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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
10% The Black Prince (2017) Indian patriotism gussied up by Stately Home porn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
No Score Yet 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
81% 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
42% 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
67% 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
13% 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
No Score Yet 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
60% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
90% 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
76% 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
91% 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
50% 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 In Syria (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
100% 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
20% 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
97% 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
83% 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
90% 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
89% 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
50% 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
85% 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