For 2,107 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Elizabeth Weitzman's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young Trunk Show
Lowest review score: 0 Dumbbells
Score distribution:
2,107 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Assayas - whose previous work, though noteworthy, never hinted at this kind of ambition - gives the film a journalistic quality, while admitting that only a recombination of facts and fiction could do the story justice. It certainly results in explosive viewing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    An evocative vision of self-destruction, a gorgeously crafted time capsule, and a fantastic showcase for Oscar Isaac in the title role.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Take us on an indelible tour through the highest and lowest points of the human experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    There is never a shortage of options if you're looking for an intimate foreign drama about family bonds. But the eloquent insights of director Claire Denis stand alone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    This animated documentary, from former Israeli soldier Ari Folman, blends both tactics to devastating effect. Perhaps only animation could give us the distance that makes his subject bearable: the personal cost of his own participation in the 1982 Lebanon War.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Steven Spielberg's best war film -- and one of the two or three best movies the director has made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Rahim and Arestrup are both so outstanding that if this were an English-language film, they'd probably be nominated for Oscars, too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Her
    Will you relate more to the bitter, or embrace the sweet? The choice itself is Jonze’s ultimate gift to us: an invitation to leave his film ready to communicate, debate and, most crucially of all, connect.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It's irrefutably art, and undeniably vital.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    An usually insightful rendering of an ordinary family, Hirokazu Kore-eda's contemplative Japanese drama is the sort of movie that makes its greatest impact long after you've seen it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    In this film, a single word is worth more than all the expensive effects imaginable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Once isn't especially complex, but the chemistry between its appealing leads (who contribute to the lovely score) feels deeply true. You'd have to look awfully hard to find such sincerity in a Hollywood romance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Overlong and dramatically thin.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Even those who've long noted Polley's intelligence on screen will be amazed by the perception she displays as a filmmaker.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Immensely moving and strikingly original, Kelly's story of a brilliant, disturbed teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) drowning in the cultural morass of the 1980s now feels bloated.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Up
    While their latest achievement can't quite one-up "WALL-E," it offers soaring highs that are bound to enchant viewers of any age.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Redford will surely earn a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role, to which he commits with unerring dedication. But the real star is writer/director Chandor, whose painstaking approach is exquisite in its spare integrity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It's miles away from big-budget, pop-culture entertainment, but you may be surprised by its impact.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It's wonderful. Epic and heartbreaking and just as grand as it needs to be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A charming coming-of-age drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Though some see Treadwell as an idealistic martyr who made the ultimate sacrifice for his passion, others vilify him as an arrogant fool who courted his own end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A smashing success on its own terms, though as a transcendent love story it lacks the firm foundation in human reality that characterizes Lars Von Trier's superior "Breaking the Waves."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It's part grim Beckett-like drama, part joyous picaresque, and all quite mesmerizing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A technical and visual tour-de-force.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It's a stunner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Exhibiting the same sort of patience as his sensible hero, Philibert has created an extraordinarily humane portrait of a partnership between one adult and his very fortunate charges.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Every scene has its highlights, from amusing observations about sex to poignant truths about parenting and partnerships. But what you'll remember most is the exquisitely lovely final scene, in which Cholodenko reminds us that all we need is a single moment of perfection -in a family, or even in a film - to believe that somehow, things will always be all right.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    David France's survey of AIDS advocacy should be invaluable to every frustrated movement, as both a road map and a reminder of how vital personal activism remains.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    With this moving, contemplative portrait of an artist who has suddenly become an old man, de Oliveira refuses to patronize either his hero or his audience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sorrentino’s dazzling tribute to Roman indulgence is a bittersweet, slightly surreal epic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Consistently compelling and required viewing for anyone remotely interested in pop culture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Hou intends to celebrate the classic 1956 children's film "The Red Balloon," and he has done a beautiful job. In fact, he may well have created a future classic of his own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Bursting with so much amped-up energy, you may need to rest once it's finally done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    First-time filmmaker Edet Belzberg may be the first person to assign any value to the lives of the homeless Romanian youngsters featured in her harrowing documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Along the way, the movie documents a movement while deftly skewering a cynical media and ever-gullible public. So whether we're being had or just enlightened, Banksy's definitely found a new medium in which to create his own works of art.