Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Rick Bentley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fresno Bee

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 82% Mistress America (2015) "Mistress America has enough bumps and bruises to keep it from being a superhero among comedy-drama movies, but it's not from a lack of trying by Gerwig. Her energy's enough to take a chance on this film. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The real star is the script. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1.5/4 48% American Ultra (2015) "The drama gets in the way of the action, while the comedy disrupts the drama. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 93% The Gift (2015) "Edgerton has created a movie that respects the intelligence of the audience. He's created an ending that will spark debates and that's a blessing in the summer plot doldrums where everything gets wrapped up with a loud bang or big scare. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Shaun the Sheep Movie proves silence can be golden if the story is laced with enough solid jokes and presented with a flock of clever characters. The beautiful craftsmanship of this film speaks for itself. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 5, 2015
0.5/4 27% Vacation (2015) "Vacation is an endless journey of foul jokes, uninspired humor and predictable material. This is a rare occasion where it's possible to get car sick while sitting in a movie theater. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 27, 2015
2/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Pixels ends up having too many glitches to make it worth your quarters. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 22, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Director Peyton Reed tries to piece it together but there's just no way to make the scenes with Rudd seem like anything more than a rejected Saturday Night Live skit. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 83% Tangerines (2015) "Although set in a specific time and place, the film's message about human life is universal. And director/writer Zaza Urushadze makes his points without being heavy handed, overt or politically demonstrative. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2.5/4 84% Ballet 422 (2015) "Watching the documentary Ballet 422 is like standing in front of a Picasso without knowing anything about the artist, the subject or the context. The work is beautiful but a little more knowledge would bring a lot more depth to what is being viewed. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2.5/4 16% The Gallows (2015) "The combination of a solid story, good acting efforts from the young cast and enough logical use of the hand-held cameras helps The Gallows rise above the flat fodder that is often seen in this format. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
3/4 97% Amy (2015) "It hasn't been that long since her death, but Amy feels timeless, partly because of Winehouse's intoxicating sound and partly because her tale has become an unfortunate norm in the creative world. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2.5/4 54% Minions (2015) "The charm and humor they brought in tiny doses in the previous films now comes in a massive blast that wears thin quickly. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
1/4 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/less is built around the idea that one person's thoughts and memories can be transplanted into a better body. It would have been nice to have had a better plot transplanted into this film. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2.5/4 10% Faith Of Our Fathers (2015) "[Faith of Our Fathers] gets high points for good intentions but loses most of them for execution. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/4 27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys is the best re-launch of a solid-gold franchise since J.J. Abrams kick-started Star Trek. Here's hoping the director and cast will all be back for more films. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2.5/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's one thing to linger on a scene and another to have it play so long there's time to go to the lobby for a snack and get back before it ends. This is a story about high energy dancing presented at a half-speed pace. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2.5/4 35% Max (2015) "If you are looking for a film suitable for almost all ages, then sit, stay and watch Max. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 83% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "What elevates it are the fun, warm and very real performance by the young cast. They make the journey one worth remembering. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1.5/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "The sequel is so haphazardly put together that it lacks the juvenile charm, weird wit and creative comedy that made the original movie work. What's left is a comedy that's thin on laughs and wobbly in construction. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Pixar's latest successful blend of fun elements for kids and smarts for adults. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 87% Dope (2015) "This is the first feature film role for Moore and he delivers a performance that is sweet, smart, naive and -- when needed -- tough. His performance comes across as strong as many veteran actors. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "A beautiful and smart coming-of-old-age film. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "While there are parts of Wild Tales that prove more interesting than others, the overall package is consistent enough that it becomes a fun ride. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Director Colin Trevorrow shows a steady hand at building up the tension and then releasing it with great force. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 25% Beyond The Mask (2015) "This action film set against the months leading up to the Revolutionary War has the same strong visual effects, story and action sequences of films with 10 times the budget. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "A fun and chilling creep show that is more concerned with scares than being gross. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 93% Spy (2015) "The best comedy about international crime fighting since the heyday of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/4 32% Entourage (2015) "Hard to recommend a product when you can buy a whole season of the series for less than the price of a movie ticket. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/4 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "It helps that the script by David Nicholls captures much of the beauty and ugliness of the Hardy novel. Vinterberg then put together the right cast to create a first-rate adaptation that gets an additional boost from the stunning English setting. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 21, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "This script could have used a few less dreamers and a couple more realists to make a solid series of elements fit better together. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 21, 2015
A- 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Like a beautiful song, Tedesco weaves together the history, personal stories and tributes by well-known performers like Cher, Nancy Sinatra and Mickey Dolenz. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 46% Where Hope Grows (2015) "What elevates the movie is the solid performances by Kristoffer Polaha and David DeSanctis. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "The Barden Bellas have found their harmony again to make Pitch Perfect 2 nearly as much fun as the original. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 14, 2015
B- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Fury Road is a feast of explosions, fights and crashes that come at break-neck speed... The worst thing about the movie moving at such a rapid pace is that there is little time to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the modified rides. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 14, 2015
B 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The action scenes are spectacular. But the slightly jumbled story and mob of new characters pulls focus from what makes the film work the best -- the original group of costumed characters. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 29, 2015
B- 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Crowe shows great skill in staging scenes. He finds the right pacing to get the most out of the scenes without letting them become contrived. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B+ 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina is one of the smartest horror movies to come along in years. It doesn't count on big scares and excessive violence to make its points but shows that intellect left unchecked can be equally as frightening. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C 20% Little Boy (2015) "Little Boy is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster's heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from the war, it would have been a touching tale.Sadly, that story gets bogged down by overly sentimental plot lines. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 23, 2015
B 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Huisman is charming, but it's Ford who makes this movie. Ford's been involved with so many action movies, it's easy to forget his acting talent. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C 45% True Story (2015) "There is plenty of potential for turns and twists, but nothing ever happens. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B 60% Unfriended (2015) "It will be interesting after Unfriended ends its theatrical run and it can be viewed on a home computer. That will create the unsettling situation where the viewer is almost a new participant in this online game of supernatural cyberstalking. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 16, 2015
A- 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "This is a tale of delusion, illusion and confusion given life through a powerful performance by Rinko Kikuchi. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B- 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "Scott Eastwood's good ol' boy Southern gentleman is sweetly charming. He's perfectly matched with Britt Robertson, who has grown since the under-appreciated CW Network series Life Unexpected. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B+ 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Those actors are good. But the movie survives and thrives on big explosions and even bigger explosions. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 2, 2015
B+ 96% It Follows (2015) "It Follows builds terror that finds its scares through all the earmarks of a very vivid nightmare. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 26, 2015
D 45% Home (2015) "The combination of a feeble script, unnecessary music montages, unlikable characters and so-so animation leave Home a close encounter of the dull kind. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 26, 2015
F 29% Get Hard (2015) "Weighed down by endless jokes about prison rape, relentless homophobia and a bevy of absurd stereotypes, this Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart film sinks into an abyss of failure. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B 18% Do You Believe? (2015) "Juggling so many story lines is a major task, but director Jonathan M. Gunn manages to service all the stories while holding true to the movie's main message. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 19, 2015
C- 30% Insurgent (2015) "The action scenes aren't enough to distract from a script that is full of holes, illogical actions and a story that takes almost two hours to complete yet only moves things forward a few baby steps. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 19, 2015
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