Ben Kenigsberg Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Galveston (2018) With shadowy imagery that pushes the boundaries of visibility and a mumbly lead performance from Ben Foster that strains the limits of intelligibility, "Galveston" goes past film noir and lands at film murk.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
100% Charm City (2018) The film captures up close the way violence transforms neighborhoods and families with an immediacy that transcends headlines or sensationalism.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet Impulso (2018) While the percussive rhythms guarantee that moviegoers will tap their toes, only a few moments, such as when Molina crawls over rocks at the Centre Pompidou Málaga, yield eye-catching images.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet Classical Period (2018) "Classical Period" is often very funny, but it's also poignant, imagining a milieu - part heaven, part purgatory - in which daily lives can be devoted to pondering the aggregated wisdom of the past.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
100% Liyana (2018) There are ways in which "Liyana" might seem to put too rosy a spin on its subject matter, but it shows the optimism and self-awareness that can come from creativity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
No Score Yet Bayou Caviar (2018) Despite seamy, well-chosen locations, Mr. Gooding is way too heavy-handed in his scoring and visual choices. But the movie deserves credit for its untempered nastiness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% Moynihan (2018) A conventional but entertaining rundown of the greatest hits of the life of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
80% Scaffolding (2018) "Scaffolding" seems somewhat torn when it comes to telegraphing its own intentions. Its ambiguities of character take a back seat to a trite upshot.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
75% Smallfoot (2018) The movie, directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, has just enough wit and visual invention to get by.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
78% 306 Hollywood (2018) "306 Hollywood" makes for morbid, at times insufferable viewing. But its solipsism is part of its message.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) An unfortunately contrived Holocaust drama that labors under the delusion that the subject matter lends itself to uplift...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
47% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) The film seems unclear on how to unpack all its baggage, but the sense of detail and place carry the day.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) No film in which Cate Blanchett head-butts a vivified jack-o'-lantern could be entirely without merit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
69% The Children Act (2018) A beautifully internalized performance from Ms. Thompson and the various efforts to highlight the cinematic potential in Fiona's anguish... can't override the tidy ironies of Mr. McEwan's design.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) The frat house atmosphere eventually gives way to tedious bloodletting. In that regard, "The Predator" hasn't evolved at all.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
86% Reversing Roe (2018) Provides a clear and accessible overview of more than 50 years of the social and legal history of the issue in the United States.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) The film is perhaps overly repetitive in emphasizing Shula's inability to escape exploitation, but the story is put across with formal confidence and real originality.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) "Kusama - Infinity," while conventionally structured, provides ample, illuminating access to an artist's way of thinking and working.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) Specters and hallucinations appear without consistent narrative logic. Characters veer off separately when teamwork might reduce brushes with demons or death.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
0% Reprisal (2018) "Reprisal" would have once filled out a lonely shelf at a Blockbuster, the ideal home for its sedate performances and visually hectic action.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Pick of the Litter (2018) Bans on talking in movie theaters should be briefly lifted for anyone who can't resist shouting "Go, Poppet!" on test days. Which should be almost everyone.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
60% Hot to Trot (2018) A case study in the format's flaws...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
88% Makala (2018) To ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
25% Mile 22 (2018) "Mile 22" makes for an appalling referendum on the state of commercial cinema in 2018.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) "The Wife" pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of spinning a fundamentally literary premise into an intelligent screen drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
90% Notes on an Appearance (2018) If Mr. D'Ambrose doesn't quite earn his pretensions, it's refreshing to see a filmmaker thinking so far outside the box.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
79% Cielo (2017) Watching it can't help but call attention to the artifice of moviemaking. The sides of the frame are all too visible. Moody woodwinds fill the emptiness of the space.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
46% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Mr. Gutierrez keeps the viewer in the same state of confusion as Elizabeth, but each surprise, paradoxically, makes the movie less and less surprising as a whole.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Once Christopher Robin softens its insufferable, needlessly cynical conception of the title character, it offers more or less what a Pooh reboot should: a lot of nostalgia, a bit of humor and tactile computer animation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) "The Darkest Minds" plays like a lightning round in which the goal is to hit as many teenage-dystopia tropes as possible.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
92% No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) (2018) An absorbing illustration of how minor actions and bad decisions can amplify one another (and have ripple effects of their own)...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
53% Our House (2018) "Our House" distinguishes itself with its purposeful pacing ... its use of sound and crosscutting, and its wit with household objects, from a turntable to a mechanical calendar.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
82% Scarred Hearts (2018) It's the rare page-to-screen adaptation in which the camera becomes an essential character.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
92% 93Queen (2018) Without denying that these women face discrimination in reaching their goal, the movie shows how its subjects are able to find ways to combine strict observance and progress.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
89% Far From the Tree (2018) [An] often-inspiring documentary...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
28% 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
83% 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
41% 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
97% 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
55% 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
33% 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
91% 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