For 99 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Kenigsberg's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 At Berkeley
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 99
  2. Negative: 12 out of 99
99 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Those looking for a refresher course on the workings of the food chain should be in heaven. All others may yearn for a sushi break.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    When our hero finally does get his moment in the sun--c'mon, would someone have bought the movie if he didn't?--My Date With Drew offers the surreal spectacle of pursuer and pursued pleasantly gabbing, obliviously immersed in a mutual PR stunt.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Develops into a lively but simpleminded valentine to liberal tolerance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Adults will be restless as stabled bucks, but even children may need unusually high Ritalin doses to slog through the visual and dramatic indifference on display.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Private never reconciles its conflicting impulses, and consequently, the human impact of the struggle--so powerfully explored in "Paradise Now" and "The Syrian Bride" --never acquires the emotional weight it should. The semi-absurdist closer amounts to little more than a knee-jerk declaration of hopelessness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Exist is prone to posturing. Demonstrating a noble if wishy-washy faith in activism's power to save the world, the film amounts to a brief, earnest howl against apathy--easily dismissible for those unsympathetic to its views and basically useless for everyone else.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Is this an allegory against blind deference to fascism? It might be, but the root-for-the-Aryan-jock dramatics seem mildly fascist themselves.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    A mockumentary that exhausts its best joke with its premise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Kenigsberg
    Lightness of touch is missing from the film, which features animated graphics and an ominous score.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Kenigsberg
    The relentless contrast of banality with horror seems to be Wheatley’s signature move, and like his "Kill List" (2011), Sightseers can claim a sizable fan base, especially in its native U.K. But the humor here, ironically, doesn’t travel well.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Kenigsberg
    With casting this unconvincing, no one is watching to get a lesson in the horrors of war.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Kenigsberg
    In a film this hapless, it’s hardly a surprise that no one can keep Bucharest and Budapest straight.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    An honorable but dull attempt to translate a neglected literary source to the screen.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    A clever but aesthetically murky remake of Haskell Wexler's scorching McLuhan pastiche "Medium Cool" (1969).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    A high school send-up more gleefully incorrect than "Heathers" and considerably less articulate than "Election," Pretty Persuasion is a hand grenade lobbed at no place in particular.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    In keeping with his apparent ambition to play each character more berserk than the last, Pacino can't discuss wine choice without sounding on the brink of aneurysm.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    For more than an hour, schmaltzmeister Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle) directs as if on assignment for Miramax.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Not quite a romance by numbers, Prime is nevertheless a movie we need like a hole in the head.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    The usual pop-culture jokes, disco tunes, and sarcastic narrator are on hand to prevent atrophy, but by the time the sky really does start "falling"--courtesy of an alien invasion-- Chicken Little's frantic efforts to stay farm fresh have started to wear on the nerves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Outside of the Jordan inner circle, this family-versus-business parable comes across as slight, familiar, and in dire need of seasoning.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Qualifies as the most indulgent kind of homemade project, laden with tediously inspirational dialogue and visuals that seem shot through half-fizzled Yuengling. Kudos to Gores, at least, for acquitting himself as an actor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Tepid lesbian comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    An ugly-duckling fable populated with grotesques out of John Waters, Pizza attempts an unlikely mode: earnest camp.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Often laughably overwrought rehash of "An Officer and a Gentleman," ekes out enough of a subtext on competition to qualify as a non-fiasco.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    The lack of energy suggests the film might as well have been constructed from outtakes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Because the metaphysics driving it are so fuzzy, this is the rare horror film where even sludgy viscera elicit only yawns.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Kenigsberg
    Werner Herzog's "Wheel of Time" was, in a sense, the Buddhist equivalent of this film, as well as a more illuminating look at the power and transience of ritual.
    • 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.