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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
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) The final product is more akin to a séance, a communion with a lost soul keen to still be heard from beyond the veil.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
97% Columbus (2017) From all the formal elegance there emerges something subtly but profoundly affecting about family and friendship.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 99% Selma (2015) A vital and timely missive to a new generation that is as sobering as it is uplifting, all built around a performance of astounding accomplishment.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
No Score Yet Sennan Asbestos Disaster (Nippon Asbest Village) (2016) A three-and-a-half-hour epic that blends traditions of direct cinema documentaries about political campaigns and court cases with intimate glimpses of chronic suffering.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin, a derivative but enjoyable take on the Winnie the Pooh characters, contains enough of the original property's charm to win through - largely due to the wonderful voice work from long-time Pooh vocal actor Jim Cummings.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
75% Fraud (2018) Its enigmatic quality... makes it all the more alluring.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/5 90% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) A ranging, challenging work.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 70% Four Corners (2013) Revelations thus never pack the punch they should and the endgame lacks the electricity that the performances might have generated. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
70% Lek and the Dogs (Ivan and the Dogs) (2018) The focus on a social outcast allows Kötting to push Lek to the furthest periphery yet, while the play's multimedia texture prefigures his employment of various visual and formal techniques that blur recollection, imagination and warped psychology.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 100% A Cambodian Spring (2018) The immediate experience is exhilarating - especially in powerful moments like impromptu rallies or villagers banding together to protect Venerable Sovath from the religious authorities - but the overall one can feel a little muddled. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet A Prominent Patient (Masaryk) (2016) The visuals add exactly the kind of polish that this prestige picture is aiming for, and although there are a few far-travelling accents in the supporting cast, the whole thing is anchored by the typically-assured Roden.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a rich and profound character study grappling with questions of race, masculinity, sexuality, class, and love with unerring confidence and poetry.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 100% It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) An inventive animated masterpiece that will hopefully reach a wider audience that it it can affect and inspire.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
3/5 69% Free Fire (2017) There's perhaps little of Free Fire that will linger too long in the memory after the credits roll, but there's still fun to be had.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) The visuals echo the sensation of running your hand over a surface, giving Aquarius a completely apposite tactile quality that Dona Clara would cherish.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 91% Elle (2016) This is a film portraying patriarchal misogyny, not condoning it. However, Verhoeven has no interest in delivering his biting critiques in easily digestible pieces.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 80% Risk (2017) Poitras places her unreliability on centre stage, and in doing so, makes sure that we're acutely aware of how she - and indeed Julian Assange - want us to digest each frame of Risk.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 86% Deliver Us (2017) There are no set pieces here, which there could well have been. The director is not tempted to employ familiar techniques of shooting or representing this events usually confined to horror movies. ‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The characters are not unfeeling automatons, but the almost Brechtian removal of sentimental cues makes the observations about our baser instincts all the more confrontational.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It's just a shame that despite some funny moments, Pitch Perfect 3 isn't quite the same quality of material as before, meaning the Bellas close on something of a bum note.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
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
89% 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 88% 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 93% 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 32% 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 91% 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 60% 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 63% 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 95% 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 77% 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 87% 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 82% 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 27% Suicide Squad (2016) The most damning indictment of Suicide Squad is that it's unrelentingly bland.‐ CineVue
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016