Rick Bentley

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 88% Giant Little Ones (2019) Unlike so many coming-of-age films, Behrman shows the intelligent approach of presenting that while one incident may eventually be a major mile marker, it's not always immediately obvious how much impact will be made. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) [Director Mark Steven Johnson takes] what would have been a rather bland heist story and mix it with a mediocre love story to create an enjoyable final product. It's an example of getting the most out of the material at hand. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 70% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) As for the mystery of how good the movie is, the case is closed on a positive note. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The efforts to mix massive action scenes with down-to-Earth humor is less of the smooth transition it needs to be to work and more of a jarring trek. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) There's no core of originality. It's all just a collection of familiar sequences tied at the hip to the unemotional love story and presented in a so-so 3D version. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
1/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Everything that was awesome about 2014's The Lego Movie has been taken away brick by brick for the sequel. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) [Director Catherine Hardwicke] gets solid performances from the actors, especially Rodriguez. If only there wasn't the mindset that movies made for an American audience can't end on a negative note. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The film is aimed at a younger audience, but adults who are willing to be slightly forgiving with some of the key plot points will find the tale entertaining. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is the first feature film for writer/director Henry Dunham, but he has already cracked the formula for making a quality movie. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
56% Maine (2018) When given something to do or say of any relevance, Costa and Mann make great movie moments. It is just that Brown failed to give them a clear path to follow. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
81% Ben is Back (2018) Another gem in what has become the golden age of Julia Roberts. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/4 60% Nona (2018) Good intentions will only get you so far. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse has rekindled the original glory and presented it a way that is so visually explosive, a pair of sunglasses should be provided with each ticket. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If all you do is look at performances, the historical drama is worthy of praise. Step back, and the overall production stumbles through writing mistakes, a drab look and a storytelling structure that puts the main event [too] deep into the tale... - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 74% Back Roads (2018) This was a big gamble for Pettyfer, who could have just coasted along in big budget films where actions often speak louder than the dialogue. His willingness to take a chance pays off. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) The film pushes the viewer to dive deep into the tale of a fractured family. It is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 55% Asher (2018) The simplicity in director Michael Caton-Jones' tale about a man looking to redefine his concept of right and wrong is powerful enough to carry the movie. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Was the world clamoring for another take on Kipling's stories? Has there been a movement to get more animals into films? Hasn't anyone got any original ideas using children, the jungle and a bunch of wild animals? - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) There are enough good moments in Ralph Breaks the Internet that you should not delete any ideas of seeing it. Just be ready to hit escape when things turn to the dark web. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 75% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) This is a movie that creates fear out of creepy moments and by playing on the natural desire of wanting to feel safe with family. There's no need for blood or excessive acts of violence when the scares are this unsettling. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 58% Mobile Homes (2018) Give de Fontenay credit for taking the film road less traveled in a film world that tends to lean toward the safe path. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) If you are among those who possess no such knowledge, your only hope is to take a scholar with you and then spend the movie asking multiple who, what, when and where questions. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
1/4 23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Even an actress as good as Bisset can't do anything when her scene partner is so absent and the script is so one-dimensional. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The counterbalance is Foy, whose command of the screen deflects a lot of the problems. Her performance works because she comes across as if she were the dark and twisted sister of James Bond no one talks about. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 87% Unlovable (2018) The sets are so limited and interaction so tight, the presentation comes across as less of a feature film and more of a stage production. That's not a problem when the words and performances are as on target as the ones presented here. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" never has a mundane moment. Sparked by the performance by Malek and the amazing music of Queen, this movie generates a massive amount of creative energy. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 38% Silencio (2018) The filmmakers present the movie as having more depth because it is inspired by true events, but opting for seeing it on a pure fictional level is a far better choice. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 40% Brampton's Own (2018) Doneger's writing gets a little scattered when the story shifts away from the star-crossed lovers. But when he brings the focus back to them, the story works. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot will leave a tiny footprint on the film world. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 64% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie shows that even a project based on the familiar can be a cut above the rest. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 32% The Predator (2018) It's sad that the overall script is so lacking because there are a few glimmers of brilliance. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 48% Destination Wedding (2018) The result is a winner. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet Reprisal (2018) Through it all, Willis looks like he's late to cash his check. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) Except for a couple of strong performance, there is no reason to go in search of this work. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 92% Searching (2018) Along with producing a taut thriller, Chaganty balances the story with very human moments. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Not only does director Jon M. Chu do a marvelous job of bringing the lavishness of Kevin Kwan's book to life but he's filled the movie with a supporting cast that's so strong any of them could star in their own movie. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 20% The Little Mermaid (2018) Without Drayton, The Little Mermaid would flounder completely. At least she brings enough energy, life and charm to the role that the grade for this movie sounds like a trip on the ocean. It's somewhere in the high Cs. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Good cinema stays with you until you get to your car. Great cinema stays with you for several days. Memorable cinema, as in the case of A Prayer Before Dawn, never leaves you. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Nothing will ever make amends for the nearly perfect disaster of "Green Lantern." This comes close. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 94% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is raw, passionate and honest in its examination of... how things can look completely different depending on a person's perspective. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film would have collapsed into a mess with a lesser actor in the starring role. Washington manages to keep the film interesting even when the story takes on such an uninspired direction. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) The third time is not quite the charmer as the others, but still offers enough laughs to keep kids plus their mummys and daddies entertained. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's impossible not to recognize how commanding both Brolin and del Toro are on screen. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Save yourself a few bucks and just pick up a copy of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
0.5/4 56% Tag (2018) Tag is not only the latest example of how Hollywood is running out of original ideas, but it is proof no one seems to care that the imagination void is getting deeper and wider. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A little more simplicity would have lifted Incredibles 2 from good to the incredible status of the first film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A lyrical tale of dealing with passions. It warmly deals with how there are times to fight for what you love and times to let go. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) [Jodie] Foster transforms herself, from her world-weary face to a way of shuffling when she walks... This is one of the Oscar-winner's best and most memorable performances. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 88% Zoo (2018) One of the sweetest, most touching, heartbreaking and uplifting movies of the year. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/4 38% Social Animals (2018) [Theresa] Bennett's tale draws the viewer in because the characters are not stock players in a dark comedy but fully rounded participants. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018