Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
90% Whirlybird (2021) Drawing on an amazing video stockpile from the 1980s and '90s, "Whirlybird" is an editing feat. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
94% Pray Away (2021) "Pray Away" is more interesting when it focuses on how most of its subjects eventually embraced gay and bisexual identities despite having formerly been so public in their homophobia. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2021
76% Enemies of the State (2021) The questions it raises are fascinating. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
100% The Year of the Discovery (El año del descubrimiento) (2020) If the convoluted history and corresponding formal conceits are difficult to absorb, that is part of the point. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
10% Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021) The atmosphere is thoroughly sleazy without being distinctive, and everything about the movie - the emotionless line readings, the half-baked back stories - exudes a terse functionality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
100% The New Bauhaus (2019) It is a good primer, well illustrated. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
35% Flag Day (2021) A heavy-handed, maladroit take on material that required a sensitive touch. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
77% Bergman Island (2021) There's a good film inside Bergman Island, and it's a movie that Bergman fans wouldn't want to go anywhere near. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
100% The Price of Freedom (2021) Ehrlich interweaves images of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and commentary from Mary Anne Franks... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
84% Benedetta (2021) At times, it has the feel of a grand summation of all the director's ideas about eroticism, rationality, moral ambiguity, and faith. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) (2021) I'm not sure I can defend The Worst Person in the World on an intellectual basis, but I was thoroughly disarmed. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
94% Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) Haroun does not pace his films with the urgency of other contemporary neo-realists like the Dardenne brothers, but the mother-daughter relationship is finely drawn and moving. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
72% Ahed's Knee (Le genou d'Ahed) (2021) The movie plays like something that Lapid needed to purge from his system. With any luck, by next time he'll have recovered his interest in subtext. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
81% After Yang (2021) Kogonada uses a lot of showy formal strategies to disguise familiar elements of the central premise. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
96% The Souvenir: Part II (2021) The Souvenir Part II has a meta-movie component that distinguishes it from its predecessor. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% Onoda - 10 000 Nights in the Jungle (2021) As wild as the story is, Onoda keeps things grounded with a commanding physicality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
100% The Velvet Underground (2021) Of course, it's a great-sounding documentary, too. See it in a theater with good audio, and you will actually vibrate when 'Heroin' kicks in. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
78% Between Two Worlds (Le quai de ouistreham) (2021) An adequate muckraking drama that avoids the hectoring tone of certain recent Ken Loach films. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
93% Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) (2021) Whatever its flaws, Everything Went Fine rallies with a beautiful final act. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
76% Annette (2021) I don't know what Annette is, except that it's Annette, and that it's unique. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
100% The Phantom (2021) Adapting research that is, by now, hardly breaking news, Forbes has some solid strategies for making the material cinematic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
61% The God Committee (2021) "The God Committee" ostensibly ponders the ethical compromises involved in choosing organ transplant recipients, but it mostly illustrates the dangers of facile twists. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
80% Scenes from an Empty Church (2021) The movie increasingly resembles a feature made solely to prove that limitations were no obstacle. The stopgaps are simply part of the drama. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
50% Lansky (2021) The gangland clichés can be cringe-worthy at times, particularly when the film emphasizes Lansky's Jewish background. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
91% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2021) "An Intimate Conversation" never quite digs beyond the cultivated personas of either author - a drawback of the archival format. But for anyone invested in the writers, it offers a vivid sketch. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
100% A Crime on the Bayou (2021) "A Crime on the Bayou," directed by Nancy Buirski, is dryly told, but it has a potent idea, which is to show how even bureaucratic aspects of the legal system in the Deep South in the 1960s could be weaponized against Black Americans. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
64% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) A plodding football drama in which the characters talk to one another like folksy social workers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
66% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) At least Gluck doesn't send Peter into space. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
92% Holler (2021) Even the medium - Super 16-millimeter film, in the era of digital - adds to the ambience of rusting, abandoned machinery. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
No Score Yet Rogue Hostage (2021) Nearly all the characters are connected, but nothing makes sense. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
89% City of Ali (2021) Muhammad Ali is probably already the most dramatized and documentarized athlete in film history, and "City of Ali" makes for an extremely lightweight addition to the former heavyweight champion's cinematic universe. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
13% Under the Stadium Lights (2021) Occasional clips of the original games are presented with so little context they seem designed to jog memories rather than advance the drama. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
No Score Yet Baggio: The Divine Ponytail (2021) Even the soccer is perfunctory. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
61% Into the Darkness (De Forbandede År) (2020) This is not Luchino Visconti's "The Damned," which turned a similar premise into a nearly unwatchable miasma of grotesquerie. But neither is "Into the Darkness" more than watchable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
98% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) To make a movie that ponders the moral rot of an unjust system while under the gun of that unjust system is courageous and artistically potent. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
100% Los Hermanos/The Brothers (2021) A moving documentary with generous amounts of music, "Los Hermanos/The Brothers" follows two musician siblings from Havana whose personal closeness is at odds with the geopolitics that keep them apart. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) I'm not sure I believed the plot for a minute of "Those Who Wish Me Dead," but as a means of pitting righteous characters against implacable assassins in a succession of abrupt, pitiless, life-or-death confrontations, the story has a terse effectiveness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
65% Silo (2021) If Burnette's formal instincts are suboptimal - the pervasive backlighting and underlighting keep much of the action in shadow - his dramatic instincts are worse. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
60% Queen Marie (2019) Romania has delivered some of the most bracing filmmaking of the past 20 years... but "Queen Marie" shows that its cinematic output also extends to stiff, exposition-clotted biopics. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
52% Four Good Days (2021) "Four Good Days" is more complex than its outward trappings and preachier scenes - like an anguished Molly addressing a high school class - suggest. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Jordan makes a sturdy enough action hero, but the character as portrayed doesn't give him any contours to play. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
40% Triumph (2021) Mitte, who played the son in "Breaking Bad" and himself has cerebral palsy, sells Mike's tenacity, but the contrivances around him let him down. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) With so many characters, the movie spends too much time on discovery and not enough on showing those powers in action. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) "Street Gang" never shakes the sense that much of this story has been told elsewhere, but it feels close to comprehensive, and the visual component... is crucial. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) If the bigger picture of "In the Earth" doesn't appear fully realized... it would be difficult, this year, for at least some of its atmosphere of isolation-induced madness not to inspire a chill. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
88% Our Towns (2021) As enjoyable as their writing can be, the filmmaking around them - aerial shots, time lapse photography, cuts to the couple looking engrossed - is less inspired than their project. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
60% Giants Being Lonely (2019) Nothing concrete emerges from this haze of oblique editing and barely written scenes, acted by cast members who are not up to making the dialogue sound convincing or filling the voids left in place of their characters. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
75% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) The movie relays a fast-paced, entertaining saga of WeWork's relentless self-selling and what it portrays as a cultlike corporate atmosphere. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
No Score Yet Miracle Fishing (2020) A unique and harrowing record. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
67% Francesco (2021) Judged strictly as a movie, "Francesco" comes across as shapeless and secondhand - a missed opportunity to present a closer look at the daily work of being pope and perhaps to demystify elements of the papacy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021