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Benjamin Mercer

Benjamin Mercer
Benjamin Mercer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, AV Club, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Ma (2017) Without resorting once to words, Rowlson-Hall develops a cinematic language well suited to exploring the concept of immaculacy -- and how external demands for it can weary the body indeed. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2017
50% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) scuzzy style to spare but a setup that couldn't feel creakier ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Silence (2017) A masterwork set during the confrontational age of discovery, Scorsese's searching Silence speaks volumes about the twin gauntlets of cultural and spiritual discord. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2016
90% 20th Century Women (2017) It is the performances that ultimately ground the film, particularly that by Bening-a marvelous piece of work that deserves all the awards buzz coming to it. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2016
B 79% Patriots Day (2017) Patriots Day by and large withstands the inevitable charges of too-soon opportunism, exhibiting some of the very same traits it extols in its local-hero characters-namely, diligence, competence, and a proportional sense of urgency. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 20, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) Neruda certainly has its felicities, but throughout Larraín proves all too eager to point out the sheer artifice of his endeavor. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Huppert's work is perhaps most notable for its understatement and its offhand precision. She's particularly interesting to watch as she receives bad news. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013) Having gained (improbable) access to this forgotten corner of the world, Wang proceeds to do something remarkable with it, crafting deeply humane portraits of these troubled individuals and their makeshift community. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016) Their devotion is staggering. And so is the film. ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 1, 2016
100% Here Come the Videofreex (2016) Extraordinary stranger-than-fiction story. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Shot in Super 35mm black and white well-suited to its lapses into the hallucinatory, Serpent conveys a superbly lucid sense of the jungle's density. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) The movie winds up feeling like a kind of cover-up in itself. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016
72% Valley Of Love (2016) It is Depardieu, as a mass of a man facing his own mortality, who anchors the film, baring his huge belly for the camera even when he's not in the vicinity of the motel pool -- he's quite clearly (and quite poignantly) a man lost inside his own body. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
90% A War (Krigen) (2016) In human terms, A War's moral calculus might seem a bit off, but the point certainly hits home -- in the age of "precision" remote-controlled weaponry and guerrilla ambushes, war crimes have become all too easy to commit. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
97% Krisha (2016) A big old family might gather under a single roof in Krisha, but the intriguing indie nonetheless steers clear of home-for-the-holidays formula -- it's more emotional-spiral suspense film than sentimental drama. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
22% Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016) If it's too misbegotten to fall head over heels with, it's also too sensitively wrought to dismiss outright. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) As a seductive fiction, Nocturnal Animals itself leaves something to be desired. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2016
86% Christine (2016) It does justice to its subject, who falls victim to a toxic cocktail of major depression, social maladjustment, and the indignities of the emergent infotainment business. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Voyage of Time constitutes something more audacious than a call to action. First and foremost, it sets out to model an ethic of wonder. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) The audacity of the thing is estimable. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) These are intriguingly damaged individuals who are nonetheless shortly put through the motions of a rather forgettable love-triangle comedy. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2016
36% Blair Witch (2016) It's a hallmark of this not-particularly-scary film's failure that the blows to the electronics feel somehow more visceral. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
83% Kicks (2016) Tipping all but demands that you sit up and pay attention. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) An absorbing disquisition on the dead-serious responsibility taken on by the performing artist. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Who better than a proudly idiosyncratic and restlessly sage human to ponder the sort of user experience that-for better or worse-the internet has enabled our lives to become? ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Perhaps the scariest thing here is the realization that Vincent has become something of a suspense-movie character in his own life. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Ayer-whose films have heretofore been fiercely moral-seems to want to look away for as long as possible from what this movie is really saying. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
100% Homo Sapiens (2016) An eerily serene whistle-stop tour of abandoned built environments. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2016
92% The Seventh Fire (2016) An achingly grim look at career-criminal culture flourishing in a vacuum of opportunities. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2016
88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Some of the most compelling footage Israel hauls out from the archive shows her playfully combative subject practically squirming his way through interviews. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2016
68% Men Go To Battle (2016) The hyperlocal Men Go to Battle-a microbudget affair to which critics have justly applied the adjective "resourceful" ever since its premiere at Tribeca last spring-also has subtler ways of imbuing the historical past with a sense of immediacy. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) A stronger sense of mystery might have served the film well as a thriller-though as is, it's diverting enough as a piece of escapism. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2016
69% Swiss Army Man (2016) At once a soft-center story of friendship and a gross-out comedy that spins bodily mortifications as pure magic. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013) The film has a powerful cumulative effect as record of fraternity in extremis. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "A very funny mockumentary about fame in a world of oversharing." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing might be a somewhat meandering and nonsensical genre recombination, but that spell never breaks over its lengthy running time. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 1, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) the devastatingly funny Chevalier lays bare the fact that while the man might leave the boys' school, the boys' school never quite leaves the man. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
79% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) A portrait, at once sensitively rendered and exceedingly raw, of boiling-over discontent-and the self-medication that seems all but required to manage it. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
100% Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016) Paths of the Soul is less interested in individual drama than in offering a portrait of constant communal work in the service of personal spiritual fulfillment. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 16, 2016
89% The Lobster (2016) Almost before you know it, The Lobster has morphed into a parable about sacrifice in the name of love-all without dialing back the brutal absurdism one bit. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
90% Dheepan (2016) As the previously hushed Dheepan flares into gunfire and other explosions, it's hard not to feel a little let down. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 6, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) Messina doesn't aim for straight realism, soaking his stylized film in slow motion and religious iconography. But the human behavior on display is hard to credit regardless. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2016
82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) As Jensen sets up what amounts to a speculative sociological experiment-investigating nature in the absence of nurture-he dabbles as well in a kind of Podunk science fiction. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) The Great Man pity party, essentially a failed experiment in subjectivity, is the auteur's least transporting film to date. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
92% Notfilm (2015) dense but illuminating ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
89% Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016) Mascaro shows that humans might be prone to the same animal instincts as animals themselves, but the private masquerade of dressing and undressing is really something to see. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) As a portrait of global-capitalist labor as inevitably compromising, it works very well indeed. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
C+ 79% Wedding Doll (Hatuna Meniyar) (2016) In spite of all Wedding Doll's strengths, its scenario comes to seem a little unseemly: Giladi establishes Hagit's hopes and dreams mostly just to show the terrible ways that they're dashed. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B+ 95% Marguerite (2016) The fairly suspenseful last act of the movie hinges on just a few changes of expression that unfold slowly across Frot's face. ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 8, 2016
B- 100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) Stirring yet overstuffed ... ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016