Ben Rawson-Jones

Ben Rawson-Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Digital Spy , Sky Movies
Total Reviews:
212

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " Consistently solid acting, smart direction and striking imagery cannot overcome a hackneyed storyline that cobbles together stale ideas and scenarios to a fittingly alienating effect." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 12, 2014
4/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " Such is the ferocity of the action, The Raid 2's 150-minute running time breezes past, with only the occasional brief lull caused by convoluted plot exposition." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 8, 2014
4/5 88% The Double (2014) " If Richard Ayoade continues in this vein, we could be looking at a director to rival David Cronenberg and David Lynch during their prime..." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 18% Honour (2014) " While it fails to reach its potential due to its identity issues, abandoning veracity in favour of thrills, Honour deserves credit for broaching such tricky subject matter..." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 50% The Quiet Ones (2014) " A lack of engaging ideas and mediocre execution ensures that The Quiet Ones makes little noise beyond a faint whimper." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 2, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " Noah is not Aronofsky's best work, but the auteur delves deep into the convoluted psyche of the central character much as he did with his masterpieces Black Swan and The Wrestler." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Even dental extraction is more enjoyable to endure than this artistically bankrupt misfire." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 29, 2014
4/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop keeps you too busy clinging to the edge of your seat to cynically probe for plot holes, providing relentless entertainment from take off to touchdown." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " War. What is it good for? IMAX 3D movies that wallow in the spectacle of horrific real-life battles, judging by Stalingrad." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " ... a soulless metallic carcass designed by committee to amplify external gloss and maximise commercial profit." — Digital Spy
Posted Feb 5, 2014
4/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Kenneth Branagh's reboot of Tom Clancy's courageous CIA agent is smart and thrilling enough to soar above most espionage movies while still retaining plenty of crowd-pleasing moments to set pulses racing." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/5 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " The found footage conceit - which once appeared so fresh in The Blair Witch Project and was rejuvenated by Paranormal Activity's use of static cameras - is now in dire need of a rest or reinvention." — Digital Spy
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " As Mitty explains, the purpose of life is to feel. This film certainly makes us do that." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 23, 2013
1/5 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " As the old adage goes, you can't polish a turd. But you can sprinkle plenty of CGI and countless close-ups of Keanu Reeves looking morose onto it." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle confidently tackles this concept of transcending reality through deception, showcasing the versatility of its exceptional cast amidst a tale peppered with savage laughs and dark twists." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " For those familiar with Chan-wook Park's mesmerising 2003 original, Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy is tantamount to cultural vandalism." — Digital Spy
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The Butler provides a well-paced look at the fluctuating and often shocking socio-political landscape of the 20th Century..." — Digital Spy
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 94% Milius " Structured to fine effect, Milius is both a celebration of one man's unique artistry and a cautionary tale about the propensity for self-destruction." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 30, 2013
2/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " The problem is that both lead characters are interminably dull, with the camera's gaze repeatedly dwelling on their mundane private moments and imploring us to be intrigued." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 20, 2013
4/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Manages to salvage the flagging 'geriaction' genre with plenty of old school laughs and thrills." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem " The Zero Theorem is an uneven endeavour that feels thematically outdated despite its futuristic setting." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 13, 2013
5/5 78% Filth (2014) " There are no babies crawling on ceilings like in Welsh's Trainspotting, but Filth bears the same subversion and euphoria that made that 1996 film so iconic." — Digital Spy
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " A bloated blockbuster that squanders a promising premise in favour of soulless set-pieces and ejaculatory explosions of CGI." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " James Wan's desultory sequel lazily trots out the same procession of scare techniques but with vastly diminished returns." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " Scheduling may make it a largely unwanted new release, but there is enough solid action and sturdy chemistry between the leads Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx to make this a reasonably enjoyable thriller." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 89% Rush (2013) " Sight, sound and story all fuse into an impressively cohesive whole that help the movie zoom past the finish line after shakier beginnings." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 58% Riddick (2013) " Riddick manages to flit effortlessly between moments of humour and menace, with Vin Diesel at his best in the role that propelled him to stardom." — Digital Spy
