Benjamin Mercer

Benjamin Mercer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

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 12, 2016

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 6, 2016

American Honey (2016)

"The audacity of the thing is estimable." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016

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

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

Kicks (2016)

"Tipping all but demands that you sit up and pay attention." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"An absorbing disquisition on the dead-serious responsibility taken on by the performing artist." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2016

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

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

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

Homo Sapiens (2016)

"An eerily serene whistle-stop tour of abandoned built environments." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2016

The Seventh Fire (2016)

"An achingly grim look at career-criminal culture flourishing in a vacuum of opportunities." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2016

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

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

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

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 23, 2016

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

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

""A very funny mockumentary about fame in a world of oversharing."" ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2016
B+ 98%

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

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 25, 2016

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 19, 2016

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 15, 2016

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 11, 2016

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 5, 2016

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

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

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

Notfilm (2015)

"dense but illuminating" ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016

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

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 13, 2016
B+ 96%

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
B+ 82%

Almost There (2015)

"An involving documentary about complicated filmmaker-subject relations." ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 8, 2015
C 44%

The 33 (2015)

"Stalled in management mode for much of its duration, Riggen's film nonetheless has its solid elements, one of them being Banderas' energetic lead performance." ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 12, 2015
B 48%

Freeheld (2015)

"It doesn't quite feel like the prestige pictures that blow through theaters this time of year; it's a drama often dignified by its workmanlike approach, one that feels relatively judicious with its uplift." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 1, 2015
B- 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"A lot more thought-provoking on issues of collective memory (or lack thereof) than the typical prestige picture, but it does falter dramatically in its later stretches." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 30, 2015
B 100%

Hellaware (2014)

"The film stays engaging as a quick-sketch study in artist-subject ethics, and how pretentious blather might easily become a form of doublespeak, a sort of theoretical smoke screen for blatantly me-first conduct." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 78%

The Green Prince (2014)

"A taut piece of work that features just two talking heads: a prized Palestinian informant and his ever-cautious Israeli handler." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 10, 2014
C- 65%

The Notebook (2014)

"Not a shred of human decency is on display in The Notebook, a handsomely made, hard-to-endure World War II parable set in an unnamed Hungarian backwater during the Nazi occupation of 1944." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 27, 2014
B- 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"An involving documentary that in the final estimation feels a slight bit out of proportion." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 7, 2014

A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

"The movie has enough weird-wild-ride brio to convince you that Chapman was indeed quite a character." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2012

Burning Man (2012)

"Burning Man leans heavily on a scrambled chronology, and likewise feels tonally mixed up, but it certainly does keep you guessing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2012
No Score Yet

Master Qi and the Monkey King (2012)

"Quietly admiring of its subjects' skill and dedication, Govenar's straightforward documentary does a capable job." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 13, 2012

The Tortured (2012)

"Lean, nasty, and patently absurd, The Tortured plays like one long scream of agony." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Music from the Big House (2012)

"It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 29, 2012

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012)

"Stands as moving evidence that Clayman's trust in the value of the filmmaking process ultimately outweighed the extreme difficulty he says he has making even the smallest decisions." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2012

Virginia (2012)

"The variously eccentric characters and their flat Americana-kitsch backdrop never really feel like they're part of the same movie..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012

Bonsái (2012)

"Bonsái seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2012

Nesting (2012)

"Chuldenko doesn't aspire to hard realism, but a lifestyle comedy with hard-to-buy fundamentals and a central couple you can't invest in is a dubious proposition nonetheless." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2012
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