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 1.3 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Yes
    This is the kind of movie that nice people call ambitious. Let's just leave it at that.
    • 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.
    • 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 poor man's "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A mostly bland, sporadically crude, by-the-numbers romantic comedy about two gay men in love.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    Not funny because it's not true.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    It's all neat and sweet and one-dimensional, more the moral to a story than a story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Allison Benedikt
    I have a sneaking suspicion that Running Scared could become a cult classic.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Allison Benedikt
    An exhausting, predictable, even maddening moviegoing experience.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Allison Benedikt
    The fatal flaw in David Duchovny's big-screen directorial debut, House of D, is not Robin Williams as a retarded janitor. It's David Duchovny, the man who chose to cast Robin Williams as a retarded janitor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Allison Benedikt
    Mark my words: Mindhunters will do for psycho-thrillers what "Showgirls" did for stripper movies.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Allison Benedikt
    Commenting on performances here is like critiquing the production design of a porno--it's beside the point. Briefly: Knoxville, bad choice, man. Reynolds, you make a good villain. Simpson, lovely posing. Scott, you're from Minnesota and it shows--but I bet stunt driving school was fun.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.