Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Rick Bentley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fresno Bee

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0/4 81%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"You don't have to ask a Ouija board about the quality of this failed attempt at horror. If you did, it would spell out S T I N K E R." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/4 88%

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)

"A powerful and personal story." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"The Hollars" follows a very predictable storyline but the journey is made far more interesting by a first-rate cast." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"If you can get past the places where the new movie fails to match the original, it's a Western that shoots straight." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

3 Weeks in Yerevan (2016)

"What makes the movie so entertaining is how Berberian and Pirhamzei, who also directed the movie, show that the pitfalls of filmmakers are universal." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/4 64%

Storks (2016)

"It has been such a strong year for animation that it would take a movie with nearly flawless voice casting, story and animation to stand out in the crowd. Storks is a definite standout." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 71%

The Vessel (2016)

"A moving and emotional production." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 19, 2016
0/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Blair Witch is nothing but a pale imitation of The Blair Witch Project -- void of all creativity and originality. It's so bad, it manages what should have been impossible and is far worse than Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/4 100%

For the Love of Spock (2016)

"Most of all, it is a beautiful tribute both of a filmmaker to a subject and a son to his father." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 85%

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)

"The director offers a compelling look into the Arab world, including the struggle for survival in a landscape scarred by decades of fighting." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Equity (2016)

"Writer Amy Fox manages to find a nice balance between the financial and personal stories." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"[Hell or High Water] rides superb writing, Oscar-caliber performances and a serious social message to such grandeur as to make it one of the best pictures of 2016." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"War Dogs suffers the same problems as other movies about arms dealers have faced: No matter how good the writing or performances, there is a dark cloud hanging overhead." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"First-time director Travis Knight, who was the lead animator on Laika's previous three films, presents the story with a beautifully fluid style." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Frears works at a frantic pace to get Jenkins from one failed performance to the next. This gives Streep a lot of moments of musical misfortunes but they are delivered in such a helter-skelter manner that each seems little different than the one before." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Sausage Party has plenty of funny moments, especially for fans of lowbrow humor." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Even [Robbie's] performance can't counter the painfully slow start, steady flood of trite action scenes and a convoluted story that would have to improve tenfold to be even passable." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"Osborne's take on The Little Prince shows a reverence for the original story, plus an understanding of what modern audiences want with a more linear story and bright animation." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Captain Fantastic is a deep examination of parenting, family, excess, isolationism, hope and the challenge of making the right decisions.Most importantly, this is a movie that asks the viewer to think." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"From action to aliens, Star Trek Beyond combines the legacy of the franchise with contemporary visual effects to create a production that should live long and prosper." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"It all comes down to how beautifully Lumley and Saunders bring their characters to life. They have had so many years to play the roles that they come across as more of a second skin than an acting job." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3.5/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Sell all your stocks immediately and invest in companies that make candles, flashlights, light bulbs or anything else that creates illumination. There's going to be a run on those items with the release of Lights Out." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1.5/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"This reboot is a spirited effort that ends up a pale specter of the original in the end." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"This comes to life through another amazing performance by Bryan Cranston." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"This mildly amusing adventure story will both entertain young moviegoers with its dazzling color scheme and scare them with some intense moments. It has a bit of charm, but it is not enough to keep a tight leash on parents." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"The Legend of Tarzan is not the king of jungle movies, but it is presented with such royal reverence that some people will go ape over it." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"The tension the director/writer has infused in the story is relentless. It's just the unnecessary efforts to make the story bigger, coupled with a predictable plot, that leave it the least compelling of the Purge movies." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"The main reason the movie works is the chemistry between Johnson and Hart. They are like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on steroids." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 16, 2016
0/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Warcraft has achieved a lofty goal: There hasn't been a movie as unrelentingly bad since Jupiter Ascending managed to surpass the bloated and pitiful Battlefield Earth as the worst big budget science-fiction film of all time." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Once again, the movie's strength is in the way Wan plays out the scary moments. He takes safe and special items, like a child's toys, and uses them as instruments of terror. This works so well because an audience can relate to the simple items." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"It's not perfect. But it is a lot of fun, especially because of Ruffalo and Caplan, who bring very different but equally strong elements to the movie." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"It's a movie that latches on to your entertainment soul with a complexity that can't be dislodged, for better or worse." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 2, 2016
0.5/4 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"The movie's uninspired plot about a rapper who struggles with his second album has enough material to fill a three-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live. And even then, there would be about a minute of failed comedy." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"The story has a purity when it comes to love. It is definitely the kind of movie that should be seen with someone special." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 31, 2016
3/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"It takes a tour de force performance to stand out in a film that features compelling performances by Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson. They are so good that even when Fiennes is not on screen, the quality never waivers." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 26, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"The original Alice in Wonderland had problems, but it now looks like a classic compared to all of the miscues and misfires of Alice Through the Looking Glass." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 84%

The Meddler (2016)

"Hollywood is always going to lean toward youth, especially with women. It's wonderful that when given a chance, mature female actors can show they are the most capable at playing complex roles that come across in a very simple way." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The concept is solid and Black's formula for this kind of film has worked before. Where The Good Guys goes astray is in Black's decision to downplay the '70s as fodder for his script and the casting of Gosling as the quirky private detective." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 19, 2016
1.5/4 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"This sequel proves as unlikable as the original." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 19, 2016
1.5/4 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"The only saving grace is that it should keep anyone under the age of 6 entertained. Of course, you can do the same thing with the video game." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 19, 2016
3/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Money Monster" isn't solid gold, but it is worth the investment to see the rich acting work by Clooney and O'Connell and the solid direction by Foster." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Toss in a few secrets revealed and Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season with a punch strong enough to make the Hulk's head spin." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted May 4, 2016
2.5/4 16%

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"Ratchet & Clank is an energetic, animated and colorful trip down memory lane aimed at the blurry-eyed fans who have carpal tunnel syndrome from all those hours playing the game." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"Marshall uses the same formula of blending together multiple story lines for his light comedy Mother's Day, but this time has better defined the plot and embraced the emotion. It's not perfect, but it's a sweet Mother's Day gift." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The Jungle Book gives more than the bare necessities when it comes to the elements that make a movie special." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"The comedy remains strong, even with the addition of an extreme topic. In fact, it does just the opposite by giving the film an added texture." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 14, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Criminal (2016)

"Every beat of [Kevin Costner's] performance works. It's just a shame that nothing else about this movie is as original or interesting." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"Hardcore Henry thrives on its original design and copycats will just be pale imitations. The only thing they could do better is write better dialogue, more plot, better characters and at least one scene that makes logical sense." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 83%

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"Hello, My Name Is Doris is aimed at an older audience, but Field's performance has so much youthful energy that it ends up being a broader story of the first buds of love that, like Doris, would be acceptable and entertaining with any crowd." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"At its heart, the promised battled between the DC titans has some punch. The blow is just softened considerably by worthless plot points that take the super out of superhero." ‐ Fresno Bee
Posted Mar 23, 2016
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