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Jay Weissberg

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! (Não Devore Meu Coração) (2017) An adolescent Brazilian boy's love for a Paraguayan Guarani girl is set against the pained historical residue of violent conflict in this over-heated, unsatisfying debut. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2017
75% Frantz (2017) The results are oddly more artificial than the 1932 original, and considerably less moving. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet A Maid for Each (Makhdoumin) (2014) The disturbingly caste-like treatment of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon is dissected with artful formalism in Maher Abi Samra's sophomore documentary. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2017
No Score Yet Nuts (2016) The result is vaguely derivative and faintly ridiculous, yet the film's no-holds-barred bravura also feels refreshing in a Lebanese film. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2017
No Score Yet Gaza Surf Club (2016) A group of young men, as well as a few girls, hit the waves as a way of mentally escaping the Gaza Strip in this handsome, uplifting documentary. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 27, 2016
100% A Flickering Truth (2015) A poetically elegiac documentary about the vulnerability of Afghanistan's cinematic heritage, and the determined efforts to safeguard what remains. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 22, 2016
88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) Designed on one level to conjure the effects of a repressive society on women with few choices available, "Love" feels frigid even though Wasilewski likely wants to extend sympathy to their situations. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 17, 2016
80% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016) Dubai's first animated feature puts top-class artwork to use in a story designed to preach about the inclusive, non-discriminatory aspects of the Muslim faith to younger audiences. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 28, 2016
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 21, 2016
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet On the Milky Road (2016) "Milky" reinforces Kusturica's leap from magical realism into the territory of exaggerated phoniness. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
84% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Piuma (2016) [A] tiresome, cartoonish comedy. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016
96% 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 2, 2016
69% The Wedding Plan (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
100% 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
43% 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
45% 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
17% 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
87% The President (2016) Rather than sophistication cloaked in innocence, the pic feels like didacticism submerged in naivete. ‐ Variety
Posted May 31, 2016
95% 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 19, 2016
No Score Yet 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
97% 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
100% 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
86% 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
50% 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
96% 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
43% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 25, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) Stylistically uninspiring, with a tedious threatening sound design, but the powerful subject matter largely overcomes such missteps ... ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2016
38% 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
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) An unsubtle chat fest stocked with immature characters ... ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2016
80% Staub (Dust) (2007) Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2016
No Score Yet 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
85% 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
43% 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
No Score Yet A Childhood (Une enfance) (2015) It's all very sad and, while not maudlin, very predictable. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2016
100% 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
78% 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
80% 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
80% 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
93% 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
90% 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
100% 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
94% 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