East Hampton Independent

East Hampton Independent is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ben Kenigsberg
Rating Title/Year Author
Collateral (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Yet Mann finds a way of easing into this material; you appreciate his professionalism even as you roll your eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Surprisingly effective as a thriller -- if ultimately rather timid (especially for an election year) as a political satire. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2004
The Door in the Floor (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Lines soaked with irony in the novel are played utterly straight-faced in the film-making Irving's tale seem less imaginative (and considerably more pretentious) than it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2004
King Arthur (2004) Ben Kenigsberg After a while, [the film] leaves nothing to register but entwined limbs and falling ash. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Ben Kenigsberg It’s less about catching officials off guard than about showing how the nation’s number one official is permanently off guard. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2004
The Terminal (2004) Ben Kenigsberg A movie so confused that it might have been directed by a jet-lagged world traveler. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2004
Laws of Attraction (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Adam’s Rib (1949) is by no means a great movie, but seeing as pale an imitation as Laws of Attraction makes one pine for its offhand, witty charms. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2004
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Kill Bill Vol. 2 may well disappoint fans who loved the first half’s dynamism, but in its way, the new movie has the subtlety of Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2004
The Girl Next Door (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Its red-light premise notwithstanding, the movie reflects certain realties of teenage life that always eluded John Hughes. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Ben Kenigsberg Begins as another one of Kaufman’s trademark head trips and takes a leap into the sublime. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2004
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Ben Kenigsberg In Kill Bill, the allusions are the text rather than the subtext, and the movie never quite develops a life of its own. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2003
Anything Else (2003) Ben Kenigsberg At 108 minutes, Anything Else is one of Allen's longest and most disorganized films. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2003
Seabiscuit (2003) Ben Kenigsberg [Ross'] adaptation retains most of the essential details, but none of the fervor or feeling. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2003
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) Ben Kenigsberg Arriving ... without the original's stars, directors, or audience, Dumb and Dumberer is conspicuously lacking in raison d'être. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2003
Down With Love (2003) Ben Kenigsberg The movie turns mod in its last act, and it does so in a way that doesn't feel smug. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2003
Far From Heaven (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The clash between the technique and the content is jarring, but it might be why Far from Heaven is finally so resonant. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2002
The Truth About Charlie (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The best remake turned New Wave homage turned Hong Kong action flick ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Ben Kenigsberg On a literal level, it only amounts to a shaggy dog story, but anyone who quibbles with the plot is missing the point. Anderson's filmmaking is so spellbinding that the disparate elements seem to fit. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2002
The Man From Elysian Fields (2001) Ben Kenigsberg All of the elements are in place for a great film noir, but director George Hickenlooper's approach to the material is too upbeat. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2002
Igby Goes Down (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The film is so emotionally cacophonous that you can't help but admire its audacity. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2002
One Hour Photo (2002) Ben Kenigsberg Romanek pointlessly tries to justify Sy's behavior: we're supposed to believe that Sy is only crazy because he had an unhappy childhood. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2002
The Good Girl (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The Good Girl never achieves a Fargo-like balance: it can't decide whether its characters should be treated with dignity or with derision. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2002
Four Feathers (1929) Ben Kenigsberg Kapur's interest in Elizabeth may have been prurient, but at least he had an interest. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2002
Possession (2002) Ben Kenigsberg Watching Possession is a bit like watching two people do research, except that you never learn anything yourself. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2002
Changing Lanes (2002) Ben Kenigsberg Had the conclusion been bitter, the message would have been the same -- and maybe even more powerful, because the audience would have gotten the message on its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2002
The Bourne Identity (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The film may be more of a mess than the inside of Bourne's head, but its quirks, strangely enough, are what keep it interesting. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2002
Minority Report (2002) Ben Kenigsberg Minority Report is ultimately more of a popcorn flick than a debate movie, but it's a spellbinding film nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2002
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) Ben Kenigsberg [Bigelow] unwisely does her most frantic directing during the early drill scenes, only to slow the movie down during the reactor clean-up sequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2002
Signs (2002) Ben Kenigsberg The religious statement is so out of keeping with the tone of the rest of the movie that it seems unintentional. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2002
Full Frontal (2002) Ben Kenigsberg Full Frontal is the kind of unplanned, meandering film that any aspiring filmmaker could make, but that only a big-name director could easily get distributed. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2002
Mr. Deeds (2002) Ben Kenigsberg What's surprising about Mr. Deeds, a remake of Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), is that it tries to be as earnest as its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2002