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Benjamin Mercer

Benjamin Mercer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) "Messina doesn't aim for straight realism, soaking his stylized film in slow motion and religious iconography. But the human behavior on display is hard to credit regardless. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2016
67% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "As Jensen sets up what amounts to a speculative sociological experiment-investigating nature in the absence of nurture-he dabbles as well in a kind of Podunk science fiction. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) "The Great Man pity party, essentially a failed experiment in subjectivity, is the auteur's least transporting film to date. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
100% Notfilm "dense but illuminating " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
94% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) "Mascaro shows that humans might be prone to the same animal instincts as animals themselves, but the private masquerade of dressing and undressing is really something to see. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
96% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "As a portrait of global-capitalist labor as inevitably compromising, it works very well indeed. " ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
C+ 79% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) "In spite of all Wedding Doll's strengths, its scenario comes to seem a little unseemly: Giladi establishes Hagit's hopes and dreams mostly just to show the terrible ways that they're dashed. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B+ 96% Marguerite (2016) "The fairly suspenseful last act of the movie hinges on just a few changes of expression that unfold slowly across Frot's face. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 8, 2016
B- 100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) "Stirring yet overstuffed ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B+ 82% Almost There (2015) "An involving documentary about complicated filmmaker-subject relations. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 8, 2015
C 43% The 33 (2015) "Stalled in management mode for much of its duration, Riggen's film nonetheless has its solid elements, one of them being Banderas' energetic lead performance. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 12, 2015
B 47% Freeheld (2015) "It doesn't quite feel like the prestige pictures that blow through theaters this time of year; it's a drama often dignified by its workmanlike approach, one that feels relatively judicious with its uplift. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 1, 2015
B- 77% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) "A lot more thought-provoking on issues of collective memory (or lack thereof) than the typical prestige picture, but it does falter dramatically in its later stretches. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 30, 2015
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
64% The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) Village Voice
Posted May 16, 2012
8% 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
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