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Critical Consensus: Gay Romance "Weekend" Is The Critics' Pick For This Weekend

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 21, 2011 at 3:49AM

Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Andrew Haigh's gay romance "Weekend" opens in New York this weekend (followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks) and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.
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Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Andrew Haigh's gay romance "Weekend" opens in New York this weekend (followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks) and it's the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

Over the course of its titular timeframe, this SXSW favorite follows Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New), two men who extend their blurry and drunken one-night stand into 48 hours to remember. Russell is a pragmatic and semi-closeted lifeguard; Glen is a stubborn intellectual who “doesn’t do boyfriends.”

Eleven critics gave it an average of B+ on the film's criticWIRE page.indieWIRE's own Eric Kohn gave the film a A-, offering up these thoughts in his recent review:

Writer-director Andrew Haigh’s British drama “Weekend” depicts a fleeting romantic encounter with delicacy and philosophical depth, but its chief appeal is simplicity. Revolving around a brief affair between two young men with vastly different perspectives on life, the film operates on a familiar dynamic; however, it works here thanks to the precise alignment of talented actors and a focused screenplay. Humming along on the commitment of its engaging leads, “Weekend” builds into a powerful encapsulation of an identity crisis over the course of three passionate days.

More extensive takes on "Weekend" and other films opening this weekend are all are linked below. Also offered is the top 10 criticWIRE scores for films already in theaters, which is currently topped by doc "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" for the third week running, Note that only films with three or more grades have their averages included.

iW Film Calendar & criticWIRE:
criticWIRE | Opening this week | Opening this month | All Films A - Z

criticWIRE: Films Opening This Week
NOTE: The averages listed here are current as of the publishing of this article. They are subject to change as new grades come in, and will be updated in next week's edition of this article.

Weekend (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Moneyball (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Shit Year (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Pearl Jam Twenty (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Killer Elite (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Machine Gun Preacher (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C

A Bird of the Air (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: TBD

Limelight (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: TBD

The Man Nobody Knew (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: TBD

Puncture (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: TBD

Thunder Soul (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: TBD


criticWIRE: 10 Best Bets Already In Theaters

1. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

2. Senna (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

3. The Interrupters (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

4. We Were Here (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

5. The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

6. Drive (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

7. Circumstance (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

8. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

9. Buck (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

10. Contagion (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

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