Ben Kenigsberg

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For 581 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Kenigsberg's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Charm City
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 581
581 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    As these things go, Mortal Engines offers a fair amount of fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Although the first hour of Bitter Melon is a spiky and absorbing story of repressed feelings, the movie grinds to a halt in its final third as the characters talk things out, which might be helpful in life but in drama tends to belabor the obvious, as well as offer an easy exit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Kenigsberg
    It conveys a credible sense of Ailes’s psychology through the testimony of peers and co-workers who witnessed his ruthlessness firsthand.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    What Lieberstein has made is a self-help manual disguised as a comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    New evidence for the case that computer animation is homogenizing children’s movies, robbing them of visual interest, this harmless, charmless movie plods along well-trodden turf.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ben Kenigsberg
    This is not a perfect film, and features maybe one wild night too many. But its outlook — optimistic about human nature yet cynical about the times — lingers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    For a movie trying to push back at popular perceptions of history, ¡Las Sandinistas! could stand to be more lucid.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Kenigsberg
    Short of walking with Green, a film is an ideal way to share in his knowledge. And after watching The World Before Your Feet, it’s difficult to look at the city the same way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    The movie, itself somewhat torn in sensibility, permits itself an easy out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Of Fathers and Sons is ultimately more impressive for its access than it is revealing of drives or beliefs. If Derki’s goal was to capture what causes ideology to spread, he and his camera look without seeing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Kenigsberg
    Their stories are as harrowing, complicated and rife with imponderables as any Lanzmann filmed. And together, collected in a form that is much less labyrinthine than “Shoah,” they represent an ideal introduction (and capstone) to Lanzmann’s project.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    The Price of Free is interested in spreading the word about Satyarthi’s work, both in India and globally, and in getting consumers to approach what they buy with a critical eye, so as not to support child labor. That’s an important message, and it’s not essential to watch the movie to receive it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The leads’ chemistry nearly redeems this shopworn setup, and the movie is at its best when it simply chills out with them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Carlitos’s sole reason for living is moving from one transgression to the next. The same might be said of the movie, which superficially probes his amorality while exploiting it for slick thrills.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ben Kenigsberg
    Narcissister’s background in stagecraft, movement and rhythm serves her well as a filmmaker: Far from a conventional autobiography, Narcissister Organ Player always offers something to catch your eye or ear.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Said to be intended as a reflection on shifts in Turkish history and identity, it is too diffuse and withholding to add up to a cogent result.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ben Kenigsberg
    The movie is to Callas what last year’s “Jane” was to Jane Goodall: A documentary that revitalizes history through primary sources, to illuminating, at times enthralling effect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    A hodgepodge of boosterish arguments for blockchain technology, Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, directed by Alex Winter (Bill of “Bill & Ted” fame), is not always a model of clarity, but it does a decent job of explaining the basic concept.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Viper Club falters with mawkish flashbacks of the mother and son, and with its ham-fisted, repeated emphasis on the smarm of government officials. But it is mostly gripping.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    However nutty its geopolitics, Hunter Killer does its job as popcorn thriller with brisk efficiency.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Johnny English Strikes Again has a few more laughs and far fewer cringes (and stereotypes) than the two films that preceded it. Plus it knows where to steal from. Watching it is like having a good time by proxy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Kenigsberg
    A portrait of lives that can’t be reduced to statistics.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    The movie’s challenge is to bottle her spontaneity, which is clearly thrilling to behold in person but less dynamic in a medium that requires every move to be selected in advance, without the suspenseful bond that an artist shares with a live audience. Belmonte gets caught between two modes of nonfiction filmmaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    With shadowy imagery that pushes the boundaries of visibility and a mumbly lead performance from Ben Foster that strains the limits of intelligibility, Galveston goes past film noir and lands at film murk.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Kenigsberg
    The film captures up close the way violence transforms neighborhoods and families with an immediacy that transcends headlines or sensationalism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Ben Kenigsberg
    Classical Period is often very funny, but it’s also poignant, imagining a milieu — part heaven, part purgatory — in which daily lives can be devoted to pondering the aggregated wisdom of the past.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ben Kenigsberg
    By addressing strife in Africa in a roundabout way, Liyana breaks free of the heaviness that can weigh down an issue-based documentary.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Like a boxer who doesn’t know when to quit, Bayou Caviar goes on a bit long, then rallies — in this case with an agreeably cynical closing image.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ben Kenigsberg
    If anything, Moynihan leaves you wanting to watch more of the man. Perhaps too immersed in numbers for politics and too much of a dabbler for academia, he was also a showman — and therefore a natural movie subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    A family portrait that plunges into what will strike many viewers as T.M.I. territory, the documentary 306 Hollywood makes for morbid, at times insufferable viewing. But its solipsism is part of its message.

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