Benjamin Mercer

Benjamin Mercer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Benjamin Mercer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 100% Hellaware (2014) "The film stays engaging as a quick-sketch study in artist-subject ethics, and how pretentious blather might easily become a form of doublespeak, a sort of theoretical smoke screen for blatantly me-first conduct. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 78% The Green Prince (2014) "A taut piece of work that features just two talking heads: a prized Palestinian informant and his ever-cautious Israeli handler. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 11, 2014
C- 65% The Notebook (2014) "Not a shred of human decency is on display in The Notebook, a handsomely made, hard-to-endure World War II parable set in an unnamed Hungarian backwater during the Nazi occupation of 1944. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B- 100% Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) "An involving documentary that in the final estimation feels a slight bit out of proportion. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 7, 2014
46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) "The movie has enough weird-wild-ride brio to convince you that Chapman was indeed quite a character. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2012
74% Burning Man (2012) "Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2012
No Score Yet Master Qi and the Monkey King "Quietly admiring of its subjects' skill and dedication, Govenar's straightforward documentary does a capable job. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 13, 2012
6% The Tortured (2012) "Lean, nasty, and patently absurd, The Tortured plays like one long scream of agony. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 12, 2012
40% Music from the Big House (2012) "It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 29, 2012
89% OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012) "Stands as moving evidence that Clayman's trust in the value of the filmmaking process ultimately outweighed the extreme difficulty he says he has making even the smallest decisions. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2012
60% The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) Village Voice
Posted May 16, 2012
4% Virginia (2012) "The variously eccentric characters and their flat Americana-kitsch backdrop never really feel like they're part of the same movie... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012
82% Bonsái (2012) "Bonsái seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2012
0% Nesting (2012) "Chuldenko doesn't aspire to hard realism, but a lifestyle comedy with hard-to-buy fundamentals and a central couple you can't invest in is a dubious proposition nonetheless. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2012
67% Chronicling a Crisis (2012) "At once downbeat and claustrophobic, it's also often grueling to watch. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 1, 2012
21% Elles (2012) "It's entirely too much for co-writer/director Malgoska Szumowska to coherently flesh out in an hour and a half, especially with so much time dedicated just to the state of arousal. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2012
47% 96 Minutes (2012) "The narrative machinery grows creakier as the plot advances, and the film is a bit too strident about some of the issues at play, but 96 Minutes is admirably knotty nonetheless. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2012
21% My Way (2011) "Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said about the 143-minute marathon My Way -- with a reported budget of almost $25 million, the costliest Korean motion picture ever produced -- is that it does nothing by halves. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 18, 2012
74% Chimpanzee (2012) "Strictly from a nature-doc angle, Chimpanzee is impressive stuff. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2012
21% My Way (2012) "Marshals an overbearing score, turbulent handheld camerawork, and a punishingly brief average shot duration toward the story of two archnemesis long-distance runners who form an unlikely alliance amid the welter of world war. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2012
38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) "One only has so much patience ... for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2012
56% How to Grow a Band (2012) "A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 10, 2012
No Score Yet Your Brother. Remember? (2012) "Your Brother. Remember? represents, in part, a mash-up of the new and old home-video footage, as well as clips from the original source material. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2012
54% Bully (2001) Village Voice
Posted Mar 28, 2012
84% Bully (2012) "It has a clear and calm approach to storytelling and some interest in the quality of its handheld images. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2012
0% Four Lovers (2012) "Cordier remains sensitive to the subtle shifts in the foursome's dynamics, but do we really need another handwringer about the perils of polyamory? " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2012
No Score Yet Come on Eileen (2012) "The film betrays an eager crowd-pleaser's impulse toward on-the-nose dialogue and resolution on command. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2012
7% Losing Control (2012) "Takes a frenzied late turn into espionage territory, an attempt to gather momentum that only makes the film more tiresome. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 20, 2012
71% Free Men (2012) "Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 13, 2012
99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) "Gelb might flit around a bit too much, but his appealing documentary always comes back to its subject's determination (sometimes overbearing) to leave the most meaningful possible legacy to his family and his craft. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 6, 2012
No Score Yet Where Are You Taking Me? (2012) "Takesue doesn't presume to tell anyone's story for him or her, but rather lets the activity on-screen speak for itself. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 28, 2012
43% Patriocracy (2012) "Malone reveals himself to have a stunningly low opinion of his audience's powers of [lie] detection. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 28, 2012
80% Jess + Moss (2012) "Achingly sad and surpassingly lovely. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2012
80% Putin's Kiss (2012) "Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2012
67% Barbershop Punk (2011) "Dovetails with the current Occupy message but still feels rather stale. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 8, 2011
No Score Yet Transit Cities "At 71 minutes, the film too schematically ratchets up the inhospitality, but its portrait of Amman -- Hushki offsets the increasingly claustrophobic domestic scenes with views of the metropolis, which Laila also now finds too Westernized -- is welcome. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2011
67% Norman (2011) "Although Norman succeeds in fleshing out its troubled main character, the actions of his peers are consistently harder to accept. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2011
No Score Yet To Be Heard Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2011
91% To Be Heard (2011) "However uplifting, To Be Heard, shot over the course of several years, takes a surprisingly unflinching look at the home lives of the three high schoolers. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 11, 2011
4% Abduction (2011) "A blockhead espionage thriller from director-for-hire John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood). " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 25, 2011
85% Happy, Happy (2011) "The questionable black-historical shorthand detracts from what is otherwise a well-performed and fitfully amusing film. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2011
50% The Journals Of Musan (2011) "By playing Seung-chul as extremely sullen, and by constantly calling attention to his disheveled appearance, Park also provokes viewers to blame the character for his own problems- and thus confront their similarity to the movie's hard-hearted citizens. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2011
100% Summer Pasture (2011) "Summer Pasture is remarkable not merely for documenting the disappearing way of life, but for registering the depth of Yama and Locho's uncertainty about moving on from it. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2011
No Score Yet Bad Posture (2011) "[Bad Posture] is sure to unsettle those who prefer films to pass clear judgment on not-so-upstanding types, but it's hard not to admire such a drolly off-kilter pass at the domestic regionalist indie. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2011
44% Girlfriend (2011) "Implausibilities mount, and by the last act Lerner appears to have lost any compunction he might have had about using his protagonist to tug the audience's heartstrings. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2011
No Score Yet Flying Fish (Igillena maluwo) (2011) "This would-be multi-strand narrative [is] more of an impenetrable tangle. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2011
90% Crime After Crime (2011) "Potash's first feature-length documentary otherwise does justice to its subject's wrenching story. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 28, 2011
79% Battle for Brooklyn (2011) "Battle for Brooklyn provides a useful primer on the opposition to Atlantic Yards, but figures who might have made more compelling documentary subjects than the always on-message Goldstein crowd the sidelines. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2011
55% Mr. Nice (2011) "Though told here with appealing drollness, Marks's story makes an odd vessel for the filmmakers' casually advanced legalization arguments, what with its mischief making on the grandest scale possible. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2011
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