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
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Good For Nothing is billed as the first Western shot in New Zealand, but that tourist-brochure distinction pales besides its more pungent claim to fame as the first Western whose hero spends the entire film attempting to overcome a bout of erectile dysfunction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    At least Black Butterflies gets the tortured-soul part right.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sam Adams
    As Wesley Deeds - get it? - Perry is stripped of Madea's fat suit and fright wig, but his performance is so muted, he might as well be swaddled in cloth.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    During a dinner with Stephanie's colorfully ethnic family, including a squandered Debbie Reynolds, the reaction shots arrive with bludgeoning regularity, and the soundtrack's burbling organ serves as an incessant reminder not to take anything seriously. Fortunately, there's no danger of that.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    Growing up, Smith relates, he thought Halston - born Ray Halston Fenwick in Des Moines, Iowa - "was the coolest," which sets the tone for the movie's googly-eyed viewpoint.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Tran's visual precision is betrayed by his jumbled script, which fails to impose a cinematic structure on the source material.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Chances are, Norman would have seemed like a retread whenever it came out, but it does the movie no favors to release it in the shadow of "Terri" and "Submarine," both far more compelling portraits of high-school loners, and both released to DVD in the last few weeks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    The credibility Bowen and Amy Seimetz, as his fearful ex-girlfriend, bring to their roles nearly legitimizes the movie's underlying silliness.
    • 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 CavayƩ's relentless machine.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    The movie's gathering of third-rank action heroes provides sufficient brawn but precious little onscreen charisma, although Brian Cox's reliable bluster lights up his handful of scenes as a bellicose baron.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Sam Adams
    The subtitles and period setting conjure a smattering of respectability, but in essence, this is arthouse pap, particularly for older audiences, turning the past into a concatenation of worn-out tropes that comforts as it distorts. Think of it as instant mashed potatoes for the soul.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    There's something grating about the way The Last Mountain keeps returning to picket-line confrontations between environmental activists.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Sam Adams
    Like a well-crafted garment, it's seamless. There's plenty of amour, but not enough fou.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    Wexler breaks the cardinal rule of first-person documentaries: Don't make yourself the subject unless you're worth paying attention to.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    The character's miraculous gift never plays as more than a melodramatic contrivance-it's a gimmick, not an outgrowth of faith. The movie reaches for the heart, but only comes back with a balloon filled with fake blood and chicken livers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Sam Adams
    Bal
    Bal mingles the bitter and the sweet, but it gets mired in its own stickiness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 58 Sam Adams
    Not withstanding rich performances from Wilson and Lonsdale, the film never comes close to embodying that level of complexity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    It's to the film's credit that its inescapable conclusion seems in doubt until the very end.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Sam Adams
    If anyone's likely to have trouble with Carancho, it's fans of Trapero's previous films, who won't be able to help noticing the sizeable step he's taken toward conventionality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Sam Adams
    Rather than peering into the heart of darkness, North just slaps a coat of Art atop her true-crime subject, and the upshot is akin to an especially pretentious episode of "Law & Order."
    • 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.

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