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Jay Weissberg

Jay Weissberg
Jay Weissberg's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Nasir (2019) "Nasir" is a superb example of what can be done on a tiny budget when the vision is strong, the script is low-key, and the performers privilege rapport and naturalism over dramatic flourishes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
No Score Yet A Perfectly Normal Family (En helt almindelig familie) (2020) An engagingly sincere picture of good people trying to negotiate barely charted territory to the best of their abilities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
88% Luxor (2020) A mature meditation on the effects of trauma shrewdly incarnated by the always welcome Andrea Riseborough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
No Score Yet Pinocchio (2019) A child-friendly movie with its fair share of enchantment but curiously lacking in memorable highlights.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
No Score Yet Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus) (2019) A respectful, well-made literary adaptation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
89% 1982 (2019) Succeeds in accessing emotional truths that leave a lingering bittersweet melancholy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
No Score Yet Nafi's Father (Baamum Nafi) (2019) [E]ven though the Islamist topic is hardly under the radar of late, Dia grants his characters warmth and humor in their struggles and makes the story feel fresh without compromising on drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
No Score Yet The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be (La mafia non è più quella di una volta) (2019) It's highly unlikely anyone outside Italy will find much amusement in the repetitive situations or Maresco's headache-inducing voiceover.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) Not many debuting directors are able to bring subtlety and depth to a heart-rending subject, which is just one reason why Mehdi M. Barsaoui's superb "A Son" deserves significant attention.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) This is truly a documentary for our times, deserving of widespread exposure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
80% The Domain (A herdade) (2019) While it strives to be an intimate epic, "The Domain" struggles to connect the audience with its characters enough for us to share in their emotional trajectory.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet You Will Die at 20 (2019) Some may find a clash between its fable-like guilelessness and other moments when the outside world's cynicism breaks in, yet the film remains a touching, nonjudgmental depiction of people circumscribed by superstition.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet Camille (2019) While adopting a standard biopic structure that occasionally stumbles into the formulaic, Lojkine foregrounds his strengths by presenting a nuanced picture of the usual white European do-gooder in Africa, opening the film up to ambiguity and complexity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Martin Eden (2019) In the end... the film suffers from Eden's own weighty intellectual pretensions, railing against society without finding the means to articulate the argument.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
41% Wasp Network (2019) While it aims for big choral complexity and is generally an enjoyable watch, the film feels like an oratorio cut down to an overture, engaging with major characters and events that are dropped in or out with an unsatisfying degree of regularity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
80% The Human Factor (2019) How we got from the optimism of Rabin to the bullying of Netanyahu is a fascinating, depressing story, and one that demands greater examination than Moreh is willing to give.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
60% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) The film's whisper-thin premise and sitcom-like characters are the cinema equivalent of Sweethearts candy: rather too sugared, and immediately forgotten.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
100% 143 Sahara Street (143, rue du Désert) (2019) Hassen Ferhani's loving portrait of a woman and her roadside teahouse addresses the need for familiarity and respectful human interaction in a world in a state of flux.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Mayor of Rione Sanità (Il sindaco del Rione Sanità) (2019) One watches the film questioning what Martone's brought to the material, because apart from the main casting decision, this iteration doesn't feel fresh at all.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% The Perfect Candidate (2019) [Al Mansour's] methods are so blatantly premeditated that you can practically see the most basic of script development notes in every scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet Notre dame (2019) The script's ridiculousness snowballs as Donzelli grasps for ever-nuttier twists and turns, accumulating tiresome absurdities as if she's unsuccessfully grappling with a major case of ADD.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Vitalina Varela (2019) Only the powerful screen presence of the lead, whose life story this is, saves this punishingly dark work from drowning in its own purposeful opacity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
100% Giraffe (2019) While the film has a welcome specificity, its themes are universally profound.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
100% Echo (Bergmál) (2019) Once a sense of rhythm is grasped, things fall into place, and audiences will exit the cinema debating their favorite scenes, recalling a wealth of graceful, humane interactions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
60% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) A disappointing and unmoving drama of how a good woman's life is shattered by keeping quiet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
90% Ice on Fire (2019) A deeply conventional though attractive documentary designed to reinforce just how bad things are getting while offering hope...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
No Score Yet Arest (2019) None of this is remotely surprising or new. The script is drowning in verbiage designed to be overbearing, but the technique isn't nearly as clever as Cohn imagines.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Humorist (2019) Screenwriter Michael Idov makes an impressive directing debut with the super-smart, confidently lensed "The Humorist."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) Beautifully drawn with bold colors and appealing shapes, the film's style is classic animation at its best, clear and pleasing, calculated to charm children and adults alike.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
No Score Yet Abou Leila (2019) Taken as a whole, the overlong movie fails to come together, too invested in generating a claustrophobic atmosphere, even in the open desert, to the neglect of everything else.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
40% Tlamess (2019) Becomes an ever-distancing marathon in love with its own inscrutability...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
No Score Yet You Deserve a Lover (Tu mérites un amour) (2019) It's tedious watching Lila's pouting irrationality without any sense of why this woman is catnip apart from her physical attractions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
17% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Notwithstanding a few genuinely affecting moments, "Our Mothers" never breaks free from being a standard social-issue movie mostly invested in preaching the cause.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% Adam (2019) With her debut feature "Adam," Maryam Touzani allows her audience to sit back and relax comfortably into a beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
92% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Whimsical and wistful yet infused with a yearning for the stability of place...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
80% The Traitor (2020) It's clearly made by a master filmmaker questioning the nature of repentance, and as such is far from superficial; and yet while it never loses our attention, it also doesn't deliver much of a punch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
56% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) A reasonably engrossing police procedural with roots in a 2008 TV documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% The Orphanage (2019) What sets "Orphanage" apart are the moments when Qodrat's imagination makes Bollywood-esque musical numbers out of his fantasies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet Tommaso (2016) "Tommaso" just plays like a Woody Allen-esque portrait of an emotionally castrated guy with mommy issues. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
63% Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) (2019) A movie so enamored by its self-perception of cleverness that even policy wonks will find it hard to muster enthusiasm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
90% And Then We Danced (2020) Gifted as both a thrilling dancer and a nuanced actor, Gelbakhiani's magnetic presence goes a long way toward papering over some of the more timeworn plot elements...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
71% Papicha (2019) "Papicha" feels conspicuously manipulative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) A fine director of actors, Diop skillfully selected and guided her largely non-professional cast, drawing out believable three-dimensional performances graced by inner radiance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
44% The Professor and the Madman (2019) Gibson is fine; it's everything else that doesn't work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
63% The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) (2016) In the end, Tommy the dog makes the most emotional impact; surely that wasn't the direction the helmer meant to follow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Chained (2019) A powerful, often uncomfortable scrutiny of machismo given free rein through a policeman's uniform, and a bleak picture of the meaning of love.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) True passion is absent, and even the extras appear unsure of themselves.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) The film paints a sympathetic portrait of a woman awakening to misogynistic conditioning disguised as cultural convention.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
83% Marighella (2019) "Marighella" isn't interested in weighing ethics, preferring a testosterone-charged portrait of armed insurrection as a glorious pathway to martyrdom.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Typecasting Israelis and Parisians alike, the film demands multilevel readings, forcing viewers to question the nature of stereotypes and their validity outside parody.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019