Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% 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
3.5/4 85% 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 49% 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- 91% 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- 50% 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- 68% 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- 98% 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- 61% 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 17% 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 49% True Story (2015) "There is plenty of potential for turns and twists, but nothing ever happens. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B 62% 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- 28% 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 46% 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 19% 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- 31% 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
C 16% The Gunman (2015) "The Gunman is well-meaning, but it lacks the spark that made Taken such a compelling tale. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 19, 2015
95% Star Trek (2009) "Star Trek is such a well-written, superbly acted and amazingly staged film that it sets a new standard for summer action films. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 17, 2015
A 84% Cinderella (2015) "Tackling the fairytale in such a direct manner could have been Branagh's undoing. Instead, he presents the tale with such joy and passion that it becomes a nostalgic journey to a time of childhood dreams. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 61% Run All Night (2015) "Run All Night sports enough high-caliber performances, memorable camera work and top-notch action scenes that if this had been Taken 3, it would have certainly been a far better way to end that franchise. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B+ 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "It uses the same phenomenal cast, sweet writing and beautiful appreciation of the Indian culture to create a film that may be "second best" but is still a winner. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B 56% Focus (2015) "Smith's smooth approach -- coupled with the smoldering stylings of Robbie -- gives "Focus" an odd combination of coolness and heat. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 26, 2015
D+ 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "The movie ends up being like Frankenstein's monster before the lightning shock -- it's a lot of pieces sewn together that are lifeless. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 26, 2015
B+ 79% McFarland USA (2015) "Even the best runners occasionally stumble. It's the finish that truly matters. Overall, McFarland, USA finds the perfect pacing on the strength of family and the power of hope presented against a sports backdrop. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 19, 2015
B- 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Vaughn has transformed the original comic book story into one with enough sharp edges that this could be the next big spy series. To accomplish that task, it will take a little more consistency with the future films. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B- 21% Old Fashioned (2015) "This low-budget, faith-based film -- with a cast of mostly unknowns -- is little more than a made-for-cable movie. But it offers an endearing look at what it's like to fall in love -- not lust. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 12, 2015
F 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "No one said the masochism part of the story in Fifty Shades of Grey had to do with what the audience would be put through. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 12, 2015
B+ 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "Director Paul Tibbitt takes all of the visual humor and presents it in both sparkling traditional animation and stunning computer-generated sequences for dry land. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 5, 2015
F 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "It's taken 15 years, but the bloated and pitiful Battlefield Earth no longer has to carry the mantle of being the worst big budget science-fiction film of all time. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B 38% Black or White (2015) "Binder's ability to make smart arguments for both sides of the issue, without becoming overly sentimental, gives Black or White a solid foundation. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 2, 2015
B 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A Most Violent Year never feels rushed. Chandor sets a tempo that allows Isaac to play his character with control while giving Chastain the time she needs to manipulate behind the throne. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Feb 2, 2015
F 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "It is a perfect storm of a worn-out idea, shot with a lack of originality and played out by wooden actors. The Boy Next Door couldn't be any worse if they tried. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 22, 2015
A- 73% American Sniper (2015) "A film that isn't merely a war movie -- it's a story of courage, conviction, camaraderie and caring. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B- 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Even repeated readings of Pynchon's books don't guarantee a complete enlightenment. That means it's the chase that is more fascinating than the discovery, an approach that Andesron used in writing his screenplay and making the movie. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 8, 2015
A- 99% Selma (2015) "It's films like Selma that remind us that behind every massive pivotal moment there are a thousands of smaller stories that come together like raindrops forming a ground-shaking thunderstorm. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 8, 2015
B 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "With a lesser actor, The Imitation Game would have collapsed on its good intentions. Cumberbatch brings such a raw personal passion to his work, he elevates the better parts to a superb level and keeps the miscues to a minimum. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) ""The Grand Budapest Hotel" is Anderson's finest attempt at film whimsy. He's created a movie that is as visually stunning as it is smartly written. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 2, 2015
B+ 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Into the Woods is a musical journey full of strong performances, a beautiful fairytale landscape and a story that is emotionally haunting. Climb up a beanstalk to see this movie musical. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 23, 2014
A- 90% Wild (2014) "his is a movie that starts with a strong performance by Witherspoon that only gets better through the movie. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 18, 2014
D 27% Annie (2014) "The only saving grace is Foxx, who handles both the small moments and big musical numbers with ease. It's too bad he's surrounded by supporting cast members that dance like they are wearing lead shoes and sing with all the passion of a wet sponge. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 18, 2014
D+ 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "It's a shame there isn't some magic golden tablet that can bring dead scripts to life. A dose of energy and originality would have gone a long way toward making this tired and dusty story a little richer. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 18, 2014
B- 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "It's not a bad ending to the Hobbit's unexpected journey, but it does not reach the standard set by the other films. But even with all its flaws, there is a brave cinematic heart at the core that makes even this weaker Jackson film better than most. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Dec 11, 2014
A 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It's a captivating story about one of the most fascinating people on the planet, punctuated by Redmayne's special performance. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 25, 2014
A 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "As if the great animation and first-rate writing weren't enough, the film offers a sweet lesson about how everyone has a purpose, no matter how small. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 25, 2014
D- 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Horrible Bosses 2" is the latest example of how Hollywood executives are so convinced moviegoers will blindly see a sequel that there is no reason to make the follow-up product good. " ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Nov 25, 2014
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