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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 63% Pluto (2012) The menace of these students' ambitions, combined with the slick cinematic style, leave the mystery of how events will transpire key to Pluto's success. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 81% The Dirties (2013) It's not perfect and not always successful, but The Dirties is an intricate, deliberate and relevant work that asks important questions and may just signal the arrival of a major new talent. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) 22 Jump Street is hugely successful in retaining -- and in many instances, improving upon -- the qualities of it predecessor and pitching some jokes that will still have people chuckling for days afterwards. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Truba (Pipeline) (2013) With Pipeline, Mansky proves himself equipped with a keen eye for an unobtrusive, ethnographic and economic cinema. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) The most fun you're likely to have watching someone else play a video game any time soon. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 60% Heli (2014) Heli lacks the ideas or formal dexterity to constitute a state of the nation address in any but the most cursory of ways. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 83% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) The racing itself is cut together with flare and energy, providing riveting excitement even when outcomes are already well-known. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 75% Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) (2010) By no means perfect, Burger's Silent Sonata is an oddly mesmerising piece of performance art. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 72% Before the Winter Chill (2014) All three of the lead actors turn in strong, but undeniably reserved, performances as their characters pent up feelings remain as ambiguous to us as each other. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 29% The Informant (Gibraltar) (2014) It never manages to get its engine going, its solid performances unable to inject some much-needed dynamism into the bland proceedings. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Exhibition (2013) Location has always proved key to the relationship dynamics in Hogg's oeuvre, and this is even more the case here, her chilliest but most quietly gripping film to date. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) Despite its flaws and grim veneer, Tanović's drama makes for compelling and touching cinema with something crucial to say. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 96% We Are the Best! (2014) Expertly combining a youthful desire for agency and rebellion with the death throes of the Swedish punk movement, it's a heart-warming tale with three captivating performances from its young female leads. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) While it shares problems with its predecessor, it also confirms Garfield as the very best big screen iteration of Spidey. What's more, there's even perhaps an argument that he's the strongest of all of Marvel's movie misfits. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
93% Ray & Liz (2019) The film acts like a reworking of the static images of Billingham's photography book Ray's a Laugh - but this is a deeper and more enriching exploration of the people, their circumstance and Billingham's own relationship to both. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won't believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 78% Salvo (2014) It's technically excellent throughout, but the style and strong performances aren't enough to entirely compensate for a distinct lack of narrative purpose. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 99% The Invisible War (2012) Although The Invisible War hardly breaks the mould in its execution, it makes for compelling -- if appalling -- viewing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) The Grand Budapest Hotel is immense fun and, as far as Anderson's oeuvre is concerned, unquestionably the rarest of fillet steak. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 44% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) The original's quotable lines are replaced with po-faced speeches about freedom and democracy, whilst the chosen palette -- all greys and blues -- is dark, dull, and tiresome. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 51% Stalingrad (2014) For a drama with a heavy emphasis on spectacle, it's an odd sensation when the visuals are so alienating. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Some will want the film to escalate in a way that it is never really likely to; instead it should just be enjoyed as a ride through the ghostly Detroit where one can luxuriate in the moody, chic milieu, not to mention the soundtrack. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 75% The Invisible Woman (2013) Fine performances from Fiennes, Jones et al, some beautiful visuals and several excellent scenes keep The Invisible Woman interesting and watchable. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 82% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) A heady mix of fact and fiction, live action and animation, it's an enthralling collage that toys with the fluidity of narrative, experimenting with myriad emotions and ideas. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 77% Teenage (2014) It is [an] extremely accomplished and suggestive work, but it also lacks the clarity and insight into the subject matter that is present in the book. It is a film that bewitches in the screening but lingers less in the aftermath. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 75% Sacro GRA (2013) Taking in a vast and diverse range of eccentric characters, Sacro GRA amounts to little more than a collage of individual sketches that fails to ever coalesce into something greater than the sum of its parts. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) What it is able to do is give a vital and vibrant look at what being a part of the revolution was and is like. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 83% This Ain't California (2013) It creates a tangible sense of time but not one that would have been missing from using actual archive footage -- which was apparently available. Regardless of that, This Ain't California does still function well as a spunky peek behind the iron curtain. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 73% Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012) It's the absurdity of the whole thing, combined with subtly brilliant comic performances and a richly warm centre, that make Nørgaard's film so thoroughly enjoyable. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) An enjoyable watch without ever doing anything especially interesting... What Kill Your Darlings does have going for it, are the performances. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 77% Big Bad Wolves (2014) Keshales and Papushado expertly manipulate the moving dynamics of the situation to create an atmosphere in which audience allegiance shifts from scene to scene. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 43% N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) (2012) Some of No Fixed Abode's sequences do create sparks of drama but they largely lack urgency or conflict and begin to feel like someone ticking incidents off a list. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 18% Free Birds (2013) Rather than a holiday treat, Free Birds has itself ended up something of a Thanksgiving turkey. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 84% Dirty Wars (2013) It's like a 1970s conspiracy thriller fronted by a voracious gumshoe -- only in place of laconic wit lies moral indignation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 28% The Family (2013) The Family casts the acting Goliath as a now all-too-familiar caricature of the parts that made his name. The result is a movie peppered with slapstick violence that plays at such a pitch as to nullify any of its possible potential. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 87% Computer Chess (2013) Consistently funny throughout, fans of squirm-inducing humour will find much to enjoy as will those keen on a more absurdist qualities. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 69% La religieuse (The Nun) (2013) Nicloux's The Nun is lovely to look at and has given Etienne a chance to shine, which she does with aplomb. Sadly, it doesn't bare too much thinking about. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 98% Short Term 12 (2013) A funny, beautiful and wonderfully honest film built around an exceptional turn from Larson. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 95% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) [An] exceptionally authentic and warm portrait of love and creativity amid the impoverished end of the New York art scene. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 82% Prince Avalanche (2013) It feels as though Gordon Green was never entirely sure what type of film he wanted to make, and so it remains something of an enigma; interesting and engaging, if never quite fulfilling - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 65% Love, Marilyn (2012) Whilst it proves stylistically innovative and emotionally thoughtful, Love, Marilyn rarely offers a deeper insight into the Hollywood icon. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 91% Our Nixon (2013) Rather than a typical by-the-numbers doc, it gives an unconventional slant on an endlessly intriguing figure. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 77% In the Name Of... (2013) A drama worthy of your consideration, featuring strong central performances and an impressively close atmosphere. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 72% Kelly + Victor (2012) It strives to tackle difficult subject matter but is never really edgy enough, and as an exercise in typical British drama -- kitchen-kink, if you will -- it fails to engage on the all-important emotional level. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 85% Hawking (2013) Taken on its merits, Hawking serves as a useful introduction to -- and a touching, intimate portrait of -- its remarkable subject. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 88% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) A strange and enthralling story, about the absurd lengths gone to in the name of fame, that Jeanie Finlay has presented with compassion and insight. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 55% Jadoo (2013) A warm comedy that neatly balances its specific and more general themes and is liberally seasoned with laughs. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 60% When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012) It's all interesting if never quite absorbing and whilst the Dalai Lama himself is always good value, When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is probably a film for those already sympathetic to the cause than an exposé to rally new supporters. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 68% Foxfire (2013) Whereas Cantet's decision to use non-professional actors paid dividends in The Class, it seems to have quite the opposite effect on this occasion, with few of the young performers leaving much of a mark. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
2/5 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) The overlong plot lacks smarts; the action (a train wreck aside) lacks thrills; and the cascade of characters (including turns from Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson) lack the necessary depth or spark. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019