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David Wiegand

David Wiegand
David Wiegand's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Newspapers

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 87% Grey Gardens (2009) Whether you know the Maysleses' film or not, you'll be astounded at the performances of Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as Big and Little Edie. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
74% Too Big to Fail (2011) Director Curtis Hanson paces the whole thing like a thriller, as if the fate of the entire world were at stake. By the end, even if we don't entirely understand the complexity of the threat, we're convinced that's exactly how serious the crisis was.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/4 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Schumer is the movie, shamelessly comic... but also willing to take us straight into the character's pain. I Feel Pretty may go down as her signature picture.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Harry Styles at the BBC (2017) The show isn't as satisfying as seeing Styles perform live, and Grimshaw may not add much to the party, but it is, after all, Harry Styles -- and that makes the hour deserving of being called a special.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
4/4 96% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Elvis Presley: The Searcher convincingly finds what Elvis may have been looking for.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/4 68% Paterno (2018) The script is weak and the direction is weaker, as Levinson tries to walk a fine line on the issue of Paterno's involvement for the sake of the tacked-on finale.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/4 81% The Child in Time (2018) Children get lost -- we're used to that fact as the foundation of dramatic literature - but The Child in Time is about the child who can get "lost" as we grow into adulthood. That loss is also profound.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
2/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) The element that keeps "Love, Simon" from fully realizing its potential is that it feels like something you'd see on TV. And not on TV in 2018 - TV you'd see in the 1980s.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) Kimmel may not have been disappointed, but the audience was. The political parts of the allegedly off-the-cuff acceptance speeches were mostly pro forma, perhaps the result of over-rehearsal.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Maigret's Night at the Crossroads (2017) If we buy into the concept that great comedy's flip side is sadness, and we should, Atkinson brings that key element of his past comedic work to the role of Maigret.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Maigret's Dead Man (2016) Screenwriter Stewart Harcourt makes his point, telling us something about Maigret and his wife.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Maigret Sets a Trap (2016) Just knowing the identity of the killer turns out to be only part of the story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Maigret in Montmartre (2017) If we buy into the concept that great comedy's flip side is sadness, and we should, Atkinson brings that key element of his past comedic work to the role of Maigret.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) There's really little point in investing more thought in this movie than the filmmakers, is there?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
2.5/4 100% Psych: The Movie (2017) In truth, the movie isn't quite up there with some of the more memorable episodes from the show, but whether you're a veteran pineapple-head or a newcomer to the silliness, Psych: The Movie is welcome comic relief.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/4 94% The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) Fortunately, though they may not be titanic, there are real journalists still fighting the good fight in the business, in TV, social and digital media, and in newspapers. All of them to one extent or another embody the legacy of Ben Bradlee.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/4 84% Beach Rats (2017) It's not the feel-good movie of the year, but it's a powerfully rendered reminder that coming of age can be harrowing, and hurtful to others, even in our purportedly more open-minded country.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 92% Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (2017) Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will melt the heart of the most hardened cynic.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet Descendants 2 (2017) Descendants 2 will not disappoint, and that means fans as well as Disney's number crunchers.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
3/4 89% Tour De Pharmacy (2017) Tour de Pharmacy is a tour de farce of bad taste, unsophisticated humor, brief nudity and absolutely no redeeming values at all except that it's damn funny and oh, so badly needed right about now.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) [It] veers wildly from being very funny, to sounding like a stoner's meandering journey through topics only he finds funny, to stuff you'd expect to hear from a 12-year-old. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 83% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) The documentary adds to the mountain of information about Grant and brings us somewhat closer to understanding who he really was. But it's likely aspects of both Archie Leach and Cary Grant will remain an enigma forever.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
