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Ben Yagoda

Ben Yagoda
Ben Yagoda's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Philadelphia Daily News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% The Living Daylights (1987) The relative clarity of the story allows director John Glen and screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson to inject moments of subtlety and human interest -- commodities that in recent Bonds have been in even shorter supply than sense.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
1/4 0% Hot to Trot (1988) [Hot to Trot] sounded truly awful. It turned out to be worse.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
100% Tampopo (1985) As long as the movie sticks to the story of the noodle shop, however, it's delightful and funny.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
36% She's Having a Baby (1988) Hughes is simply doing what they tell you the first day of creative writing class: write about what you know. And he's doing it with both craft and a good deal of emotional honesty.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
86% Eight Men Out (1988) Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) It's hard to escape the conclusion that all the originality and excitement have been drained from the series.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 5, 2014
46% Three Amigos! (1986) So sweetly goofy that you can't keep from laughing.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
89% Platoon (1986) Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2014
89% RoboCop (1987) It proceeds from a vision, and it takes that vision seriously. It ends up being moving -- and for a comic book of a movie, that's no small achievement.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2014
1/4 92% Moonstruck (1987) No resistance could overcome the overfamiliarity of the situations in Moonstruck, the corniness of its dramaturgy or the banality of its message.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
74% The Lost Boys (1987) Though there is enough gore in the film to satisfy the typical bloodthirsty filmgoer, its strong suit is deadpan humor.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
92% The Last Emperor (1987) Even though its ambitions sometimes get the better of it, the film succeeds often enough to make us grateful that, even in our MTV age, a director like Bertolucci is still willing to get on the mat and grapple with Personality and History.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2014
83% Lethal Weapon (1987) What this premise needs is a serviceable plot, but screenwriter Shane Block hasn't provided one. Indeed, for an action thriller, Lethal Weapon is unacceptably slow.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
97% Big (1988) There's also one absolutely charming moment when Hanks and Loggia leap from key to key to tap out the melody and harmony to "Heart and Soul" on a giant piano in the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
89% The Big Easy (1987) Barkin makes the silliness with which her character behaves as credible as is probably possible.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2013
93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) As in most of his Python parts... Cleese's character is an extended riff on the concept of pomposity. But Archie is more leavened with humanity than any of his other roles.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
96% Midnight Run (1988) De Niro is probably the most intense and idiosyncratic actor of his generation; Midnight Run may be the most conventional movie I've ever seen.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) The feats performed by director Robert Zemeckis and director of animation Richard Williams are pretty amazing.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
91% No Way Out (1987) It's too bad Alfred Hitchcock didn't live long enough to put Kevin Costner into a movie, because Costner is exactly the kind of leading man Hitchcock liked.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
93% Die Hard (1988) Die Hard is probably the most manipulative movie I've seen this year, but since it makes no bones about being manipulative and does it so well, this not only isn't a problem -- it's fun.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2013
97% The Princess Bride (1987) Mandy Patinkin, as Inigo Montoya, deserves special mention. Inigo is the one character in the film who contains real emotional depth, and Patinkin plumbs it.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2013
81% The Untouchables (1987) De Palma does superb job with the action sequences, which are choreographed, paced and acted out so well that they don't leave a palm dry in the house.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2013
93% Full Metal Jacket (1987) If a film doesn't give us people, it has to offer a substitute -- an idea, a style, a vision. Full Metal Jacket comes up blank.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) This is fairly clever.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
1/4 6% Vibes (1988) If there were an Academy Award for Most Instantly Forgettable Film, the odds-on early favorite would be Vibes.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
1/4 5% Cocktail (1988) The philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote a book about the banality of evil. After seeing Cocktail, I want to write one about the evil of banality.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
31% Square Dance (1987) The heights Square Dance reaches up until then are enough to make it one of the laudable films of the year.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
1/4 0% MAC and Me (1988) Possibly aware that they have something less than a classic on their hands, the makers of MAC and Me have cut their losses by making the film into a kind of cinematic billboard: all space is for sale.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 14, 2013
82% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987) Leland has not, as I say, made up his mind as to which kind of film he is making, and so the mood of Wish You Were Here bounces uncomfortably back and forth between playful sass and grim decline-and-fall melodrama.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
72% Dirty Dancing (1987) There is some freshness in the film, much of it supplied by Jennifer Grey, who's appealing, thoughtful and just right as Baby. There's also some eloquence, although most of it is supplied by the wonderful vintage pop songs.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2013
87% Sid and Nancy (1986) As it chronicles the fall, and fall, and fall of its title characters, Sid & Nancy very quickly becomes tiresome and annoying.‐ Philadelphia Daily News
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2003