Max Weiss

Max Weiss
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% 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 92% 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
73% 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 20% 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 96% 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
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is stuffed with everything-gorgeous architecture, beautiful people, shocking violence, ingenious twists, wicked humor, and clear-eyed social commentary. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) As I admired Banderas' performance, and both the film's striking beauty and its soul-baring honesty, I almost that ennui too oppressive. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 82% Judy (2019) Much of Judy feels a little inert. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 68% Joker (2019) I find the whole enterprise wearying and a little ridiculous. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is the mashup of Showgirls, Goodfellas, and The Big Short that we never knew we needed. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's handsomely mounted, respectful to a fault, well-acted-and totally bloodless. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) By the end, I was laughing and in tears, fully invested in Brittany's journey-as both a runner and a person. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) It's so good I wish it were better. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/4 89% Jezebel (2019) Jezebel feels authentic, because it is: a different kind of coming-of-age film and a non-judgmental look at an industry that is often shrouded in secrecy. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Much of the film plays out in a predictable, if charming, way. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/4 91% Luce (2019) There's lots of interesting stuff to chew on...it's never less than compelling. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) For all its stupid fun, Good Boys is pretty darn smart. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 23% The Kitchen (2019) Ultimately, The Kitchen is shallow and, okay, a little ridiculous, but it entertained me. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It has a confident, leisurely pace. If this represents the beginning of a new, more mature era for the aging phenom-his Cliff Booth phase, if you will-I couldn't be more excited for it. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/4 98% The Farewell (2019) An extraordinarily confident debut from Wang. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/4 53% The Lion King (2019) As directed by Jon Favreau, it's an achievement of technology not artistry. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) This setup is positively brilliant. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) British fantasy is perfectly diverting, but barely scratches the surface of its intriguing premise. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Yet another funny, heartwarming, and uncommonly wise chapter in Pixar's enduring film series. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Late Night is at its best when it focuses on the inner workings of late night TV. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) The pop icon is vividly brought to life in this kaleidoscopic biopic. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The film is peppered with jokes-some highly clever, some merely raunchy, as the genre demands-but it also has a beating heart. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 67% Knives and Skin (2019) This is a feminist and refreshing take on a high school drama. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 96% Ray & Liz (2019) For fans of slow cinema, still photography, and social realism, Ray & Liz is as depressing as it is ultimately rewarding. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) What emerges is a compelling portrait of a game-changing journalist... - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3.5/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The film delivers a gut punch that I never saw coming. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/4 64% The Mountain (2019) By the time Lavant goes on a semi-nonsensical monologue in French about hermaphrodites (another persistent, if mystifying, recurring image in the film), I had pretty much checked out. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 100% Pahokee (2019) All in all, the film is an excellent portrait of a town fueled by collective dreams of living elsewhere. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/4 94% Well Groomed (2019) Well Groomed makes you care deeply about a pastime you've probably never heard of and people you've never met. And that, folks, is what great film is all about. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) None of this would work if Rogen and Theron weren't so winning and if Fred and Charlotte didn't seem to genuinely like each other so much. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 47% Little (2019) It's enough to make me guardedly recommend the film. But, nonetheless, Little is no Big. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 85% The Brink (2019) The moral of the film might very well be this: Beware of affable nationalists in rumpled shirts. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai has moments of grace. But it's still brutal, unforgiving-and the viciousness of the violence can't help but to feel exploitative. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 93% Us (2019) Us is much scarier than Get Out, but less funny. Peele occasionally disrupts the tension with a few jokes but he wants to keep you freaked out, not laughing. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) The woman getting her groove on on the screen in front of me might as well have been a complete stranger. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) There are wonderful twists and surprises along the way, none of which I will spoil here. Suffice it to say, Woman at War had me gripped and delighted all the way through. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel didn't markedly improve the experience for me. I enjoyed it well enough. It felt...familiar. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019