Jay Weissberg

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Ice on Fire (2019) A deeply conventional though attractive documentary designed to reinforce just how bad things are getting while offering hope... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
No Score Yet Arest (2019) None of this is remotely surprising or new. The script is drowning in verbiage designed to be overbearing, but the technique isn't nearly as clever as Cohn imagines. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Humorist (2019) Screenwriter Michael Idov makes an impressive directing debut with the super-smart, confidently lensed "The Humorist." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) Beautifully drawn with bold colors and appealing shapes, the film's style is classic animation at its best, clear and pleasing, calculated to charm children and adults alike. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) Taken as a whole, the overlong movie fails to come together, too invested in generating a claustrophobic atmosphere, even in the open desert, to the neglect of everything else. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
40% Tlamess (2019) Becomes an ever-distancing marathon in love with its own inscrutability... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
No Score Yet You Deserve a Love (Tu Mérites Un Amour) (2019) It's tedious watching Lila's pouting irrationality without any sense of why this woman is catnip apart from her physical attractions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
No Score Yet Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Notwithstanding a few genuinely affecting moments, "Our Mothers" never breaks free from being a standard social-issue movie mostly invested in preaching the cause. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
80% Adam (2019) With her debut feature "Adam," Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
93% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Whimsical and wistful yet infused with a yearning for the stability of place... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
79% The Traitor (2019) It's clearly made by a master filmmaker questioning the nature of repentance, and as such is far from superficial; and yet while it never loses our attention, it also doesn't deliver much of a punch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) A reasonably engrossing police procedural with roots in a 2008 TV documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% The Orphanage (2019) What sets "Orphanage" apart are the moments when Qodrat's imagination makes Bollywood-esque musical numbers out of his fantasies. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet Tommaso (2016) "Tommaso" just plays like a Woody Allen-esque portrait of an emotionally castrated guy with mommy issues. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
40% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) A movie so enamored by its self-perception of cleverness that even policy wonks will find it hard to muster enthusiasm. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
80% And Then We Danced (2019) Gifted as both a thrilling dancer and a nuanced actor, Gelbakhiani's magnetic presence goes a long way toward papering over some of the more timeworn plot elements... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet Papicha (2019) "Papicha" feels conspicuously manipulative. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) A fine director of actors, Diop skillfully selected and guided her largely non-professional cast, drawing out believable three-dimensional performances graced by inner radiance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
43% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Gibson is fine; it's everything else that doesn't work. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
63% The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) (2016) In the end, Tommy the dog makes the most emotional impact; surely that wasn't the direction the helmer meant to follow. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Chained (2019) A powerful, often uncomfortable scrutiny of machismo given free rein through a policeman's uniform, and a bleak picture of the meaning of love. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) True passion is absent, and even the extras appear unsure of themselves. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) The film paints a sympathetic portrait of a woman awakening to misogynistic conditioning disguised as cultural convention. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
83% Marighella (2019) "Marighella" isn't interested in weighing ethics, preferring a testosterone-charged portrait of armed insurrection as a glorious pathway to martyrdom. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
70% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Typecasting Israelis and Parisians alike, the film demands multilevel readings, forcing viewers to question the nature of stereotypes and their validity outside parody. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
40% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) Téchiné aims for a bit of character balance, but in the end, the film stumbles into the usual banal pitfalls and features some truly lamentable scenes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
80% A Tale of Three Sisters (2019) [T]his ultimately uninteresting drama is undermined by characters of little discernible intelligence whose plight will leave many viewers apathetic, partly due to the way dialogue seems to be artificially recited rather than naturally delivered. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Gully Boy (2019) A mainstream rap musical served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and an appealing, largely well-woven narrative starring Ranveer Singh in all his charms. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
57% God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019) Positions itself as a feminist cry against a patriarchal Macedonia in the grips of bullying machismo and hidebound religion, yet the genial rushed ending undercuts its gender-equality thrust... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) Mysteries remain mysteries, and the value isn't in finding answers but in emotionally exploring where the questions take you. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) A well-meaning yet maddening slog that soft-pedals the preaching while overindulging the screeching. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet Transnistra (2019) The director carefully avoids turning something that might feel foreign to the audience into a film about "the other." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
96% Dirty God (2019) Boasts a stand-out performance from newcomer Vicky Knight and an unflinching portrait of a strong-willed yet immature protagonist facing a radical change in how the world looks at her as well as how she sees herself. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
92% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) This frequently taut psychosocial drama with political thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
38% One Nation, One King (Un peuple et son roi) (2018) A film desperate to capture the atmosphere of the time yet unable to operate outside the most formulaic depiction of momentous incidents. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
40% The Wedding (2018) The film's lack of originality goes beyond its title as it tediously imitates fixed-camera observational indie dramas while privileging dialogue that plays like uninspired improvisation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
No Score Yet A German Youth (Une Jeunesse Allemande) (2015) How refreshing to have a director refuse black-and-white conclusions, knowing that formulating questions is the best way to probe the past and its ramifications. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would neuter the best elements of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" franchise, but did the producers really need to shift it into a commonplace cross between a superhero flick and James Bond? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
100% Your Face (Ni de lian) (2018) The handsomely composed static shots are unfailingly pleasing as cinema and hold just enough contained dynamism to make them interesting on one or more levels. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
67% Cinderella The Cat (Gatta Cenerentola) (2017) Slick, creative animation and largely enjoyable music make Cinderella the Cat one of the best Italian animated films of recent years. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
No Score Yet Screwdriver (Mafak) (2018) Side characters are unevenly drawn but the more complex lead role, nicely played by Ziad Bakri ("Personal Affairs"), gives it a genuine, affecting core. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
67% The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) (2018) While the story itself is potent, the dialogue is unremarkable and the characters of Jalal and Reem are less compelling than their situations warrant. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
85% Soni (2018) With an intelligent, subtle script and camerawork so organically natural one doesn't immediately realize that each scene is shot in one take, the film draws on a subject much in the news and spins it into a multilayered yet low-key study... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
88% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Fitfully amusing yet unable to withstand close inspection... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% Walking on Water (2019) The artist's forceful character does battle with technology, bureaucracy, corruption and the elements, resulting in an installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
66% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) A maddeningly over-indulgent bid at self-analysis on screen that even the director's shrink might find banal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
60% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Pablo Trapero's beautifully crafted multilayered drama that's also his most enjoyable film in years. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
92% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) "The Accused" is solid, straightforward storytelling... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) "Sunset" is all smoke and mirrors leading to a facile reflection on the carnage that marked the start of the modern era. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
83% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Despite charismatic subjects, the film seems so concerned with its handsome black-and-white aesthetics that it never feels angry enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018