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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Allison Benedikt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Benedikt
    Steering clear of phony melodrama and indie pretense, Baumbach captures a crisis in one family's life that, though it shakes the foundation, leaves all four Berkmans drifting toward highs and lows unknown, each of them only dimly aware that, no matter what the movies tell us, we never really come of age.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    All three men turn in superb and understated performances.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    With husband and wife starring, you can't help but wonder which details here are autobiographical. No matter: This is obviously a deeply personal work for Attal, whose comic timing and passion can only serve him well both on screen and off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Don't let the fast-and-loose vibe fool you: Right up to its operatic finale, this is one tight one last job.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Hilarious, inspired, frenzied.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    It's a familiar dance, but something only July could invent, a vignette much like her characters: beautiful, flawed, organic--fine alone but better with the others.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    An uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Acutely perceptive and slyly quick-witted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    A compelling piece of press criticism as it probes the media as terror's conduit of choice, spreading message and validating violence in the 1970s and today.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    It's hard to breathe in Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs, a relentlessly taut Hong Kong cop thriller that, unlike many of its cinematic peers, doesn't burn off tension in choreographed action sequences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Grace and Quaid imbue what could have been caricatures--with heart, intelligence and great comic timing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    If this all sounds very heavy, well, it is, but it's also very, very funny. Cronenberg may want to say something important about violence, but he's also head over heels for it, ending each gunfight and neck-breaking with a close-up on the victim, blood either pooling behind his head or brains spilling from his face. Big laughs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    So what started as a female "Agent Cody Banks" happily and seamlessly becomes so much more, with style and substance existing in unusual harmony for a spy spoof.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    The gall of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. To think that a romantic comedy might work absent a sleazy wager or maddening miscommunication takes a lot of chutzpah.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Brewer achieves near perfection in this tense, intimate meeting between two lifelong hustlers.
    • 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?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    The movie here is Treadwell's footage--some of it beautiful, much of it difficult to watch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Pairing monumental insensitivity with a bright-eyed delivery, Silverman is the current valedictorian of the nothing-is-sacred school of comedy, a modern-day Lenny Bruce spared her forefather's legal woes by time, breasts and porcelain skin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Works remarkably well as a stylish and unconventional buddy flick--cruising along with wit and wisdom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Match Point is fantastic to look at, sharply dramatic and Allen is--who knew?--a master of suspense.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Equally fascinating and frustrating.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Sam Dunn's unabashed wet kiss to his favorite genre of music, heavy metal, a.k.a. devil's music.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Overall the film is alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    It's a stunningly creepy specimen of Asian horror.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    But, as with any other Merchant Ivory film, this one provides pleasures beyond the ordinary. [07 Apr 1995]
    • 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]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Munchausen is indeed a beautiful, burgeoning, madly voluptuous movie from minute to minute and image to image; it's in the aggregate that the film fails to find the weight and the rhythm it needs to truly enthrall. [10 Mar 1989, p.A]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Politics hovers over every moment of Another Road Home, Elon's layered, loving and deeply personal documentary about her quest to find the Palestinian caregiver who raised her.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Mostly it's an incredible tale of ritual and perseverance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    And although Schreiber's hip, intelligent eye is a nice match for Foer's hip, intelligent pen, his movie strays from its own history, creating instead a world, as Alex would say, that is "once-removed."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Endearing but predictable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Full of groovy music and comic characters--many with a priceless reaction to Lovelace's oral party trick--but it hardly manages to say anything new or thoughtful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    These are not people me and you and everyone we know know--these are "short version" people, characters who comfort each other by quoting Shakespeare.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Moments of this film reminded me of Alexander Payne's great library of male dysfunction -- "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways" -- not because King of the Corner actually reaches Payne's plane, but because I wish it had tried.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Mad props to Peter Zuccarini, who headed the team of ocean-bound photographers and captured some remarkably vivid footage, and also to the actors, who spend plenty of time looking cool, calm and collected swimming with the predatory fishes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    Inner dialogue is a hard sell on screen.
