Ben Walters Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
78% El Topo (1970) It remains an aesthetically intoxicating trip.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
93% Pride (2014) Small moments of thoughtless homophobia and union-bashing stick in the craw, successfully engendering empathy across apparently wide distances.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Taut, creepy, compelling and sexy.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza) (2012) The tension between fantasy and reality, idealism and pragmatism, is at the heart of the story, and explored with some complexity.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2013
5/5 87% The Shining (1980) A masterpiece.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
3/5 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 66% Starbuck (2013) Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2012
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) [A] shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc ...‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 29% Red Lights (2012) The clue's in the title: don't go.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet Beauty & the Briefcase (2010) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2012
3/5 55% Hunky Dory (2013) Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2012
3/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2012
5/5 No Score Yet Uncle David (2009) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2011
5/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2011
1/5 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 89% California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) (Endless) (2007) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient (2008) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
3/5 81% Objectified (2009) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2011
4/5 89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006) Quote not available.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/5 25% Break My Fall (2011) Both plausibility and suspense, if not quite Fassbinder-grade toxic tension.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2011
4/5 72% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2011
2/5 37% Burlesque (2010) Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010