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Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Lee
Benjamin Lee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, Little White Lies

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 67% The Mountain Between Us (2017) It's unsophisticated and hugely familiar (hardened viewers will spot the plot developments a mile off) but there's an earnest, simple satisfaction to be had, buoyed by two engaging star leads.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 33% Mary Shelley (2017) Mary Shelley is a diverting enough biopic that features decent performances through an often vivid lens, but given the unusual facts of the author's life, a far more offbeat and far less rigid film could have been made here.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 13% Submergence (2016) It's a love story, it's a spy thriller, it's an underwater adventure, it's about terrorism, it's about climate change, it's about being ghosted by text (!). But ultimately - sadly, predictably - it's also a bit of a mess.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 93% The Disaster Artist (2017) The dazzle of the cast and the targeted in-jokes never take away from the film's core messaging about the importance of believing in one's own ability as an artist.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
2/5 38% The Unicorn Store (2017) With a less affected, more genuine script, Larson could star in and direct a great comedy. Unicorn Store is not it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq (2017) It's not a role we're used to seeing Washington play... but he's never been better.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
3/5 79% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone is strong in a steely, unshowy role and it's rewarding to see her outside of her comfort zone; Carell is an annoying and cartoonish presence but, well, so was Riggs.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 100% Mom & Dad (2017) There's something refreshingly upfront about Mom and Dad.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
4/5 100% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a film bursting with warmth, wit and melancholy that manages to seem fresh and unexpected despite the overly stacked nature of the subgenre.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) While White might not make for an entirely convincing film-maker, his script still reveals his considerable skills as a humorist.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/5 100% I, Tonya (2017) It's brash and shaggy and while Robbie might not quite stick the landing, Janney's performance is gold.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
2/5 92% Molly's Game (2017) The experience of watching Molly's Game feels a bit like hearing a long, rambling story from someone high on something, a frantic, exhausting splurge of information that never truly justifies its existence.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 96% Stronger (2017) Gyllenhaal is effortlessly good here. It's an awards-worthy performance for a star who so often gets miscast and he sells both the good and the bad within Bauman.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
3/5 40% Death Note (2017) In trying to translate so much mythology into just one 100 minute movie, an awful lot is lost but given the sorry state of the horror genre, even the vaguest of glimmers is worth something.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/5 75% Crown Heights (2017) Regardless of your opinion on the filmmaking at work in fact-based drama Crown Heights, there's an inarguable, stinging sense of outrage that accompanies almost every frame.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 91% Marjorie Prime (2017) This is a small film, largely set in just one location, yet its thoughtful meditation on how we construct our relationships and our lives through a frequently unreliable lens of our own making is of universal significance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This isn't a simple takedown of social media-obsessed Californians - that would be too easy. Instead, Spicer looks past the emojis and pulls out the depression, inauthenticity and loneliness that's behind the need for constant online affirmation.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
4/5 96% Menashe (2017) Menashe is a quiet triumph, pulling back when other films would go too far, delivering an engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/5 90% Girls Trip (2017) Girls Trip turns a familiar formula into something funny, fresh and hugely charming.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
1/5 18% Wish Upon (2017) What's most remarkable about the film is how it's somehow even worse than that sounds.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming is so joyously entertaining that it's enough to temporarily cure any superhero fatigue. There's wit, smarts and a nifty, inventive plot that serves as a reminder of what buoyant fun such films can bring.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 77% The Little Hours (2017) The plot is a rambling, farcical mess, its shortfalls made particularly clear in a rushed finale, but it's secondary to the frequently amusing interplay between the leads, all taking it in turns to be pretty, cruel and/or debauched.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Nanjiani and Gordon are reluctant to paint themselves or their families in broad strikes, each character a dysfunctional maelstrom of good and bad, and it's this genuine fact-based texture that helps to make the film feel far from a Hollywood construct.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 46% Rough Night (2017) A fun night will be had, but you'll have trouble remembering it in the morning.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 89% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night may disappoint some hardcore horror fans with its artful avoidance of genre pleasures, but its grim, tough-minded dystopia will prove hard to shake for many.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 77% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) A film that we deserve to watch, discuss and be grateful for.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
2/5 17% The Circle (2017) The Circle is all juicy potential and precious little else.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 83% The Lovers (2017) It's a hell of a role for Winger, her first lead for more than 20 years, and it acts as not only a showcase for her considerable talents but a reminder why women of her age deserve more screen time and respect.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
2/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Don't believe the hype.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) While it's hardly a work of groundbreaking originality, it's a heck of a lot more fun than the majority of horror films churned out at the moment.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 86% Burning Sands (2017) There's a lingering pain as the credits roll, a reminder of the misconception that to be a real man, one must endure physical and mental pain inflicted by other men, similarly misunderstanding true masculinity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) It's rare for a studio horror film to feel this fresh and daring and it's arrived at a frighteningly topical moment for a country where racism is scarier than ever.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
2/5 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This deserves more points for what it's trying to do rather than actually achieving.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
4/5 83% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats is a captivating character study and one that feels vital.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
2/5 46% Person to Person (2017) It was adapted from a short and at times, this feels like a number of shorts haphazardly sewn together. There's a listlessness to the whole proceedings, as if rehearsal scenes were filmed and used rather than final takes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
2/5 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's a curious, often lifeless film that has something to say and at times, almost makes a point or two, but too often it meanders awkwardly and Lee's decision to shoot it in this way only serves to show up the inadequacies even more.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
3/5 73% Souvenir (2016) It's a film so light that it barely exists but Huppert makes it worth remembering.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/5 64% LBJ (2017) Strictly conventional, even down to the oft-used marching drums in the background, but it's solidly entertaining nonetheless ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 85% Amanda Knox (2016) It's a carefully balanced and frightening film with Knox a terrifyingly unknowable character at the grisly centre.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/5 13% Brain on Fire (2016) As the drama ramps up, we're stuck firmly in dreary TV movie territory and Moretz starts to struggle with the challenges of the role.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is a gruelling disaster movie and a reminder of one company's catastrophic oversights, and it stands as a worthy tribute to the brave men involved.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/5 73% Catfight (2017) Catfight will turn off many from the outset (there were many walkouts during the screening I attended) but its strange combination of brutal physical comedy and pitch black satire make it an oddity worth fighting over.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) There's something to enjoy about its traditional brand of storytelling, devoid of any irony.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
4/5 84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Combining a disaster movie with a high school comedy while also animating it is a rather ambitious combination. What's even more incredible is just how well it all works.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
1/5 31% The Assignment (2017) A B-movie in which the b stands for bad, a film made with such staggering idiocy that it deserves to be studied by future generations for just how and why it ever got made.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) If The Blair Witch Project signalled a new dawn of horror, Blair Witch is the loud death rattle of a once exciting sub-genre, disappearing into the darkness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 29% The Secret Scripture (2017) Young Rose, initially feisty, becomes an unknowable non-entity. We never truly understand her and Mara quickly becomes visibly bored.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
3/5 85% Lion (2016) It's refreshing to see the complications of a mixed racial identity brought to the screen. It might never roar but it's still a fierce contender.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
2/5 62% Snowden (2016) Stone has made a film aimed at breaking out Snowden's story to the masses but it's made with such limpness that a swift read of his Wikipedia page will prove far more exciting.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/5 80% Colossal (2017) Given the bizarro conceit, there's something surprisingly, and frustratingly, safe about the film.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016