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

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T-Meter Title | Year
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
17% 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
80% 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
67% 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
No Score Yet 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
50% 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
83% 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
100% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) 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
33% 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
No Score Yet Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Fitfully amusing yet unable to withstand close inspection... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Walking on Water (2018) 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
60% 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
91% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) "The Accused" is solid, straightforward storytelling... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
54% 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
80% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) 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
100% Anons (2018) Coşkun introduces comically absurdist elements... and then expertly balances the two moods on a razor-thin edge that's as dry as the martini the characters talk about. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) "The Great Buster" can't hold a candle to the 1987 three-part series "Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow" but will make do as a decent DVD extra. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
88% Non-Fiction (2019) Gets progressively lighter as it moves along, acknowledging the primacy of human interaction (foibles and all) over doctrine. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
67% Sibel (2018) The film sits in an uneasy area, wanting to reproduce real life in this "exotic" village yet forcing it into a straightjacket of primal legends and inorganic notions. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet With the Wind (Le vent tourne) (2018) The film nicely explores the unpredictable intersection of ideals and passion, making a parallel between mankind's inability to control the natural world and human fallibility when it comes to keeping emotions in check. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
71% A Land Imagined (2018) The film privileges style over coherence, indulging in pointless time shifts and giving short shrift to too many characters. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
100% Too Late to Die Young (2018) This is a satisfying sensorial work, unmistakably grounded in independent South American cinema... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% A Family Tour (2018) This intelligently affecting story of exile and displacement is Ying Liang's most highly polished film to date. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Alice T. (2018) Centering a feature on a teenage pathological liar whose character repels sympathy creates too many audience barriers for Radu Muntean's forced drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
No Score Yet Budapest Noir (2017) Some period films come across as homages to classics of the past, while others play perilously on the edge of imitation. "Budapest Noir" definitely falls in the latter category... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
No Score Yet Them 2 (Loro 2) (2018) It never shakes the sense of being hurriedly edited from a much longer and better film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Story of a Summer Lover (Povestea unui pierde-vara) (2018) It's good to see Romanian cinema continuing to diversify, but this isn't quite the thinking man's comedy it very much wants to be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
No Score Yet One Step Behind the Seraphim (2017) A caustic portrait of abuse that calls to mind a number of boarding-school-set movies where oppression and brutality are commonplace. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
No Score Yet Guilty Men (2018) [Willington] Gaona's talents appear to lie mainly in the directing rather than scripting departments, and he's done an impressive job working with the amateur actors, all locals from the small town of Güepsa - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet Liquid Truth (Aos Teus Olhos) (2017) While some tightening is in order, "Liquid Truth" delivers a satisfying cinematic experience... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet Euphoria (2018) The real surprise is how Golino, whose directorial debut "Miele" showed such subtle maturity, could think that this mess of a script was worth putting on screen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
71% The Dead and the Others (Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos) (2018) More than merely respectful, the film succeeds in showing a self-sufficient society aware of the outside world yet choosing to remain true to its traditions and distinct rhythm of life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
91% Sofia (2018) This admirably mordant film deserves to travel widely on the festival circuit as well as art houses beyond its Francophone countries of origin. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
43% Lucia's Grace (Troppa grazia) (2018) Perhaps too many hands had a shot at the script, which lacks cohesion and plays too hard at being as blandly populist as possible. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The achievement is masterful, though its diffusion will be limited. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018