Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
East Hampton Independent , L.A. Weekly , Time Out , Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
615

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
62% Hercules (2014) " The movie is plagued by a split identity: It's half-slog, half-Mel Brooks." — New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
20% Come Back To Me (2014) " It's difficult to predict what it's up to. But that's only because what it's up to is so ludicrous that logical conjecture is doomed to fail." — New York Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
C+ 61% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " The comedy is a good 30 or 40 percent less fizzy than it needs to be." — AV Club
Posted Jul 24, 2014
63% Fanny (2014) " Mr. Auteuil's passion project is sincere but not successful, honorable but not alive." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " In 3-D, the firefighting scenes are visually striking - with plumes of smoke and chemical dust - though the backgrounds, like other aspects of the film, lack dimension." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
0% Among Ravens (2014) " "Among Ravens" claws itself to death with sophomoric symbolism." — New York Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
—— Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014) " The film is earnest, formulaic and sentimental. But, like Humpty, it has enough charm to wear down defenses." — New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
23% Affluenza (2014) " Straining to find a correlation, even metaphorical, between teenage hedonism and economic collapse, "Affluenza" never coheres." — New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C+ 75% Land Ho! (2014) " Not much happens, apart from observing two very different men on a journey of self reckoning." — AV Club
Posted Jul 9, 2014
—— Bobby Jasoos (2014) " A jaunty, likable star vehicle for the Bollywood actress Vidya Balan." — New York Times
Posted Jul 6, 2014
68% Beyond the Edge (2014) " This absorbing account of the first recorded summit of the world's highest mountain is a rare documentary for which re-enactments make complete sense." — New York Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
56% Marius (2014) " It's not entirely clear what this faithful, slightly creaky new rendering, adapted and directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, has to offer." — New York Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
63% Jackpot (2014) " As an absurdist suspense film, "Jackpot" mostly hits its marks. As a comedy, it's less successful, stronger on sight gags than on the detective's sarcasm." — New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
50% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) " Viewers unencumbered by nostalgia will probably see this zippy, occasionally funny movie as no more frantic or pop-culture-addled than the average multiplex fodder." — New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
71% La Bare (2014) " The name proves unfortunately apt for a rambling, superficial documentary that straddles the line between exposé and infomercial." — New York Times
Posted Jun 26, 2014
—— No Tears For The Dead (2014) " This is the kind of sleek, precisely constructed genre work that's gone missing from American summer movies." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
50% Le Chef (2014) " For a film about mouthwatering cuisine, it offers only fleeting delectable sensations." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
100% A Picture of You (2014) " Mr. Chan's skill with actors - particularly with Ms. Mei and Mr. Pang's persuasive, easygoing banter - compensates for the story's limitations." — New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A- 69% Policeman (2014) " Policeman creates contrasts between families and surrogate families; patriarchy and maternity; truth and fiction; and sanctioned and unsanctioned aggression." — AV Club
Posted Jun 19, 2014
83% Witching and Bitching (2014) " The buddy comedy, gross-out humor and horror elements make for a harmonious mix." — New York Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
—— Breakthrough Weekend " The material may sound offbeat, but the presentation never transcends amateurishness." — New York Times
Posted Jun 11, 2014
31% Lullaby (2014) " It's easy to picture the principal action staged as a more taut and powerful play." — Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2014
13% The Moment (2014) " Watching the movie becomes a kind of parlor game: Is Lee capable of murder? Which moment is the moment?" — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
—— Filmistaan (2014) " "Filmistaan" gradually morphs into a serious disquisition on Indo-Pakistani relations and the lingering animus from the nations' 1947 partition." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
91% The Case Against 8 (2014) " "The Case Against 8" functions as a valuable record of the nuts-and-bolts conference room side of advocacy - an aspect of civil rights work not often seen on screen." — New York Times
Posted Jun 5, 2014
60% Lila, Lila (2014) " The stolen-authorship premise is popular ... But "Lila, Lila" fails to make witty use of the idea." — New York Times
Posted May 23, 2014
26% The Love Punch (2014) " A good-natured if strenuously wacky caper comedy about a divorced British couple who plot a diamond heist to save their pensions." — New York Times
Posted May 23, 2014
51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " A well-acted, finely wrought epic that nevertheless struggles to balance the requirements of melodrama with its drive to capture a historical moment." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
86% The Discoverers (2014) " "The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light." — New York Times
Posted May 15, 2014
33% Stage Fright (2014) " Give the movie some zip, a few memorable songs and a stronger third act, and (to paraphrase Mr. Sondheim) something good's just out of reach." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
—— Chapman (2014) " The more "Chapman" reveals, the less seems to be going on, and the more its quirkier developments - Alex loses his clothes and dons a bellhop's uniform - play like independent-film clichés." — New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
D 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " It's easy to understand the impulse to avoid melodrama. But Devil's Knot is an inert exercise, visually and dramatically on par with Drew Peterson: Untouchable." — AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014
36% Friended To Death (2014) " Movies have struggled to make social media cinematic, but judging from "Friended to Death," the revolution can wait." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
—— Altered States of Plaine (2014) " The message gets lost in translation." — New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " Constant title cards introducing historical figures suggest the work of a completist rather than a filmmaker who has focused the material." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
—— Grand Slammed (2014) " Despite the movie's considerable rough edges, there's little that's predictable about it ..." — New York Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
84% Last Passenger (2014) " Omid Nooshin's sturdy runaway-train thriller chugs up a decent amount of suspense." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2014
100% Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " "Vanishing Pearls" is most illuminating when offering a historical perspective." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
83% Soft In The Head (2014) " The movie impresses, maintaining a sense of anxiety through tight shots and a sound design that favors overlapping voices and constant clatter." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
7% Authors Anonymous (2014) " "Authors Anonymous" proves too kindhearted to stick to its satirical guns; even the documentary conceit recedes when it becomes inconvenient." — New York Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 91% The Final Member (2014) " The Final Member boasts a stranger-than-fiction subject so odd and funny it almost couldn't miss. But Bekhor and Math make the film much more than a limp gag." — AV Club
Posted Apr 17, 2014
64% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " Lightness of touch is missing from the film, which features animated graphics and an ominous score." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
74% Oculus (2014) " The elegant use of wide screen can't totally obscure stiff acting, and the rug pulling finally seems arbitrary. When nothing can be trusted, the mirage of suspense disappears." — New York Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
44% In the Blood (2014) " The jaw-drop factor that comes from seeing Carano's moves is often spoiled because of too much cutting or, in the case of the dance club sequence, excess strobing." — Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B- 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " The action is at once horrifying and absurdly cartoonish (a baseball bat yields a particularly gruesome coup de grace), but Uwais' dexterity inspires awe ..." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B- 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " There's an endearing, handmade quality to Rob The Mob, shot in a warm, nostalgic palette that opens a window on a grittier city of graffiti-strewn subways and petty schemers." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B+ 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " It's an ode to what it means to make a film with unbridled creativity, without limits and without concern for commercial calculation." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
C+ 79% Teenage (2014) " Like adolescence itself, Teenage is educational, scattered, and over much too quickly." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C+ 89% Le Week-End (2014) " The thoroughly ordinary melodrama a description suggests-a portrait of former '60s fire-starters who are perfectly happy to settle for embers." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C 21% Son Of God (2014) " The film goes wild with helicopter shots of Jesus and his followers traveling through the hills. Who knew Christ was lord of the rings?" — AV Club
Posted Feb 28, 2014
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