Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 13, 2011
    100
    One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 21, 2011
    100
    Bittersweet, achingly authentic, and so intimate it almost feels invasive.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    British filmmaker Andrew Haigh's background in editing (from Gladiator to Mister Lonely) is evident in the casual beauty of moments that only appear "found," giving Weekend an engrossing documentary feel.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    Weekend builds into a powerful encapsulation of an identity crisis over the course of three passionate days.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 22, 2011
    90
    There is also a need for stories that address the complex entanglements of love and sex honestly, without sentiment or cynicism and with the appropriate mixture of humor, sympathy and erotic heat. Weekend, Andrew Haigh's astonishingly self-assured, unassumingly profound second feature, is just such a film.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Sep 18, 2011
    88
    A ticking stopwatch hangs over Weekend that amplifies the intensity of every conversation, every fight, every drink, every copulation. In other words, it's a device.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Sep 29, 2011
    80
    So much movie can be made with so little plot, given sufficient humanity and dramatic tension. That's the case with Andrew Haigh's eloquent chamber piece.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    80
    What begins as a one-night stand deepens, over the next two days, into a genuine romance as the young lovers embark on an epic dialogue that touches on the most profound questions of love, commitment, honesty, and identity.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 23, 2011
    80
    Weekend is such a smart, prickly, sexy, inventive film that it critiques itself and critiques its viewers, gay or straight, even as it spins an archetypal romantic fable.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Naturalistic without being ineloquent, heartfelt yet unsentimental, Weekend is the rarest of birds: a movie romance that rings true.
  11. 80
    I hate to damage so fragile a work with overpraise, but, gay or straight, if you don't see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.
  12. Reviewed by: James Renovitch
    Oct 13, 2011
    78
    Like the analogous "Before Sunrise," Weekend manages to ride the line between character study, comedy, drama, and a host of other genres without feeling cramped.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 13, 2011
    75
    It's uncompromisingly steamy, in a way that seems designed to make people who are uncomfortable with a physical relationship between two men even more uncomfortable.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    In just a short period of time, a weekend hookup tests the boundaries each man has set for himself.
  15. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 28, 2011
    75
    This is a smart, sensitive, perceptive film, with actors well suited to the dialogue. It underlines the difficulty of making connections outside our individual boxes of time and space.
  16. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 23, 2011
    75
    Weekend is a gay riff on "Before Sunrise" (1995), in which a man (Ethan Hawke) and woman (Julie Delpy) meet and fall in love in one night, before going their separate ways in the morning for what could be forever.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Weekend settles into an intentionally minor-key groove, caught somewhere between bracingly direct honesty and cringingly mumbly pretense.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 17, 2011
    60
    Earnest and understated, Weekend has the intimate look and feel of a two-character stage play that has been opened up -- but only slightly, with minimal addition of supporting players -- for a mostly faithful filmization.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    10
    "Weekend" is such a delicate, modest little love story that even writing about it seems like it'll ruin the movie's spell. It's a slight film and hardly groundbreaking, but it's so lovely that you almost feel protective of it. Just like you want its main couple to find love with each other, you don't want anyone's snark ripping this sweet film to shreds. And I hope at some point in the future the most "interesting" thing about "Weekend" isn't that it's a gay love story. Maybe eventually people will just like it because it's a good love story, period. Full Review »
  2. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    Stunningly realistic and perfectly acted, WEEKEND surprised me in that I had no idea how hooked I had become until I found myself utterly moved by the end. Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2011
    10
    A beautiful movie that captures what it is like to be a gay man, looking for a connection (or not). It is a rare opportunity to see our lives on film that doesn't resort to the use of the sassy best fiend, mincing drag queen, or homophobic father to flesh out our lives. It just shows how we might spend one weekend making a connection with another human being. Full Review »