Elizabeth Weitzman

Elizabeth Weitzman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Mayor Pete (2021) In contrast to viscerally electric or culturally essential documentaries like The War Room and All In: The Fight for Democracy, Mayor Pete is a doggedly traditional behind-the-scenes glimpse at a solemnly earnest political candidate. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
44% South of Heaven (2021) Sudeikis' success in Ted Lasso ensures he won't have to accept grimly derivative thrillers like this one ever again. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
21% The Starling (2021) Viewers may be surprised to find they've happened upon a movie that would feel far more at home on the Hallmark Channel. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
100% Becoming Cousteau (Cousteau) (2021) Cousteau, who died in 1997, described himself as "a witness to change." This respectful, visually compelling biography invites -- indeed, implores - a new generation to bear witness, too. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
17% Karen (2021) Considering that there's not a single twist or surprising moment, Karen fails as a thriller. Given that it delivers its messages with all the subtlety of a meme, it fails as a cultural critique. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
75% On Broadway (2021) The approach is similar to that of a generic jukebox musical, speeding by all the greatest hits without delving deeply enough into any of them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) Rose's version is long overdue for a contemporary revision. It's hard to imagine one with more searing impact than this. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
2/5 15% Lucky (2011) Thank your lucky stars I had to see Gil Cates Jr.'s darkly comic misfire early enough to warn you against wasting your own time and money. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
68% Respect (2021) That the story intermittently recedes into the background might be problematic, were it not for the fact that the spotlight remains resolutely focused on a captivating Jennifer Hudson. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2021
88% Nine Days (2021) In both its sentimental view of existence and its bold lack of internal logic, Nine Days feels very much like a faith-based movie that prioritizes messaging over subtlety, logic, or even consistency. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
94% No Ordinary Man (2021) A fascinating deconstruction of history, culture, and identity, No Ordinary Man raises so many crucial questions - and answers them so thoughtfully - that it moves beyond entertainment into the realm of essential text. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
58% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Is slotting women instead of men into the lead roles of generic genre movies still considered some sort of progress? You could spend hours pondering the depressing intimations of that question, particularly since there's already a sequel in development. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
48% False Positive (2021) Despite the dark doings surrounding Lucy's pregnancy, it's the small observations that build the cornerstone of the film. Glazer wrote the script with her Broad City collaborator Lee, and they share a razor-sharp eye for the tiniest, most painful cuts. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
No Score Yet Asking for It (2021) Careful casting is equally essential to balance any heavy-handedness, and Clemons, Shipp, and Mitchell in particular flood the screen with charisma. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Audiences drawn to Bourdain through the years... [are given] the invaluable gift of a stronger connection, deeper knowledge, and just a little more time. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
79% 7 Days (2021) Sethi, making an impressive directorial debut here, is smart enough to undercut the sweetness with a palpable air of unease. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
16% Infinite (2021) This feels like a paycheck job all around, and Bathurst speaks for everyone when he proclaims that "Newer is almost never better." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
88% Dream Horse (2021) Doesn't rewrite the genre, but it's feel-good filmmaking of the sort many may be inclined to seek out at the moment. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
75% The World to Come (2021) Historical lesbian love stories have become an increasingly prolific genre... and this one doesn't strike much new ground as a romance. But it's haunting as a portrait of a marriage trapped in amber, each partner screaming silently inside themselves. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
70% Land (2021) [F]or anyone unable to leave the confines of their own home or neighborhood right now, "Land" offers simple lessons and stunning landscapes that may feel like a welcome balm. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Ascher leaves us pondering the costs of dissociation, but also its seductive appeal. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
83% There Is No 'I' in Threesome (2021) [A]lthough the movie concerns itself with love and sexuality, its true subjects are vulnerability, trust and self-knowledge. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
52% R#J (2021) Twenty-five years ago, Baz Luhrmann's MTV-influenced "Romeo + Juliet" taught young audiences that Shakespeare's themes and talent are truly eternal. But it's tough to get invested in a romance between two people more interested in likes than love. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
72% Palmer (2021) Palmer is, in every sense of the word, decent. It's familiar, and predictable, and a little bit hokey. But it's also genuinely moving and surprisingly memorable, thanks to its two leads. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
4/5 73% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) Serkis is such a live wire that the supporting actors (Olivia Williams, Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone) can do little but stand back in awe. It's the rare instance where such admiration is earned. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
