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 1.7 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Challenging to follow, at best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The scenery is pretty and the locals endearing, but Schorr never gets past charming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Walken is an odd choice for a D.C. power player, wasting his creepiness on this straight, respectable role.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    The "comedy" part of Sex is Comedy comes intentionally from cast-crew interaction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    It's hollow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Michael Showalter is a funny man, but … how to put this gently … not a funny movie star.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Just doesn't have the same zing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Only resonates when he (Brooks) strips it all away and focuses on parent and child.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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