Ben Travis

Ben Travis
Ben Travis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine GQ Magazine [UK]

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) With killer looks, propulsive filmmaking, and stellar turns from Emmas Stone and Thompson, Cruella is a Spring/Summer '21 treat. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
5/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) Both a thrilling, giddy family adventure, and the solidification of a radical new visual language in feature animation. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2/5 29% Antebellum (2020) It's an audacious swing - but ultimately a miss from a pair of filmmakers who know exactly what they want to say, and haven't yet mastered how best to say it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Disney delivers a vibrant action-fantasy epic with another heroine who feels legitimately revolutionary. Raya rules - bring on the next step in the princess evolution. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) Lara Jean and Peter grow up convincingly in a well-handled conclusion to Netflix's hit trilogy, with a heart as generous as its charming central heroine. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) A very different take on female friendship than Bridesmaids, this has future cult favourite written all over it. As bright and breezy as a pair of pastel culottes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 29% Come Away (2020) It never quite tumbles into Wonderland, but the ambition at play - and a top cast of supporting players - is just enough to let Come Away off the Hook. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) A vibrant and virtuous adventure packed with all the heart and heroism we've come to expect from DC's shining light. Wonder Woman 1984 really is the hero 2020 needed all along. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 55% The Prom (2020) Not quite a standing ovation, but a big bravo. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) Uncle Frank is a funny and entertaining road movie with likeable performances - just brace for a closing dollop of sentimentality. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 72% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) The new and improved Holiday Special remixes the Star Wars timeline with plenty of neat gags. The Force is fun with this one. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 81% Over the Moon (2020) Netflix wants to prove it can do what Disney does - and it more or less succeeds. Vibrant and heartfelt with tunes to boot, there's plenty of love in Over The Moon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
4/5 90% Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020) A witty and likeable horror-comedy that manages to put a stake to the heart of some real issues while it tickles your ribs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/5 61% Project Power (2020) Project Power has considerable style yet a disappointing lack of substance - but an attention-grabbing performance from Dominique Fishback and an intriguing twist on superpowers give it just enough juice. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 98% Disclosure (2020) A captivating and comprehensive overview of trans representations in the media that everyone should add to their Netflix watchlist. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 71% The High Note (2020) Tracee Ellis Ross kills it as a believable soul diva in a harmonious pairing with Dakota Johnson - a shame, then, that a distracting romcom plot ends up so high in the mix. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's not an easy watch, but Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a necessary, unflinching portrait of young women trying to do right by themselves in a world seemingly against them at every turn. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
2/5 48% My Spy (2020) This big-spy-meets-little-kid comedy isn't funny enough for teens, but not really suitable for younger viewers either. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/5 73% Escape from Pretoria (2020) Despite an inherently cinematic story and some effective sequences, Escape From Pretoria struggles to transcend a clunky, one-dimensional script. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
5/5 88% Onward (2020) Pixar returns with a great big power-chord of a movie - heart-pumping, resonant, and positively harmonious. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) It's not quite as fresh or fun as the first film, but P.S. I Still Love You still has plenty to love about it - not least another loveable performance from Lana Condor. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Taika Waititi's most daring film isn't his most successful. But among the tonal clashes there's real hope, humanity, and no-bones-about-it Nazi-bashing at a time when that's depressingly necessary. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) It doesn't have the surprise factor of the last film and sometimes feels rough around the edges, but The Next Level pushes its body-swap antics even further to deliver just as many laughs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 78% Frozen II (2019) But just as Frozen transcended a tangled narrative thanks to its engaging characters and show-stopping music, Frozen II's plot missteps are more than compensated for by another suite of hits by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 97% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) There's not much going on beneath the energetic surface, but for the most part The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is a fast-paced, entertaining thriller buoyed by two engaging leads. Don't mess it up in translation, Sly. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) It gives you two Will Smiths for the price of one, but you still might feel ripped off by its clunky dialogue, thin characters and underwhelming action. Encourage your younger clone to avoid it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) Tomorrow has too much going on both plot-wise and thematically but gets by on good performances, a sensitive, informed look at oft-ignored issues and a heart firmly in the right place. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) A devilishly funny documentary that blends improbable imagery, self-awareness and religious provocation with a genuine sense of political purpose. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 80% Good Boys (2019) Its kids-say-the-funniest-things gags become one-note, but Good Boys has consistent laughs, winning performances, and a dollop of sweetness to boot. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Sluggishly paced and lacking in inspiration, Annabelle Comes Home proves that this doll works best when the filmmakers are willing to really play with it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's not quite the home-run of Homecoming, but Far From Home isn't far from matching it, with heaps of humour, energetic action, and the answers Endgame left you craving. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night is sharply written and warmly enjoyable, with Kaling and Thompson on endearing form. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) An overload of repetitive, joyless destruction that mistakes volume and demolition for actual excitement. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 54% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) Steel Country's ambition often exceeds its grasp, but is valiant in its attempts to confront societal issues through a solid mystery plot - even if Andrew Scott's performance threatens to unbalance it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 46% Dumbo (2019) Come for the super-cute elephant, stay for Keaton and DeVito's glorious reunion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) Its skating sequences are impressive, but it's the intimate examinations of fracturing friendships and emerging adulthood that make Minding The Gap surprisingly resonant. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 59% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under The Silver Lake is gorgeous to look at and listen to, with moments of genuine panache, but its wilfully labyrinthine plot will have limited appeal. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 71% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) What could have been a simple retread or by-numbers continuation instead throws itself headfirst into time-twiddling absurdity. High art? No. A total blast? You bet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) Joel Edgerton once again proves himself a gifted filmmaker - but for all the craft, compelling performances and good intentions at work here, the drama itself falls somewhat short. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) DreamWorks Animation's most heartfelt series bows out with a beautifully designed finale, but the long-awaited emotional goodbyes for its beloved central duo don't quite soar. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 50% Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018) It's one for the fans - even the ones too reluctant to admit that they are. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord injects a healthy dose of schlock into familiar war-movie tropes to create an entertainingly grungy hybrid, but it never quite kicks into overdrive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 84% A Simple Favor (2018) Watching Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick trade barbs is entertaining, but Feig's first thriller suffers from an unconvincing plot and inconsistent tone. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) You'll cackle at Christine Baranski's crackling dialogue, cry when Meryl sings 'My Love, My Life', and when all is said and done you might even be tempted to go again. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 56% The First Purge (2018) With a sharper focus on race and plenty of real-life horrors to draw from, Gerard McMurray brings a fresh perspective to this splashily satirical prequel. If only its action was as punchy as its ideas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
2/5 56% Tag (2018) Tag's real downfall comes as it shifts from lacklustre to offensive and insensitive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Despite some familiar echoes, Fallen Kingdom also takes big, brave, irreversible strides, deriving tantalising logical conclusions from Michael Crichton's premise and setting up a brave new World for this trilogy's final chapter. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 89% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Yonebayashi pays perfect tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli with this bewitching and visually dazzling adventure. Studio Ponoc is off to a flying start. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
2/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The truth is, it's not very good - and entirely without scares. But we dare you to watch it without unleashing a few unintended laughs along the way. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3/5 47% The Hurricane Heist (2018) Like the sound of a film called 'The Hurricane Heist'? Then you'll probably enjoy The Hurricane Heist. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018