Jay Weissberg

Jay Weissberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Jay Weissberg's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Land of the Little People (2016)

"With generous inspiration from "Lord of the Flies," the film is a relentless and chilling depiction of a group of kids whose sense of play centers on brutality." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2016
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Fritz Lang (2016)

"Even taking into account Lang's often contradictory inventions, this embarrassing pseudo biopic, profligately adorned with period clips for a futile attempt at authenticity, is a luridly fictionalized mess." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2016
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Mother (2016)

"While Mother also deals with unsavory elements, it does so with a quirky, "Fargo"-like humor that's a pleasure to watch." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2016
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Big Big World (Koca Dünya) (2016)

"The visceral genetics of the story, with its sensitivity to an almost Rousseau-like concept of freedom in a natural setting, is given emotional weight by Ali and Zuhal's fundamental need for each other." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2016
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On the Milky Road (2016)

""Milky" reinforces Kusturica's leap from magical realism into the territory of exaggerated phoniness." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

"Few outside teen audiences will think Mike Carey's adaptation of his own novel is anything more than another tired attempt to board the zombie bandwagon." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Tunnel (Teoneol) (2016)

"A lean, enjoyable disaster story that happily spends more time focusing on character than spectacle, though visual effects are impressive." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016
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A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2016)

"A moving, beautifully modulated adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel, in which a young noblewoman copes with the loss of ideals." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016
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Piuma (2016)

"[A] tiresome, cartoonish comedy." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016

The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016)

"Cult director Kim Jee-woon delivers the goods with an ultra-stylish cloak-and-dagger actioner set in 1920s Korea, under the Japanese occupation." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2016
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Through the Wall (Laavor et hakir) (2016)

"Rama Burshtein's follow-up to "Fill the Void" brings romantic comedy to the Hasidic community, with relatively pleasing results." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2016

The War Show (2016)

"A deeply affecting documentary of the Syrian conflict told from the standpoint of a former radio DJ and her friends." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Mohenjo Daro (2016)

"Fortunately the camera adores Roshan, and everyone else melts away. He nailed the hero persona long ago, and even if it feels like a rehash here, there's no resisting the star's potent charms ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2016

Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)

"[Nalin has] made an Issue movie -- or rather, an Every Issue movie, and so overloads his jaunty wagon with weighty of-the-moment topics that it splinters into dozens of pieces." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2016

La corrispondenza (2016)

"Even if Tornatore were deliberately aiming for the artificiality that clings to nearly every frame, the pic would still feel needlessly airless, hampered by an Italian-to-English script translation that may be precise but lacks naturalism." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016

The President (2016)

"Rather than sophistication cloaked in innocence, the pic feels like didacticism submerged in naivete." ‐ Variety
Posted May 31, 2016

Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016)

"A doctor greases the system in order to ensure his daughter aces her finals in Cristian Mungiu's beautifully structured yet familiar look at a dysfunctional society." ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016
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Tramontane (2016)

"Though not without first film flaws, this echt-Lebanese drama intriguingly delves into the innumerable layers of deceit and willful amnesia that originated in the civil war but continue to straightjacket the nation's psyche." ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016

Aquarius (2016)

"A character study as well as a shrewd meditation on the needless transience of place and the way physical space elides with our identity." ‐ Variety
Posted May 17, 2016

Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016)

"A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter and boasts delicious dialogue with a rare sense of balance." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016

Lamb (2015)

"I's a delicately satisfying drama with coming-of-age elements, deeply sympathetic to its characters and very much attuned to the landscape around them." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
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The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016)

"Ground-breaking dance innovator Loïe Fuller gets a near-complete fictional overhaul in this unnecessary, formulaic biopic." ‐ Variety
Posted May 14, 2016

Neruda (2016)

"Not a biopic but a Nerudian take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, "Neruda" is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer." ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016)

"The film is composed of several exquisite stand-alone sequences unsatisfactorily strung together on a thin cord of mother love, in a story of a middle-aged man unable to overcome the loss of his mother when he was nine." ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
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Atlantic. (2015)

