Sam Adams

Sam Adams

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Sam Adams's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Command and Control (2016)

"Proceeds like a real-life thriller, one with striking parallels to its narrative contemporary Deepwater Horizon." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 29, 2016
5/5 98%

Moonlight (2016)

"The work of a major film-maker and not just a promising one." ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 96%

Jackie (2016)

"It's an intellectual experience rather than an emotional one, but the ideas in play are so heady they're enough to sweep you away on their own. " ‐
Posted Sep 14, 2016
1/5 22%

(Re) Assignment (2016)

"For the work of a 74-year-old veteran director, the movie feels dispiritingly juvenile, more like the fantasy of a frightened boy than a film-making great." ‐
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/5 91%

A United Kingdom (2016)

"It's pleasant and honourable, and it makes a worthwhile point. But it's strangely lacking in urgency, a period piece that never breaks out of its period." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/5 64%

Snowden (2016)

"This film glosses over the thorniest issues in play -- both in terms of the US government's actions and the unintended consequences of Snowden's disclosures -- and settles for a safe, familiar account of one man standing up against the system." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 77%

Colossal (2016)

"Notwithstanding its oddball premise, Colossal feels far too familiar, one more foot-dragging drama about a 30-something screwup wrestling with her darker impulses." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2016
4/5 91%

Elle (2016)

"Directors in their later years often settle comfortably into their preoccupations, doodling happily around the edges of their previous careers. Verhoeven is still trying to make masterpieces, and with Elle, he comes awfully close." ‐
Posted Sep 9, 2016

White Girl (2016)

"Woods can't even bring herself to make Leah any worse than naive, if sometimes dangerously so, which makes White Girl less complex and sophisticated than an average episode of Girls. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 1, 2016

The Intervention (2016)

"It's more engrossing to just hang out with the characters in all their damaged glory, before the plot marches through the room with its clunkiest boots on." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Southside With You (2016)

"One might question why a simple first-date story needs to involve the future president and first lady, but its near-total lack of precursors suggest that if it weren't about one of the most famous black couples, it would likely not have been made at all." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 24, 2016
B- 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"If it had half the segments, and they were twice as long, the movie might be able to get beneath the surface and find the monomaniacal characters Herzog is often so great at exploring." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"The impetus to tune out the movie's words only makes it easier to feast your eyes on its breathtaking images, which after a summer of underlit glop feel like a tall glass of cool water." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

""Hillary's America" isn't designed to stand up to skepticism. It's not intended to convince or to provoke thought, but to confirm the biases its intended audience already holds." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 88%

Zero Days (2016)

"Gibney's movies are professional and solidly executed, informative if you go in underinformed but rarely surprising or aesthetically noteworthy." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 8, 2016
2/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"It might be time to let Tarzan vanish back into the jungle." ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2016

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016)

"Mother's great feat is that it's a movie that manages to be both exploitative and progressive. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"We cry not because the movie has tapped into our deepest hopes and fears, but because this is the part where we're supposed to. Dory's catchphrase is "Just keep swimming," but the movie feels like it's just paddling in circles." ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2016
C+ 86%

Time To Choose (2016)

"Perhaps the scariest thing about it is the realization that if the fate of the world depends on well-meaning issue docs, then we really are doomed." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"As winsome, Sundance-ready rom-coms go, "Maggie's Plan" is a pretty winning one. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted May 18, 2016
B 89%

Applause (Applaus) (2010)

"Not surprisingly, the movie lives and dies on Steen's performance; not only is she in almost every frame, but at times, the camera is in so close that nothing is visible but her pitted, ravaged face." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935)

"Leni Riefenstahl's infamous masterwork sits with The Birth of a Nation in the pantheon's "outcast unclean" section." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Feb 17, 2016

X2: X-Men United (2003)

"X2 still feels like a prologue. No matter how much goes on, you feel like nothing has happened." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Gigli (2003)

"Gigli won't be the worst movie to come out of Hollywood all year, but it's sure to be one of the most forgettable." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jun 22, 2015

