For 115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sam Adams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Lowest review score: 16 The Magic of Belle Isle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 115
  2. Negative: 7 out of 115
115 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Portrait Of Wally tells a gripping story, but the filmmakers should have been more forthright about their own part in it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Moving fluidly between gory sight gags and implied, insinuating terror, The Road is a movie made to be seen after midnight, preferably in a mildly dilapidated theater with a full house.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    The movie's exterior is solid, but it's hollow inside, like a safe filled with air.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Like a well-crafted garment, it's seamless. There's plenty of amour, but not enough fou.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Levinson stuffs the movie with so many emotional cross-currents and minor revelations that it's hard to keep them all straight, but the movie works the audience's nerves with enough determination to get under the skin and stay there, a sensation that comes awfully close to an earned emotional response.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Like its characters, who can't believe their stable nation could be threatened by ethnic unrest, Cirkus Columbia looks to the past, evoking the kind of unreal, vaguely politicized tales that were once the lifeblood of arthouse cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    It’s a deeply confused movie, sometimes productively so.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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