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 1.2 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    The movie here is Treadwell's footage--some of it beautiful, much of it difficult to watch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    An uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Mostly it's an incredible tale of ritual and perseverance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Benedikt
    Challenging to follow, at best.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Match Point is fantastic to look at, sharply dramatic and Allen is--who knew?--a master of suspense.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Brewer achieves near perfection in this tense, intimate meeting between two lifelong hustlers.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Acutely perceptive and slyly quick-witted.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Hilarious, inspired, frenzied.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Allison Benedikt
    Grace and Quaid imbue what could have been caricatures--with heart, intelligence and great comic timing.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    It's a stunningly creepy specimen of Asian horror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Works remarkably well as a stylish and unconventional buddy flick--cruising along with wit and wisdom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    Equally fascinating and frustrating.

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