Ben Dickinson

Ben Dickinson
Ben Dickinson's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
Publications: Elle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Boyhood (2014) The transformation in Mason that we witness makes this film nothing short of astonishing-in the same way that kids can be in real life. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
84% While We're Young (2015) Baumbach succeeds in vividly depicting how the people who occasionally serve as catalysts in our lives inevitably do so with results we cannot imagine beforehand-but, if we're lucky, leave us with a little more self-knowledge than we started with. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) But the absolute best thing about Far from the Madding Crowd s Carey Mulligan's Everdene. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
90% Love & Mercy (2015) [John] Cusack, in particular, doing some of the best work of his impressive career, captures the subtlest manifestations of Brian's off-kilter wit and wobbliness in exquisite detail. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) I never said this movie wouldn't wring you out. But, reluctant moviegoer, you won't regret it-not for a second. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
91% Grandma (2015) There's lived-in wisdom in Reid's bluff honesty, and at the closing shot, of her marching off across L.A., we're left to conclude hopefully that she's got a lot more marching in her. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
91% The Martian (2015) The Martian marks a wonderful return to grand filmmaking for the prodigious producer and director Ridley Scott after his humorless and joyless recent outings... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
93% Room (2015) A rarity: a fairly lurid, ripped-from-the-headlines fiction that isn't played for cheap, cheesy thrills but rather, with insight and wisdom, explores the extremes of human experience that it would give rise to. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
94% Carol (2015) Carol notably soft-pedals the tragedy that the novel arrives at, but it improves on Highsmith's formulation when Carol brilliantly, tormentedly summarizes the hopelessness of her struggle to keep her daughter. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
67% The Danish Girl (2015) The Danish Girl admirably illustrates how sexuality reaches to the very root of the human spirit. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
70% Tumbledown (2016) It all tends to stick with you-more than just a little bit. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) To behold him mansplaining rock 'n' roll inspiration to the legendary Marianne Lane is horrible and hilarious; Harry is a unique high-low point in [Ralph] Fiennes's oeuvre. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
58% Money Monster (2016) Let's just say it's a helluva ride. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
72% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) [Susanna] White... has taken a marvelously lucid script by veteran screenwriter Hossein Amini and jumped her career way up to the next level by making one of the more inspired Le Carré adaptations ever shot. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Leave it to Streep to find the Jenkins in herself-and to make us care, even a little, about this epic misadventuress who made it all the way to Carnegie Hall. Once. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) In The Birth of a Nation, Parker has put forward a purposeful and uncompromising provocation. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
89% Loving (2016) The lead performances here are humble and powerful, and the storytelling and camerawork in the service of their story is granular and pointillistic in its unerring detail. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
91% La La Land (2016) Crucially, neither Stone nor Gosling would win The Voice. The very naturalness of their relatively unstudied sound and technique serves a central tension in the film. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
92% Fences (2016) An enduring, indelible interpretation of this conflicted figure and the family that surrounds him. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) The marvellous thing about Bright Lights is that it is not at all a conventional Hollywood hagiography-far from it. Carrie would never have acceded to that in a million years . - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
91% Elle (2016) Ending notwithstanding, the bottom line is that Elle is standard "ironically" transgressive radio-shock-jock stuff gussied up for tony audiences as that art-house staple... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
96% Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) There's so much else to be savored in And Still I Rise... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
39% The Last Word (2017) Ah, Shirley MacLaine-it's been way too long! - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
44% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night pinballs along according to its own demented internal logic, with a series of perfectly executed twists and reveals, as it gathers speed toward its spectacular climax. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
98% The Big Sick (2017) [Holly] Hunter, in particular, commands our rapt attention in every scene she's in as a mama bear moving to protect her daughter in full DEFCON 1 mode... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Perhaps not since the heyday of Lucille Ball has a female comedian had the kind of resourcefully crazy eyes that Plaza flashes; her kohl-lined saucers silently express eloquent volumes about the absurdities of life and human relationships. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Steve Carell was born for the role, and he aces it. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Rebecca Hall's edgy, bristlingly intelligent turn as Holloway is a central pleasure of Robinson's film; it is gratifying to see her, finally, in a role that does full justice to her major talent for inhabiting dark, conflicted psyches onscreen. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) [Margot Robbie's] portrayal vividly spans the vast, desperate chasm between Harding's life of chronic domestic violence and the sheer joy and élan of her on-ice performances... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) A work about a master craftsman, by a master craftsman, starring a master craftsman; it exerts a gravitational disorientation, an atmospheric approximation of insanity, that lingers with you long after you wander back into your own mundane life. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
81% The Party (2018) The Party is a departure: a wide-ranging snapshot of our besieged, bewitched, and bewildered cultural moment and a metaphor for the foibles of well-intentioned liberalism facing the chaos of Brexit... - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
45% The Dinner (2017) The Dinner unfolds like a vehicle headed straight for a concrete bridge abutment at ever-increasing velocity. What is it, exactly? Something to behold. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
95% Sing Street (2016) What ensues is movie magic. Surrender to it, all ye who have not yet buried your hearts in a sarcophagus of bitter cynicism. - Elle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018