Baltimore Magazine

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 Little (2019) Max Weiss It's enough to make me guardedly recommend the film. But, nonetheless, Little is no Big. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 The Brink (2019) Max Weiss The moral of the film might very well be this: Beware of affable nationalists in rumpled shirts. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Max Weiss The woman getting her groove on on the screen in front of me might as well have been a complete stranger. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 Woman at War (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Max Weiss Captain Marvel didn't markedly improve the experience for me. I enjoyed it well enough. It felt...familiar. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 Greta (2018) Max Weiss Don't be fooled by the upscale window dressing: Greta is fun trash. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 Cold War (2018) Max Weiss It's gorgeous to look at and, honestly, quite compelling from beginning to end. I just wish I felt more of the love. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 The Upside (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 Vice (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
3.5/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/4 Second Act (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Roma (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/4 The Favourite (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/4 Green Book (2018) Max Weiss The actors give it their all, but they come across as extreme caricatures. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/4 Widows (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Max Weiss A quiet film, but it sneaks up on you, gaining in emotional urgency as it goes on. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
2.5/4 Boy Erased (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Max Weiss Between Malek and the incredible music, the film gets the job done-but just barely. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/4 First Man (2018) Max Weiss 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." EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Love, Gilda (2018) Max Weiss This gives the film a sense of haunted intimacy-as though Radner is narrating it posthumously. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/4 A Simple Favor (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Max Weiss Hall anchors it all, giving a performance that more than earns its place in the Working Class Heroine Hall of Fame. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/4 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Max Weiss The Miseducation of Cameron Post has flashes of greatness. And I love its empathic exploration of queer youth, especially from a female perspective. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 Three Identical Strangers (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
4/4 Eighth Grade (2018) Max Weiss Watching Eighth Grade, you want to gently shake Kayla-and your eighth-grade self-and assure her, "It gets better." EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/4 Skyscraper (2018) Max Weiss Skyscraper is ridiculous, but knowingly so (I hope). It just keeps upping the ante in the most absurd ways possible. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Max Weiss Indeed, going forward, I'm going to ask myself: What Would Fred Rogers Do? EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/4 Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Max Weiss A lowkey, tenderhearted film that explores a mostly functional and loving relationship between a somewhat immature dad and his somewhat too mature daughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/4 Ocean's 8 (2018) Max Weiss Ocean's 8 is a pleasant two hours, mostly because of, well, that cast and those clothes. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Max Weiss Considering all the turmoil behind it, Solo: A Star Wars Story has no business being as good as it is. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/4 Book Club (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/4 RBG (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 Sickies Making Films (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 Tully (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 Wobble Palace (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Max Weiss It's newcomer Helena Howard, as Madeline, who gives an utterly mesmerizing, star-making performance. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 We the Animals (2018) Max Weiss Jeremiah Zagar's dreamy coming of age film, based on Justin Torres' semi-autobiographical novel, casts a hypnotic spell. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/4 Sollers Point (2017) Max Weiss You sense the futility in rooting for him, but you do all the same. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 I Feel Pretty (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2018
2.5/4 Blockers (2018) Max Weiss Blockers may not be the most evolved film out there, but it has a sneaky streak of feminism. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/4 Isle of Dogs (2018) Max Weiss 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018