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Director Jafar Panahi has long been an eloquent and passionate representative for Iranian women. But judging by this deeply poignant comedy, they may not need a mouthpiece much longer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Where Kim's best-known movie, "The Isle," was a stomach-churner, this beautifully composed canvas is the sort of film one falls into, resurfacing at the end with great reluctance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A raucous, riveting account of the greatest party you were never invited to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Even those who adored Alec Guinness as the small-screen George Smiley will appreciate Gary Oldman's perfectly attuned turn as a Cold War spy drawn back from forced retirement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dropping in amusing anecdotes and tender memories, a deeply reflective Young revisits - and often reinterprets - both his recent and classic work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The title might as well refer to the viewer who tags along on Louis' often-silent journey from solitude to some tentative form of family. Some will consider the experience insurmountably frustrating; others will find it exhilarating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nichols approaches his subject with thoughtful empathy, and while his themes are enormous - he's addressing no less than the state of our nation - he wisely underplays even the most important moments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The Past is not as nuanced as its predecessor — and not as impactful, either. But this is still far more complex than most family dramas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Bong's primary point is dead-on: Battling bureaucracy, from dishonest government leaders to indifferent civil servants, is the biggest horror of all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The beginning is awkwardly earnest, but the play matures considerably while retaining its youthful energy and enthusiasm
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    In this visually and emotionally severe landscape, Reichardt has created the sort of film that will inspire grad students to write passionate thesis papers - and casual moviegoers to feel as lost as her would-be settlers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    This sensitive drama will appeal to anyone who has strained against the confines of family - or basked happily in its comforts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Though overly self-conscious, this "Tale" is nonetheless wry, observant and frequently heartbreaking. It's also bound to make you feel better about your own holiday plans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    And oh, what stories these heroes have to tell - and what incredible sights they brought back with them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Though not as impactful as Anderson's strongest works - including its adolescent cousin, "Rushmore" - "Kingdom" unfolds with an asymmetrical lyricism of its own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Some of the artists appear ecstatically transported as they play. Others are just having one hell of a good time. Believe me, it's contagious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Long stretches go by without dialogue or discernible action. But there are significant rewards for those willing to accept the movie's deliberate pace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sauper captures a world in which life and death are treated with equal practicality - and disregard. His camera is unflinching; your gaze may not be quite so steady.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Assayas and his cast hit so many perfect notes, you'll swear you've seen these characters and heard these conversations before - not in Chekhov's thematically similar "Cherry Orchard," which was an obvious influence, but in your own life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Trier's voice and vision, are thrillingly unique. His ever-searching camera, which never stops moving, takes us into places we've never been, know too well and won't soon forget.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Arnaud Desplechin's sprawling drama exudes a go-for-broke determination that is frustrating and exhilarating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A little miracle, Azazel Jacobs' lovely story of a life lost and found tackles big issues -love, maturity, fulfillment - in deceptively modest fashion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The historically essential document they’ve created here pulses with an immediacy that will leave you simultaneously enlightened and stunned.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Is it possible to enjoy the company of the world's most irritating woman? Mike Leigh's surprisingly sunny dramedy makes a pretty good case that, in fact, it is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    With a respectfully committed cast, gorgeous scenery and two sad-eyed leads that will break your heart (the kid and the dog are equally adorable), this is clearly not your typical family film. Which will make it that much more appealing to every member of your family.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Visually arresting and deeply disheartening, James Longley's impressionistic documentary explores the pain of a shattered country by homing in on a few tiny shards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Andrew Bujalski's considerable gifts begin with his deep appreciation of the miserable, hilarious awkwardness of real life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Bar-Lev has created a film remarkable in its ability to capture both the worst and best of human nature.