Sheila Benson

Sheila Benson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film Scouts , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Parallax View , Seattle Weekly
Total Reviews:
52

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
14% Howard the Duck (1986) " For all those who cottoned to the charm of the comic books, the duck stops here." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2014
78% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) " Just as you think you have its moves all doped out, a scene of such shocking beauty flashes before you that it takes your breath away." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
39% Days of Thunder (1990) " Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2014
0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " Dumb beyond belief, hollow, bloody and nonsensical, it's Universal Studios' vanity movie, a way of providing employment yet again for its Great White icon." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
96% GoodFellas (1990) " GoodFellas, which somehow mixes its horrors with a deep vein of mordant humor, flows with the exuberance of a filmmaker who has every detail nailed and a few new lovely moves he wants to show us." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 25, 2014
61% About Last Night... (1986) " Writers DeClue and Kazurinsky have created a recognizable geography for every age; you suspect that About Last Night will set off pangs of identification everywhere." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " Perfection is boring, but boring is the very last word to describe Hannah and Her Sisters, which just may be a perfect movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
92% Moonstruck (1987) " An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck's depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
52% Out of Africa (1985) " Streep may convince us utterly that she is in love with Africa, but our views of it are a little too stately to really feel the place." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 6, 2014
94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " The sheer volume and invention of Gilliam's visual largess sets him apart, and his wit operates for the most part at a dangerously sophisticated level." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 85% Yaaba (1989) " Yaaba's power sneaks up on you. At first it seems as spare as the airy African Savannah where it unfolds. It's only with a little distance from its muted beauty that the plan of the film becomes clear." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 88% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) " Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is as fine a film as it is a brutally disturbing one." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 12, 2013
5/5 85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " Intelligent, complex and enthralling." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 92% Parenthood (1989) " The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/5 88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) " Even if he's considerably more battered than his nearest competitor, Indiana quits at the top of the heap. It's just that the heap isn't what it was eight years ago. It's been almost flattered to death." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
5/5 93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) " Low comedy at high speed, it pretends to be a caper movie about a smooth London jewel heist and its infinitely complex aftermath. Actually, it's a smart farce about ingrained cultural differences." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
2/5 83% Thelma & Louise (1991) " Are we so starved for "strong" women's roles that this revenge, and the pell-mell, lunatic flight that follows, fits anyone's definition of strength, or even more peculiarly, of neo-feminism?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 98% Aliens (1986) " It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4.5/5 98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " For audiences who grew up with cartoons as a natural part of their moviegoing, the shock may not be the mix of live and animated folk--it may come from the truly revolutionary sight of great icons of rival studios cheerfully rubbing shoulders." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " The summer's uncorseted, unqualified delight." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4.5/5 92% No Way Out (1987) " No Way Out's greatest prize is Costner, a leading man at last: fiercely good, intelligent, appreciatively sensual in a performance balanced perfectly between action and introspection." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1/5 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) " Certainly Wolfe's canvas might lend itself to a broad approach, but broad like Dr. Strangelove, not broad like the Three Stooges." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4.5/5 91% Stand by Me (1986) " It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2013
96% Back to the Future (1985) " It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 26, 2013
2.5/5 80% The Untouchables (1987) " Where, under his stainless-steel incorruptibility, was Ness' gnawing flaw? To Mamet and De Palma, goodness and dullness seem inseparable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2.5/5 74% Ghost (1990) " The movie's slogan is "Believe," not an unreasonable request. But even those who'd be happy to comply must get past Ghost's one casting jaw-dropper, a certain woolly-mindedness to its script and a production prettified to the point of stickiness." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 94% Full Metal Jacket (1987) " It may seem too spare, too clinical, its moments of war even too familiar for some. But, aiming for minds as well as hearts, Kubrick hits his target squarely." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
5% Cocktail (1988) " The pairing of old-hand Brown and young-hand Cruise may have been meant to remind us of Cruise and Paul Newman; if so, think of this as The Color of Counterfeit Money." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2013
4.5/5 100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) " It's Daniel Day Lewis, taut, intelligent, erotic, who is an emerging star." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2013
3.5/5 91% Scandal (1989) " The film holds because of the brilliance of Hurt and the fascination of Whalley-Kilmer, as well as the sly, tongue-in-cheek viciousness of Bridget Fonda's Mandy Rice-Davies." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2013
4/5 82% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987) " Wish You Were Here may always be thought of as the movie that first gave us Emily Lloyd. Or as David Leland's first directing achievement." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 8, 2013
1/5 81% Crimes of the Heart (1986) " It is excruciating: a combination of Beth Henley's insistently eccentric screenplay, Bruce Beresford's frenzied direction and the sight of three singular talents on an acting roller coaster with no one riding the brakes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 11, 2013
1.5/5 72% Batman (1989) " Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2013
2/5 15% Baby - Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) " Baby's faintly reptilian eyes are dead. And with them dies a lot of our belief." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2013
4/5 72% Dirty Dancing (1987) " Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 25, 2013
85% Eight Men Out (1988) " It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2013
97% Bull Durham (1988) " [Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 11, 2013
4/5 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " Dances With Wolves is a clear-eyed vision. Authentic as an Edward Curtis photograph, lyrical as a George Catlin oil or a Karl Bodmer landscape, this is a film with a pure ring to it." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
91% The Last Emperor (1987) " As coolly lavish an epic as we may ever see." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4.5/5 94% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) " Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 22, 2013
90% Rain Man (1988) " What no one can argue is that Rain Man is Cruise's quantum leap, so that it can be said unblushingly that he holds his own with the masterly Hoffman." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4.5/5 88% Platoon (1986) " This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2013
2/5 86% A Dry White Season (1989) " It's filled with obvious, earnest performances--Marlon Brando's ironic and subtle one is the only exception--and unresonant writing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 7, 2012
2/5 83% State of Grace (1990) " Every indulgence, including a two hour and 14 minute running time, is on display." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2012
3.5/5 94% Sweet Dreams (1985) " Lange and Harris, dangerously well-matched, give us lovers whom only success could sunder." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 3, 2012
4/5 92% Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) (1988) " Streep and Neill are the film's perfectly matched thoroughbreds. But the film is neither a double star turn nor the best kind of courtroom drama; it is a sort of epic mosaic of national character." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 19, 2011
2/5 65% Ironweed (1987) " The film becomes becalmed and confusing; it lacks the novel's great unwavering trajectory." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 19, 2011
4/5 88% The Big Easy (1987) " Eventually the film's suspense underpinnings take over its personal story, yet that tension Quaid and Barkin generate still holds. Soldily fine as actors they're also a great pair, like two golden athletes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 5, 2011
88% Tell Them Who You Are (2005) " That the two can come to any understanding at all is one of the film's miracles, since -- professional competitiveness aside -- their past is a minefield of unexpressed resentment." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2005
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) " Sky Captain is full of such nice, deft touches." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2004
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