For 123 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sam Adams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Barbara
Lowest review score: 10 The Mummy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 123
  2. Negative: 8 out of 123
123 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Because the Zero Days subjects who are best positioned to provide new information are also the least likely to talk, much of the movie is devoted to rehashing previously published reports, which Gibney does with both cogency and style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    At its best, though not often enough, 100 Bloody Acres is as mercurial as its central character, breezily offbeat one moment, spattered in gonzo gore the next. It’s as if the filmmakers ground the bits of other movies fine enough that it made a rich foundation for their own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    The movie fumbles badly when it's time to turn those actions toward resolution, forcing an ending that seems both arbitrary and cruel. At under 80 minutes, the movie is terse enough that it could do without trumped-up events.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    It's a tribute to Plaza and Duplass that they're able to make such slight material resonate at all, let alone with the poignancy they occasionally find.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Thomas, credited as writer, producer, and executive producer, is the obvious auteur, orchestrating a star vehicle she lacks the screen presence to anchor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Zandvliet's direction lacks Steen's gradations. The handheld, rubbed-raw style wears thin after a while, growing monotonous and wearying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Perhaps Brannaman's art is too subtle and instinctive to be captured on camera, but it's a shame Meehl doesn't do a better job of capturing exactly what makes him, by all accounts, a miraculously successful trainer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    For Washington, the wounds of the past are just beneath the surface, as close as the bullet holes under her kitchen wallpaper.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    The movie's attempt to position Detroit as the canary in the coal mine - there but for the grace of God goes any other city - falls flat, but it isn't a fatal flaw. It might not happen in any city, but for it to happen to one is bad enough.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Chen can't seem to decide whether he's making a fable or something more down-to-earth, but Sacrifice works either way, if not both at once.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s modern dramatization, while well-acted and smartly filmed, rarely musters any actual sense of excitement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Bal
    Bal mingles the bitter and the sweet, but it gets mired in its own stickiness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Like any artist, Miller has the right to reinvent herself, but we don’t need one more director of winsome, Sundance-ready rom-coms. That said, as winsome, Sundance-ready rom-coms go, Maggie’s Plan is a pretty winning one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    The improvised dialogue takes hairpin turns, some less fruitful than others, holding onto just enough traces of structure to sustain the film's brief length.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    As with most documentaries drawn from books, it feels like you’re getting the Reader’s Digest condensed version, handy for those who have 90 minutes to spare but no substitute for the real thing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Adams
    Even at his most indulgent, Malick brings something to the movies that no one else ever has, a way of looking at the world that is easily imitated but has never been equaled. It’s worth sifting through the sometimes half-baked philosophizing and breathy poeticism to see through his eyes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Adams
    What redeems the movie, and then some, is the soulful weariness of Clooney's performance, which is in some ways an earthier and less glib version of the go-go axeman from "Up In The Air."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    A fine enough piece of work, but it's a shame Werner Herzog didn't get to Gunther Hauk first.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    The Intervention is a movie whose small moments are worth savoring even when the big ones don’t come off as intended
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    For all its untrammeled excesses - and Kaye has proved that he'd sooner torpedo his own career than accept a little constructive trammeling - Detachment is almost forcibly moving, body-slamming its audience into submission.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Though it might be unreasonable to expect Karel and Manera to succeed where others have failed, simply punting on the amount of autobiography in Roth’s novels seems like a cheat. Sticking to what’s on the page pays off, especially with regard to Roth’s undervalued late novels, but also means he has them just where he wants them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Perhaps it's unfair to compare Circumstance to the very different "Persepolis," but it's hard not to drift off to Marjane Satrapi's more pungent and personally inflected evocation of the same terrain, in which the characters are as vivid as their surroundings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Without a source as rich as Jane Austen to draw on, Cheerful Weather feels incomplete, caroming off previous stories without forging its own way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    There are many appalling moments witnessed and described in Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully: children beaten and humiliated, ostracized by their peers and misunderstood by their parents, left to face an apparently heartless world without a soul to turn to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    This story isn’t untold, just largely unknown. It’s a minor point, perhaps, but a sticky one, a needless elision that blurs the all-important question of how memories, and history, must be recounted to endure. One telling is not enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    The film makes a convincing argument that, in spite of some recent setbacks, movements for democratic change are alive and well, but it glosses over the problems that arise once the people have to implement the power they've seized.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Indignation is a movie of great thoughtfulness and and rigor, but at times it feels like you’re buckled into Marcus’ straitjacket along with him, and you yearn to loosen the straps.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    The actors' charisma is a draw, but mostly, the movie relies on Pavlovian reaction to the genre: The audience has its designated place as surely as any element in Cavayé's relentless machine.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    It’s a deeply confused movie, sometimes productively so.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    This might be the best week for The Reluctant Fundamentalist to open or the worst, but the timing doesn’t matter when the powder is damp.

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