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

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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 34% The Marksman (2021) There are too many scenes of Hanson and the boy on the run being chased by members of the drug cartel who are better equipped to find them than all of the law enforcement agencies in America. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Director Regina King keeps the intimacy of the story but gives the characters room to live and breathe. She is a leading contender to pick up an Oscar for directing for this superb effort. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
1.5/4 45% Locked Down (2021) If you feel compelled to watch Locked Down on the streaming service because you have binge-watched everything else, then at least stop the movie in the middle. Even silence is better than sitting through the second half of the production. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/4 87% News of the World (2020) As has been the case so often, it is Hanks who single-handedly lifts News of the World out of the shallow end of the moviemaking pool and gives the movie a depth that would have been absent without him. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/4 95% Soul (2020) Expect a lot of questions because Soul throws out a lot of ideas, concepts and theories. The script ends up being like a jazz composition because of those elements. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
2.5/4 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The only things memorable about Wonder Woman 1984 are the work by Gadot and the secret scene at the end. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
1.5/4 49% Monster Hunter (2020) If the bottom line is watching overly choreographed fights accented by big explosions is all you need, then Monster Hunter fills that bill. If you want more, stay home and play video games. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
51% The Midnight Sky (2020) Clooney's created a film that weaves together 2 very different storylines into a cohesive production. The cold starkness of space and the Arctic provide stunning similar and contrasting backdrops. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/4 45% Fatman (2020) Gibson's grumpy performance (his best work in years) coupled with a smart script by directors Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms make this a fun holiday production. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
2.5/4 69% Godmothered (2020) Despite its flaws, Godmothered has enough heart to make it enjoyable. It could have been much stronger but in a time of darkness even a faint light shines brighter. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
No Score Yet The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland (2020) This is a sweet holiday movie with a strong message about the power of faith and love. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 63% Team Marco (2020) Very warm and touching. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1.5/4 76% The Croods: A New Age (2020) When the best thing that can be said about a movie is that it is better heard than seen, there are problems the size of a brontosaurus. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/4 83% Freaky (2020) A fun and smart story coupled with strong work by Vaughn and Newton makes for a final project that is a killer attack on your funny bone. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
92% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Howard's documentary is not so much about the fire as it takes a looks at the resilience members of the community showed. It is both painful and inspirational. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/4 40% Honest Thief (2020) Even as the story falls apart, he [Neeson] such a powerful presence on screen that it is easy to be on his side even if he is a bad guy who thinks the world owes him something just because he has fallen in love. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
1.5/4 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) These ideas may work on a printed page but on screen the story comes across as cold, heartless and uncomfortable to watch. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 73% Mulan (2020) Liu brings the strength to the character that is needed for the film to work. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 79% Greyhound (2020) Without Hanks, Greyhound would have been a B-grade military exercise. He just has the magical acting ability to lift any project. That lift could have been a lot higher if Hanks had written a stronger script. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Artemis Fowl does not have the quality to justify a sequel but isn't so bad that viewers should skip the chance to watch it through Disney+. It would have been a much more disappointing effort without Branagh at the helm. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The hints and suggestions of where the story is going ends up leading to the finale that is suggested from the start. The lack of surprise makes the ending a dud. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 61% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) Toss in first-rate 3D and the movie not only pays a proper homage to the 1981 original but kicks it up about 1,000 notches. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
3/4 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) "Trolls World Tour" ends up being cinema's version of cotton candy. It's colorful, super sweet and extremely light. There's little substance but sometimes - especially when searching for new distractions - a little fluff goes a long way. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) There have been other Invisible Man movies over the years but this is one of the smartest. It gets its strength from not only what goes bump in the night but also from what we think is going bump in the night. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
26% Gemini Man (2019) Those who can forget about all the technology and just get a whiff of the deep topics will find the film missing the target. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2.5/4 19% Semper Fi (2019) Rubin and Mullin get points for not making this a traditional buddy movie, but their decision to take the plot down an unexpected road -- and never getting back to the pure feeling of friendship that drives the first half -- leaves Semper Fi lacking. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/4 80% Auggie (2019) [A] beautifully written and acted film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/4 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a personal examination of heroism that shows how one person's decision can be a powerful and life-changing act where the obligation to not be silenced outweighs all potential negative consequences. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Other than a few blips, Blinded by the Light is a production that is as strong as any Springsteen anthem and as inspiring as any lyrics by the Boss. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
76% Skin (2019) What makes Skin so frightening is that it is all based in reality. The evil depicted here roams the planet with such an unbridled hatred that it should keep everyone awake at night. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 66% Astronaut (2019) Writer-director Shelagh McLeod never gets too far away from the constant pull of sentimental gravity with her feature film Astronaut but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The comedy is so dark that it may be blinding to some. At least there is no way to dismiss the film as being just another formulaic attempt at entertainment. If nothing else, it is one of the most unique films of the year. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2.5/4 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Those who have seen Endgame should be ready for a major change of pace. It's like eating a huge steak for dinner and then being offered a cup of vanilla pudding for dessert. There's nothing wrong with vanilla -- as long as that's all you want. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 60% Ophelia (2019) "Ophelia" provides a fascinating expansion on Shakespeare's greatest work with great respect that proves to be deeply entertaining on its own, plus acts as a catalyst for wanting to know more about the original work. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
88% American Woman (2019) That Miller creates a character who feels more like a neighbor than the typical film figure is what makes the performance all the more outstanding. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
88% Plus One (2019) It's been a long time since two actors have brought as much energy and life to rom-coms as Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine in Plus One. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 87% Pavarotti (2019) Through a standard mix of interviews and archival footage, Howard tells a warm and inviting story of the singer from his humble beginnings to the almost godlike status he achieved in the opera world. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot works because it is built on the strong platform of taking two interesting people, putting them in situations where comedy feels natural and telling a love story that grows at a natural rate. This is sure to be a winning ticket. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) [Mia and the White Lion] not only deeply embraces the nature elements, but it also manages to be a moving story about family, trust, love and conservation. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/4 66% The Public (2019) It's not an easy task to direct yourself but Estevez turns in a top-notch performance, fired by his passion for the subject matter. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 93% 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 46% 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 72% 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 79% 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 61% 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 84% 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 89% 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 78% 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
60% 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