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:
608

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 608
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 94% 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 69% 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 61% 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- 91% 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 84% 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- 70% 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
99% 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- 86% Abuse of Weakness (2014) " 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- 83% 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- 89% 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 86% 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 84% 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- 87% 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- 84% 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- 54% 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- 73% 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
3/4 68% Elysium (2013) " In a summer of antiseptic effects spectacles, Elysium stands out for its grime and intensity, as well as the bluntness of its class allegory." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
C+ 54% Lovelace (2013) " Actually playing up the story's tabloid splashiness, only to lay on the scold later, seems like a case of having one's cake and eating it, too-not to mention a bit cheap." — AV Club
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C 47% We're The Millers (2013) " Loud and annoying? Occasionally. Funny? Sometimes. Likely to be noticed by filmgoers six months from now? Not really." — AV Club
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) " Ratatouille seems more charming in concept than in execution. Bogged down by too many climaxes, it's a little overcooked." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Aug 4, 2013
90% District 9 (2009) " If the basic idea is provocative, District 9 never lives up to the promise of its allegorical freight." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " For all its originality, this hall of mirrors is the closest Tarantino has come to making a film with old-fashioned, movie-movie appeal." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Aug 4, 2013
5/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) " The movie is a decisive breakthrough for Apatow, whose comic instincts go hand in hand with an unfashionable empathy." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Aug 3, 2013
C+ 64% 2 Guns (2013) " On almost every level, 2 Guns is content to be as flavorless and forgettable as its title." — AV Club
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 85% Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013) " The most interesting aspect of "Smash and Grab" is that the thieves, while not exactly repentant, are depicted as fallible and human." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jul 31, 2013
B+ 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " There's something admirably perverse about a movie that casts Andrew Dice Clay as the most upstanding character on screen." — AV Club
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 72% Grabbers (2013) " The movie never aspires to be more than a cookie-cutter creature feature-the kind of film that can be washed back with a pint and then forgotten in the morning." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/4 63% Broken (2013) " An absorbing coming-of-age drama that suddenly, pointlessly self-destructs with an onslaught of cheap ironies and overkill." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
C- 10% Killing Season (2013) " To put it mildly, neither of the leads has the physique for such a Darwinian showdown, and one of the frustrations of Killing Season is the way Evan Daugherty's screenplay demands near-invincibility." — AV Club
Posted Jul 11, 2013
B- 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " After establishing a jaunty tone with its candy-colored, Saul Bass-style opening credits, the film racks up a high strain-to-laugh ratio; there's a sense Almodóvar can't quite keep track of all his gags." — AV Club
Posted Jun 27, 2013
C+ 65% The Heat (2013) " An unevenly matched buddy-cop comedy that amounts to a feature-length showcase for Melissa McCarthy riffing." — AV Club
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B- 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " Perfunctorily assembled, Pandora's Promise is essentially a pamphlet in motion whose goal is to prompt a larger discussion. But it offers plenty to discuss, and that isn't bad." — AV Club
Posted Jun 13, 2013
B+ 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The Bling Ring isn't so much interested in provocation as sociology. Manufacturing this sort of fame is an exercise in mutual exploitation." — AV Club
Posted Jun 13, 2013
B- 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " As a polemic, Dirty Wars is provocative and productively depressing ..." — AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2013
C 87% Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) " Ironically for a movie about the ratings value of shock, Évocateur suffers from its own lack of red meat." — AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2013
C 42% The English Teacher (2013) " Even the sitcom stylings might not matter if the movie were funny, but in spite of the potential for Guffman-esque comedy, The English Teacher boasts few surprises ..." — AV Club
Posted May 16, 2013
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