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
3/5 66% 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 77% 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 96% 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 64% 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 80% 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 48% 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 47% 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 58% 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 70% 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 60% 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 85% 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 80% 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 54% 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 48% 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 16% 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 45% 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
3/5 45% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is a promising beginning to a potential new spy franchise. Just be aware of its unexpectedly barbed edges. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2/5 14% Winchester (2018) Despite an intriguing premise, Winchester misses the mark. Its anti-gun message is a shot in the right direction, but lazy fright tactics and a contradictory ending leave it firing blanks. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
63% Spectre (2015) Digging into Bond history, returning director Sam Mendes has, against all the odds, delivered a film that at least matches, and perhaps even betters, Skyfall. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2015
93% Whiplash (2014) Go and see Whiplash. It's as simple as that. Whiplash is incredible. I really can't believe how good Whiplash is. I can't stop telling people about Whiplash. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina is a film unafraid to spend the majority of its run-time discussing the Big Questions - or indeed, just to be discussing things full-stop. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Is Jupiter Ascending a good film? It's practically impossible to tell. For all its abundant insanity, it's never anything less than watchable. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Once the machine fully kicks into gear, the final third is a rebellious, freewheeling delight. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
89% Wild (2014) If you're looking for a film that's contemplative, honest, and engaging, you can't go far wrong with Cheryl Strayed's trip into the Wild. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2015
96% Citizenfour (2014) It's rare to see this sort of candid footage, but then transparency is Snowden's mantra. - GQ Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014