Ben Mankiewicz

Ben Mankiewicz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
At the Movies film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.9/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) What bothered me about this (and I ended up loving it) is that the kids are terrible. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
9.5/10 99% Tower (2016) You feel like you were there that day from the perspectives of the principal players. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
7.5/10 92% Searching (2018) There's no question now...[John Cho] is a great actor. Only a great actor could do what he is required to do in this movie and pull it off the way he does. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
8.1/10 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) One of the great things that Crazy Rich Asians does is [show] you...the idea that Chinese people who continued to live in China or Singapore...have a very different view of Chinese people how grew up in America. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4.9/10 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) There are a number of smaller, more intimate numbers, and they are brutal. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
6.8/10 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) While this was very good and very dramatic at time...I sort of consistently felt like something was slightly, slightly off. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
6.6/10 29% Shock and Awe (2018) There is a degree of outrage [in] the movie, but there is no passion in that outrage...the characters had it but the movie didn't. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
9/10 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) [Bobby, Eddy, and David] are so energetic, and they tell the story in such an engaging way. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
8/10 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) I am fully charmed by Benicio del Toro. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3.3/10 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) It is inconsistent in almost every way that matters. - What the Flick?! EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
33% The Hangover Part II (2011) Think of it as a decent high school football player who suffers from having an older brother who was all-state two years earlier. - Huffington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2011
B+ 84% The Ghost Writer (2010) It's a totally credible, briskly paced, suspenseful and particularly well-cast political thriller. - Turner Classic Movies Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
B 68% Shutter Island (2010) An adult, insightful, tense, complicated psychological thriller. - Turner Classic Movies Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2010
90% District 9 (2009) This is a great movie. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
92% Ponyo (2009) I was, I'm afraid, a little lost at times. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
81% Bandslam (2009) There is really just a lot to like here. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) This is a seriously provocative film. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) This was funny in the beginning, no question, but then it turned into I thought a sort of a very stale comedy. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
39% The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) I thought really very little in the film worked. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2009
60% Paper Heart (2009) It felt completely inauthentic. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
63% A Perfect Getaway (2009) I just don't think there was enough drama in the first two-thirds of this movie. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
75% Cold Souls (2009) I found myself thinking about this movie for a long time after I got out of the theater. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
45% Fragments (2008) The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
77% Julie & Julia (2009) If it weren't for the sheer brilliance of Streep and on-screen husband Stanley Tucci, this would be an easy skip. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
66% Adam (2009) A sweet, atypical love story. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
94% In the Loop (2009) Every movie that clearly tells us how we marched toward the war, through bullying, intimidation, and making opponents seem crazy is worth seeing. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
69% Funny People (2009) It walks a perfectly fine line between being funny and tragic. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
88% World's Greatest Dad (2009) I think Goldthwait wrote a terrific script here and I think it manages to stay funny after it takes its rather dark turn. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) There were moments where I was genuinely scared and moments where I was genuinely moved. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2009
27% Shrink (2009) I felt it felt forced from the first moment into the last moment. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
56% Orphan (2009) It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
79% Humpday (2009) Those conversations were really memorable and really well executed. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) You have a likable cast, an engaging enough story with a few moments of both humor and emotional honesty. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
22% G-Force (2009) I don't think kids will find it funny, [and] their parents will find it unbearable. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
14% The Ugly Truth (2009) The Ugly Truth has a nice moment here and there, but there is much more ugliness than truth. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2009
85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) Conventional? Not at all. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2009
13% I Love You Beth Cooper (2009) The story quickly -- and I mean quickly -- devolves into an unimaginative high school retread. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2009
67% Bruno (2009) It's certainly not that there aren't a few funny moments in the film. There are, but overwhelmingly, Bruno's stunts are demeaning, they are insulting and they are really cruel. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2009
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) This is a big summer movie that meets expectations. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2009
84% Soul Power (2009) This has no contextual structure at all. It is essentially the archive footage slapped together. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2009
68% Public Enemies (2009) I do think this is a film worth seeing, so obviously, I say see it. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2009
35% Local Color (2006) I suspect Local Color will lose those unfamiliar with the jargon and subtleties of the art world. Skip it. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2009
46% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2009
19% I Hate Valentine's Day (2009) Everyone who's ever seen a movie knows where this is headed... but getting there is breezy, fun, and most importantly, well-executed. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2009
47% La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009) It was a perfect blend of satire and tension. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2009
100% Afghan Star (2009) If you think American Idol is a cultural phenomenon here, imagine its impact on a country devastated by 30 years of internal strife, religious intolerance, civil war and foreign invasion. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009
50% Chéri (2009) Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) Outstanding performances across the board, but I thought Anthony Mackie in particular really, really nailed it. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009
20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) It is as if Michael Bay was saying "You think I've blown stuff up before? Ha-ha. Wait till you see this." - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009
48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) I have a heart. I just don't want schlock. - At the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2009