For 193 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sam Adams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Barbara
Lowest review score: 10 The Mummy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 193
193 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Sam Adams
    There are moments in Sunset Song that rank with Davies’ most poignant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Adams
    The Cold Lands goes flat in this middle section. Gilroy’s visual style is strong, but he doesn’t frame the images to chart Atticus’ development, and Yelich, whose only previous screen experience is starring in the video Gilroy directed for R.E.M.’s “It Happened Today,” doesn’t suggest what’s going on beneath the layers of trauma and withdrawal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Adams
    It’s hardly a masterpiece, but then, it shows no signs it ever wanted to be, and sometimes that’s a relief.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Sam Adams
    Perhaps fittingly, part of the problem with Everyday is that it’s too short, both in micro and macro terms. Ninety-odd minutes isn’t long enough to make the full weight of the elapsed time register.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Sam Adams
    Paris Countdown has style to burn, where “style” means “uses lots of lighting gels and some camera flourishes,” but it doesn’t have a coherent point of view or a solid take on the genre.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sam Adams
    Hellbenders mostly feels like a doodle, an amiable lark that will amuse genrephiles and anyone else with their sights set appropriately low.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Sam Adams
    Unfortunately, Kill Your Darlings doesn’t know what to do with Radcliffe and DeHaan, good as they are; there’s little sense of how they fit into a larger framework, or what bearing, if any, it might have on its more famous subjects’ later output.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Sam Adams
    Putting Faulkner’s dialogue in actors’ mouths only underlines the fact that it was never meant to be read aloud, and simply cutting between one perspective and the next does nothing to evoke the rushing stream of collective consciousness that runs through Faulkner’s South.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Once the battle is joined in earnest, what began as sharp-edged parody starts to feel more like a cheap imitation, even if it’s still shot through with a few priceless zingers. The tough thing about genre hybrids is that they have to fulfill both genres, and Grabbers only nails one of them.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    The movie is a character study in search of a character.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    It’s a brief wisp of a movie, but one that’s not easy to shake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Twenty Feet From Stardom touches on fascinating issues, but too often it does no more than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Watching the movie is like riffling through an author’s index cards: It’s all detail and no big picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    It’s hard to imagine a more potent symbol of good intentions gone to seed than the decrepit Buenos Aires building that gives White Elephant its title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Gavilán’s performance bears out Parra’s advice to “hate mathematics and embrace chaos,” and falls between private and public, assurance and self-doubt.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    Like a Rand Paul rally rendered in the style of Grand Theft Auto, Silver Circle engineers the perfect marriage of sub-par animation and sloppy thinking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Sam Adams
    Part of Snoop’s protean quality comes from the fact that his rhymes only cut so far: He can pivot freely because he’s never dug in too deep.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    Shot with tiny digital cameras to minimize the sense of intrusion, The End Of Love sometimes feels like a home movie, but that’s also the source of its strength.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    From its lone-wolf mythology to the high, pealing guitar wails in its score, The Sweeney plays like a forgotten ’80s action movie recently discovered in a dusty vault. A treat, perhaps, for those who prefer their cop thrillers pre-meta, but tiresomely plodding for everyone else.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    It’s a deeply confused movie, sometimes productively so.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Top Trailers