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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 Nainsukh (2011) It's all lovely to look at, enhanced by eye-catching colors and exceptional sound design, but the unvarying tone and too-frequent text panels can become soporific.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
86% Santa & Andrés (2017) Amores and Martínez convey a great deal via silence, their wounded physicality expressing far more than words.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
No Score Yet Rainbow: A Private Affair (Una questione privata) (2017) Within the first 15 minutes it's clear the Tavianis have sadly turned a work of literary depth into more of a middle-brow romance novel with a standard historical setting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
88% Mansfield 66/67 (2017) There's value in examining the myth of Mansfield and its impact, but here poor Jayne herself is lost.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
60% My Generation (2017) There's a tremendous amount of pleasure to be had in David Batty's "My Generation," a sloppy wet kiss to Michael Caine and British youth culture of the 1960s.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet A Present from the Past: 20 September (2016) It's a pleasure to finally not wonder whether a documentary subject is performing for the camera.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
No Score Yet Gatta Cenerentola (2017) Slick, creative animation and largely enjoyable music make "Cinderella the Cat" one of the best Italian animated films of recent years and a step up from co-director Alessandro Rak's well-regarded 2013 debut, "The Art of Happiness."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
No Score Yet Love and Bullets (Ammore e malavita) (2017) A self-indulgent romp through standard Neapolitan stereotypes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) For devotees, this is an enriching way to spend three-plus hours.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
No Score Yet No Date, No Sign (2017) A handsomely made, exceptionally well-played drama that largely works despite a few significant plot holes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
50% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Not even two actors as talented as Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland can save this dreadfully predictable Alzheimer's road movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
100% Foxtrot (2017) Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
93% Human Flow (2017) There's nothing especially distinctive about the package, nothing to tell you this is the work of the most recognizable living artist of the moment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
100% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The tinderbox of Lebanese politics and identity sparks into a controlled conflagration in Ziad Doueiri's calculatedly explosive drama "The Insult."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
83% Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Makes fitful attempts to contextualize the shooting within the broader murderous history of American racism, but ultimately is far more interested in expunging the director's own sense of inherited taint.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
No Score Yet 3/4 (2017) A whisper-light family roundelay of carefully constructed visuals that convey a sense of absence on the cusp of optimism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
100% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2017) "Good Manners" is an ambitious work not only in scope but design, influenced by Jacques Tourneur's psychological horror noirs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
60% Dragonfly Eyes (2017) "Dragonfly Eyes" disappoints with its unsatisfying combination of an ultra-banal narrative told in a formally original way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
No Score Yet The Song of Scorpions (2017) It's easy to get seduced by the sumptuous cinematography of "The Song of Scorpions," but all that beauty becomes mere window-dressing since the script is too weak to support the potentially interesting story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
No Score Yet Wajib (2017) An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
100% The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis) (2017) A dark journey of the soul constitutes The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis, the atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut of co-directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2017) Côté's humane fascination with six bodybuilders tosses aside grandstanding and focuses on the odd duality of man and muscle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
8% The Black Prince (2017) Indian patriotism gussied up by Stately Home porn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
No Score Yet The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) [An] amusing, at times rousing, tribute to a man called the Ed Wood of Afghanistan, someone whose larger-than-life presence makes him more suited to being in front of the camera than behind it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
No Score Yet La defensa del dragon (2017) Static camerawork elides with static lives in Natalia Santa's rigorously controlled, fitfully amusing debut "The Dragon Defense."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) A delightfully meandering, playfully queer riff on the St. Anthony of Padua legend that uses the classic man-in-a-forest motif on a journey of self-discovery.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
84% Letters From Baghdad (2017) A carefully researched documentary that uses an extraordinary wealth of appealing archival footage accompanied by Tilda Swinton's voiceover as Bell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
No Score Yet Pure Hearts (Cuori puri) (2017) A teenage girl pushes the boundaries of her strict Catholic upbringing while her illicit beau grasps for stability in this accomplished indie debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
No Score Yet Fortunata (2017) The camera barely leaves Trinca's side. She delivers an over-sized, nervy performance but the material is so flawed that it's hard to truly say whether it's exceptional acting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
55% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Kruger's powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative's dip into overly crystalline waters ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
68% A Gentle Creature (2017) A captivating, hallucinatory plunge into Russia's atrophied civil society, in which a woman's search for answers is rewarded with humiliation and abuse.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
18% Rodin (2017) Even culture vultures will have their senses dulled by this ploddingly didactic two-hour lesson in the life and loves of master sculptor Rodin.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
40% Golden Years (Nos années folles) (2017) This ragtag period piece, clearly plagued by script problems, is lifeless to the core.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
75% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2017) Watching "Gabriel and the Mountain" is like getting to know all sides of a friend's character: You may discover more arrogance than expected, but the elements you always liked are reinforced.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
100% The Venerable W (Le Vénérable W.) (2017) Barbet Schroeder completes his Trilogy of Evil with this chilling look at the Buddhist monk whose Islamophobic rhetoric is stoking ethnic cleaning in Myanmar.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
No Score Yet Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2017) The form doesn't serve the story, and while the overall choreography of actors and camerawork is impressive, it never fully satisfies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
80% Barbara (2017) Apart from occasional highs linked to songs, such as a beautiful scene of Brigitte in silhouette at the piano singing "Je ne sais pas dire," there's not much development here.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Sicilian Ghost story (2016) Co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza beautifully mix fairy tale and mythological tropes with the harsh reality of a Mafia kidnapping.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% The Future Perfect (El futuro perfecto) (2016) Such an unpretentious delight that it would be a shame to relegate it to specialty streaming sites.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
92% 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
92% 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
67% 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
73% 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
93% 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
100% 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
29% The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2017) 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