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Although Voyages is mapped with anguish and fear, director Emmanuel Finkiel's characters are survivors, and he never lets us forget it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Kechiche takes his time, allowing us to know the characters as if we live next door. But be warned: for those who come to feel like a member of the family, the unexpected end may seem strikingly unfair.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The result is a visual treasure that successfully blends deadpan quirkiness with a wry realism rarely seen in any film, let alone one for children.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    It is to Padilha's enormous credit that he steadfastly kicks aside our own culturally imposed frames of reference, insisting that we see the truth, and the humanity, within this very real story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    One of the sharpest satires in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    If he has overlooked your favorites, have faith: There’s plenty left in the trunk for that promised encore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The story's fractured structure - and Christopher Doyle's dreamlike cinematography - make for a striking mood piece.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The film is best suited for dance buffs excited by an unexpected congregation of artistic pioneers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Most crime stories are content to simply exist, wallowing in their own base violence. But David Michôd's fierce debut takes the genre apart, finding a reason for the madness that propels it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    All the actors are wonderful, including Sacha Baron Cohen as a villainous Inspector.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Heartbreaking and hilarious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Both leading actors are teenagers who’ve never acted before — and they are both phenomenal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Plenty of films owe a debt to "The Godfather," but it's rare to see inspiration used as successfully as it is here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Perhaps it's no surprise that Reitman has come out with a lovely Hollywood romance that floats buoyantly along on a sea of sadness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The result is an often-anguished monologue built on pride, despair and self-defense. Accuracy aside, Tyson does work hard to analyze his own, clearly complex character. So while we only get half the picture, it makes for consistently compelling viewing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    But don't worry if you miss some details; this is the kind of movie that rewards a second viewing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    If this lovely tribute sends viewers in search of the real thing, that would be a neat trick indeed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Weisz's meticulously crafted turn is certainly touching, but it lacks the immediacy of, say, Celia Johnson's in 1945's "Brief Encounter."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    The Namesake is suffused with radiant grace, and manages to be old-fashioned yet immediate, epic and intimate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Alternately funny, sad and outrageous, Sacha Gervasi's terrific documentary feels like the lost sequel to “This Is Spinal Tap” -- and everyone involved seems to know it, except the leads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    As smart as it is side-splittingly silly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Alfredson makes the most of every detail, carefully crafting an atmosphere of haunting alienation. These two lost souls may come together under unusual circumstances, but their connection feels universally human.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Alex Gibney's forceful documentary starts with a single tragedy: the torture of an Afghani prisoner at Bagram Air Base. By the time it's over, he's broadened his focus into a documentary so damning of the U.S. government, it's hard to believe he even got it made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Simpson and Yates give a good idea why individuals are drawn to extreme sports.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Elizabeth Weitzman
    A film that is both deceptively modest and deeply resonant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Conventional, but intensely passionate, war movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Travels so deeply into the confusions of female adolescence that you'd never know this deceptively languid British film was directed by a Polish-born man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Anyone who doubts that a single individual can make a political impact should see Anders Østergaard’s gripping documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Whether this smart, sexy and unsparing film is a hilarious comedy or a poignant drama is a matter of personal opinion — and experience. But if you've ever felt both baffled and blessed by your own family, this "Marriage" is one event you won't want to miss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    There are a few fight scenes, but they're as unshowy as the rest of this restrained film. If your warrior ideal is Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill," you may not have the patience this gentle story demands of its viewers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Elizabeth Weitzman
    As full-length toy advertisements go, you really couldn’t ask for more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    We’re not in Disney’s world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Elizabeth Weitzman
    Silva intends to keep us guessing, and it's fair to say he takes us in unexpected directions. But don't expect any flashy Hollywood twists. The surprises come from Catalina Saavedra's intense lead performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Elizabeth Weitzman
    None of the children are professionals, and their uncontrived performances lend a painfully real quality to what becomes a rather lyrical story.