Ben Stephens

Ben Stephens

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Ben Stephens's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Big Fish (2003)

"Fails to engage" ‐
Posted Jan 17, 2004

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

"Much of the story unfolds with the careful, deliberate pacing of the best silent films, and the action ranges from kitchen sink realism to outlandish fantasy." ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2004
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Rebus (2001)

"The dialog crackles with a lot of ... dark humor and hardboiled sass." ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2003
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"A razor-sharp satire" ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2003

CQ (2002)

"Pull[s] off the rare trick of recreating not only the look of a certain era, but also the feel." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2002

Manhattan (1979)

"The layers of self-awareness and self-referentiality at the heart of this film are dizzying." ‐
Posted May 2, 2002

The Lady Eve (1941)

"Crackles with a level of wit and sexual innuendo that makes you wish they still made sex comedies for adults." ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2002

Training Day (2001)

"A flair for tone and character, as well as capturing the look and feel of LA rather than that of Hollywood." ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2002

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

"Seamlessly blends fact, legend, and outright fiction to create an exhilarating, genuinely scary, and at times moving film." ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2002

Jules and Jim (1962)

"An energetic and cinematic, but ultimately frustrating, attempt to breathe new life into that most hackneyed of plot devices: the love triangle." ‐
Posted Dec 24, 2001

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

"It feels like it was made out of whole cloth rather than just being a showcase for its dancers." ‐
Posted Dec 16, 2001

An American in Paris (1951)

"Every five or ten minutes the audience is treated to a riveting dance number set to some of the greatest tunes of George and Ira Gershwin." ‐
Posted Dec 5, 2001

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

"A sparkling comedy of manners." ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2001

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

"A dizzying and tantalizing skate across the surface of a deep and wonderful lake." ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2001

A Night at the Opera (1935)

"A fascinating and hilarious exercise in organized chaos." ‐
Posted Sep 26, 2001

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

"Just like its hero, the film is operatic and grandiose in places, shambling and inarticulate in others, but always intensely watchable." ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2001

Local Hero (1983)

"It has always been easier to make films about misery than about happiness, for happiness is so un-cinematic, so devoid of conflict. But Local Hero is a rare and welcome exception." ‐
Posted Jul 30, 2001

Dial M for Murder (1954)

"A rare and accomplished example of the work of Hitchcock the Minimalist." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2001