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Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson
Ben Nicholson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Little White Lies, The Skinny, CineVue

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) There's ample complexity and nuance written into these issues and characters, but it only intermittently coalesces to truly satisfying ends.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) It's a film swimming in symbolism, transgressive eroticism and perplexing details that will infuriate some audiences but for others will add to its irresistible allure.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
88% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) Suwichakornpong confidently defies conventional forms and linearity. She collapses the past into the present as a way to probe the haunted recesses of both national and personal memory. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
5/5 90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) That is Kieslowski's underlying point; that each death is a morally repugnant as the other -- and A Short Film About Killing tackles that subject with gloomy poetry and undeniable power.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
4/5 89% Mimosas (2017) The land is glorious and forbidding and the soundtrack's howling winds whip up and exacerbate the feeling of isolation, but onwards they plod.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
4/5 94% Neruda (2016) Tribute is paid to Pablo Neruda's memory by mixing an exquisite and irreverent cocktail of his passions: poetry, politics and pulp.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 31% Salt and Fire (2017) [Salt and Fire] is littered with preposterous musings and every line intentionally overwritten to surreal effect.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/5 85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Wise beyond her years, [Nika, played by Bronislawa Zamachowska] has a curt, verging on antagonistic relationship with her old man, but she's a ray of light in an otherwise grave endeavour.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 87% Christine (2016) A knotty, funny, ambiguous character study with an exceptional turn from Rebecca Hall.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 97% Spotlight (2015) It's as a scrupulous whole that Spotlight truly shines as one of the year's finest and most compelling dramas.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land is finely cut, A-grade nostalgia that proves nigh-on-impossible to resist.‐ The Skinny
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Great Wall (2016) Its title may refer to an undeniably physical barrier but Tadhg O'Sullivan's The Great Wall... opts for a more transmutable definition of no more permeable boundaries.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Hansen-Løve's unobtrusive and novelistic approach doesn't see Nathalie embark on a spiral of loneliness or an arc of self-discovery, but a tide of breakthroughs and setbacks punctuated by grace and grief.‐ The Skinny
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) Johnson is pushing the audience to see these images as a dialogue between herself and these subjects, both in the frame of her representation of them and their impact on her.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
2/5 61% Snowden (2016) A clunky and turgid affair, albeit one with a few bizarre moments thrown into the mix to keep audiences on their toes.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 67% Rats (2016) A fully-fledged horror complete with all manner of squeamish moments.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) The Autopsy of Jane Doe is good genre fun - if little more.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 96% Moana (2016) Moana is a toe-tapping, heart-stealing adventure packed with laughs and featuring a kick-ass princess with nary a love interest on the horizon.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 70% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) A film that slowly constructs the dislocation and oppression that Olga feels.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Grounds its outrageousness with an undercurrent of knowing sarcasm, much like its winning star.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Gut-wrenchingly powerful, not least through its chilling and upsetting climax.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) An agonising procedural that records the slow death-rattle in a mordant and stifling chamber piece.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart is exceptional in the lead role, her awkwardness a product a woman looking for meaning, whether in a haunted house or through the ping of a new SMS message.‐ The Skinny
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
91% Into the Inferno (2016) While Into the Inferno is not Herzog's tightest work, it offers no fewer riches. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) [Morris'] film makes for a fittingly positive monument to [Dorfman's] often overlooked and under-appreciated work, but this intimate conversation and reflection also allows him to also do so much more.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) The Cinema Travellers acts as both paean and elegy for this declining but inherently charming mode of exhibition.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 87% The Royal Road (2015) Even as she challenges accepted mythologies, she crafts her own both warning against nostalgia and passionately arguing for it; both being seduced and seducing at once.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/5 81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Yet another contradiction at the heart of the fascinating and stimulating Kate Plays Christine: it speaks her name whilst wishing she'd been left to rest.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
3/5 93% Tickled (2016) "It's unlikely you're going to come across too many documentaries this year with a yarn to spin as tangled and twisted as Tickled."‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) The most damning indictment of Suicide Squad is that it's unrelentingly bland.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Even when little of substance seems to be happening, the narrative feels propulsive.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Exil (2016) Best described as a poetic and philosophical essay rather than a traditional doc.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
4/5 100% The Hard Stop (2015) Both a humane character study and issue-driven polemic.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 90% No Home Movie (2016) It's impossible not to be sucked into Akerman's final film.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/5 93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) his will hardly put off Hong's hordes of acolytes -- for this is a thematically interesting work -- but Right Now, Wrong Then is perhaps best enjoyed by fans.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
3/5 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) A film full of worthy, valid points that are threatened to be lost amidst Moore's trademark style.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
4/5 98% Heart of a Dog (2015) A bewitching cinematic collage.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Easily the most incoherent and irrelevant of Bryan Singer's X-Men movies.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) For much of its run time Bang Gang manages to be an engaging treatment of teenage relationships -- it just doesn't know how to see it through.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 90% Green Room (2016) Nasty, nerve-wracking and not for the squeamish.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
4/5 67% The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015) There are no answers here, as there were not in Bowles original story, but there are fascinating questions about the paths we travel and the tracks we leave behind.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 80% Evolution (2016) This haunting and esoteric work manages to seduce and repulse in uncanny harmony.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
3/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Ilo Ilo is an affectionate and poignant - if slight - slice of family life.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) There was a horrible inevitability to the fact that Anthony Weiner's career in the US Congress would end in sexual scandal, but watching him try to rejuvenate his flagging fortunes amidst a modern media circus is fascinating.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Speedy (1928) Hugely entertaining, if not Lloyd at the peak of his powers.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
5/5 86% Macbeth (1971) A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
4/5 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) [It] soars, not least during its incredibly taut bad-weather flights which pound with the slow thudding tension akin to the depth-charges of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 84% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Striking a balance between the dark and combative religious humour and its more saccharine elements proves difficult.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 89% Deep End (1971) Ostensibly a saucy, knockabout swimming pool romp, it develops into a surreal dive into the waters of destructive sexuality.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
3/5 83% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool brandishes its meta-credentials with the title character's cocky, abrasive relish.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016