Max Weiss

Max Weiss
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) The Sparks Brothers film is smart, funny, infectiously weird, a little geeky, a little too long, a little niche, and consistently entertaining. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/4 97% Shiva Baby (2021) Shiva Baby is an extremely exaggerated version of a certain reality, which is precisely why it's so damn funny. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3.5/4 88% Zola (2021) The film is a ride -- both in the literal and metaphorical sense. I never wanted to get off. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
3/4 90% Luca (2021) Luca is a sweet, gentle, sun-kissed film, with gentle rhythms and a generous spirit. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
93% Bo Burnham: Inside (2021) The brilliant Bo Burnham: Inside is the perfect comedy special for our real pandemic, the one we all suffered through, the one we're just tentatively coming out of. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/4 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella is clearly not without its flaws, but to borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn, they made it work. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
2/4 98% The Father (2021) [The Father] leans too strongly into the horror tropes, to the point where it seems the film is less about truly understanding the experience of a dementia patient and more about messing with the audience. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.5/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Collective is eye-opening, elegiac, and essential. It suggests, or at least hopes, that the only thing more powerful than political corruption is the collective voice of those trying to stop it. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
1.5/4 84% Nobody (2021) Nobody is the Axe Body Spray of movies. It's pseudo cool, it leaves a lingering bad odor, and just because it'll find an appreciative audience of hormonal teenage boys doesn't mean it's actually any good. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 78% I Care a Lot (2021) I Care a Lot is stuck in a kind of limbo. It should've either been more nasty or less nasty. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Kinetic, silly, candy-colored, and hyperviolent, Birds of Prey is a serious treat for fans of comic book films. But it wouldn't work without the equal parts goofy, hilarious, and unhinged performance of its lead. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 45% The Little Things (2021) It's aggressively fine. Can we put this kind of film to bed already? - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) All the acting here is remarkable. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 88% News of the World (2020) Leave it to Tom Hanks to give us the movie we all need right now. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 95% Soul (2020) My favorite part was the earth-bound stuff, which featured one of the most evocative renderings of New York City I've ever seen on film, animated or not. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is like nothing I've ever seen. It's jaunty, downright good-humored, even as it's wrecking you. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 80% Charm City Kings (2020) Ultimately, Charm City Kings passes the Baltimore smell test, which is saying a lot. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 96% Ham on Rye (2020) The Twilight Zone meets Dazed and Confused in this funny, unsettling film from newcomer Tylor Taormina. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) On the Rocks is a delight from beginning to end. Gorgeously acted, deeply felt, but remarkably light on its feet. Consider this review my love letter to Sofia Coppola. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) It's funny that a film can be both overly facile and clear-eyed at the same time, but Words on Bathroom Walls is just that. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) As for Patel, he makes a wonderful Copperfield -- sturdy, kind, charismatic, and filled with a childlike curiosity and wonder even into adulthood (and, of course, great hair). - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 100% Vinyl Nation (2020) It's a whole lot of fun to see people who love not just music but their stuff so much. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/4 94% Boys State (2020) The filmmakers, Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, focus mostly on four boys -- and they've chosen wisely. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 74% The Rental (2020) This one is pretty nifty, as such things go, especially if you are partial to the psychological portion of psychological thrillers. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/4 95% Palm Springs (2020) I won't tell you how it ends, but I will say that Samberg and Milioti are delightful together. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
1.5/4 40% Irresistible (2020) The whole point of the film, if I'm following it correctly, is that money in politics is bad and that our Red State/Blue State narrative is driven by the press and political strategists and serves to divide us further. Whoa... mind blown. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Sometimes the best way to call attention to an historical injustice is through bold entertainment. That's certainly what the great American auteur Spike Lee has in mind with Da 5 Bloods. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/4 100% Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) The dancing-filled with kicks and scissors and stepping so fast it sometimes looks like the film has been sped up-is electrifying. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Raf (2019) The film grows increasingly menacing, like a horror film waiting for the horror to kick in. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/4 100% Mayor (2020) Like so many of the best documentaries, David Osit's Mayor feels like a work of fiction. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/4 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) A Thousand Cuts is a must see for those who care about freedom of the press, democracy, and the future of one particular country-our own. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/4 89% You Don't Nomi (2020) Finally, after all these years, in on the joke-it feels like a happy ending for Berkley and Showgirls. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Pete Davidson plays a version of himself in this shaggy, endearing, if overlong, comedy. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/4 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) ... the film is joyful, funny, life-affirming, and funky as hell. The Beasties have all these great memories about the band-and we do, too. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always becomes a story of survival, resourcefulness, and friendship as the two girls navigate two days in the city with no place to stay and very little money. It's downright Dickensian. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/4 87% Emma. (2020) Emma. pulls off a wonderful oxymoron: It's a substantial confection. I delighted in nearly every minute of it. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man is one of those great, "everyone thinks she's crazy but we know she's not" movies and the frustrations (and stakes) keep mounting as the film goes on. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) What the film does make clear, however, is that everyone is in survival mode at this studio... - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 91% Miss Americana (2020) Miss Americana is about her breaking free of that 16-year-old "good girl" she was and becoming the multi-dimensional 30-year-old woman she is today. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) There's no doubt that Ritchie has talent-he may be too show-offy for my taste, but he tells his stories with an enormous amount of invention and verve. I'm just not interested in what he's selling. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) The action is swift and heart-pounding. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/4 19% Cats (2019) I can't say for sure that all productions of Cats are bad (although I have a hunch) but I can certainly say that this one is. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 89% Dark Waters (2019) It's the rare American film that trusts in both the intelligence and patience of its audience. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) For a film that I occasionally resisted, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sure made me cry a lot. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) This film is just flat out fun. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There's still lots to enjoy about the film, which provides us with two wonderful lead performances, exciting speed races, and car executives wearing some of the most beautifully tailored suits this side of Mad Men. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/4 95% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese knows how to wield humor, humanizing details, and digressions to keep the film lively....Of course, it helps to have three of the greatest actors of our time anchoring the proceedings. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
1.5/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas feels ill-conceived from the start. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 73% Harriet (2019) This kind of American history deserves a film like this - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It has ended up being one of the funniest, slyest, and most unexpectedly humane films of the year. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019