Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% 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
50% 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
31% 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
23% 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 100% 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
76% Deli Man (2015) " This documentary goes heavy on the schmaltz, in all senses. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
14% 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
No Score Yet The Visit (2015) " 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 Feb 24, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) " Even in this would-be subversive comedy, success means getting the guy. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
80% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon " 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
40% 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 " [An] abysmal thriller ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2015
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
86% Digging For Fire " 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 " For a film with one eye on messy, real emotions, "People, Places, Things" undercuts itself with goofy humor. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
No Score Yet 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 " 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
40% 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
18% Strange Magic (2015) " Said to be inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the film plays more like "Avatar" scored to a karaoke competition. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
22% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) " This derivative comedy, in addition to not being particularly funny, gives off a sense of telling us more than we needed to know. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
18% Manny (2015) " Banal, stentorian narration by Liam Neeson ("Once victory is stolen from you, what are you left with?") mostly gives the sense that it's the viewer being carried around the ring. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
95% Gangs of Wasseypur (2015) " A frequently spectacular achievement: five hours - and then some - of gliding camera moves, brutal action and dizzying revenge plotting, often set to a peppy pop music backbeat. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
57% Life Inside Out (2014) " This low-key drama so insistently resists epiphanies that it verges on bland. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
30% Loitering With Intent (2015) " Ms. Tomei, Mr. Rockwell and Mr. Geraghty get stray laughs, but "Loitering With Intent" mostly plays like an excuse for its makers to hang out. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
75% Match (2015) " The movie pulls the rug out from under the audience several times, but in the end there is not much underneath. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2015
80% Play (2011) " The ambient soundtrack enhances the sense of outsiders' indifference. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2015
80% Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008) " Begins as a free-floating portrait of mischief and compulsion ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 13, 2015
No Score Yet Vessel (2015) " It raises provocative questions about the power of laws to police information in an increasingly globalized world. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
71% The World Made Straight (2015) " An overcooked adaptation of a novel by Ron Rash. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
73% When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2015) " "You can think what you like," Paul says. That sentiment applies to Mr. Porumboiu's dryly funny, enigmatic new work. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
60% The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015) " With its fanfare score, the movie has a nationalistic, didactic flavor and a tiresome devotion to spectacle. Even the climax is staged two ways. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 4, 2015
21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) " The director, Tom Harper, seems less interested in allegory than in monotonous, conventional goosing, the kind that involves flickering lights and a creaky rocking chair. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 1, 2015
B 53% The Interview (2014) " Much of the film is devoted to the hit-and-miss (but strangely moving) riffing between the leading men. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2014
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