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:
579

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
8% 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+ 95% 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
70% 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
71% 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
45% 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- 80% 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+ 98% 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+ 84% Teenage (2014) " Like adolescence itself, Teenage is educational, scattered, and over much too quickly." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C+ 90% 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 22% 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
B- 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The Lunchbox ultimately registers as a too-hesitant portrayal of hesitancy, and its pleasures are largely incidental." — AV Club
Posted Feb 27, 2014
C+ 89% Omar (2014) " Knotty and tense for most of its running time, Omar becomes muddled in its closing minutes, conflating personal and political treachery." — AV Club
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 45% In Secret (2014) " A surprisingly dull adultery drama that covers standard ground (loveless marriage; repression; transgression and guilt) without much flair or insight." — AV Club
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C+ 83% The New Black (2014) " It's an extended news segment in the form of a feature film." — AV Club
Posted Feb 12, 2014
A- 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " The Last Of The Unjust is demanding but fascinating, both as history and as an intellectual volley ..." — AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2014
B 80% Charlie Victor Romeo (2014) " The hybrid feel, a mix of live TV and stage play, seems appropriate to a work that inherently rests on a blend of the immediate and the canned." — AV Club
Posted Jan 29, 2014
B 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The film's circumscribed scope is simultaneously its most intriguing and most limiting factor." — AV Club
Posted Jan 23, 2014
D 68% Visitors (2014) " A tedious Rorschach test whose novelty depends on discounting much of the history of photographic, cinematic, and gallery art." — AV Club
Posted Jan 23, 2014
C 63% Generation War (2014) " Serves up nearly five hours of self-pitying Third Reich youth, in a film shot through with heavy ironies and scored as if it were The Shawshank Redemption." — AV Club
Posted Jan 15, 2014
C+ 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Wells' heavy-handed direction and a bizarrely sappy score by Gustavo Santaolalla flatten much of the humor and spikiness; the pace seems to slow just as the no-exit tension should kick in." — AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2013
C+ 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " It's once the daydreams stop and Mitty jets off to Greenland in search of Penn's itinerant shutterbug (and "actual" adventure) that the film takes an unexpected turn for the dull." — AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2013
B- 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " If Anchorman 2 seems hit-and-miss now, there's a significant chance that it will get funnier over the long haul." — AV Club
Posted Dec 18, 2013
B- 90% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " The contrast in tempos produces the feeling of arriving to class overcaffeinated-or alternatively, watching the graduate-seminar equivalent of Schoolhouse Rock." — AV Club
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% White Reindeer (2013) " I's a rare Christmas movie whose uplift, such as it is, feels earned." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Nov 18, 2013
C- 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " There's not really a story here, just a series of shaggy-dog incidents that typically end with LaBeouf being beaten, hit by a car, or suspended upside-down over water." — AV Club
Posted Nov 14, 2013
B 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The film offers a definite sting as Armstrong's former teammates dish on who saw what and when." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B- 46% The Book Thief (2013) " As melodrama, the movie is an absorbing portrait of a community's indifference to its own." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B 69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " As philosophy, Mr. Nobody seems sillier than it is profound. But in a parallel reality, more movies would have this degree of insane ambition." — AV Club
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B- 43% Sal (2013) " Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little." — AV Club
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B- 68% American Promise (2013) " Ultimately, American Promise seems split between a personal perspective and a broader one. It's a bold experiment that's also a textbook case of filmmakers being too close to their material." — AV Club
Posted Oct 17, 2013
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The documentary suggests the collaborations and creative ferment Jodorowsky fostered leave a legacy that lasts to this day." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 14, 2013
b- 80% Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) " The movie is interesting to think about as another of the Anatomy Of Hell director's power-struggle portraits, even if its conceit-by design-leaves the question of how the filmmaker allowed a known operator to bilk her out of so much money unresolved. " — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b- 88% The Double (2014) " There's not a whole lot to this version of The Double, but its visual comedy and offhand surrealism make it a mild pleasure." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b- 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " It's a cool hypothesis, catnip for art-history buffs, but it can't quite sustain feature length." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
a 85% At Berkeley (2013) " Why do we learn, how do we learn, and what is learning worth? Complex, absorbing, and pointed, At Berkeley is an exhilarating examination of the "education machine."" — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
c+ 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Slick and superficially entertaining, doesn't have much news to impart." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Rumsfeld takes this to another level, giving contradictory answers at different points throughout the interview." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b- 89% Rush (2013) " Rush is basically a foursquare sports film, enlivened by whiplash-inducing, crisply edited racing sequences but otherwise pretty ordinary." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
a- 85% Under the Skin (2014) " This is hardly the first film to observe an alien encountering strange customs, but it may be the first that seems conceived from that perspective formally as well as dramatically." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b- 75% Night Moves (2014) " An atmospheric but surprisingly thin procedural from the director of Old Joy and Meek's Cutoff. " — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
c- 33% Labor Day (2014) " Suggests the experience of being pelted with a thousand supermarket paperbacks at once." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
b- 97% Gravity (2013) " Watching Gravity often feels like watching an especially long prep reel for Star Tours, without ever being allowed to board the ride." — AV Club
Posted Sep 13, 2013
c 40% Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real) " An unsatisfying, shamelessly derivative mix of elements from Inception, Flatliners, and Shutter Island." — AV Club
Posted Sep 12, 2013
b- 57% Fading Gigolo (2014) " If you can accept the ethnic roundelay, Fading Gigolo is, in its own Martian way, a pretty tender film about loneliness and the need for human connection. " — AV Club
Posted Sep 10, 2013
C 31% Adore (2013) " The setup promises more intrigue than the film ultimately delivers." — AV Club
Posted Sep 5, 2013
B 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " The entire film unfolds in a recognizable register of ominous hesitation; the results are a bit schematic but nevertheless hit on something real." — AV Club
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B- 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Mostly, the movie is a straightforward soap opera-sentimental, reductive, and, in spite of itself, satisfying." — AV Club
Posted Aug 15, 2013
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