Allison Benedikt

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For 103 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Allison Benedikt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Squid and the Whale
Lowest review score: 12 The Dukes of Hazzard
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 103
  2. Negative: 22 out of 103
103 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    With humor, honesty and awe, Feuerzeig's portrait may love Daniel Johnston, but it won't give his parents much hope.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Endearing but predictable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Overall the film is alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Match Point is fantastic to look at, sharply dramatic and Allen is--who knew?--a master of suspense.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Ingenious with his use of music and hypnotic pacing, Winterbottom keeps us in his world as usual. But this time that world feels ever more gratuitous, meandering and puzzling, with sex that's less and less authentic even though it's real.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Yes, Steve Carell can carry a movie. Yes, Judd Apatow can direct a movie. Yes, we'll all relate to a middle-aged virgin. And yes, when an aesthetician yells to her assistant "we're gonna need more wax," you best run.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    It's a joy to see so many cheerful and contented characters on screen, especially on a screen that looks this good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    The world of his films may be violent, but Hill's vision is a delicate, subtle one-of individuals packing away the tiny bit of meaning and emotion life has granted them, and fighting to protect it at all costs. It's not a sentiment that can survive in cartoons; that it emerges at all in Red Heat is a tribute to Hill's still great talent. [17 Jun 1988, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    I'll describe the central characters in Disney's new ice-skating flick, Ice Princess, and you guess the plot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Roos does an admirable job balancing the tragedy and comedy, but he bogs down every character with so much baggage that it's impossible to render them honestly without the captions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    But though you'll laugh your head off, the whole film kind of morphs into a blur, with one poop/sex/abuse joke after another. It's exhausting, really. And save for the very best tellings, you do start to wonder: What's so funny?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    It's not exactly a good time at the movies, and even as pure education, it's a rather dull film with very little dialogue, but Glawogger does succeed in capturing the images, sounds and even imagined scents (oh, those burning goats) of contemporary hard labor, work that has become nearly invisible to us cubicle jockeys.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Unleashed is like an old dog: No new tricks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    It's all neat and sweet and one-dimensional, more the moral to a story than a story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Jacobson, whose earlier film is a docudrama about Jeffrey Dahmer, is clearly fascinated with men who would be monsters. It's a ripe and infinite topic to explore, but without Norton, theme alone could not have sustained Down in the Valley.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The film never gets going. It's too slow and plodding for kids--even too obvious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Though the film has a plot a simpleton could follow, its hallmark is confusion. Its sense of time and place and its point of view are muddled. [13 Oct 1989, p.L]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    But alas, even with young talent, director Roger Kumble and writer Adam Davis rely way too heavily (no pun intended) on the fat-suit joke and titular impasse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    All three men turn in superb and understated performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The scenery is pretty and the locals endearing, but Schorr never gets past charming.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    The movie here is Treadwell's footage--some of it beautiful, much of it difficult to watch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    It's not so important to follow plot twists--I couldn't--but the emotional thrust Kelly and Scott want to drive home is plain: Once Domino is asked to use guns and knives and nunchucks for a purpose outside the law, she's alarmed, appalled, aghast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    ATL
    If "Roll Bounce" and "Boyz n the Hood" fell in love and had a PG-13 baby, it would be ATL.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    It's a cheap thrill, with twists that later seem evident and foreshadowing that often seems obvious, with a B-movie look and vibe reminiscent of the much tighter "Jagged Edge."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Willis never develops a rapport with Def, and in the end it's not the predictable action but this lack of chemistry and camaraderie that sinks 16 Blocks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    More often then not, the relationships and performances are strong and moving, with an effect both breezy-fun and profound.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    The trouble with Bridget redux is also simple: Thai jail.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A poor man's "When Harry Met Sally."

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