For 54 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sam Weisberg's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Famous Nathan
Lowest review score: 20 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 54
  2. Negative: 13 out of 54
54 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Sam Weisberg
    Terrific documentaries are a dime a dozen; ones this multifaceted are to be cherished.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sam Weisberg
    There have been upbeat coming-out films (But I'm a Cheerleader) and tragic, infuriating ones (Boys Don't Cry, Brokeback Mountain). Andrew Ahn's Spa Night is executed on a significantly smaller scale, a deliberately anticlimactic one, which makes it all the more doleful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    While it achieves its goal of being thoroughly unpleasant, Henry could have used a touch more humor (beyond its one knee-slapper about the Chicago Bears). Still, it’s a gruesomely riveting sucker punch of a movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    If Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna's exhilarating documentary, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, were merely a testament to McQueen's stubbornness and irascibility, it would still be a damned entertaining portrait.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    Shirinian has made a swift, moody film, with impeccable art design — Abner's diorama of the car wreck is a kooky marvel — a scarily convincing feel for recurring panic, and a thunderous, heart-rending performance at its center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    Andersen's restless yet scholarly methods are contagious: He makes you want to become more well-rounded.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    Theo Love's mesmerizing documentary Little Hope Was Arson is as evenhanded as it is unsettling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    The tension never lets up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    Nothing wrenching happens, just unforgettable moments of piercing isolation and sadness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    [A] vivid and enlightening documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sam Weisberg
    It will only be criticized — rightfully — for its skirting over the resulting plight of Palestinian refugees, but Grossman is surely capable of making an equally absorbing, entertaining film on that subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Nakom is sometimes slow-moving and occasionally succumbs to heavy-handed symbolism, contrasting images.... But the movie is commendable for centering on an atypical hero.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Heartrending throughout, Iraqi Odyssey is everything you want in a documentary — informative, involving, and eager to decipher complex, often paradoxical historical conundrums. Everything, that is, except visually interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Bialis's growing immersion in the town is poignant, even admirable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Rose is a pleasant affair, but you might want to know far more about Blank and far less about, say, pot-au-feu.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Sharon Greytak's Archaeology of a Woman is a decidedly well-made, unnerving film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Mortensen is a pro at the slow burn, and he adds genuinely frightening layers of impulsiveness to this tempest-in-a-teapot scenario. The freshest twist is that each man has a notable advantage over the other.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    While Spender spends enough time with both new and retired jockey legends to collect a gold mine of macho, bullheaded rapport, you wish she delved deeper into the more sinister, behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Equally seductive as it is inert, Terry Miles' Cinemanovels manages to cast an alluring spell, despite not amounting to much. It sticks in the memory, mostly due to the playful lead performance by Lauren Lee Smith.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    What's fresh is Weinstock's interweaving of flashbacks, slightly altered versions of flashbacks, and flashbacks within flashbacks, so that viewers must work as hard as Lee to determine past from present.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Scott Cohen's Red Knot exhibits such spot-on, heartbreaking honesty about behaviors that tear many couples apart — passive-aggressiveness, career obsession, seeking validation to soothe one's inadequacies — that it's easy to forgive Cohen his metaphorical excesses.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    Sex and Broadcasting is at once heartfelt, gritty, and informative, and you don’t really want it to end.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sam Weisberg
    [Ramsis] achieves many poignant moments, especially when his subjects express that they have never felt at home anywhere outside Egypt.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    The film is not without its trenchant moments, most rooted not in peace but in science.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    Under the Electric Sky manages to be amusing even while it’s annoying you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    Kim Seong-hun's riveting if empty-headed A Hard Day will be remembered for its increasingly ominous jump-cuts to mobiles ringing, vibrating, and flashing profane messages.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    This gripping movie is essential viewing for any Irish history buffs who found In the Name of the Father a tad corny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    While not as kinky, dark, or schizoid as debuting director/screenwriter Michael Medeiros intends, Tiger Lily Road succeeds on its own small, claustrophobic level.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Weisberg
    Whenever Plummer is onscreen, The Exception is scintillating entertainment. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sam Weisberg
    The result, despite a few stellar moments, is a not-quite-tragic-enough meditation on mourning and self-healing, crossed with a not-quite-gritty-enough portrait of indie rockers trying to break big.

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