Ben Kenigsberg Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Far From the Tree (2018) [An] often-inspiring documentary...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
34% Shock and Awe (2018) It... captures an aspect of journalism not often portrayed: the fear of being wrong when the conclusions of your reporting break from those of your competitors.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
82% Path of Blood (2018) It commands attention as an object lesson in the banality of evil.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
37% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Content to be yet another great-man biopic, the movie would rather sanitize than probe.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
No Score Yet 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (2018) It's hard to believe that this year's seven selections were the cream of the crop, or even the least exposed.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
95% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) By the end of this documentary, you will feel as if you not only understand Mr. Sakamoto intellectually, but also share a sense of the excitement he feels when discovering just the right match of sounds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
43% Fireworks (2018) The unrealized potential makes the rote line style and stagnant backdrops seem all the blander.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
93% This Is Congo (2018) There is much to admire here, but the sheer scope of the subject matter might be even better served by the capaciousness of a mini-series.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
20% Hover (2018) The last act, though, is a total whiff - too rushed, too riddled with plot holes and too incongruously hopeful to take seriously.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
89% Winter Brothers (2018) The movie also has a startling visual texture. Shooting on 16-millimeter film, Mr. Palmason, gliding his camera through snowy woods, has an eye for compositions that rhyme chalk-covered faces and wintry vistas. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
53% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) Watching Izzy's frenzied pratfalls often feels like watching a documentary of Ms. Davis - always great - running a hamster wheel that powers uninspired comic material.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
25% Spiral (2018) "Spiral" is best in smaller-bore moments, showing how everyday lives are affected by prejudice.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) The movie isn't even advocating vegetarianism. But it seems impossible to come away from it without wanting to know more about where your meat comes from.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
83% Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf (2018) Director Thomas Piper, whose credits include another documentary that deals with the High Line and a film about the artist Sol LeWitt, never finds a way to convey the excitement of his subject's innovations.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
42% The Valley (2018) As an awareness tool, "The Valley" feels simple-minded. As a drama, it feels exploitative.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) "En el Séptimo Día" pulls off the tricky feat of feeling utterly natural as it ratchets with the mechanics of drama and suspense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
20% Action Point (2018) A lazy summer romp in the "Meatballs" tradition with a handful of "Jackass"-style stunts as the scantiest of hooks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
21% Rodin (2018) Auguste Rodin made sculptures of extraordinary expressiveness. "Rodin" offers two hours of actors struggling to appear lifelike.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
74% Son of Bigfoot (2018) More or less does what it sets out to do, which is to offer enough visual activity and bromides to keep the very young interested.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
83% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) A road movie of sorts, it steers clear of melodrama or sentimentality, but it also never risks hitting anything.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
83% Strangers on the Earth (2018) "Strangers on the Earth" raises questions about how it was made, and even whether making it defeats the inherent asceticism of the project.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
20% The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018) A pastiche of western tropes too tongue-in-cheek to sell its dramatic intentions, but just sincere enough to smother any intimations of parody, "The Escape of Prisoner 614" never commits to a consistent tone.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Ms. Brownson hasn't figured out how to construct a movie around a figure who essentially owes her fame to the obfuscation of her past.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
82% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) Whether "In the Last Days of the City" ultimately comes together as a feature is open to debate, but this is a film of beauty and skill.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
44% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) If this documentary celebrates a crackpot, Mr. Friedkin is his match. The director's blabbermouth tendencies and wry manner make him an enjoyable M.C.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
71% Kodachrome (2018) If this earnest and forgettable road movie represents a meaningful tribute to taking pictures, we ought to go back to cave drawing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
71% Wildling (2018) This creature feature from the director Fritz Böhm is functional but lacks flavor, an imaginative spark that might distinguish it from any number of other I-was-a-teenage-monster movies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
82% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) The director, Richard Lanni, whose biography also cites work as a battlefield tour guide, manages a fair amount of wit, particularly with a postcard montage of Stubby's first trip to Paris.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
66% Come Sunday (2018) While Marcus Hinchey's screenplay is occasionally too blunt, "Come Sunday" accords sympathetic moments to all its characters - a strategy that gives this chronicle of religious convictions a conviction of its own.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
92% Hitler's Hollywood (2018) Part of what's alarming about "Hitler's Hollywood" is that it's easier to be seduced by these comedies and melodramas, at least in excerpts, than it is to endure Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda film "Triumph of the Will" today.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
100% Good Luck (2017) Mr. Russell films the morning mist with a Monet-like abstraction and executes remarkable Steadicam shots through the mud. He might be accused of making poverty poetry - except that both sites' unlikely beauty, too, may be a connecting thread.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
71% Acorn and the Firestorm (2018) The movie, directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard, makes the point that before any of the negative publicity, Acorn was an important voice for lower-income Americans.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
47% The Miracle Season (2018) From lighting to music cues, "The Miracle Season" never misses a chance to lunge for your tear ducts, treating its characters less as flesh-and-blood humans than as props for delivering bromides.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
100% All the Cities of the North (Svi severni gradovi) (2016) It can be tough to say whether the movie is productively or arbitrarily baffling, but it is never boring, and it achieves a balance between natural flow and purposefulness that suits its subject matter.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
21% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) In addition to endorsing the logic that keeps spouses Stockholm syndrome'd in bad marriages, "Acrimony" also offers poor economic advice.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
75% The China Hustle (2018) A documentary may simply be the wrong delivery mechanism for a byzantine exposé that cries out for detailed news reporting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) The director Adam Rifkin wrote this showcase for Mr. Reynolds, who, like Vic, was a college football player. "The Last Movie Star" effectively allows the ever-assured actor to score a touchdown on an empty field.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
29% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Robbing Mr. Depp of his indispensable physical presence only highlights the ceramic stiffness of the jokes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) Mr. Klapisch lingers his camera lovingly over shots of grapes being harvested and stomped, all the while employing story mechanics and flashbacks indelicate enough to suggest the churn of a factory juicer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
79% What We Started (2018) They gush about the genre's milestones and metaphorically high-five one another while trying not to bore the uninitiated into a drugless stupor.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet Mountain (Monte) (2016) The film is limited by its central metaphor, but it is never less than absorbing or original.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
92% Journey's End (2018) A rattling sound design and the cinematographer Laurie Rose's excellent use of low light aren't enough to make the experience immediate.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The sentiment is admirable; the execution decidedly is not.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) He describes two ways of approaching the world: "You can walk on the path, or you can walk through the hedge."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
61% They Remain (2018) The movie's essential ingredients are simply two good actors, a lab compound, surveillance cameras and an eerie forest that may be driving the characters mad.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
71% Chasing Great (2018) For a movie that revolves around a notoriously violent sport, Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton's profile takes a soft, superficial approach. It makes a rote installment of ESPN's "30 for 30" look like Pulitzer-worthy muckraking.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% El mar la mar (2018) The result is simultaneously elusive and concrete: abstract cinema that packs a punch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
64% The Cured (2018) Anyone digging through the cemetery soil again had better have fresh ideas. "The Cured," the debut feature from David Freyne, has roughly two.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet George (2018) Mr. Perkins livens up what could have been a dull talking-heads presentation with vortex-like editing, often dividing the screen into multiple panels and making inventive use of sound design.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
62% The Boy Downstairs (2018) Leaves its actors looking somewhat stranded, as if waiting for Neil Simon zingers that were never written.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018