannon is an overpowering actor, and in The Iceman, the best that he can do is wrestle the movie around him to a stalemate." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 16, 2013
3/4 98%

Mud (2013)

"There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 16, 2013
1.5/4 40%

Skull World (2013)

"Skull World tries to differentiate itself by focusing intently on a single box warrior in lieu of a more panoramic view, but Justin McConnell's film isn't particularly interesting as a character study." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2013
3/4 84%

Graceland (2013)

"Graceland ... has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2013
2/4 45%

Tai Chi Hero (2013)

"While Fung's attempts to err on the side of seriousness in this one after the stylized video-game high jinks of its predecessor are clearly purposeful, they don't necessarily make for a more pleasurable viewing experience." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2013
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Becoming Redwood (2012)

"There's a fine line between quirky and overbearing, and Becoming Redwood keeps stumbling over to the wrong side." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/4 68%

Wrong (2013)

"There's a winning confidence to the filmmaking, which is deceptively stylish - Dupieux favours nervy close-ups and blurred foregrounds - and some real soul in Plotnick's performance." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 69%

Renoir (2013)

"Gilles Bourdos's film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Charlie Zone (2011)

"There isn't a whole lot of style to Charlie Zone, but the movie-making is as determined and efficient (and thrifty) as Avery himself." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1.5/4 41%

Dark Skies (2013)

"Writer-director Scott Stewart doesn't want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it's easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He's not really holding anything." ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 21, 2013