2.5/4 73% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Levinson does a solid job for the most part. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive (2017) He is in command every minute he's onstage, exhibiting flawless comic timing in a routine that is liberally peppered with four-letter words, but big on both humor and, yes, heart.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/4 88% Batman & Bill (2017) The film is beautifully directed by Don Argott and produced by Sheena Joyce. The one thing that's missing is commentary from Kane's side of the story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 67% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Henrietta Lacks achieved a kind of immortality after her death. But Skloot's book and, now, this gripping film adaptation will ensure that the world knows who she was.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
3/4 92% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Louis C.K. toggles between grouchy and apologetic, his two most oft-used standup comedy gears. He does this to such perfection that even the few moments when the content is weak or a tad forced, he still has his audience on the floor.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/4 100% Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg (2016) Fine can't be faulted for loving his subject. His filmmaking reflects that love.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/4 83% To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sister (2017) The film is graced by lovely performances from the main cast in particular. The work by the actresses in the lead roles is so good, you can easily forget that they don't look at all as though they could be related.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond (2016) Diamond really has a love affair with the human brain, and through this joy-filled film, it's highly contagious.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/4 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) The film is surprisingly revealing, given the fact that its two subjects, in both similar and individual ways, are playing for the audience. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/4 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
82% By Sidney Lumet (2016) The film is fascinating and important as it is, and Buirski made the right decision in focusing largely on the Anker interviews with Lumet.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
3/4 100% Every Brilliant Thing (2016) Play and performance are spot on, but they are also more than they seem to be. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 80% Barry (2016) Terrell's performance elevates the film...He is convincing in conveying Obama's serious demeanor and suggesting the eliding cadence of Obama's manner of speech. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/4 85% Lion (2016) Because of Patel's electrifying and deeply nuanced performance, Lion ultimately delivers the emotional punch it has promised all along.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet The Trans List (2016) The documentary may not win any awards for great filmmaking, but the information conveyed in The Trans List is vital, and the personal stories of trans people are compelling and sometimes heartbreaking.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2.5/4 50% Mascots (2016) Guest never wanders too far from his comedic safe zone: He is a master at finding humor in how seriously we take ourselves. But no one is complaining. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
4/4 30% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) The film may have some minor flaws, but you will easily overlook them because if you don't, Laverne Cox is going to set you, well, not "straight," in this case.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 100% Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) Viewers can form their own conclusions about McAfee's alleged connection to Faull's murder, the death of David Middleton and other aspects of his life. Burstein convincingly makes her case.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/4 No Score Yet 9/11 Inside the Pentagon (2016) The inside stories of people who were at the Pentagon that day offer further insight into why that day is and always should be unforgettable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/4 93% The Little Prince (2016) No child, or adult, for that matter, will be able to resist the considerable charm of The Little Prince.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/4 84% Tallulah (2016) Heder's purpose here is clearly worth exploring, and somewhere in all of this, there is a very powerful film. But moralizing can lead a director down the path of melodrama, and that's what keeps Tallulah from reaching its potential.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
2/4 88% Looking: The Movie (2016) As a film, Looking: The Movie is really just a long episode of the series. It isn't very well structured, is all talk and little drama, and bogs down halfway through because of the same insularity that made the second season pretty much a big shrug.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/4 100% As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM (2016) Knowing the ending doesn't detract from the experience of watching the film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2013) Soft Vengeance gives us even more reason to be grateful for Albie Sachs' drive and sacrifice in ending apartheid.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 100% Suited (2016) It will take more than an informative and engaging documentary on a pair of custom tailors to prevent another Orlando, but Suited makes a valuable contribution to understanding what it means to be transgender in the U.S. in 2016.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/4 100% The Dresser (2015) Of course, it's a showcase of great acting, as you would expect, but The Dresser is also a well-tailored play enriched by layers of metaphor and irony.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
4/4 88% All the Way (2016) Robert Schenkkan's adaptation of his own play offers us a chance to reconsider Johnson's complex legacy.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
2.5/4 18% Special Correspondents (2016) A tepid Gervais is better than no Gervais at all, and Special Correspondents has its moments, most of which are supplied by supporting cast members like America Ferrera and Vera Farmiga.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016