Allison Benedikt

Allison Benedikt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Metromix.com , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
169

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
6% Strength and Honor (2007) " Schlocky." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2007
63% Six Days (2007) " Short on insight and artistry, Six Days takes a dry approach to the hottest of conflicts." — Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2007
3/4 52% Down in the Valley (2005) " Patchy but powerful rumination on myth, youth and man's capacity for brutality." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 18, 2006
3/4 56% The Notorious Bettie Page (2006) " It does a bang-up job of illuminating why many a contemporary pop icon and, online, a whole new generation of men have taken to Bettie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 20, 2006
3/4 90% Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) " The film is packed with hilarious, often poignant interviews with metal luminaries." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2006
3.5/4 89% The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006) " Feuerzeig recounts it all with clear-eyed candor, turning to Johnston's battered friends and family for insight and empathy and to Johnston's tapes and drawings for an inside look at his illness." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 13, 2006
2/4 80% Brick (2006) " The mystery feels elementary and his characters, though compelling as sketches, remain one-dimensional from the first to the last good-looking frame." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 7, 2006
3.5/4 72% Friends With Money (2006) " A class-conscious L.A. tale of four best friends and the men who love (and hurt) them." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
2/4 57% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) " As visually stunning as it is, DR9 is also more than two hours and contains, at best, 10 lines of dialogue, an ear-piercing Bjork score and no discernible plot." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 6, 2006
1.5/4 55% Adam & Steve (2005) " Adam & Steve is a mostly bland, sporadically crude, by-the-numbers romantic comedy about two gay men in love." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 30, 2006
2.5/4 62% ATL (2006) " Like most media these days, ATL feels like the product of video-on-demand-era focus groups, which means that it's entertaining, but not smart." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 30, 2006
2.5/4 43% She's the Man (2006) " As you can imagine, sticking a girl dressed up as a boy into a dorm with hunky boys lusting for girls is the stuff of comic mix-ups, and in She's the Man, we have plenty." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 17, 2006
3/4 74% Unknown White Male (2006) " Though problematic, repetitive and stylistically rough, the film raises intriguing questions, the most compelling of which is, does our memory determine who we are?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 11, 2006
2.5/4 40% Winter Passing (2006) " Midway through, Rapp loses momentum, failing to hone in on just what kind of movie he wants to make, and Winter Passing languishes in that no-man's land between tiny, meandering, indie drama and plotted, pointed family melodrama." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 11, 2006
2/4 55% 16 Blocks (2006) " In the end it's not the predictable action but the lack of chemistry and camaraderie that sinks 16 Blocks." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2006
3.5/4 92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) " ...an uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2006
1/4 40% Running Scared (2006) " There's clearly supposed to be tension between Joey's good and bad sides. Sure, he's a mobster, but he's also a family man, which makes him... gray. (Not black and white = very sophisticated.)" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2006
2/4 75% Workingman's Death (2006) " It's not exactly a good time at the movies, and even as pure education, it's a rather dull film with very little dialogue." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2006
2/4 78% Why We Fight (2006) " Jarecki seems to have had his answers before asking the questions. He's a master at filtering, at choosing the best quotes to bolster his argument and at connecting dots that, perhaps, shouldn't be." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2006
2.5/4 72% Eight Below (2006) " Eight Below is the Brian's Song of dog movies: schmaltzy, feel-goody, inspired-by-a-true-story-y. It's formulaic and frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2006
1.5/4 32% Imagine Me & You (2006) " I guess there's something progressive going on when a lesbian love story gets to be just as dreadful and tacky as most straight ones." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 4, 2006
1/4 40% End of the Spear (2006) " End of the Spear is a childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 19, 2006
2/4 32% Tristan & Isolde (2006) " Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 12, 2006
3/4 76% The Matador (2006) " Funny and touching." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2006
3/4 77% Match Point (2005) " It's a pleasure to let the Allenisms wash over you, ever so slightly disguised in the form of a taut dramatic thriller but never diluted." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2006