Posted Sep 1, 2013
1/5 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " A movie in which women are either pouting, flesh-baring sluts or morbidly obese figures of mockery with terrible personal hygiene, where rampant homophobia is deemed funny and laddish, and where crude racial stereotyping is acceptable." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 30, 2013
2/5 74% You're Next (2013) " Too often, audience expectations are built up only for the payoff to fall short." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Focusing on a movie's strengths can be tough for any sequel that fails to live up to the expectation and hype. Kick-Ass 2's idolisation of its predecessor merely compounds this problem." — Digital Spy
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " The pairing of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling again delivers a terrific fusion of star, subject matter and style." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " An admirable thriller bursting with tension and superb turns by its stars Vanessa Hudgens, Nicolas Cage and John Cusack." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Guillermo del Toro blows the likes of Battleship and Transformers out of the water with action sequences that are breathtaking in scope and ferocious in intensity." — Digital Spy
Posted Jul 7, 2013
4/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " A bonkers idea executed with supreme confidence, This Is The End unleashes a bombardment of crowdpleasing hysteria and could be this summer's biggest surprise." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/5 74% The East (2013) " The East suffers from a critical identity crisis, squandering an initially intriguing premise to veer awkwardly between intimate character study and formulaic espionage thriller. It satisfies on neither count." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Much like the worm that's forced into Kris's body, you can't wriggle free from this film and it won't stop growing inside you as time goes by." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 49% Rédemption (2013) " Along with the capability to bash the brains out of any foe with something as seemingly mundane as a spoon, [Statham] can also emote. Tears shall flow." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " There are flashes of visual invention scattered throughout and Helen Mirren steals the show with a stunning vocal display of austerity, but this is very much a case of Pixar going through the motions..." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 22, 2013
2/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " It may look aesthetically alluring, much like the Instagram-enhanced pictures the juvenile crooks upload onto their social network feeds throughout the course of the movie, but it's as equally hollow. Maybe that was the purpose - for art to imitate life?" — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 22, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Don't be fooled by Frances with all her feigned insecurity and branding of herself as "undateable" and predicting she'll be a lonely spinster. She's a psychopath." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/5 38% Admission (2013) " The staggeringly unconvincing dynamic between the central characters not only leaves Fey and Rudd helpless, it ensures the whole movie is effectively rudderless." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1/5 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " Those brave souls who do venture to the cinema to witness this demonic dirge can at least feel relieved that it's nowhere near as dismal a viewing experience as The Devil Inside." — Digital Spy
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " A winning combination of audacious set pieces, outrageous stunts, brawny banter and plot twists." — Digital Spy
Posted May 13, 2013
2/5 34% Deadfall (2012) " With a script that exposes its own mechanics and contrivances with such reckless abandon, Deadfall simply can't be prevented from flatlining by the solid ensemble cast and luscious visual palette." — Digital Spy
Posted May 11, 2013
3/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " The movie's best moments belong to Gerard Butler though, thriving in a role that's perfect for his capabilities as he establishes a hero we can't help but root for." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " A must-see for horror fans, Evil Dead is great fun from start to finish and establishes the basis for a rejuvenated franchise that could fuse with past demon defiance rather than overwrite them." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 15, 2013
2/5 39% Dark Skies (2013) " A protracted and tedious build up leads to a mildly unnerving pay-off in this largely uninspired horror movie." — Digital Spy
Posted Apr 3, 2013
4/5 70% The Croods (2013) " Reminiscent of classic Flintstones and Simpsons episodes." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 20, 2013
1/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " This dismal remake of the overrated '80s cult flick is littered with the type of nausea-inducing patriotic dialogue lampooned by the likes of Team America: World Police." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2/5 43% The Paperboy (2012) " What a cast. What a disappointment." — Digital Spy
Posted Mar 16, 2013
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