Ben Walters

Ben Walters

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Heat Magazine , Sight and Sound , Time Out , Time Out New York
Total Reviews:
188

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy." — Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " It shimmers with that intoxicating sun-on-the-water allure that might make someone not quite themselves." — Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) " The tension between fantasy and reality, idealism and pragmatism, is at the heart of the story, and explored with some complexity." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 92% The Shining (1980) " A masterpiece." — Time Out
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 70% I Want Your Love " Audience enjoyment is ... likely to be dictated by tolerance of generally aimless, often witty, sometimes pretentious West Coast hipsterdom." — Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " With its sprawling satire and knockabout tone, 'I'm So Excited' is the closest Almodóvar has come in years to early romps like 'Labyrinth', 'Pepi, Luci, Bom' and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'" — Time Out
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) " As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at a clinical remove." — Time Out
Posted Mar 5, 2013
3/5 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) " The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless." — Time Out
Posted Feb 5, 2013
4/5 86% Yossi (2013) " Knoller's superbly underplayed performance ensures that Yossi's sad-sack tendencies aren't allowed to alienate him from our affections." — Time Out
Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental." — Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/5 86% Ninja Scroll (1996) " What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ..." — Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " [A] shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc ..." — Time Out
Posted Oct 30, 2012
4/5 87% Tabu (2012) " Evoking work as disparate as that of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guy Maddin and Claire Denis - with a dash of 'The Artist' thrown in - 'Tabu' is a tantalising trip." — Time Out
Posted Sep 5, 2012
3/5 68% Ted (2012) " Sure, MacFarlane, you can make us laugh, but it's time to grow up. Seriously." — Time Out
Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 29% Red Lights (2012) " The clue's in the title: don't go." — Time Out
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " If a comedy is meant to make you laugh, mission accomplished. As a series of wonderfully grotesque set-pieces, The Dictator delivers." — Time Out
Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 —— Beauty & the Briefcase (2011) Time Out
Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 81% North Sea Texas (2012) " Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality." — Time Out
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 91% Into The Abyss (2011) " The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty." — Time Out
Posted Mar 27, 2012
3/5 56% Hunky Dory (2013) " Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled." — Time Out
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2/5 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " They might have just got away with it as a Sunday night mini-series but from a cinematic perspective, this trip shouldn't have been embarked upon." — Time Out
Posted Feb 21, 2012
2/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears." — Time Out
Posted Feb 14, 2012
3/5 88% Margin Call (2011) " Chandor proffers a cross-section of a Lehman Brothers-esque company as the realisation dawns that sub-prime speculation has brought the market to an ominous tipping point." — Time Out
Posted Jan 10, 2012
5/5 —— Uncle David Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2011
5/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2011
1/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2011
5/5 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle, the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery." — Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 89% California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007) Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
2/5 —— Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient (2008) Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) " Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension." — Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 76% Objectified (2009) Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) (2006) Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
91% United 93 (2006) Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 95% Weekend (2011) " Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity." — Time Out
Posted Nov 1, 2011
3/5 62% Villain (Akunin) (2010) " Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved." — Time Out
Posted Aug 17, 2011
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) " At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system." — Time Out
Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/5 25% Break My Fall " Both plausibility and suspense, if not quite Fassbinder-grade toxic tension." — Time Out
Posted Jul 19, 2011
4/5 59% Kaboom (2011) " If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff." — Time Out
Posted Jun 8, 2011
4/5 74% Heartbeats (2011) " It can seem as if style is all in Dolan's films, but as well as revelling in its pleasures, they also dissect its limitations - sometimes without anaesthetic." — Time Out
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " Herzog notes, 'Time and space lose their meaning.' Inevitably bound by both, his film is as close to their beauty as we will ever get." — Time Out
Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience." — Time Out
Posted Jan 18, 2011
2/5 37% Burlesque (2010) " Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease." — Time Out
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 71% Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) " The feel is somewhat cloistered and the pace rarely gets the pulse racing but this is engaging and affecting stuff, handsomely shot and well acted: Ilaria Occhini is a stand-out as the grandmother." — Time Out
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 83% On Tour (Tournée) (2010) " There's a strong sense of the tour as work - bland hotels, travel co-ordination, Muzak - as well as the situation's propensity to let cooped-up emotions, from anger to lust, marinate." — Time Out
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/5 86% Fit " Avoids preachy didacticism, presenting an impressive range of credible characters undergoing eye-opening experiences." — Time Out
Posted Nov 3, 2010
3/5 55% Mr. Nice (2011) " This adaptation of Marks's autobiography -- a student staple throughout the land -- struggles to capture the sheer breadth of his life." — Time Out
Posted Oct 6, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) " The murderous schemes of laughably fallible humans, the film suggests, are no less tragic for being absurd." — Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 6, 2010
4/5 94% La Nana (The Maid) (2009) " Deadpan, handheld technique allows director Sebastián Silva to mine mundane situations for subtle hazard but also to take his story in unexpected directions, initial reticence preserving the potential for surprise." — Time Out
Posted Aug 26, 2010
4/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " The 'Toy Story' films are deservedly seen as the gold standard for computer-generated animation..." — Time Out
Posted Jul 15, 2010
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