Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Ben Kenigsberg's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% The Visit "Filled with sleek and often surreal imagery, "The Visit" is served at a cool temperature; it fluctuates from fascinating to banal depending on the logistics under discussion. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 3, 2015
B 100% Stray Dog (2015) "It's a film that starts as a character study and builds into something much larger. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 29, 2015
59% Felt (2015) "At once underwritten and overconceptualized. Reading about the filmmakers' intentions is more rewarding than watching the results. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) "At the time of a fervent national debate on race and justice, part of what is impressive about "3 1/2 Minutes" is the cool temperature at which it is often served. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
26% Burying the Ex (2015) "The freedom of the director's best work is missing. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
86% Doomsdays (2015) "Eddie Mullins' debut feature features a terrific comic pairing with Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Rice. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2015
83% Patch Town (2015) "While the results are more creepy than charming - too childish for adults, though not necessarily too dark for children - it is hard to fault Mr. Goodwill for trying. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
70% The Nightmare (2015) "While "Room 237" sought evidence for its most outlandish conceits, "The Nightmare" declines to delve. As the testimonies grow repetitive, the strategy suggests willful ignorance. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
8% Survivor (2015) "The thudding techno score and Danny Ruhlmann's digital lensing have the effect of making "Survivor" look cheap rather than stylized. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2015
80% Câinele Japonez (The Japanese Dog) "While it lacks the richness of some of Ozu's masterworks, "The Japanese Dog" steers clear of sentimentality - an impressive feat, given that the title somewhat preciously refers to a toy dog. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 20, 2015
86% L For Leisure "The performances are stiff and amateurish, and exchanges of dialogue have the structure of jokes but don't quite pay off (unless mere mentions of Snapple and Marky Mark count). " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015
No Score Yet Two Gun Shots (2015) "A French New Wave-style voice-over holds the narrative together, but "Two Shots Fired" is somewhere between deadpan and coy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 13, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) "Digressions involving suicide, child abuse, immigration and unions muddy the film's meaning rather than illuminate it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015
No Score Yet Franny "The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 2, 2015
64% Reality (2015) "Each narrative fissure further thwarts meaning. The most you can ask from a movie as nullifying as this one is that it offer wit and visual panache, which it does. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
86% Natural Resistance (2015) "Mr. Nossiter's main point is that traditional farming methods have become revolutionary in a country that, we're told, has grown progressively less agrarian. Mr. Nossiter champions that activism in this mellow, unfocused film. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
58% The Great Museum (2015) "Feels like a cursory guided tour. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) ""Laugh Killer Laugh" is a tired parody that seems to have been constructed from received notions of noir and mob movies. Even the jazzy score sounds like an affectation. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet Roseanne for President! "It will likely stoke curiosity among those who followed (or weren't aware of) Barr's candidacy, but its flippant approach makes it more of a specialty item for fans than a heavyweight issue doc. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2015
57% Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015) ""Antarctic Edge" illustrates its points effectively, providing vivid evidence of how shrinking ice at the South Pole affects climates across the globe. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
No Score Yet Human Highway (1982) "Mr. Young's slapdash style, which suggests a Roger Corman movie crossed with dinner theater, extends to the clanking sound effects and flagrantly fake backdrops. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
29% Lost River (2015) "The movie owes a sizable debt to David Lynch and to Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Mr. Gosling in "Drive" and "Only God Forgives," but it reveals Mr. Gosling as a filmmaker with a poetic sensibility of his own. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
21% Broken Horses (2015) "This overwrought tale of two orphaned brothers and their violent hometown reunion fails to convince on several crucial levels, including plotting and dialogue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
92% The Hand That Feeds (2015) ""The Hand That Feeds" is an effective portrayal of the intricacies of activism - and of a situation in which victories seem all too brief. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
57% The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) "A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
81% Ned Rifle (2015) "If the new film looks and sounds much cheaper than Mr. Hartley's earlier work, the writer and director's wit remains intact. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2015
No Score Yet My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015) "The anecdotal presentation sometimes seems more suited for museum browsing than for viewing in a theater. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
9% The Lovers (2015) "Time may bring good things to light, but the 2010 copyright suggests that delays have worked no such wonders for this film. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
6% Home Sweet Hell (2015) "While the oafish men come off poorly, the treatment of women as nothing more than schemers and monstrous Martha Stewart clones seems woefully past its expiration date. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 89% Sunshine Superman (2015) "If Sunshine Superman doesn't exactly inspire comprehension of the desire to feel like you're "flashing through a 20-story building in one second," it is immersive enough to induce panic. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 11, 2015
78% Deli Man (2015) "This documentary goes heavy on the schmaltz, in all senses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "[A] risible mix of pseudoscientific hokum and supernatural freakouts. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
78% Farewell to Hollywood (2015) ""Farewell to Hollywood" is moving yet queasily unsettling, even if Ms. Nicholson's enthusiasm mitigates the veneer of exploitation. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 24, 2015
72% The DUFF (2015) "Even in this would-be subversive comedy, success means getting the guy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
75% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "A generous and briskly entertaining look at the American humor magazine's legacy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2015
No Score Yet The Mask You Live In "Reductive and sensationalistic correlations detract from the movie's salient points. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2015
No Score Yet Bob And The Trees "A real-life logger plays some version of himself in this immersive verite-style drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2015
26% Love, Rosie (2015) "Constant fuchsia lighting can't make this setup warm. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
50% On The Way To School (2015) "The swelling score gives the sense of an inspirational children's movie. True to that form, "On the Way to School" never wavers in its bland uplift. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
No Score Yet Reversal (2015) "[An] abysmal thriller ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2015
93% Cartel Land (2015) "Startling access yields strong if not consistent results in "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman's parallel portrait of vigilantes policing two different fronts of the drug war. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2015
83% Above and Beyond (2015) "The film is best appreciated as a straightforward testimonial: old war buddies' hurrah against anti-Semitism. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
No Score Yet Censored Voices "Politically charged and intermittently cutting, if slightly dry and repetitive ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2015
75% Digging For Fire (2015) "Joe Swanberg's starriest picture is a lovely slice of everything and nothing disguised as a murder mystery. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2015
83% People Places Things (2015) "For a film with one eye on messy, real emotions, "People, Places, Things" undercuts itself with goofy humor. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
80% Partisan "A pint-size killer gains a conscience in Ariel Kleiman's confidently told debut feature. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
No Score Yet The Amina Profile (2015) "The film moves fluidly between surreal enactments and the more standard talking-head footage, while composer Sam Shalabi's Middle Eastern-flavored reverb injects a steady dose of anxiety. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
44% Knock Knock "Eli Roth's glossy and reasonably fun update of Peter Traynor's 1977 exploitation movie "Death Game." " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "Kirby Dick's gripping follow-up to the 'The Invisible War' investigates sexual assault on college campuses. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
75% Salvation Army (2015) "For a film rooted in a personal story, "Salvation Army" feels awfully remote. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
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