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Baltimore Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Max Weiss
Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 The Father (2020) Max Weiss [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. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.5/4 Collective (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
1.5/4 Nobody (2021) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 I Care a Lot (2020) Max Weiss I Care a Lot is stuck in a kind of limbo. It should've either been more nasty or less nasty. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 The Little Things (2021) Max Weiss It's aggressively fine. Can we put this kind of film to bed already? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Max Weiss All the acting here is remarkable. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Max Weiss Leave it to Tom Hanks to give us the movie we all need right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 Soul (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3.5/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Max Weiss Promising Young Woman is like nothing I've ever seen. It's jaunty, downright good-humored, even as it's wrecking you. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 Charm City Kings (2020) Max Weiss Ultimately, Charm City Kings passes the Baltimore smell test, which is saying a lot. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 Ham on Rye (2019) Max Weiss The Twilight Zone meets Dazed and Confused in this funny, unsettling film from newcomer Tylor Taormina. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4 On the Rocks (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/4 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Max Weiss 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). EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 Vinyl Nation (2020) Max Weiss It's a whole lot of fun to see people who love not just music but their stuff so much. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/4 Boys State (2020) Max Weiss The filmmakers, Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, focus mostly on four boys -- and they've chosen wisely. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 The Rental (2020) Max Weiss This one is pretty nifty, as such things go, especially if you are partial to the psychological portion of psychological thrillers. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/4 Palm Springs (2020) Max Weiss I won't tell you how it ends, but I will say that Samberg and Milioti are delightful together. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
1.5/4 Irresistible (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3.5/4 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/4 Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) Max Weiss The dancing-filled with kicks and scissors and stepping so fast it sometimes looks like the film has been sped up-is electrifying. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/4 () Max Weiss The film grows increasingly menacing, like a horror film waiting for the horror to kick in. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/4 Mayor (2020) Max Weiss Like so many of the best documentaries, David Osit's Mayor feels like a work of fiction. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/4 A Thousand Cuts (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
3/4 You Don't Nomi (2019) Max Weiss Finally, after all these years, in on the joke-it feels like a happy ending for Berkley and Showgirls. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 The King of Staten Island (2020) Max Weiss Pete Davidson plays a version of himself in this shaggy, endearing, if overlong, comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/4 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Max Weiss ... 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
3.5/4 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/4 EMMA. (2020) Max Weiss Emma. pulls off a wonderful oxymoron: It's a substantial confection. I delighted in nearly every minute of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Max Weiss What the film does make clear, however, is that everyone is in survival mode at this studio... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/4 1917 (2019) Max Weiss The action is swift and heart-pounding. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/4 Cats (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/4 Dark Waters (2019) Max Weiss It's the rare American film that trusts in both the intelligence and patience of its audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Max Weiss For a film that I occasionally resisted, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sure made me cry a lot. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Max Weiss This film is just flat out fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/4 The Irishman (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
1.5/4 Last Christmas (2019) Max Weiss Last Christmas feels ill-conceived from the start. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Max Weiss This kind of American history deserves a film like this EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Max Weiss It has ended up being one of the funniest, slyest, and most unexpectedly humane films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Max Weiss Parasite is stuffed with everything-gorgeous architecture, beautiful people, shocking violence, ingenious twists, wicked humor, and clear-eyed social commentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 Pain and Glory (2019) Max Weiss As I admired Banderas' performance, and both the film's striking beauty and its soul-baring honesty, I almost that ennui too oppressive. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Max Weiss Much of Judy feels a little inert. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Max Weiss I find the whole enterprise wearying and a little ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Max Weiss Hustlers is the mashup of Showgirls, Goodfellas, and The Big Short that we never knew we needed. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Max Weiss It's handsomely mounted, respectful to a fault, well-acted-and totally bloodless. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019