For 98 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 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: 55 out of 98
  2. Negative: 6 out of 98
98 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Sam Adams
    Petzold handles personal, formal, and political concerns in such perfect balance, it's difficult, and not especially desirable, to separate one from the next. The movie is dense but never feels it, assembled with easy mastery and engrossing throughout.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Not withstanding rich performances from Wilson and Lonsdale, the film never comes close to embodying that level of complexity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Twenty Feet From Stardom touches on fascinating issues, but too often it does no more than that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Sam Adams
    Keep The Lights On feels less like a memoir than a collage made from diary scraps, evocative but not prescriptive.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Sam Adams
    The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    If the idea is for the audience to feel similarly yanked around, then What Maisie Knew succeeds wildly, but it fails to bring much insight to what essentially amounts to a massive parental guilt trip.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    The movie's exterior is solid, but it's hollow inside, like a safe filled with air.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Sam Adams
    The heart of any concert movie is the concert itself, and in the case of Neil Young Journeys, it's a great one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    In spite of its attention-grabbing opening and provocative title, Free Angela And All Political Prisoners is less a work of agitprop than straightforward history, intriguing but never unsettling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Newcomer Følsgaard is the wild card, but he manages to make the king both villain and victim, sometimes a vindictive schemer, at others far-eyed and helpless, a puppet for the forces behind him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Headhunters' title rapidly turns literal, and what seemed like a lightweight heist thriller careens into a bloody-minded game of cat and mouse.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    While the back-and-forth between various parties grows tiresome through repetition, Rapt rallies with a lengthy epilogue in which the aftermath of Attal's ordeal proves more draining than the physical privation that preceded it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Sam Adams
    Viewers may not realize how far they've been pulled in until the movie ends, and they might feel a sense of loss that it can't keep going just a little while longer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    It’s a brief wisp of a movie, but one that’s not easy to shake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    The fact that Last Days Here cares more about Liebling's personal redemption than his professional triumph is ultimately a saving grace, a telling demonstration of the film's well-ordered priorities.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    For the most part, Neshoba is content to treat progress as a matter of reconciling with the past rather than dealing with the present.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Bal
    Bal mingles the bitter and the sweet, but it gets mired in its own stickiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    As an actor, Turturro brings wit and a healthy sense of absurdity to many of his roles, but his directorial efforts are notably lacking in self-awareness or restraint.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    It's to the film's credit that its inescapable conclusion seems in doubt until the very end.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Perhaps it's a tribute to the breadth of Goodman's life that even after 90 minutes, it feels as if we've just scratched the surface.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Sam Adams
    Perhaps Gurfinkel means to suggest a society off-course, but the game feels rigged, his conception of male and female roles so limited that the characters have little choice but to fall in line.