    • 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."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    It's when Spielberg stops trying to think so hard that Munich works best. Though some of the assassination scenes feel a little too choreographed, more "West Side Story" than "Bourne Identity."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    It's formulaic and frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow, but oh when those gorgeous, graceful pups tilt their heads just so … love.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    It's just OK. Not great. Not awful. Not particularly memorable. Not entirely forgettable. Just OK.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    It's a cute romantic comedy, just as Shakespeare intended.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Allison Benedikt
    The trouble with Bridget redux is also simple: Thai jail.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    McAvoy does his best with this subpar, heart-tugging material. At times his mix of easy charm and inner demon pulls Rory out from under the tired script, but those pesky dramatic forces keep pushing him back in for every predictable plot development.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The scenery is pretty and the locals endearing, but Schorr never gets past charming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Tucker has done a bang-up job, distancing and hypnotizing us with his frenzied, fragmented, sexy images. But war isn't a video game.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Just doesn't have the same zing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Its gorgeous black-and-white photography, dirty and matte, will almost convince you that anything this slow, small and bereft of dialogue must be important.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Unleashed is like an old dog: No new tricks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The film never gets going. It's too slow and plodding for kids--even too obvious.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The look and feel here is classic Hardwicke: gritty and dark, so as to fool you into thinking this film is serious business.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    I've had the unique pleasure of reviewing almost all of Duff's movies, and if there's one thing to say about the girl, she's consistent: nice, sweet, blond, inoffensive and uninspiring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Walken is an odd choice for a D.C. power player, wasting his creepiness on this straight, respectable role.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Classic Bay, except it's missing the crass director's fine-tuned rhythm, his feel for adrenaline, his breakneck edits and sense of humor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Michael Showalter is a funny man, but … how to put this gently … not a funny movie star.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    It's hollow.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The Ice Harvest is not "Bad Santa" redux. It has comic moments - primarily from Oliver Platt, in fine drunken stupor - but Ramis' tiptoe into film noir isn't really a comedy.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Parker is pretty much a disaster here, shrill and phony and, worst of all, spineless. She reminded me of Tea Leoni in "Spanglish," her performance working against the movie, serving only as a cumbersome, opaque obstacle.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    This is familiar clowning territory for our actors -- hypothetically well-matched here, with Carrey a far more sophisticated and energetic comic partner for Leoni than Adam Sandler was in "Spanglish."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    A pretty entertaining case against our current war and question the integrity of our president, but more than that, these docs manipulate imagery, music and sound bites to work their audiences into a frenzy.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Challenging to follow, at best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The "comedy" part of Sex is Comedy comes intentionally from cast-crew interaction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    There's something both moving and crass in how directors Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab film these tiny paper fasteners.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Only resonates when he (Brooks) strips it all away and focuses on parent and child.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Though it's hard not to play it, the expectations game is a dangerous one, especially for sequels. And Roach's original, just like his overexposed star, set us up good.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    As visually stunning as it is, "DR9" is also more than two hours and contains, at best, 10 lines of dialogue, an ear-piercing Bjork score and no discernible plot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    It's all neat and sweet and one-dimensional, more the moral to a story than a story.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Even with a new leading man and a more family-friendly rating, some things never change: The Mask still stars Industrial Light & Magic.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    An exhausting, predictable, even maddening moviegoing experience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A poor man's "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Maybe if Mindel had focused more on his characters, less on the silly "noir" trickery, his film would do Garity justice. As it is, go find better work, kid.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    There's really just not a lot here. I'm sure Racer's story will entertain the very wee ones -- but so do keys.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Yes
    This is the kind of movie that nice people call ambitious. Let's just leave it at that.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Not funny because it's not true.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    G
    Cherot shot G on a tight schedule, but instead of this age-old indie predicament generating a certain scrappy passion, the film just looks cheap.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    In the end, Protocols of Zion is all context--a bit here about Father Coughlin, a minute there about the Holocaust, a stint with "The Passion" and a brief shot of Levin watching the beheading of Daniel Pearl--no soul.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Gere and Binoche are both terribly miscast--one far too charismatic, the other far too dowdy, which is something for Juliette Binoche. And the spelling bees? Dull. Dreary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    I won't pretend there aren't moments of sweetness here--there are, aplenty. But the promise of true emotion goes bust with bad acting, cheap writing and false sentiment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    I guess there's something progressive going on when a lesbian love story gets to be just as dreadful and tacky as most straight ones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A mostly bland, sporadically crude, by-the-numbers romantic comedy about two gay men in love.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Phony, disingenuous family entertainment, suffocated by its green bean casserole approach to Middle America, spineless cardboard characters and paper-thin plot "twists."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Allison Benedikt
    Could have been a funny movie. There are a few truths about food-service that McKittrick gets right but doesn't fully exploit.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Allison Benedikt
    I have a sneaking suspicion that Running Scared could become a cult classic.