Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Fresno Bee
Total Reviews:
158

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
A- 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Considering it took off from an entertaining place, this is one sequel that flies rings around the original offering." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 17, 2014
B+ 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " When Reeves cranks up the action, Dawn packs a pretty powerful punch. But it's all of the attention to character that elevates Dawn above the typical summer fodder." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C- 30% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " It never reaches the macabre madness of Seven or the spiritual intensity of The Exorcist. Instead of being a scary movie like those two horror classics, Deliver Us from Evil is just a movie with a few scary moments." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2014
C- 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It ends up a close encounters of the mundane kind." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2014
C- 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Even at a scant 83 minutes running time, the film has some big voids filled with wasted scenes... A better use of the time would have helped give the movie a little more depth." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 6, 2014
F 23% Tammy (2014) " Tammy had the right cast to be a monster comedy hit. Any potential is beaten into submission by a story that lacks originality and any glimpse of smart humor." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 6, 2014
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " This isn't as much entertainment as an attempt to beat the moviegoer into submission with repetitive action scenes and two-dimensional characters." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 27, 2014
D+ 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " The nearly complete lack of laughs in Think Like a Man Too is reason enough to suggest that this production filmed in Las Vegas should have stayed in Las Vegas." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Clint Eastwood found a way to make a musical for people who don't necessarily like musicals." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 19, 2014
D+ 65% The Rover (2014) " The Rover" fails because Michôd has gone for style over substance -- a mistake that turns the movie into a wasteland." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A- 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " Words and Pictures resonates with a clever and endearing energy that harkens back to the days when Doris Day and Rock Hudson dominated the box office." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C+ 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " When the film turns to new material and characters, it's fun to watch. There's just not enough of those new comic moments." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The sequel -- even with its flaws -- is full of enough fun and action to entertain youngsters and has enough emotional moments to hold the attention of adults." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C- 55% The Signal (2014) " Eubank's directing style jumps around as he goes from shaky hand-held shots to sequences filmed with so little movement they play as being very cold." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B+ 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow is the kind of film that can be enjoyed time after time." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " There are some very good moments, especially a powerful eulogy scene. But, fans of the book don't have any surprises that would help spark an emotional connection." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " If Seth MacFarlane ever corrects the bad habits he's developed as a director, he could become the Mel Brooks of the 21st century." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 29, 2014
B- 49% Maleficent (2014) " If only the script had been as good as Jolie's performance and the beautiful visuals from Stromberg, this would have been a summer sleeper beauty." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 29, 2014
B 83% Belle (2014) " It's good, but it never reaches the dark political and emotional tones of a movie like 12 Years a Slave." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 22, 2014
F 14% Blended (2014) " If you can get through the first 20 minutes of Blended - a nonstop regurgitation of old jokes, annoying characters and unfunny ideas -- don't relax. It gets worse." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 22, 2014
B- 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " The money matters dilute the sports angle so much it keeps the film from being the home run it should have been. But it still drives home some entertaining and sweet moments." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 16, 2014
B- 74% Godzilla (2014) " Gareth Edwards, director of the new Godzilla, tries to deal with some character development and the franchise mythology, but in the end the film is 123 minutes of Godzilla smashing anything that gets in his way." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 15, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " The Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return has some smart writing and heart-touching moments, making it a brave addition to a familiar franchise." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 8, 2014
C- 18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " The big problem is that none of the moms are interesting." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 8, 2014
D 73% Neighbors (2014) " What could have been a smart comedy about the battle of the ages too often finds itself in such a loss for anything funny that it resorts to an endless string of jokes about male sex organs." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 8, 2014
B- 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " This Spider-Man doesn't end up amazing, but it still weaves enough of an action film web to please rabid readers of the comics and those who aren't as mad about the books." — Fresno Bee
Posted May 1, 2014
B+ 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The brutal emotions of the script mixed with the untethered performances make Dom Hemingway the kind of movie that viewers will either deeply hate or passionately love. Shepard leaves no room for a middle ground." — Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B- 46% 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- 64% 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 16% 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 78% 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 80% 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+ 41% 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- 89% 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- 29% 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 32% 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 94% 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 (2013) " Jonze has done such a masterful job writing this offbeat love story." — Fresno Bee
Posted Jan 9, 2014
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