2.5/4 68% Babies (2010) The kids are absolutely charming, and each scene is beautifully shot. But there is no narrative thread, and the minimal social observations are blindingly obvious. - New York Daily News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) For those who don't feel up to facing more bad news, there is some hope here in the form of citizen activists doing all they can. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
89% Banana Split (2020) Plenty of viewers are likely to nod when April googles "anxiety vs actual heart attack," while this critic was fully onboard from the moment she righteously refuses to serve a customer a hot dog at her movie theater concession job. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
90% The Booksellers (2020) Pays warm-hearted tribute to the reading, but also the shopping, the rifling, the obsessing, the complaining, the dreaming, the list-making, the shelf-organizing, and everything else book-lovers love to do. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) While it fits perfectly into the larger framework of Reichardt's filmography, it also stands alone in rare, iconoclastic beauty. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
99% Saint Frances (2020) The pacing is slow and the suburban-Chicago imagery feels deceptively ordinary, but the memorably empathetic depictions of everyday joys and pain are most often found in the connections between people. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
60% You Go to My Head (2020) The more opportunities director-producer-co-writer de Clercq takes to shoot Belgian model Delfine Bafort in various states of languorous undress, the more it starts to feel like we're watching a vanity wish-fulfillment fantasy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
80% Buffaloed (2020) Had the movie gone all-in on Peg's amorality, we might have had a more interesting project. Had Peg shown some nuanced vulnerability or awareness, we might have had a more likable one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
89% Earth (Erde) (2019) Though Geyrhalter shoots from seemingly every angle, the cinematography itself is equally clinical. This leads to a harshly striking - and strikingly harsh - tableau, which aptly reflects his intentions. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
82% Whirlybird (2021) Yoka spent six years sifting through and digitizing Bob's archives, and even he may have been surprised to find that the micro story winds up being stronger than the macro one. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) So well crafted that it's likely to make a lot of other Sundance films feel relatively amateurish. But as both writer and director, Cronenberg focuses so intently on the surface that he neglects to include enough substance. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
67% The Wave (2020) Klabin seems to be speaking directly to midnight movie fans, stoners who love hearing about other people's dreams, and Justin Long completists. Outside that particular demographic, this frenetic trip may wind up feeling more like an exhausting slog. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) Despite some grim ecological statistics and a conservationist message, the movie is so inspirational it feels like the sort of old-fashioned family film that can now be excavated on Disney+. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
39% Black Christmas (2019) If you're intrigued to hear that Riki Lindhome of Garfunkel and Oates has refashioned "Up on the Housetop" into a jaw-dropping rape-culture callout, this is the movie for you. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) They didn't want to leave anyone out, and they didn't want to make anyone mad. As a result, a genuinely explosive story never detonates with the force it should. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Given that the film and its title are inspired by actual events, it would be no spoiler to reveal where this path is leading. But there is so much artistry in the unexpected ways the journey is plotted that viewers ought to experience them firsthand. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) It's certainly curious that the first people to be interviewed in a movie about a former Communist activist are her chauffeur, secretary, and caretaker. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The real asset Banks brings to the movie, though, is her own perspective. She builds the whole project on a scaffolding of sisterhood that feels so natural, it highlights Hollywood's historic failures in this regard. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% Good Girls Get High (2019) Cynicism often curdles movies of this kind, but director Laura Terruso, who co-wrote the script with Jennifer Nashorn Blankenship, underscores each scene with sweetness. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) The film really wants to be either a thriller or a caper. Unfortunately, it has neither the excitement necessary for the former nor the fun required of the latter. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) Marcos innately understands the importance of image, but she seems to have underestimated her inquisitor, who uses well-chosen historic footage and powerfully-edited interviews with other Filipinos to gradually expand the canvas. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Filmmaker and subject also share a disdain for restraint, shouting and jostling to ensure we've gotten their point. But while their parallel passions aren't exactly subtle, they do make their mark. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
81% Greener Grass (2019) The repetition can start to feel overdone, but the best jokes are acutely-crafted and sold with impressive deadpan by DeBoer, Carden and Bennett. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
19% Jexi (2019) Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have figured out how to modernize one of the most traditional and apparently still essential Hollywood tropes: the Crazy Bitch. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
71% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) What Nichols finds is promising, but because of the way the movie is structured, the reveal feels like a murky cheat. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019