Chicago (2002)

"Chicago may not rank with the classics, but it's the best traditional movie musical in many a moon." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Feb 25, 2015
B 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Slate, who had a brief and unremarkable tenure on Saturday Night Live, proves a winning companion; it's a hang-out movie, and she's fun to hang out with." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 96%

Citizenfour (2014)

"The scariest thing you'll see this Halloween is Edward Snowden swearing in disbelief at the end of Laura Poitras' gripping, disturbing documentary." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B- 90%

The Guest (2014)

"Shot in lurid colors and drizzled with a squelchy synthesizer score, Adam Wingard's bloody thriller is so enamored of John Carpenter it might as well be passing him mash notes in social studies." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Bad Santa (2003)

"If Bad Santa does well at the box office, Zwigoff will get credit for being a savvy player. That Bad Santa is as vile and stupid as Ghost World was insightful and touching is something Hollywood has no interest in measuring." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 14, 2014

Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

"Miyazaki isn't interested in the jolts of surrealism so much as imbuing his audience with the idea that reality can change at any moment, and change back just as quickly." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 8, 2014

Spirited Away (2001)

"Chihiro's escapades don't always proceed one from the other, but let yourself go and you'll be swept away as well." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 7, 2014

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"Columbus' pacing is still murderously slow, his ideas as pedestrian as the worst TV." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Dec 6, 2014

The Joy of Life (2005)

"The Joy of Life combines intriguing but incompatible parts." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3.5/5 79%

The Party (1968)

"The film makes a strong argument for the liberating joys of disorder." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/5 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

" Neeson's latest effort, A Walk Among The Tombstones, is slightly more subdued than his average shoot-'em-up, but no less gruffly satisfying. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 51%

Any Given Sunday (1999)

"Stone's blend of mayhem and sensuality-which doesn't shy away from the eroticism of athletes-is a refreshing alternative to the solemnity of most sports dramas. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
B+ 81%

Land Ho! (2014)

"It's a warm soak rather than a squirt in the eye. " ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Aug 14, 2014

The Ring (2002)

"The Ring is easily the most terrifying movie to come out of Hollywood in years." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 60%

Hercules (2014)

"What makes "Hercules" a good deal of fun, if not precisely "good," is the way the cast's camaraderie carries over onto the screen." ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A- 87%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Had Hoffman never played a role other than Günther Bachmann, he would still have been one of his generation's greatest actors." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 24, 2014
B+ 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"James' film is less like a eulogy than a wake, a commemoration of his living spirit rather than a meditation on his loss." ‐ Philadelphia City Paper
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/5 80%

Sorcerer (1977)

"[...] a defiant, mad gesture of a film that features some of the most exhilarating sequences in movie history. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 64%

The Cold Lands (2014)

"The Cold Lands [...] sustains a lovely mood, but keeps the audience at a perpetual distance. It keeps threatening to turn into a movie, but never entirely does." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 93%

The Visitor (1979)

"The Visitor doesn't come close to answering all the questions it raises, but that's the film's M.O.: If nothing makes sense, then nothing is off limits." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.0/5 58%

Knights of Badassdom (2014)

"[E]ven while it's apparently not what its creators intended, Knights Of Badassdom is perfectly enjoyable in a low-key way, with sharp performances [...] and a nigh-endless string of cameos" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/5 89%

Run & Jump (2014)

"Whether it's possible to go on loving somebody who's no longer himself is a momentous question that this movie largely ducks, ultimately providing an answer that seems imposed from without rather than arrived at organically." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 91%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"Paradise: Hope quickly rights itself and becomes lighter, looser, and more sympathetically observed than anything Seidl has done previously, ending a grim trilogy on a brighter note than expected. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 87%

The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013)

"While the movie isn't a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 96%

The Court Jester (1956)

"Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"With its high-energy music and graffiti-style graphics, The Crash Reel plays like the slick promos NBC uses to repackage every Olympian's story into a pat narrative." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 10, 2013
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