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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 Honey Cigar (Cigare au Miel) (2020) The film too often falls back on paper-thin characterizations that trip up the director's ambitious attempt to give equal voice to a mélange of weighty personal and political issues. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
No Score Yet My Tender Matador (Tengo Miedo Torero) (2020) Among the many praiseworthy qualities of "My Tender Matador," the most notable is its honesty.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% The Furnace (2020) An enjoyably absorbing experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% 200 Meters (2020) Debuting writer-director Ameen Nayfeh's depiction of the shameful hurdles Palestinians must overcome in their daily lives rings true even when the script falters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
71% Final Account (2020) Its ambitions are too high. On the one hand, it treats viewers like newcomers to the Shoah, and yet at the same time expects them to engage in complex questions of responsibility and guilt.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
No Score Yet Assandira (2020) Ledda's dignified, grounded performance anchors everything, his profound grief at the start becoming even more powerful once the full scope of his sorrow and shame are understood.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
67% Padrenostro (2020) A handsomely made "inspired by" drama with a few powerful sequences studded within a less satisfactory screenplay...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
95% The Disciple (2020) The film's universality lies in the way it conveys the inner struggles of a musician aware he or she may never be good enough, just like an artist, dancer or writer plagued by fears of mediocrity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
No Score Yet Walden (2020) Horackova's resolve to keep everything in a minor key - feelings, sensations, reactions - is intriguing and naturalistic, but the protagonist's ambiguity keeps us at arm's length...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
19% Endless (2020) Amiable leads Alexandra Shipp and Nicholas Hamilton - along with a thoughtfully in-sync supporting cast - keep things unfolding in a kind-hearted place when the screenplay could have easily marooned the audience in a copycat purgatory.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
92% Widow of Silence (2020) The sort of issue-driven art-house film that masks a plodding obviousness of intent beneath a thick varnish of righteousness and attractive visuals.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) Dehumanizing power dynamics underscore Prateek Vats' enjoyable debut about a guy ill-suited to his new job as monkey chaser in Delhi.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020
No Score Yet Paris Calligrammes (2019) Ottinger takes us through this formative time of her life in a way that deftly balances past and present to paint a picture of a threshold era of both positives and negatives.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
50% All the Dead Ones (Todos os mortos) (2020) The film's worthy goals are hampered by an obviousness that favors exposition over subtlety...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
100% Young Hunter (El cazador) (2020) Characters are well-conceived, each a credible jumble of emotions stemming from burgeoning desires and a gradual understanding of the power that comes with youthful attractions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
63% Hidden Away (Volevo nascondermi) (2020) More a record of a performance than a satisfying cinema experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
75% Malmkrog (2020) Perhaps if the voluminous script were first made required reading, before watching, then more people could engage with the cascade of non-stop theorizing while the film rolls on.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
100% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) "Beasts Clawing at Straws" could just as well be called "Beasts Toying with Clichés" if it weren't such an amusing, echt Korean romp.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
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
67% 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
97% 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
88% 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
91% 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
40% 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
100% 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) (2020) 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
86% You Will Die at Twenty (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
83% Martin Eden (2020) 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
40% 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
83% The Human Factor (2020) 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
90% 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
93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) [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
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) 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
70% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) 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
89% 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