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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
91% Finding Oscar (2017) As a story, "Finding Oscar" has all the necessary ingredients for a riveting experience, yet the execution is more earnest than inspiring in all but the most predictable ways.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
100% Glory (2017) Co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's Glory confirms the advanced promise shown in their award-winning narrative debut, The Lesson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
57% They Call Me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot) (2017) Italy finally gets its own superhero, and the results are surprisingly gritty and thoroughly enjoyable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
74% Suntan (2017) It's an unflinching depiction of one man's descent into an embarrassing vortex of desire, paired with a spectacular lack of self-awareness. Helmer Argyris Papadimitropoulos scores a bull's-eye, in all senses.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
90% The Freedom to Marry (2017) It does its job more or less efficiently (we could do without Wolfson's parents' friends talking about what a bright boy he was) in cookie-cutter documentary fashion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
69% Death in Sarajevo (2016) An expertly modulated choral drama that is also one of the most clear-cut and boldly stated summations of Bosnia's paralyzing discord. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
71% Junction 48 (2017) Issues are overly simplified and scenes are often poorly constructed (not helped by uneven editing), though Nafar is a charismatic performer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2017) Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
No Score Yet Just Like Our Parents (Como Nossos Pais) (2017) Lead actress Ribeiro ensures that Rosa is a figure anyone can identify with, her struggle for self-realization as pertinent today as it was in Clarice's generation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
60% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016) Trueba is having so much fun revisiting characters from 1998's "The Girl of Your Dreams" that he's forgotten how to build a story out of multiple strands and make it all work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Bright Nights (Helle nächte) (2017) It all feels so clichéd, with each semi-crisis kept relatively muted, yet positioned exactly where one expects it to be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Insyriated (2017) Like a Holocaust script that aims for sentiment and phony realism, the results reduce the tragedy to cheap TV-movie tricks.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Chavela (2017) Loaded with concert footage, interviews with friends, and terrific photos, this well-balanced documentary directed by Gund and Daresha Kyi celebrates the woman and the legend, and if the stock archival material doesn't always fit, few will mind.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Wild Mouse (Wilde Maus) (2017) With personalities never going deeper than what's expected in a mild comic sketch, and believability held in that limbo space reserved for exaggerated comedies, the film has little chance outside German-speaking territories.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
100% Hedi (2016) Tunisian cinema is on a roll this season, and Hedi has the maturity (together with the Berlinale placement and the Dardenne brothers attached as co-producers) to successfully work the arthouse niche internationally.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
100% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) Boasting superb camerawork from d.p. Ahmed Gabr and stellar crowd direction, Clash might strike some as crossing too often into hysteria, yet this is bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message about chaos and cruelty (with some humanity).‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2017) While too baldly calculated and on-message to rank with Belvaux's best, "Our Land" will see perhaps the strongest returns of his career given the topicality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
67% Super Dark Times (2017) It's hard not to appreciate the astute ways the script captures the moment when carefree childhood turns into the loss of innocence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
17% Lost in Florence (2017) Bland even for the armchair traveler, "Lost" is as inoffensive as a picture-souvenir booklet, and equally unmemorable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
20% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
88% Frantz (2017) The results are oddly more artificial than the 1932 original, and considerably less moving.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
No Score Yet A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A moving, beautifully modulated adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel, in which a young noblewoman copes with the loss of ideals.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
No Score Yet Piuma (2016) [A] tiresome, cartoonish comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
100% The Age of Shadows (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
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
73% The Wedding Plan (2017) Rama Burshtein's follow-up to "Fill the Void" brings romantic comedy to the Hasidic community, with relatively pleasing results.‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
87% The President (2016) Rather than sophistication cloaked in innocence, the pic feels like didacticism submerged in naivete.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
93% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
57% The Dancer (La danseuse) (2016) Ground-breaking dance innovator Loïe Fuller gets a near-complete fictional overhaul in this unnecessary, formulaic biopic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
94% 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016