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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
80% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Fitfully amusing yet unable to withstand close inspection...‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
61% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2018) A maddeningly over-indulgent bid at self-analysis on screen that even the director's shrink might find banal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
54% The Quietude (La quietud) (2018) Pablo Trapero's beautifully crafted multilayered drama that's also his most enjoyable film in years.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
89% The Accused (Acusada) (2018) "The Accused" is solid, straightforward storytelling...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
52% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) "Sunset" is all smoke and mirrors leading to a facile reflection on the carnage that marked the start of the modern era.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
79% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
91% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
85% Non-Fiction (2018) Gets progressively lighter as it moves along, acknowledging the primacy of human interaction (foibles and all) over doctrine.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
60% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
No Score Yet A Land Imagined (2018) The film privileges style over coherence, indulging in pointless time shifts and giving short shrift to too many characters.‐ Variety
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
80% 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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2018
100% 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
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
90% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The achievement is masterful, though its diffusion will be limited.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
60% My Favorite Fabric (Mon tissu préféré) (2018) Uncertain and artificial, full of missed chances...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
74% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) While this is unquestionably an issue film, it tackles its subject with intelligence and heart.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% The Snatch Thief (El Motoarrebatador) (2018) Takes a nuanced approach to the two lead characters, refusing an easy heart-warming approach and thereby delivering a more complex story beneath the stripped-down filmmaking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) Some stunning shots and a likable protag can't cover up the story's shallowness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
31% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) Interested parties are better off checking out some of the documentaries, such as "Gulîstan, Land of Roses," rather than this well-intentioned yet cliché-riddled lunge at the tear ducts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
100% Samouni Road (2018) While the film could benefit from a bit of trimming early on, its success at showing real lives unfathomably impacted by barbarism is beyond dispute...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
62% Yomeddine (2018) A sweet, solid first feature marbled with genuinely touching moments that make up for times when the siren call of sentimentality becomes a little too loud.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
93% Petra (2018) What really keeps things together are the outstanding performances, starting with the always excellent Lennie and her aura of adult maturity dogged by uncertainty.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
89% Donbass (2018) A scathing portrait of a society where human interaction has descended to a level of barbarity more in keeping with late antiquity than the so-called contemporary civilized world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
No Score Yet The Cousin (Ha'ben dod) (2017) A liberal-minded Israeli actor hires a Palestinian handyman who becomes a suspect in an assault case in this uneven semi-thriller that defangs its bite by shifting into comedy mode.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
No Score Yet Them 1 (Loro 1) (2018) Alternating between sharp-witted and unexpectedly tender, "Loro 1" feels very much like a lead-up to something, introducing characters and situations to be further developed in "2."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
89% Titli (2014) The film plunges into this pitiless milieu with headstrong assurance, presenting a paternalistic world where corruption seeps into people's pores and women need backbones of steel to survive.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
62% Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free (2018) In her feature debut, director and co-writer Cordula Kablitz-Post clearly decided that Andreas-Salomé, famed author, philosopher and psychoanalyst, needed to be treated not just with kid gloves, but with pristine laminated mitts...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
100% The Judge (2018) There are scandalously few female-empowerment documentaries about Arab women that also aim to counter Islamophobia, which is why Erika Cohn's "The Judge" is a welcome addition.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
81% That Summer (2018) Underlying the delirious unconventionality, long the privilege of the upper classes, is a palpable streak of melancholy ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018