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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
3/4 No Score Yet To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sister (2016) 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
80% 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 86% 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 53% 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 28% 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 87% 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 87% 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 13% 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
2.5/4 80% Confirmation (2016) Fortunately, Confirmation benefits from superior performances by Kerry Washington as Hill, Bill Irwin as Thomas advocate Sen. John Danforth and Greg Kinnear as Biden. Each actor elevates Grant's pro forma script. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet Jackie Robinson... does a workmanlike job telling the story of a pioneer who later struggled to find his place in the evolving discussion of race in America.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/4 67% Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (2016) Nothing Left Unsaid offers great insight into the lives of its subjects, but its even greater achievement as a film is the unanswered questions it provokes in its viewers.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 97% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) Look at the Pictures mirrors what Mapplethorpe did with his own life and career: It uses the pictures to tell a version of Robert Mapplethorpe while leaving us with the nagging feeling that there was much more to him than met the eye.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
3/4 82% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) After all these years - his and ours - Pee-wee Herman is still a Peter Pan who can lead us back to innocence with a corny joke or a childish jape.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/4 100% Everything Is Copy (2016) Exquisitely involving.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
3/4 70% Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) Every time [director Elaine] May cuts away from Mike Nichols talking, you're impatient for her to get back to him.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
3/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Smith's performance is not only virtuosic but indispensable in grounding the various loose threads of the story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/4 No Score Yet In Defense of Food (2015) From obsessiveness about constipation that led to protein terror, through the low-fat/no-fat sideshow, Americans have continued to search for the elusive "magic bullet. It doesn't exist and never will," Pollan says in his convincingly argued [film].‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) Although it's a struggle at times, you do suspend disbelief and go with it because Lind is so adorable, and you want to accept that the saccharine story line could have played out in real life just the way it's depicted in the film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
89% Bessie (2015) Bessie boasts powerful performances and a chance to hear the early blues popularized by Smith and her mentor, Ma Rainey.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/4 No Score Yet The Diplomat (2015) The Diplomat was directed by the subject's son, David Holbrooke, who gives the film dimension that no other filmmaker could have achieved.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 56% Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) Ferrell may never make Cooperstown, but he's a shoo-in for funniest guy in the U.S.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
2.5/4 89% Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014) The film relies too heavily on a manipulated structure involving the potential loss of the house, but in the end, that doesn't detract from our sympathy for Louganis.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) The SyFy channel's annual exercise in nonsense... is as over the top and enjoyably bad as ever. Maybe even more so.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
4/4 75% Tig (2015) The pile of calamities in Notaro's life was devastating, but as she talks about them, you come to understand that, in a way, surviving one challenge strengthened her to deal with the next.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/4 80% 7 Days in Hell (2015) It's outrageous the way Spinal Tap is outrageous: oddly believable, because 7 Days mimics (and mocks) aspects of real, and dead serious, sports documentaries.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/4 85% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) It may not answer What Happened, Miss Simone?, but it does tell us why the question must be asked and will be asked, for a very long time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/4 80% Nightingale (2015) Oyelowo's virtuosic exploration of a sad, broken man in the midst of a breakdown holds our attention.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
4/4 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) The genius of the Montage is that Morgen eschews not only predictability, but also the pretext of trying to give definitive answers when the more rewarding path to understanding Cobain's life and career is through questions.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief... is at times jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/4 57% Killing Jesus (2015) Killing Jesus is, for the most part, a missed opportunity, and despite its few good points, you're likely to conclude that, once again, the book was better.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
62% Whitney (2015) It's not bad, thanks largely to a stellar performance by YaYa DaCosta and modestly successful direction by actress Angela Bassett, making her directorial debut. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
4/4 80% Regarding Susan Sontag (2014) If you take a less passive approach to the film and connect the multiple dots Kates and co-writer John Haptas have positioned through the 105-minute film, you'll begin to understand what made [Sontag] tick.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet The Last One (2014) One of the most interesting elements of the film is how much the makeup of Names Project staff and volunteers has evolved over the years. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
4/4 100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) People make documentaries about musicians all the time, and some of them are rich with insight. But even among the best of the bunch, few are as thorough about the artist's music as Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet The Genius Of Marian (2013) The Genius of Marian is a very personal film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
2.5/4 84% Rich Hill (2014) What makes this elegy worth watching is the unfettered access to Andrew, Appachey and Harley, teenagers who are dealing with a hardscrabble existence in which role models are nowhere in sight.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014