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Ben Walters

Ben Walters
Ben Walters's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Time Out, Heat Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) As for the Coens themselves, eccentric and critical Hollywood tomb raiders they might be but, like Sturges, they believe sincerely in the value of delight for its own sake. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 3, 2016
77% El Topo (1970) It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 11, 2015
5/5 100% All About Eve (1950) Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 22, 2015
92% Pride (2014) Small moments of thoughtless homophobia and union-bashing stick in the craw, successfully engendering empathy across apparently wide distances. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2014
93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) It shimmers with that intoxicating sun-on-the-water allure that might make someone not quite themselves. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) (2012) The tension between fantasy and reality, idealism and pragmatism, is at the heart of the story, and explored with some complexity. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 87% The Shining (1980) A masterpiece. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 70% I Want Your Love (2013) Audience enjoyment is ... likely to be dictated by tolerance of generally aimless, often witty, sometimes pretentious West Coast hipsterdom. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) With its sprawling satire and knockabout tone, 'I'm So Excited' is the closest Almodóvar has come in years to early romps like 'Labyrinth', 'Pepi, Luci, Bom' and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?' ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) As a thriller in the Hitchcock mould, 'Side Effects' is great fun: its characters are well acted without being entirely likeable, which makes their jeopardy all the more enjoyable while putting us at a clinical remove. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 5, 2013
3/5 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 5, 2013
4/5 86% Yossi (2013) Knoller's superbly underplayed performance ensures that Yossi's sad-sack tendencies aren't allowed to alienate him from our affections. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 65% Starbuck (2013) Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3/5 92% Ninja Scroll (1995) What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) [A] shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 30, 2012
4/5 87% Tabu (2012) Evoking work as disparate as that of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guy Maddin and Claire Denis - with a dash of 'The Artist' thrown in - 'Tabu' is a tantalising trip. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 5, 2012
3/5 67% Ted (2012) Sure, MacFarlane, you can make us laugh, but it's time to grow up. Seriously. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 29% Red Lights (2012) The clue's in the title: don't go. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 14, 2012
4/5 57% The Dictator (2012) If a comedy is meant to make you laugh, mission accomplished. As a series of wonderfully grotesque set-pieces, The Dictator delivers. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet Beauty & the Briefcase (2010) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 19, 2012
4/5 81% Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012) Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 3, 2012
4/5 92% Into The Abyss (2011) The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 27, 2012
3/5 56% Hunky Dory (2013) Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 29, 2012
2/5 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) They might have just got away with it as a Sunday night mini-series but from a cinematic perspective, this trip shouldn't have been embarked upon. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 21, 2012
2/5 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears. ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 14, 2012
3/5 88% Margin Call (2011) Chandor proffers a cross-section of a Lehman Brothers-esque company as the realisation dawns that sub-prime speculation has brought the market to an ominous tipping point. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 10, 2012
5/5 No Score Yet Uncle David (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 8, 2011
5/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2011
1/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2011
5/5 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle, the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 89% California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient (2008) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 81% Objectified (2009) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006) Quote not available. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 95% Weekend (2011) Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 1, 2011
3/5 62% Villain (Akunin) (2010) Offers a bleak and rounded, if ultimately conservative, take on a criminal act and its impact on those involved. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 17, 2011
5/5 100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/5 25% Break My Fall (2011) Both plausibility and suspense, if not quite Fassbinder-grade toxic tension. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 19, 2011
4/5 59% Kaboom (2011) If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 8, 2011
4/5 73% Heartbeats (2011) It can seem as if style is all in Dolan's films, but as well as revelling in its pleasures, they also dissect its limitations - sometimes without anaesthetic. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Herzog notes, 'Time and space lose their meaning.' Inevitably bound by both, his film is as close to their beauty as we will ever get. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 18, 2011
2/5 36% Burlesque (2010) Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 15, 2010
3/5 71% Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) The feel is somewhat cloistered and the pace rarely gets the pulse racing but this is engaging and affecting stuff, handsomely shot and well acted: Ilaria Occhini is a stand-out as the grandmother. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 83% On Tour (Tournée) (2010) There's a strong sense of the tour as work - bland hotels, travel co-ordination, Muzak - as well as the situation's propensity to let cooped-up emotions, from anger to lust, marinate. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/5 86% Fit (2010) Avoids preachy didacticism, presenting an impressive range of credible characters undergoing eye-opening experiences. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 3, 2010
3/5 55% Mr. Nice (2011) This adaptation of Marks's autobiography -- a student staple throughout the land -- struggles to capture the sheer breadth of his life. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 6, 2010
82% Four Lions (2010) The murderous schemes of laughably fallible humans, the film suggests, are no less tragic for being absurd. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Oct 6, 2010