Ben Kenigsberg

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For 468 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Kenigsberg's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Jane
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 468
468 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Lighthearted foray into the world of competitive eating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The Aristocrats is a veritable talent show itself, albeit one that feels inescapably slight. To rejigger another ancient joke: The food at this place isn't terrible. But the portions are really small.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    This feel-good profile barely touches on the political and cultural ramifications of Emmanuel's work. Narration by Oprah increases the aura of a civics lesson.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Pleasant even without reaching much of a destination, Transamerica leaves the basic impression that it's not as self-satisfied as it could have been.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Throughout, first-time director Teona Strugar Mitevska (the sibling of the lead actress) demonstrates a keen eye for off-center compositions, a striking visual depiction of a world out of balance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Inspired by a 1997 "Voice" article on ex-members of the Satmar sect, Mendy is cast largely with Orthodox or former Orthodox actors, who are utterly credible with dialogue that necessarily teeters between the candid and the offensive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    A derivative but efficient chiller that cribs from “Solaris,” “The Shining” and “The Amityville Horror” yet also shows glimmers of imagination.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    From a dramatic standpoint, the movie can be unconvincing... From a formal standpoint, though, the movie impresses, maintaining a sense of anxiety through tight shots and a sound design that favors overlapping voices and constant clatter.
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    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Amid the overheated, sometimes amateurish histrionics — Mr. Nizzari shoots a lengthy father-son blowout in a single, theatrical take — Grand Slammed contains inklings of a serious point about immobility in America.
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    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Teetering somewhere between audacious and offensive, the stylistically voracious Filmistaan only intermittently reveals any sense of danger in its comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Viewers unencumbered by nostalgia will probably see this zippy, occasionally funny movie as no more frantic or pop-culture-addled than the average multiplex fodder.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The Maid’s Room has much to recommend, including the versatile Mr. Camp (“Tamara Drewe,” “Compliance”) in a Machiavellian role. But it doesn’t marshal its twists toward a convincing or satisfying conclusion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Shedding light on the filmmaking process would have only enriched this well-wrought but limited extreme-sports portrait.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The hand-wringing and revelations are familiar from many wedding movies, but May in the Summer gains added potency from its cross-cultural tensions and the drama the characters face in reconciling tradition with modern life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The movie goes beyond alarmism with solutions that on the surface would seem to find common ground between environmental advocacy and unfettered capitalism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    There’s so much great vintage footage of Ali... and he’s so charismatic, it would be hard to watch the movie and not take something from it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Mr. Pailoor (who wrote the screenplay with Anu Pradhan) shows a taste for blunt metaphor... It’s hard to find fault with the performances, though, particularly Mr. Seth’s.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Driven by mostly Spanish-language folk music, the movie provides a potent if piecemeal counterbalance to the sensationalism of “Breaking Bad.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    This affectionate documentary is more of a bonbon for longtime fans than an entryway for a broader audience.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The notion of an undercover agent with an untrustworthy mind is a great gimmick — and on a commercial level, Dying of the Light sometimes plays as just another high-concept vehicle for a comically overacting Mr. Cage. But Mr. Schrader’s vision is strong enough to rage against the hackier calculations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    These fond recollections of derring-do hail from a different era, and the movie’s one-sided view of history is bound to start arguments. The film is best appreciated as a straightforward testimonial: old war buddies’ hurrah against anti-Semitism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Each narrative fissure further thwarts meaning. The most you can ask from a movie as nullifying as this one is that it offer wit and visual panache, which it does.
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    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Mr. Nossiter’s main point is that traditional farming methods have become revolutionary in a country that, we’re told, has grown progressively less agrarian. Mr. Nossiter champions that activism in this mellow, unfocused film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The droll, shape-shifting Two Shots Fired, the newest movie from the Argentine filmmaker Martín Rejtman (the subject of a current retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center), accomplishes the strange feat of constantly thwarting expectations without ever varying its tone or moving the needle of excitement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery is a case in which a great documentary topic hasn’t yielded a great documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The Second Mother goes soft toward the end, defusing its conflicts too easily and inconsequentially.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The chemistry makes the movie’s pleasures easy to surrender to, albeit fleetingly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The subject matter makes The Tainted Veil much more visually interesting than many issue-oriented documentaries, though the thriller-like score goes too far in trying to counter dryness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Ben Kenigsberg
    The immersive style is always fascinating. But it also seems uneasily suited to the material.

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