Ben Kenigsberg
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For 183 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Kenigsberg's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 The Strange Little Cat
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 183
  2. Negative: 31 out of 183
183 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    The scariest thing in the movie is a cameo by Scott Baio.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    The movie finally undermines all pretensions of satire with its geeky eagerness to subvert expectations.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    Based on characters created by Rodriguez's then-seven-year-old son, Racer Max, the film doesn't belong in wide release. It belongs on a refrigerator door, alongside "100%" spelling tests, old lunch menus, and notices from the PTA.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    Roos forecasts and explains every development with a title card, a device not unlike having someone yammering in your ear throughout the entire feature run time. In a more self-effacing director's commentary, he might have asked us, at least, to forgive the pun.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    There's no guiding power at work here; it's Evolution without a shred of intelligent design.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    Mr. Farina gives Authors Anonymous a sharpness it otherwise lacks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    For a film about mouthwatering cuisine, it offers only fleeting delectable sensations.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    Less methodical and witty than its predecessors, Patient Zero often turns its infected characters into mindless, lurching zombies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Ben Kenigsberg
    There’s a way to tell this story that wouldn’t come across as soggy or manipulative. However well intentioned, Louder Than Words doesn’t find that tone.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Ben Kenigsberg
    What’s hypnotic for five minutes at the Whitney Museum does not necessarily carry over to an 80-minute movie, and Visitors might conceivably run half that length without the slow motion. Reggio’s film premiered in Toronto with live musical accompaniment, a gimmick that probably enhanced the experiential aspect of what’s otherwise a glorified installation piece.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Ben Kenigsberg
    Devil’s Knot is an inert exercise, visually and dramatically on par with "Drew Peterson: Untouchable."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    "It is a study of the psychopathologies of perversions," co-director Federico Sanchez says in the press notes for Eternal, which is certainly one way to rationalize a trashy lesbian vampire flick.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Whether it's the guitar-strum soundtrack, "lyrical" cornfield shots, or arrhythmic performances, Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Feels motivated by envy more than anything else-it's a sour, petty act of mockery that values its own ineptitude over genuine cleverness, travestying Quentin Tarantino and others simply for dreaming up gimmicks that worked.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Ironically, Leiner's two monuments to pothead delirium seem vastly more coherent than this hazy attempt to mine the zeitgeist, a film every bit as pointed as its nounless title.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Constant close-ups give the sense that the movie itself is violating viewers’ personal space, while an earnest moral suggests that online communication can’t substitute for face-to-face interaction: a topic Friended to Death doesn’t seem to know much about.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Among Ravens claws itself to death with sophomoric symbolism.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Come Back to Me has seamier goals, employing a quasi-religious conceit to justify its shocks of gore and sexual assault. In that regard, at least, it is grotesquely predictable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Jake Squared combines the most grating tendencies of meta navel-gazing with the sexism of reality television — pushing the limit of viewer tolerance to zero.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Watching it means waiting for the other shoe to drop: anticipating the moment when this already tacky weepie will resolve itself in horrific, exploitative fashion.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Even without Mr. Rice in the news, No Good Deed would be damaged goods: an inert “Cape Fear” rehash that can’t seem to choose its favorite contrivance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    His closing dedication—“For my daughter”—turns this into something actively creepy, as opposed to merely brainless, boring and inept.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    All Apollo 18 has to offer is endless radio crackle and visual incoherence. And what's out there, tormenting the astronauts? The answer is dumber than a box of moon rocks.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    Cringeworthy feel-good weepie, which finds Kate Hudson's vivacious ad-pitch whiz questioning her life choices after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    The Apparition turns out to be nothing more than a series of feebly constructed "Boo!" scenes tacked together to achieve (barely) feature length.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Ben Kenigsberg
    In drag or out of it, the soft-spoken star has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Ben Kenigsberg
    Fuu . . . cryin' out loud, this movie's dumb.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 10 Ben Kenigsberg
    Acknowledging Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore Massacre reminds viewers that it’s hardly the worst disaster to hit the region. But it gives the Hindenburg stiff competition.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 0 Ben Kenigsberg
    Pre- credits, Date Movie runs a mere 70 minutes, which increasingly seems like seven minutes, repeated 10 times.