Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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T-Meter Title | Year
86% Plus One (2019) Will these two leads be able to outrun so many clichés? Erskine, a comic talent best known as a creator of the Hulu comedy series "Pen15," suggests that the answer is yes... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
83% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) Imagine a Kaurismaki with less humor and a slower pace, and you'll have a sense of how singular yet insubstantial "In the Aisles" ultimately appears. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
92% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) Alayan's light directorial touch can make the storytelling seem overly straightforward. But his tight control over the proceedings becomes clear... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
67% This One's for the Ladies (2019) The movie's determination to make stripping mundane has a way of infecting the film. Even the dancing sequences, often shot in poor lighting as if on a smartphone camera, look perfunctory. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
73% Ghost Fleet (2019) "Ghost Fleet" hits its marks as advocacy, but editing might have put more emphasis on the individual men, added further detail about the illicit networks or tracked Tungpuchayakul's journey in a more focused and suspenseful manner. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
100% The Black Godfather (2019) The anecdotes are gold. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
89% Joy (2018) Matching content with form, the movie is tight and merciless, even if parts play like a tract. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
100% The Image You Missed (2018) "The Image You Missed" is less compelling as an act of personal therapy than it is as filmed film criticism, but even if it doesn't fully cohere, Foreman's family stake helps keep it original. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) For Sama captures the details of daily life under the Syria conflict better than any documentary I've yet seen. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) "Beanpole" confirms him [Balagov] as a major talent. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
11% The Professor (2019) Depp's turbocharged archness is basically the whole show. The actor appears as out of whits to give as the man he's playing, with little interest in enunciating clearly or hiding his self-regard. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) This is 1 hour and 44 minutes of Pikachu short-circuiting your brain. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
55% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) "My Son" is so reserved in its storytelling and vague in its details that all it elicits is a yawn. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) Informative, if not always as specific as it might have been. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
80% A Fortunate Man (Lykke-Per) (2018) Walk through the room once an hour, and you'll be good. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Herzog shapes the film into a study in how world events often come down to quirks of character and circumstance. To another leader, glasnost or perestroika would not have seemed like obvious policies. A thaw might never have happened. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
45% Clara (2019) While the movie's morose mysticism is tolerable enough, once "Clara" starts arguing for following feelings instead of data, it puts on its own tinfoil hat. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Decade of Fire (2019) This is a filmmaker with skin in the game, close to the flames. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet Tesla Nation (2018) That it is showing in a movie theater - as opposed to a tourism bureau or a corporate training session - makes no sense whatsoever. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
92% If the Dancer Dances (2019) As Wechsler allows rehearsal scenes to play out at length, the perfectionism of dancer-to-dancer lessons becomes improbably poignant. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Naples in Veils (Napoli velata) (2017) Visually and musically, "Naples in Veils" does little to conjure a sensation of passion or delirium. All that's left, in this case, is a self-nullifying plot. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
93% Rafiki (2019) The film is sharp at rendering the hesitancy of their flirtation, as well as the forces - parental expectations, religion, an ever-watchful gossip - arrayed against them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) [A] wry and illuminating documentary... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
100% The Most Dangerous Year (2019) It is primarily an informational documentary, not a film with artistic pretensions. But it makes its case effectively. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) What's missing from the movie, for all its technical skill, is simply inspiration - that extra touch of wit or imagination that might elevate it from a pleasant diversion to a rare sighting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) It's tough to build a character study around an unconvincing character. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
61% The Public (2019) Estevez does an elegant job with this setup, creating a low-key, uncondescending portrait of lives on the edge. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
No Score Yet Wall (2019) Imperiously wringing his hands at both sides of the conflict, Hare never brings his observations together in a satisfying conclusion (not that any was likely, in just 80 minutes). - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
90% Tigerland (2019) "Tigerland" falls into a common trap of advocacy documentaries, which is to inform on an urgent issue - preserving a species - without a particularly urgent cinematic narrative to match it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
97% Working Woman (2019) "Working Woman" unfolds like a psychological thriller - a procedural that, as it tightens its grip, captures how workplace sexual harassment slowly takes over one woman's life. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
67% Triple Threat (2019) Your scorecard will be full, which is the point. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Demonstrates the power of Instagrammable cuisine to spice up an otherwise straightforward, sentimental film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The more involving "Hotel Mumbai" plays in the moment, the queasier it seems in retrospect. It reduces the randomness of real-life bloodshed to the slick thrills of a popcorn movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) The last act is a supernova of shamelessness. But even then, this weepie is tough to resist entirely. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) "The Hummingbird Project" may be too committed to its popcorn mechanics to double as a truly brainy exposé, but it pays other dividends. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Combat Obscura (2019) Leaning in to the style its patchwork of source material requires, "Combat Obscura" is an eye-opening dispatch from a conflict mired in confusion. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
No Score Yet Rezo (2019) Although this Russian-language feature covers a tumultuous period in history, primarily from World War II until Rezo's unexpected, career-starting introduction to the power of art, it never once resembles a checklist of sweeping events. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
43% I'm Not Here (2019) While the film aspires to a clipped complexity, it comes across as gimmicky and amateurish - a chain of miseries passed off as tough truths. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
75% Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2019) Notwithstanding the dynamic layouts from Pulitzer's New York World, the film hasn't found the material to make this subject pop visually. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
42% The Wedding Guest (2019) The scenery, nicely shot by Giles Nuttgens and covering a wide swath of the country - Amritsar, New Delhi, Jaipur and Goa - is always great, and Patel and Apte's chemistry approaches scalding levels as their characters grow closer. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Ferencz... comes across as thoughtful, principled and engaging in a film that, in keeping with his demeanor, is a modest profile rather than a sprawling portrait. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Unusually for a sequel, this installment has the courage to feel conclusive. The series has earned affection for its characters and its disarming premise. Now it's time to let it go. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
74% The Wandering Earth (2019) It certainly proves that the Chinese film industry can hold its own at the multiplex: It is just as awash in murky computer imagery, stupefying exposition and manipulative sentimentality as the average Hollywood tentpole. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) "The Breaker Upperers" adds some welcome irreverence to the homogenized mix of Netflix comedies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Unicorn (2019) Isabelle Dupuis and Tim Geraghty have made a grim and haunting documentary about what it means to burn bright, then die alone. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
93% Hotel by the River (2019) One of Hong's most unexpectedly poignant works, self-reflexive in a way that feels searching rather than rote. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet Parkland: Inside Building 12 (2018) To the extent that "Parkland: Inside Building 12" is a memorial, not a documentary, it has a raw power. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" is designed to leave viewers feeling lightheaded and forgetful. That dizzy sensation could be love - or a mild head injury. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) The movie covers all its bases, determined to give every segment of the audience what it wants, with dubious success. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) There is something admirably perverse about a movie that treats the killings of Hitler and Bigfoot as secondary to a character study of a crusty old man and his regrets, but that doesn't make the film less dull or deflating to watch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019