Bennett Campbell Ferguson

Bennett Campbell Ferguson
Bennett Campbell Ferguson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Willamette Week
Publications: Willamette Week

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) While the clash between Xavier's bold idealism and Magneto's brutal pragmatism has been fertile narrative ground for filmmakers in the past, Kinberg-making his directorial debut-fails to infuse the story with momentum or personality. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu may be too poorly made to be worth the price of a ticket, but you might have fun watching a bootleg copy with your friends from fifth grade... - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) The film may insist that its characters let their "freak flags fly," but it doubles down on safeness and cuddliness, the very things that Kim and Horvath rebelled against when they created Wage. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is a superhero movie that would have been better without superheroics. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo gets an electric jolt of nastiness from Keaton-whose malicious grin is a character in its own right-and Green, whose regal spunkiness confirms she's the 21st-century equivalent of Grace Kelly. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) This results in a film whose director and protagonist have something in common-they're both pretenders, not the real deal. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Capernaum is a rare movie that inspires even as it confronts the horrors its characters inflict on one another. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
1/4 86% Tully (2018) Tully quickly becomes condescending and cruel - the script's mean-spirited jokes mocking 21st-century suburbanites are intensely off-putting. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) Final Portrait never feels monotonous or claustrophobic. Using close-ups of Lord's face to capture Giacometti's perspective, Tucci thrillingly ushers us into the creative process. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) has an expansive imagination, but his limitations as a storyteller have created a film that is beautiful but cluttered, visionary but formulaic. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) Pixar's transcendent fable Coco is filled with visual wonders - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/4 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ragnarok is a glorified commercial for next year's Avengers: Infinity War. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 68% Breathe (2017) Under the confident, compassionate direction of Andy Serkis, the biopic of disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) blossoms into a rousing survival story. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Director Sean Baker's luminous odyssey overflows with wit and joy. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 51% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle has a speed and gloss that seem out of place in a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) That may be an old story, but it's also a powerful one, especially in this age of resurgent fascism. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) It seizes your attention like a flamboyant ringmaster presiding over a circus that, despite being baffling, is a joy to behold. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
2/4 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Despite director William Oldroyd's vengeful flair and admirable exploration of the tale's racial fissures, Lady Macbeth is memorable mainly for attempting to drown its audience in misery. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet 24 Hour Comic (2017) The documentary sometimes strains to please too many different demographics, yet is saved by some startlingly revealing interviews that show what drove some of its subjects to embrace a challenge that tested their artistic vigor as well as their sanity. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
2/4 79% The Beguiled (2017) Only rarely does the film flicker with emotional life, which usually happens when the effortlessly charismatic McBurney is onscreen. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/4 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) [Despicable Me 3] eschews forced wholesomeness and delivers a truckload of dumb fun -- which, in an age when even witless entertainments like The Mummy arrive swollen with pomposity, is a minor miracle. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/4 70% Cars 3 (2017) It's Pixar's gift for imbuing inanimate objects with humanity that makes you care when Cruz and Lightning lean into the curves. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
1/4 22% The Book of Henry (2017) The film's mashing of whimsy and skin-crawling terror is grating and seem to cynically milk tragedy for entertainment. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
2/4 88% Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017) Can a movie qualify as a portrait if it reveals next to nothing about the family, personality and psyche of the man it portrays? - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/4 88% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Giddy satire gives way to lazy bombast in this animated adaptation of Dav Pilkey's children's book series. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2/4 87% Megan Leavey (2017) A glossy, facile and TV-ready tribute to a heroic woman who deserves a much better movie. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Spooky, sexy and gleefully menacing. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
1/4 44% Everything, Everything (2017) If you've been hoping to take your teenage daughter or son to a smug, facile and deeply offensive YA melodrama, here's your chance. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
1/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Depp still charms, although his eccentricities get buried under the galumphing theatrics of directors Joaquim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) [Burshstein] is a witty and masterful observer of the intersection between gender politics and faith. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
1/4 71% Buster's Mal Heart (2017) The combination of this casual sadism and the movie's hollow aspirations toward Camus territory makes the whole affair unpleasant and insufferable. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 18% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) This crude-but-charming kiddie road movie is hard to resist. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Though it's excellent fan service, Covenant does not deliver the beautiful horror of the Alien series' best. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
1/4 58% Cezanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (2017) Thompson forgets that Cézanne and Zola endured because they created. The movie should have tried doing the same. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/4 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Rarely has the allure of the unknown been dramatized so momentously on film, which is why you shouldn't bother reading up on the real Fawcett before you buy a ticket. The less you know, the better. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
3/4 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise will not be denied as George powerfully dramatizes stunning acts of both savagery and decency. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
1/4 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Remember this, moviegoers: You deserve better than the Smurfs. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
1/4 73% Gifted (2017) Picture Kramer vs. Kramer stripped of its turbulent emotions and cutting performances and you'll have a good idea of what it's like to suffer through this bland, tear-soaked train wreck. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/4 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) The film ultimately collapses because it's too slow and tasteful to deliver the crowd-pleasing fervor that a great sports film demands. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
2/4 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Sadly, this breathtakingly ludicrous premise is undermined by the film's insultingly obvious lessons about the virtues of teamwork. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2/4 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) At once awful and awfully amusing, this ramshackle franchise reboot fuses bad acting, worse writing and enough spunk to make the whole thing seem charming in its monumental stupidity. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
1/4 39% The Last Word (2017) The Last Word is a mechanically sentimental film about a fiercely unsentimental woman. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1/4 26% Table 19 (2017) The majority of the movie's gags are staged so blandly that you're more likely to wince than laugh. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
1/4 64% Before I Fall (2017) A mean girl learns to play nice in this slick, soulless riff on Groundhog Day that isn't half as heartfelt as it pretends to be. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
1/4 55% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) If you enjoy sitting slumped in a theater while an ambitious filmmaker attempts to bore you to death, you shouldn't miss this stultifying feature debut from writer-director Eduardo Williams. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/4 88% The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016) Director Icíar Bollaín doesn't skimp on absurdities-she slips in a witty narrative detour about the theft of a Statue of Liberty replica. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Fast, funny and pleasingly drunk on the joys of mockery, this animated superhero spoof takes its not-so-dark knight on a zany adventure that should bring a smile to Adam West's face. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/4 93% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) [An] uproarious and touching coming-of-age farce. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Forever Pure (2016) Aside from the astonishing revelation that Gaydamak hired the Chechen players specifically to provoke a volatile reaction, Forever Pure offers little more than one-dimensional outrage. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 98% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) As Zucchini bonds with friends, My Life blossoms into an intensely moving tale of recovery about kids who realize the secret to their survival lies in holding onto the frayed but beautiful friendships they share. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017