Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
East Hampton Independent , L.A. Weekly , Time Out , Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
645

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
60% Pump (2014) " As filmmaking, "Pump" sometimes resembles a Super Bowl commercial." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
29% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Mr. Pegg, normally a live wire, makes an affable hero, but the movie often forces him into blandly earnest mugging." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
62% The Maze Runner (2014) " By keeping its cards so close, "The Maze Runner" remains compelling." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
38% Life's a Breeze (2014) " "Life's a Breeze" is ultimately about as cutting and memorable as its title." — New York Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
11% No Good Deed (2014) " An inert "Cape Fear" rehash that can't seem to choose its favorite contrivance." — New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
70% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " It's wholesome, engaging and rife with impressive aquatic photography." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
27% At The Devil's Door (2014) " This is the sort of cinematic patchwork from which Brian De Palma made his name, yet the style and playfulness of Mr. De Palma's work are absent." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
—— Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (2014) " It's both a credit to, and a shortcoming of, the movie that it suggests an illustrated bibliography. It makes you want to stop watching and, instead, read or reread all of the pieces mentioned." — New York Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
7% The Identical (2014) " A jukebox musical that takes time revealing its goofy absurdity." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
0% But Always (2014) " Bathed in golden sunlight and often accompanied by a treacly piano score, Anran and Zhao Yongyuan make eyes longingly, but they don't connect in anything but the most superficial way." — New York Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
67% Gringo Trails (2014) " This well-meaning but superficial film skips across the globe, raising some provocative arguments but advancing few." — New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2014
50% The Calling (2014) " "The Calling" aims to unsettle, but when a movie primarily leaves you wanting to learn more about the jurisdictional conflicts of Canadian law, it can't properly be called a thriller." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
63% Life Of Crime (2014) " As a late-summer caper movie, it hits the spot." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
—— The Naked Room (2014) " While "The Naked Room" may raise awareness, it often feels voyeuristic in less productive ways." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
—— Shadows From My Past (2014) " Personal testimony is clearly the heart of the movie. As filmmakers from Claude Lanzmann ("Shoah") to Steven Spielberg (through his Shoah visual history foundation) have shown us, this is what's essential to share." — New York Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
35% The November Man (2014) " The film is nearly over before you begin to wonder why it's called "The November Man," and giving any thought to the explanation is beside the point." — New York Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
7% Are You Here (2014) " [An] endearing muddle, which flails in search of an identity." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
62% May In The Summer (2014) " As a director, Ms. Dabis ("Amreeka") deftly avoids sentimentality. The film falls somewhere between slight and satisfying in its ultimate irresolution." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
17% Jersey Shore Massacre (2014) " Acknowledging Hurricane Sandy, "Jersey Shore Massacre" reminds viewers that it's hardly the worst disaster to hit the region. But it gives the Hindenburg stiff competition." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
100% K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2014) " The documentary's biggest highlight is its climbing footage, much of it shot by Mr. Ohlson; the film gets in close, with snow on the lens, and captures the sound of piercing winds at high altitude." — New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
14% Jake Squared (2014) " Quotations from sources as varied as Thelonious Monk, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss appear on screen, imbuing the movie with unearned significance." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
73% A Will For The Woods (2014) " It's possible to admire the four directors' unflinching depiction of the dying process, but the film is mostly unilluminating and grim - not least because almost all of the deaths discussed are untimely." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
—— The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) " The film is already a hit in South Korea, but it lacks the character interest that might make it connect elsewhere." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
—— The Word (2014) " "The Word" is never boring, though that has as much to do with the mounting absurdities and ripe acting as it does with the resourceful use of crosscutting by the director, Gregory W. Friedle." — New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
44% Step Up: All In (2014) " When the cast isn't dexterously spinning, "All In" turns into a promotional video for Caesars Palace." — New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
27% The Maid's Room (2014) " "The Maid's Room" has much to recommend, including the versatile Mr. Camp in a Machiavellian role. But it doesn't marshal its twists toward a convincing or satisfying conclusion." — New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
47% About Alex (2014) " The insight that social media fosters false intimacy is old news. The film shows only a half-formed sense of how careers have changed in 30 years." — New York Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
71% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " A radically disorienting, disarmingly odd first feature from Ramon Zürcher." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
29% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) " Better actors would have helped." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
14% Louder Than Words (2014) " The title refers to the adage that actions speak louder than words, but a movie that reduces children and parents to cardboard saints doesn't say much." — New York Times
Posted Jul 31, 2014
60% 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+ 50% 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
44% 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
21% 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+ 79% 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
65% 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
52% 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
75% 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
40% 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
48% 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
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