"Beautifully shot on the Moroccan coast, the film tells of a local windsurfer whose frequent association with Euro travelers adds a highly charged pull to the already palpable draw of departure." ‐ Variety
Posted May 2, 2016
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The Ticket (2016)

"Boasting complex, sharply drawn characters and top-notch performances, this mature drama plays with ideas of seeing, both the outside world as well as within oneself, as Fluk masterfully depicts intimacies gone awry." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2016

Do Not Resist (2016)

"Stylistically uninspiring, with a tedious threatening sound design, but the powerful subject matter largely overcomes such missteps ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2016

All We Had (2016)

"The pic is laid low by a banal script that takes the easy path at every turn, resulting in a yet another movie of good intentions and weak delivery." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2016
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Perfetti sconosciuti (2016)

"An unsubtle chat fest stocked with immature characters ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Staub (Dust) (2007)

"Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2016
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Inuk (2013)

"The pure white and blue beauty of Greenland's stunning icy landscape is paired with an involving story of a traumatized teen reconnecting with his ancestral ways in Mike Magidson's enjoyable feature debut." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2016

Francofonia (2016)

"Alexander Sokurov's dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre and specifically (but not exclusively) the museum's status during WWII defies categorization." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2016

Tricked (Steekspel) (2016)

"As with most soap operas, there's a new plot twist every two minutes, suitable for a medium-length format but nothing longer." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2016
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A Childhood (Une enfance) (2015)

"It's all very sad and, while not maudlin, very predictable." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2016

The Show of Shows (2015)

"A cinematic delight that uses archival footage to showcase the appeal as well as the unease of more than a century of circus and carnival acts." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2016

Holding The Man (2015)

"Meant as a passionate chronicle of a great love, and a sobering reminder of the stigma of AIDS, the pic blandly conjures these sentiments and stands as one of the more wrong-footed evocations of coming out in the 1970s and '80s." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 6, 2016

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015)

"The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book's playfulness." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 1, 2016

Sunday Ball (2015)

"Stunningly shot and marvelously edited to capture the rhythms of the game, the pic transcends its subject much in the way Roger Angell's essays on baseball offer rare pleasures even to those uninterested in the game." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

"Guggenheim is such a fascinating figure that few will snipe at a character analysis that rarely gets below the surface." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Casa Grande (2015)

"Precariously balanced social structures maintaining class, race and expectations come crashing down in Casa grande, Fellipe Barbosa's well-made feature debut." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2015

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"The exceptional home movies, many shot by Bergman herself, are an unending source of pleasure, visually reinforcing her children's warm-hearted reminiscences: Their mother was fun to be around." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2015

Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015)

"Remarkable sensitivity and exacting verisimilitude are just two of the many selling points for Sand Dollars." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 3, 2015

Theeb (2015)

"The palpable affection for each other conveyed by Eid and Salameh (real-life cousins) has a cinematic intensity that quickly wins over viewers." ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 3, 2015

As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

"A headstrong young woman in Tunisia bucks her parents and her repressive society in Leyla Bouzid's impressive debut." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2015

One Floor Below (2015)

"Like a pot set to bubble only every few seconds, the drama is tightly measured to ensure a controlled level of tension that remains discreetly constant." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2015

Mustang (2015)

"[Erguven] proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers, whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Youth (2015)

"An emotionally rich contemplation of life's wisdom gained, lost and remembered -- with cynicism harping from the sidelines, but as a wearied chord rather than a major motif." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2015

I Touched All Your Stuff (2015)

"A maddening, intriguing, shout-at-the-screen kind of documentary." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 24, 2015

Aferim! (2016)

"Radu Jude's most accomplished and original feature yet." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2015

The Iron Ministry (2015)

"Designed as a broadly impressionistic vision of the ways the country's vast railroad system is used, the pic is non-ideological and intermittently engrossing, catering to viewers especially drawn to this type of non-narrative docu filmmaking." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2015
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