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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Allison Benedikt
    But, as with any other Merchant Ivory film, this one provides pleasures beyond the ordinary. [07 Apr 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

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