Max Weiss

Max Weiss
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 94% 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 79% 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 55% 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 68% 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 66% 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 44% 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 92% 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
89% A Star Is Born (2018) An astonishingly confident directorial debut from Cooper. The concert scenes are alternatively soulful and boot-stomping, but never anything less than arresting, and the snippets of backstage life crackle with authenticity. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
89% Love, Gilda (2018) This gives the film a sense of haunted intimacy-as though Radner is narrating it posthumously. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) For Lively, this is her Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct moment: She stomps through the film like a femme fatale warrior-so gorgeous and mysterious and alluring, it was like she was constructed in a lab to the play this part. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) Hall anchors it all, giving a performance that more than earns its place in the Working Class Heroine Hall of Fame. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) In the end, though, it would all be for naught if the film didn't have heart and it does. We care deeply about these characters-and the film does, too. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/4 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post has flashes of greatness. And I love its empathic exploration of queer youth, especially from a female perspective. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The less you know about Three Identical Strangers going in the better. It's utterly captivating-an OMG story that truly has to be seen to be believed-but I do wish it had dug just a bit deeper. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Watching Eighth Grade, you want to gently shake Kayla-and your eighth-grade self-and assure her, "It gets better." - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) What's not to like? To some people, a summer film means car chases and super heroes. To me, it's a film like this: the cinematic equivalent of a juicy beach read. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It has an energy, a punk spirit, and an originality all its own. I can see it becoming the kind of film that plays to raucous crowds at midnight showings on college campuses. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/4 47% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is ridiculous, but knowingly so (I hope). It just keeps upping the ante in the most absurd ways possible. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Indeed, going forward, I'm going to ask myself: What Would Fred Rogers Do? - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A lowkey, tenderhearted film that explores a mostly functional and loving relationship between a somewhat immature dad and his somewhat too mature daughter. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is a pleasant two hours, mostly because of, well, that cast and those clothes. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Considering all the turmoil behind it, Solo: A Star Wars Story has no business being as good as it is. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 53% Book Club (2018) Book Club completely delivers on the promise of its trailer. Which is to say, if it looks appealing to you, you will probably love it. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/4 94% RBG (2018) I went into RBG as a fan of Bader Ginsburg and I left an even bigger fan, with a greater appreciation of her intellect, her work ethic, her bone-deep decency, and her commitment to justice. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Sickies Making Films (2018) You'll learn a lot watchng this film-for example, it was progressives who were the first to call for film censorship, in the name of protecting children and serving the greater good. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 85% Tully (2018) All I can say is, may Theron and Cody continue to make witty and whipsmart films about complicated, flawed, and deeply relatable women going forward. Oh yeah, and that Reitman guy can come, too. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 88% Wobble Palace (2018) Still, young audiences will recognize themselves and their friends and be amused. It's hard not to laugh at these characters, but a little harder to care about them. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) It's newcomer Helena Howard, as Madeline, who gives an utterly mesmerizing, star-making performance. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) Jeremiah Zagar's dreamy coming of age film, based on Justin Torres' semi-autobiographical novel, casts a hypnotic spell. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 85% Sollers Point (2018) You sense the futility in rooting for him, but you do all the same. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Despite its mixed message, the Amy Schumer vehicle has some laughs and charm...The truth is, there is something refreshing about a rom-com that stars a woman who feels relatable. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/4 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers may not be the most evolved film out there, but it has a sneaky streak of feminism. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's gorgeous-filled with so many bits of visual whimsy and imaginative detail that it would take several viewings to fully catch them all. And it's idiosyncratic and witty and dark. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 91% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon has a few sad moments as Simon's mistakes come crashing down around him, but mostly it's a sweet, funny, warm-hearted film. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) I would argue there's some humanity creeping around the edges of Thoroughbreds-and even a screwed up love story of sorts. You just have to remind yourself that all narrators aren't reliable. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's impossible to not cheer for the message of A Wrinkle in Time-But those messages should be conveyed organically, through plot and character. Here, they have all the subtlety of a promoted tweet. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/4 97% Black Panther (2018) I loved spending a couple of hours in the Black Panther's magical, transformative world. Mark me down as someone who wants Wakanda to stay isolated. - Baltimore Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018