Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Fresno Bee
Total Reviews:
130

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 53% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Wallace has created a movie that has a message that goes beyond preaching to the choir. That's when the work is at its best." — Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B- 62% Draft Day (2014) " Draft Day shouldn't be your No. 1 pick if you are looking for a great movie. But it does have enough talent to make it worth taking a chance on." — Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " A film that shows great muscle through a fresh perspective but remains loyal to the elements that have made past films a hit." — Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Even with a few flaws, Cesar Chavez beautifully reflects the political and personal power of a man who showed it was possible to change the world from a dusty field." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 27, 2014
A- 63% Bad Words (2014) " It's time to break out the thesaurus to find enough accolade adjectives to describe this comedy, which has an adult competing in a spelling bee for elementary school students." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C 41% Divergent (2014) " Honestly, this is a film that will please fans of the book. It's not bad, but it feels too familiar and lacks the on-screen chemistry for it to win over those who haven't read the book." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 20, 2014
C+ 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " It's nice to have the Muppets back, but the euphoria of their return gets wiped away by this disappointing sequel. The movie proves its not easy earning green again." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 17% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " Perry tosses in comedic moments when the tension gets too intense, but he doesn't do it at the sake of any of the characters. This is a movie about five interesting -- and funny -- women dealing with real world problems." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Thomas Wolfe professed you can't go home again. Veronica Mars proves him wrong. This trip back to her old mystery-solving stomping ground is pleasantly entertaining for the uniformed and a perfect thank you to all of the loyal fans." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Despite being saddled with all of the demands that come with directing, Fiennes turns in one of the best performances of his career." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B —— Sparks (2014) " Sparks shows plenty of cinematic muscle. It deserves a place among the legion of superhero movies." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 13, 2014
D+ 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " With the newness gone, all of the bloody battles in Rise of an Empire come across as gratuitous and boring." — Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C- 60% Non-Stop (2014) " The film soars through a plot that grows to preposterous heights." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 27, 2014
A- 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " A master craftsman and an average artist may start with the same tools, but they end up with work that is completely different in quality. In the world of animation, Hayao Miyazaki is one of the all-time master craftsmen." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 27, 2014
C- 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " [3 Days To Kill is] an espionage tale, a family drama and 1940s film noir. The problem is the three go together about as well as speed skating and a sandy beach." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Winter's Tale combines a superb cast with an even more impressive story to make a film that is easy to love." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The film isn't a masterpiece, but it's a fitting tribute to the men who put their lives on the line in the name of saving culture." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 6, 2014
A- 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " This is a movie that would be just as entertaining with the sound off. Lord and Miller have so much going on that it's impossible to appreciate it all in one viewing." — Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C- 33% Labor Day (2014) " Labor Day is like a pie with no crust. The filling is good, but it just doesn't hold together." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 31, 2014
C 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Even these name actors don't give it the vocal punch that would make The Nut Job anything to get crazy about." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 16, 2014
A- 96% Argo (2012) " While the plot of Argo sounds too unbelievable to be true, this fact-based story ends up as both compelling and as exciting as any adventure James Bond ever had." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 10, 2014
B 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Inside Llewyn Davis hits a few sour notes, but overall it's a successful emotional composition told in very simplistic terms." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A 94% Her (2014) " Jonze has done such a masterful job writing this offbeat love story." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
B 64% August: Osage County (2013) " A powerful and engaging story that shows the flaws that make families so interesting. Crazy and interesting." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
B- 89% Rush (2013) " This is still an exciting story about competition, but without that stirring moment of humanity that helps sports movies win over the audience, Rush comes up a lap short." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 31, 2013
B+ 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Warm Bodies proves a movie can have a lot of heart even when the heart of one of the characters isn't beating." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 31, 2013
B 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Leto's and McConaughey's work will initially be remembered for their physical transformations. But it's the work they do inside these brittle bodies that is the true strength." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 31, 2013
C- 30% Grudge Match (2013) " When "Grudge Match" pokes fun at the fight film genre, it lands some comic blows. It eventually loses the battle on points, though, when the more serious story lines get in the way." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 26, 2013
A 93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle is a reminder that it's a privilege to see work that's so masterful." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
D 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Ferrell and his mirthless band of comics have all bought into the idea that shouting a joke makes it better." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B- 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Jackson at least delivers an excessive visual spectacular that's stunning to watch while waiting for the end to finally come." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B+ 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out of the Furnace is a masterfully crafted tale of people and a place pushed to the edge where their only hope seems to be an abyss of despair." — Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 6, 2013
D+ 42% Homefront (2013) " It's a punch-drunk story that wobbles between a family film and an over-the-top action movie that fails to utilize the best parts of either." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 27, 2013
B+ 46% The Book Thief (2013) " In The Book Thief, young Canadian actress Sophie NĂ©lisse finds a way to maintain a vulnerability that creates a natural sympathy for her character, Liesel." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 27, 2013
A- 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Seeing Black Nativity is like an early Christmas gift. The best thing that to say about this powerful story brought to life by a first-rate cast is hallelujah." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 27, 2013
A- 89% Frozen (2013) " All of this is good, but it's the performances by Menzel and Bell that make the movie work so well." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 27, 2013
B- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Catching Fire is a good enough representation of the second book that it won't upset fans. Those who don't know the book will find a film that is a mildly altered version of the first movie in the series." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 21, 2013
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " All of this goes together to earn 12 Years a Slave a spot at the top of the list for best pictures released this year." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 14, 2013
B+ 69% About Time (2013) " No director/writer has shown a better understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of love than Richard Curtis." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A- 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " With all the death and destruction going on, there's still time for the kind of light humor that has helped distinguish films based on Marvel Comics characters." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 7, 2013
C- 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Watching this adaptation of Ender's Game is like looking over the shoulder of someone playing a space video game. It's entertaining for a while, but eventually there needs to be more." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 1, 2013
C- 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Not even the best of actors can give life to a script that has as much imagination as a rock." — Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 1, 2013
D- 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " What may surprise you is that this film fails not because of the low-brow humor. It's the abysmal filmmaking." — Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 25, 2013
B- 49% Carrie (2013) " As for Carrie virgins, they get both an entertaining and socially relevant take on the King classic." — Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 17, 2013
C+ 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Preposterousness, thy name is Rodriguez." — Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 10, 2013
B+ 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Greengrass makes the pirates sympathetic, but he never does it to the point of justifying their actions. That makes Captain Phillips a taut tale -- one that will make you feel like you booked passage on the ship." — Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 10, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity doesn't travel any new ground with the space story. It just takes what has become standard and powers it into the cinema stratosphere with visuals that can't be fully appreciated in a single viewing and a story that is full of emotional fireworks." — Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 4, 2013
D 81% Don Jon (2013) " The biggest problem is Jon. He's unlikable from the start and never improves." — Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B- 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " There's no way you will fall in love with Baggage Claim, but there's a good chance you'll like it." — Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 27, 2013
C+ 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn give the film the frantic pace and bright colors needed to keep the attention of kids. Adults who are looking for more will be left cold." — Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 27, 2013
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