Ben Kenigsberg Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
56% 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
53% 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
100% Tehran Taboo (2018) "Tehran Taboo" aims to expose systemic hypocrisy; in that respect, it is brisk and bracing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
74% Permission (2018) Ms. Hall ... is the standout, selling Anna's indecision even through some of the script's dubious patches.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
93% Becks (2018) The movie exemplifies how small judgments in pace, performance and soundtrack can transcend modest trappings.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) In some years, watching the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts is the easiest way to spot the winner. This year there are plausible rationalizations for all five.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
92% The Cage Fighter (2018) "The Cage Fighter" is hardly epic in scope or originality, but it is uncommon to watch this degree of open self-flagellation on screen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
71% West of the Jordan River (2018) Through interviews with Israeli politicians, and Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, "West of the Jordan River" gives voice to peace-seeking residents on both sides of the conflict.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
No Score Yet The Opera House (2018) Only sometimes plays like a fund-raising tool.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) As silly as they sound, these movies are pretty well made, capable of outsize action and teary intimacy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
39% Den of Thieves (2018) The film is generous with action and twists, even if some don't track. For January, a month Hollywood reserves for dogs, this is an admirably weird movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
61% Izgnanie (2007) The first two-thirds are an extraordinary slow burn that provides ample time to admire Mr. Zvyagintsev's talent with the wide frame.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
75% Mama Africa (2018) Like many biographical documentaries, it resembles a lengthy highlight reel of crucial events from its subject's life, without much in the way of style or perspective.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
100% What Lies Upstream (2018) Is "What Lies Upstream" persuasive in all respects? No. Will it make you think twice about what's gone unnoticed in your tap water? Absolutely.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
62% My Art (2018) Part of the problem is that Ms. Simmons has surrounded herself with more interesting actors, including a scene-stealing Parker Posey.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
67% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) The medical tidbits, however awkwardly presented, are the most distinctive aspects of the script. The flat direction, alas, is not the work of a filmmaker.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
80% Bitter Money (Ku Qian) (2016) It's not clear that the director quite found what he was looking for.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% The Green Fog (2018) First and foremost, "The Green Fog" is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Meridian (2017) "Dark Meridian" proves that Mr. Hickman has the capacity to surprise, but it doesn't prove much more.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
57% Django (2018) The finale enlivens an otherwise staid biopic, but whether the film has earned a moment of uplift is unclear.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows (2017) Like most omnibus programs, the offerings are a mixed bag, but this year's 16 titles showcase a gratifying range of styles and subjects, with work that includes veterans and newcomers, the experimental and the commercial.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
22% Father Figures (2017) Distinguished mainly by its overqualified cast and lack of inspiration, "Father Figures" can't decide whether it's a gross-out comedy or an uplifting tale of brotherly love; it embraces the worst of both worlds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
No Score Yet A German Life (2017) "A German Life" lets viewers consider its subject - her anecdotes, body language and face (often shot in close-up) - and decide how much to believe her.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
6% Hangman (2017) The most and least that can be said for "Hangman" is that it doesn't approach the mesmerizing ineptitude of "88 Minutes," another movie that pitted Al Pacino against a serial killer from about a decade ago.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
71% Ferdinand (2017) The movie is bright and peppy enough to hold young viewers' attention, though a faithful 1938 Walt Disney short showed more inventiveness in eight minutes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) Probably dives into the weeds too quickly and could have used a tighter edit. Still, drawing on a wealth of courtroom video, the film lays out a persuasive argument for reasonable doubt.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) "Miss Kiet's Children" is a pointedly political (if overly precious) documentary set entirely at a Dutch primary school.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
57% Bullet Head (2017) It's drab, derivative and more than slightly silly, but it's tough to dislike like a movie that proceeds as if the 1990s cycle of Quentin Tarantino knockoffs never ended ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet Sins of the Flesh (2016) The movie is somewhat labored and repetitive as a piece of screenwriting, spelling out motivations when the power of suggestion might go further, and its purported allegorical dimensions don't come across clearly.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide (2017) The more Hope's own obsession grows, the more involving the movie gets, even as it raises ethical questions about its making - and about those who continue to watch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
57% Naples '44 (2017) Colorful details ... don't change the sense that "Naples '44" is essentially an abridged version of a much more detailed work. It seems less a full-fledged movie than a trailer for a book.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
No Score Yet Al Di Qua (2016) However worthy or political its intent, "Al Di Qua" is too overwrought to seem anything but trivializing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
86% Brimstone & Glory (2017) The film ... has a wandering attention span and grows monotonous even at barely more than one hour.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens's infectious, live-wire performance, the film ... proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Either Roman is too pure for the world of this movie or he is not. Mr. Gilroy, perhaps similarly caught between integrity and commercial calculation, gets as lost as his hero.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
20% Cook Off! (2017) The movie tries to do for amateur cooking contests what "Best in Show" did for dog competitions, but the strained folksiness and tired stereotypes couldn't be further from the snap and wit of prime Christopher Guest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
87% Song of Granite (2017) Mr. Collins doesn't shed light on what makes his subject tick, and the arty shards never cohere.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) If Daddy's Home (2015) played like a distant, wayward cousin of Step Brothers, Daddy's Home 2, again directed by Sean Anders, is the sort of relative you might disown.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) Engrossing for the reasons it's also unsatisfying: As Adam Shambour, a friend of Mr. Crowley's, says, it's a mystery that answers all the major questions except "Why?"‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
94% 1945 (2017) A Holocaust film built, consciously or not, on a reversal of the tropes of the western, down to ticking clocks that might as well be nearing high noon.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) If, like its characters, "Thank You for Your Service" sometimes struggles to balance staying strong with wearing its heart on its sleeve, it makes an emotional plea in a direct, effective way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
85% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) "The Divine Order" effectively illustrates how peer pressure can influence the political process.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) As a documentary, "One of Us" is a small act of portraiture, but each portrait captures the pain of having a life upended.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
99% Jane (2017) "Jane" will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
70% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) "The Paris Opera" feels at once sprawling and insufficiently patient. Even so, it spans a pivotal stretch ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
96% For Ahkeem (2017) While the film ends at a logical stopping point, it feels incomplete. It probably could have used a few more years of filming.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) It's a screen moment to treat with total reverence - and so enduring it could sustain "78/52: Part 2."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
80% Tom of Finland (2017) While Mr. Laaksonen devoted his life (1920-91) to challenging conventions, the film is committed to honoring them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017