Ray Bennett

Ray Bennett

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Sun-Times , Hollywood Reporter
Total Reviews:
188

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
73% The Tree (2011) " It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 5, 2012
93% Coriolanus (2011) " Ralph Fiennes makes Shakespeare modern and bloody brilliant." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 1, 2011
52% Janie Jones (2011) " An earnest tale about a faded rock star who discovers he has a teenaged daughter and takes her on the road, Janie Jones follows a predictable path and despite decent performances it does not catch fire." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 20, 2011
92% Armadillo (2011) " When the bombs go off and the bullets start flying, Metz and his cameraman provide a real-life vision of what a hurt locker is really all about." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 1, 2011
89% The Trip (2011) " The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 7, 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2011
16% Priest (2011) " Doesn't have a prayer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2011
63% Priest (1995) Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2011
78% Trust (2011) " This theme is well-drawn, and the film plays out with great intensity as Owen's character grapples with the fact that the daughter he loves might have changed forever." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 28, 2011
44% White Irish Drinkers (2011) " It's a sparkling piece of entertainment that deserves a wide audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2011
43% Ironclad (2011) " Medieval history lesson with lots of shattered bodies and splattered limbs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2011
95% Archipelago (2014) " Gloomy and unrewarding." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 8, 2011
88% The Turin Horse (2012) " Monotonous and repetitive, the black-and-white production runs 146 very long minutes as the two go about their mind-numbing daily routines accompanied by a sonorous musical dirge that is as relentless as the ferocious winds outside." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 15, 2011
71% Paul (2011) " A sci-fi spoof for everyone with funny encounters that will require close attention." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 7, 2011
85% A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011) " An oddball comedy with criminal undertones." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 11, 2011
33% London Boulevard (2011) " Hard-boiled crime yarn with Irish wit, colorful characters and considerable style." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 30, 2010
33% Burke and Hare (2011) " Unpleasant drivel that tries to make fun out of murder." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 29, 2010
93% Boxing Gym (2010) " The film captures the energy, the stresses and the tension of people striking punching bags and each other but without narration, it all feels a bit random and uninteresting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2010
40% Henry's Crime (2011) " Mixing a bank raid with a stage romp becomes just too silly." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 5, 2010
73% Soul Kitchen (2010) " Tasty concoction about a young man's frenetic struggle to keep his offbeat restaurant going." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
62% Amigo (2011) " It's a familiar tale, but the setting is different, and Sayles tells it with his usual cinematic vigor and attention to small detail." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2010
67% Conviction (2010) " Swank and Rockwell are very effective as siblings locked at the hip and their scenes together smack of a real shared history." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2010
51% Brighton Rock (2011) " Rowan Joffe's film of Graham Greene's 1938 novel Brighton Rock takes a gothic approach to the story of a young thug obsessed with hell with little of the writer's subtlety and too much reliance on a loud quasi-religious choral score." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2010
80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " Period authenticity is nailed within the film's sunny design and sharply drawn characters, with the U.K.'s class structure and male-oriented industries depicted without fuss." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2010
3% Passion Play (2011) " If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2010
57% Cemetery Junction (2010) " Disappointing tale of '70s youngsters devoid of wit or insight." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 10, 2010
85% Kisses (2010) " Rewarding tale of two kids loose on Dublin's mean streets with outstanding performances." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 19, 2010
30% Survival of the Dead (2010) " George A. Romero's entertaining new zombie feature shows that you can't keep a good man down." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2010
93% Another Year (2010) " Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in the life of a decent but dull suburban couple and their friends, most of whom you would go out of your way to avoid at a party." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
32% Wild Target (2010) " Attractive and charismatic actors can do nothing to save a movie that's charmless, pointless and witless." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " Bright and amusing comedy about the foibles and loves of writers in bucolic Hardy country." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 6, 2010
50% South of the Border (2010) " Good-humored, illuminating and without cant." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 21, 2010
62% Raavanan (Villain) (2010) " Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 21, 2010
36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " A handsome, fast-paced and innocuous adventure that's easy to take but lacks epic scale." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 10, 2010
89% Teza " Epic treatment of a good man's return to an African nation torn by hunger and civil war." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 8, 2010
76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) " It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 8, 2010
10% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) " Strident, clumsy and pointless." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 6, 2010
20% Amelia (2009) " Top-flight portrayal of the aviator by Hilary Swank is an instant bio classic." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " Original, offbeat and rewarding cop story with Nicolas Cage in great form." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2009
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) " Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 19, 2009
19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 16, 2009
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) " A carnival show with a mirror to the imagination allows Gilliam to employ his remarkable gift for imagery, but the worlds he creates will not take the breath away of children or grown-ups." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 1, 2009
85% Polytechnique (2009) " Filmed in black and white, the French-language film does not set out to comprehend the crime other than to suggest that the shooter (played with a vacant stare by Maxim Gaudette) was a pathetic loser who chose to blame women for his empty life." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2009
85% Looking for Eric (2010) " "Looking for Eric" should connect with moviegoers who enjoy clever comic writing with a touch of fantasy plus fans of any sport that has legendary heroes. It looks set to be Loach's biggest mainstream hit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2009
50% Jaffa (2009) " An absorbing and touching family drama set in the Israeli seaside town of the title." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2009
83% Bright Star (2009) " Australian director Jane Campion's gorgeously filmed Festival de Cannes Competition entry "Bright Star" may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2009
90% Fish Tank (2010) " A gripping, naturalistic, portrait of a disaffected teenager. A Striking film with vivid performances." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2009
84% Tyson (2009) " More a testimony for the defense than a documentary, it's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 8, 2009
95% Star Trek (2009) " Paced at warp speed with spectacular action sequences rendered brilliantly and with a cast so expert that all the familiar characters are instantly identifiable, the film gives Paramount Pictures a new lease of life on its franchise." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 24, 2009
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009) " The film is far too long, and between the tracks, the episodic adventures of a group of disc jockeys broadcasting rock 'n' roll from a rusty old clunker anchored just beyond the three-mile limit from the British Isles is heavy going." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2009
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