Max Weiss

Max Weiss
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 88% 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 89% 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
3/4 100% 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 88% 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 93% 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 21% 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 99% 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 74% 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 95% 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 65% 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 92% 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 84% 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 77% 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
2.5/4 60% Greta (2019) Don't be fooled by the upscale window dressing: Greta is fun trash. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic is unnecessary but it is diverting all the same and even has some wise things to say about regressive rom-com tropes. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's gorgeous to look at and, honestly, quite compelling from beginning to end. I just wish I felt more of the love. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 41% The Upside (2019) The two actors are fine, and have decent chemistry, but the film doesn't dig deeply enough for us to truly be invested in their relationship. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 67% Vice (2018) Vice worked my last nerve. It's true, I turned on it early, but trust me when I say it did nothing to endear itself to me as it went on. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The film manages to be both sad and uplifting. Like all of Jenkins' films, If Beale Street Could Talk will alternately stir your blood and soothe your soul. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/4 45% Second Act (2018) In Second Act, Jennifer Lopez is mostly let down by her script. I still think she can be a bankable romcom star, but she needs to find a film that allows her-and her audience-to finally grow up. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is Cuarón's love letter to his nanny, to his mother, to his siblings, and to Mexico. It's as pure as cinema can get. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The film is directed with gobs of wit and style by Lanthimos and the costumes and sets are jaw-dropping. In the end though, this is a three-woman show-and it's nothing short of a privilege to watch them work. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/4 78% Green Book (2018) The actors give it their all, but they come across as extreme caricatures. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/4 91% Widows (2018) On top of being one hell of an action thriller, Widows is the kind of feminist film I've been craving. All the women in the film are standing up to an oppressive patriarchy, by whatever means necessary. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) A quiet film, but it sneaks up on you, gaining in emotional urgency as it goes on. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) I appreciate the realism and subtlety he was striving for here, but I think he went too far. Sometimes I just want a little more movie in my movie. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A literary, insightful, and witty script by Nicole Holefcener and Jeff Whitty and is directed with a pitch-perfect tone and an evocative sense of place by Marielle Heller. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Between Malek and the incredible music, the film gets the job done-but just barely. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A cops and robbers tale, a romance, and a gentle comedy, too. The good news is, I'm pretty sure once Redford sees how delightful the film is, he'll give up all this nonsense about quitting acting. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/4 87% First Man (2018) In the same way that a great war film puts you on the battlefield, this film puts you inside the cockpit, inside the spacesuit, and inside those tremulous, heartstopping moments before Armstrong made his famous "leap for mankind." - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018