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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 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
No Score Yet 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
92% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2018) The achievement is masterful, though its diffusion will be limited.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
No Score Yet My Favorite Fabric (Mon tissu préféré) (2018) Uncertain and artificial, full of missed chances...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
73% 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
86% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2018) 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
29% 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
No Score Yet 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
44% 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
89% 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
58% 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
89% 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
80% Complices (Accomplices) (1998) Provoking yet not provocative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
No Score Yet A Prominent Patient (Masaryk) (2016) It's really hard to make the negotiations leading up to the Munich Agreement boring, yet that's just what "A Prominent Patient" achieves, and little else.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet What Walaa Wants (2018) Walaa's brio, and the sense of intimacy Garland achieves, gives the film an appealing directness ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
No Score Yet Ex-Shaman (Ex Pajé) (2018) A beautifully composed look at a member of Brazil's Pater Surui tribe whose training as a shaman has ostensibly made him redundant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
No Score Yet The Trial (O Processo) (2018) While the first half can be hard going, given long sequences of senate hearings, the latter part builds into a riveting spectacle of justice sacrificed on the altar of mammon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet Garbage (2018) "Garbage" is tiresome torture porn disguised as a femme-empowering revenge thriller, convinced it's saying deep things about contemporary Indian society.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet Marilyn (2018) The integration of Western motifs with a teenager's hesitant lurch toward self-realization is deftly achieved in Martín Rodríguez Redondo's feature debut, "Marilyn."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
No Score Yet Boys Cry (La terra dell'abbastanza) (2018) For those still not tired of small-time young Italian gangsters, "Boys Cry" can be considered a solid entry in the genre, but that doesn't mean the script makes anything new out of the usual elements.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
No Score Yet Let Yourself Go (Lasciati andare) (2018) Even the great Toni Servillo, usually so adept at freshly delineating each new role, feels old hat here as Elia Venezia, a Freudian psychotherapist more interested in pastries than patients.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) (2018) A melancholic look at how the consequences of bullying, the burden of being different, and the artificial construct of internet chats break down social bonds.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
100% Ága (2018) The screenplay's simplicity is enriched by memorable images whose stillness adds to the overall aura of a period coming to an end.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
50% Touch Me Not (2018) "Touch" is a divisive film that aims to address more issues than it can persuasively handle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
93% Sunday's Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) (2018) Salazar's exquisite attention to detail reveals itself in the visuals as much as the performances, plus the costume design is knock-your-socks-off memorable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Central Airport THF (THF: Central Airport) (2018) A rare observational documentary that recognizes the beauty of spatial forms without forgetting the individuals who inhabit those voids.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Silent Revolution (Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer) (2018) Performances are generically earnest, which is the most that can be expected with such an anodyne script where broadly-drawn characters like Kessler are over-the-top in their brutish behavior.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet 3 Days in Quiberon (3 Tage in Quiberon) (2018) In the end, Romy comes across not as her conservative Sissi fans might have liked, but as she probably wanted: real, flawed, open-hearted, and very human.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Waldheim Waltz (2018) If it sounds like a dry history lesson, think again.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting) (2018) Even worse than the hipster misanthropy are the dyspeptic visuals, mostly composed of unattractive handheld close-ups.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
80% Dovlatov (2018) Maric, in his first lead role, exudes gentility with physical strength.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
100% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2018) Using largely unknown actresses with practically no screen experience yet an extraordinarily canny understanding of character, the director-writer achieves a heightened degree of insight within the confines of a stripped-down production.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
82% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) The result is a city requiem rather than a city symphony, a plangent, multi-layered dirge to the sensory overload of the capital, and as such will be best appreciated by those who know the city.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) For Ahkeem doesn't present anything new, but perhaps there's no need to: Its focus on one young woman struggling to graduate implicitly says that no matter how common the story, every person matters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
No Score Yet Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis) (2017) It's not too churlish to wonder whether thematic rather than cinematic considerations were at play when "Amerika Square" was chosen as Greece's Oscar contender.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
80% Valley of Shadows (2017) While the imagery is influenced by a wide range of artists from Gustave Doré to Norwegian landscape painter Lars Hertervig, "Valley" is completely modern in design even as its concept remains timeless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017