Ben Kenigsberg Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
78% 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
11% 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
77% 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
86% 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
47% 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
81% 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
64% 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
91% 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
23% 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
74% 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
28% 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
71% 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
50% 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
35% 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
59% 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
58% 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
95% 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
71% 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
93% 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
42% 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
41% 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% The Banishment (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
64% 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
70% 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
94% 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