Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley
Rick Bentley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Fresno Bee, Tribune News Service

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Ben is Back (2018) Another gem in what has become the golden age of Julia Roberts.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/4 No Score Yet Nona (2018) Good intentions will only get you so far.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Into the Spider-Verse has rekindled the original glory and presented it a way that is so visually explosive, a pair of sunglasses should be provided with each ticket.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/4 61% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) If all you do is look at performances, the historical drama is worthy of praise. Step back, and the overall production stumbles through writing mistakes, a drab look and a storytelling structure that puts the main event [too] deep into the tale...‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 76% Back Roads (2018) This was a big gamble for Pettyfer, who could have just coasted along in big budget films where actions often speak louder than the dialogue. His willingness to take a chance pays off.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 71% Clara's Ghost (2018) The film pushes the viewer to dive deep into the tale of a fractured family. It is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 60% Asher (2018) The simplicity in director Michael Caton-Jones' tale about a man looking to redefine his concept of right and wrong is powerful enough to carry the movie.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Was the world clamoring for another take on Kipling's stories? Has there been a movement to get more animals into films? Hasn't anyone got any original ideas using children, the jungle and a bunch of wild animals?‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) There are enough good moments in Ralph Breaks the Internet that you should not delete any ideas of seeing it. Just be ready to hit escape when things turn to the dark web.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) This is a movie that creates fear out of creepy moments and by playing on the natural desire of wanting to feel safe with family. There's no need for blood or excessive acts of violence when the scares are this unsettling.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 58% Mobile Homes (2018) Give de Fontenay credit for taking the film road less traveled in a film world that tends to lean toward the safe path.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) If you are among those who possess no such knowledge, your only hope is to take a scholar with you and then spend the movie asking multiple who, what, when and where questions.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
1/4 19% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Even an actress as good as Bisset can't do anything when her scene partner is so absent and the script is so one-dimensional.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The counterbalance is Foy, whose command of the screen deflects a lot of the problems. Her performance works because she comes across as if she were the dark and twisted sister of James Bond no one talks about.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 86% Unlovable (2018) The sets are so limited and interaction so tight, the presentation comes across as less of a feature film and more of a stage production. That's not a problem when the words and performances are as on target as the ones presented here.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" never has a mundane moment. Sparked by the performance by Malek and the amazing music of Queen, this movie generates a massive amount of creative energy.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 38% Silencio (2018) The filmmakers present the movie as having more depth because it is inspired by true events, but opting for seeing it on a pure fictional level is a far better choice.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 40% Brampton's Own (2018) Doneger's writing gets a little scattered when the story shifts away from the star-crossed lovers. But when he brings the focus back to them, the story works.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot will leave a tiny footprint on the film world.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 66% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie shows that even a project based on the familiar can be a cut above the rest.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 33% The Predator (2018) It's sad that the overall script is so lacking because there are a few glimmers of brilliance. ‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/4 46% Destination Wedding (2018) The result is a winner.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
0.5/4 0% Reprisal (2018) Through it all, Willis looks like he's late to cash his check.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) Except for a couple of strong performance, there is no reason to go in search of this work.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 92% Searching (2018) Along with producing a taut thriller, Chaganty balances the story with very human moments. ‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Not only does director Jon M. Chu do a marvelous job of bringing the lavishness of Kevin Kwan's book to life but he's filled the movie with a supporting cast that's so strong any of them could star in their own movie.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 20% The Little Mermaid (2018) Without Drayton, The Little Mermaid would flounder completely. At least she brings enough energy, life and charm to the role that the grade for this movie sounds like a trip on the ocean. It's somewhere in the high Cs.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Good cinema stays with you until you get to your car. Great cinema stays with you for several days. Memorable cinema, as in the case of A Prayer Before Dawn, never leaves you.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3.5/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Nothing will ever make amends for the nearly perfect disaster of "Green Lantern." This comes close.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is raw, passionate and honest in its examination of... how things can look completely different depending on a person's perspective.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film would have collapsed into a mess with a lesser actor in the starring role. Washington manages to keep the film interesting even when the story takes on such an uninspired direction.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/4 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) The third time is not quite the charmer as the others, but still offers enough laughs to keep kids plus their mummys and daddies entertained.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's impossible not to recognize how commanding both Brolin and del Toro are on screen. ‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Save yourself a few bucks and just pick up a copy of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
0.5/4 56% Tag (2018) Tag is not only the latest example of how Hollywood is running out of original ideas, but it is proof no one seems to care that the imagination void is getting deeper and wider.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A little more simplicity would have lifted Incredibles 2 from good to the incredible status of the first film.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) A lyrical tale of dealing with passions. It warmly deals with how there are times to fight for what you love and times to let go.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3.5/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) [Jodie] Foster transforms herself, from her world-weary face to a way of shuffling when she walks... This is one of the Oscar-winner's best and most memorable performances.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3.5/4 88% Zoo (2018) One of the sweetest, most touching, heartbreaking and uplifting movies of the year.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/4 43% Social Animals (2018) [Theresa] Bennett's tale draws the viewer in because the characters are not stock players in a dark comedy but fully rounded participants.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
3/4 88% American Animals (2018) When dealing with a character who comes across larger than life, it's easy to overplay the role. [Evan] Peters has just enough energy and charisma to make this work.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It would take a disaster the size of an exploding Death Star to bump Menace from the place as the worst Star Wars movie. Solo comes in second.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The majority of Deadpool 2 is a production that hits you in the gut with the action and repeatedly slams your funny bone with the often juvenile humor. That's because the team doesn't hold back a single gunshot or rimshot.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
1/4 37% Life of the Party (2018) [Melissa] McCarthy must have gone shopping at the film stereotype thrift store to find the character. ‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War has taken all of the elements that have made past films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe work and given them a shot of steroids.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) The weak writing and poorly developed characters aren't a big surprise. The only purpose that drives a movie like Rampage is to have fun watching the carnage. And that's not different from the original arcade game, so it succeeds on that level.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) In a career already filled with unforgettable work, Anderson has found his animation masterpiece.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) Game Night is like playing Monopoly where the only properties are the four railroads. The players can go through the motions, but without more elements the overall result is good but far from as great as it could have been.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3.5/4 82% Early Man (2018) Looking at "Early Man" as a whole, it combines weirdly funny comedy with a sweet story about what it means to depend on others.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Unlike a Tony Stark who can entertain with his dry wit or Captain America who dazzles with his passion for patriotism, Boseman must play both T'Challa as a man of great reserve. He's a warrior, but one who rules the screen with a quiet calm.‐ Tribune News Service
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018