3/4 20% Rumor Has It (2005) " [An] easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 27, 2005
2.5/4 78% Munich (2005) " Do we need another handsome, well-assembled, entertaining movie to prove that we all bleed red?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2005
2/4 29% Fun With Dick and Jane (2005) " It's inoffensive material with few laughs and even fewer jabs. And when the end credits thank guys such as Jeffrey Skilling and Bernie Ebbers, you'll swear it should be the other way around." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 20, 2005
2/4 51% The Family Stone (2005) " The Family Stone aims to please, and lands precisely on so-so." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2005
1.5/4 70% Protocols of Zion (2005) " Purporting to look at the roots of modern-day anti-Semitism, Levin only has eyes for a well-worn checklist of Jew-haters and oppressors, his shoddy search for answers turning up not a single one." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 8, 2005
1.5/4 69% Christmas in the Clouds (2005) " With its schmaltzy romance, slapdash mistaken identity and heartwarming finale, Christmas in the Clouds belongs on 'Lifetime.'" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2005
2/4 41% Just Friends (2005) " Even with young talent, director Roger Kumble and writer Adam Davis rely way too heavily (no pun intended) on the fat-suit joke and titular impasse." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 22, 2005
3/4 64% Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005) " Silverman throws her carefully crafted persona a proper, and hilarious, coming-out party." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 10, 2005
1.5/4 43% Bee Season (2005) " So, we've got spelling bees, Kabbalah, Tikkun Olam, Hare Krishna and robbery -- and yet Bee Season is completely vacant." — Metromix.com
Posted Nov 10, 2005
2.5/4 20% Derailed (2005) " In the vast world of ludicrous plots, and the vaster world of ludicrous plots for thrillers starring handsome celebrities, Derailed rings almost logical." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 10, 2005
2.5/4 61% Jarhead (2005) " A good, not great movie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 3, 2005
4/4 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) " Baumbach captures a crisis in one family's life that, though it shakes the foundation, leaves all four Berkmans drifting toward highs and lows unknown, each of them only dimly aware that, no matter what the movies tell us, we never really come of age." — Metromix.com
Posted Nov 3, 2005
1.5/4 24% G (2005) " The filmmakers are going for something operatic here with their mix of love and loss, rap and race. They miss. By a lot." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 27, 2005
2/4 19% Domino (2005) " [Director Tony] Scott and screenwriter Richard Kelly turn Domino's life upside down, mixing tiny parts fact with heaping, heaving sums of fiction. But with a real-life story like Domino's, why all the fantasy?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 13, 2005
1/4 31% Waiting (2005) " Remember Office Space, with Jennifer Aniston as a flair-wearing Chotchkie's waitress? See, writer/director Mike Judge got his chain-dining establishment just right." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2005
2.5/4 21% Into the Blue (2005) " Mad props to Peter Zuccarini, who headed the team of ocean-bound photographers and captured some remarkably vivid footage, and also to the actors, who spend plenty of time looking cool, calm and collected swimming with the predatory fishes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2/4 54% MirrorMask (2005) " For all its flying cats with rainbow wings and navigational library books, MirrorMask barely has a story, its talent and vision focused entirely on its singular dreamworld facade." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 29, 2005
2.5/4 66% Everything is Illuminated (2005) " Every novel cannot be a movie, and this one should not have been." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
3/4 87% A History of Violence (2005) " Cronenberg crafts a remarkably interesting thriller, with suspense that is less about what's coming around the corner--often, we know--and more about Tom's slow transformation in the face of terror." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2005
1.5/4 56% Just Like Heaven (2005) " Just Like Heaven is a huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2005
1.5/4 39% Milwaukee Minnesota (2003) " Everyone seems to be playing someone else in Allan Mindel's full-of-potential, slight-of-script Milwaukee, Minnesota." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2005
2/4 32% The Baxter (2005) " Michael Showalter is a funny man, but ... how to put this gently ... not a funny movie star." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 8, 2005
2.5/4 24% 9 songs (2005) " An expertly blended mix of live music and real sex." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2005
2/4 70% À tout de suite (Right Now) (2005) " If you're not careful, A Tout De Suite--Benoit Jacquot's ode to the French New Wave, infused with his love of American crime classics 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'Badlands'--will fool you." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2005
3.5/4 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) " The answer is, unequivocally, yes. Yes, Steve Carell can carry a movie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 19, 2005
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