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Bigga than Ben

Bigga than Ben (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

Bigga Than Ben is offensive and maybe slightly misogynistic, but still a provocative and crass slice of immigrant life in London.

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Bigga Than Ben is offensive and maybe slightly misogynistic, but still a provocative and crass slice of immigrant life in London.

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Two aimless but good-natured Moscow youths attempt to avoid military service by traveling to London, only to find that life in the United Kingdom capitol isn't so easy when you're a flat-broke illegal immigrant. Cobakka (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are confident that they will find success in the shadow of Big Ben, so they leave their hometown of Moscow behind in order to pursue their dreams of success in a foreign land. But while Cobakka and Spiker may not be born criminals, they

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

The performances are spiky, the use of varied locations is fresh and the dialogue - 'How could I ever imagine that I, a Moscow hooligan and Nazi would become a negro lover?' - is warmingly non-exemplary.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This lively comedy feels like about half a movie, as the inventive Borat-like hilarity runs out of steam after about an hour

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Bigga Than Ben is small-scale, episodic and not without its sins of omission. But it looks as if it speaks the truth and is considerably more entertaining and thought-provoking than most of the week's other offerings.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Where she's less sure is the disintegration of the friendship between Spiker and Cobakka. It's less than convincing and strangely unaffecting because - to be brutally honest - they're both a pair of neo-Nazi gits.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Still, it's an enterprising little movie in its location shooting, and I warmed to it - an overeagerness to entertain is hardly the worst crime.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)
Guardian

It's a depressing, grubby-looking little film with an undercurrent of particularly mean-spirited misogyny. You wonder what Suzie Halewood, the director, was thinking.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

What purports to be a rough guide, slyly but skilfully reveals itself to be a bit of a rough diamond.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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