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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
2/5 15% The Circle (2017) The Circle is all juicy potential and precious little else.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 88% 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 67% Patti Cake$ (2017) Don't believe the hype.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 52% 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 85% 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 79% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats is a captivating character study and one that feels vital.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
2/5 47% 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 No Score Yet 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 (2016) 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 87% 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 48% 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 86% 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 (2016) 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 86% 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 61% 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 79% Colossal (2017) Given the bizarro conceit, there's something surprisingly, and frustratingly, safe about the film.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Once shots are fired, the film descends into a repetitive orgy of bullets and bad jokes.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 88% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) From defying gender expectation in her younger years to refusing to let tragedy shape her as she matures, Dorfman is a force, and spending time with her is an invaluable experience.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/5 87% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere's commitment to the role almost makes up for the film's flaws. The quirk might not always work but Norman remains compelling.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
2/5 84% Una (2016) Una is a character and a story that fails to engage and the argument for its existence as a film is a sadly unsuccessful one.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) A rarely seen portrait of what it really means to be a black gay man in America today. It's a stunning achievement.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
2/5 80% Adult Life Skills (2016) It's interesting territory but tackled with insufferable tweeness and an overload of tiresome quirk.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/5 7% Misconduct (2016) It shamelessly cribs from 90s potboilers (a last-minute twist is stolen from a notable film of the decade) and Pacino is hammier than a hog roast, but it's too lurid to be dull.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 78% Holding The Man (2015) The tale of a 70s schoolboy romance that blossoms into a relationship and is torn apart by the advent of HIV in the 80s.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
1/5 8% The Last Face (2017) It's self-satisfied posturing rather than film-making and a staggering misfire for all involved.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
4/5 100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) An evocative, subtle and heartfelt snapshot, it also refrains from sentimentality. For all the fondness for the old, there's equal thrill of the new.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
4/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, this is a hugely entertaining thriller that has shades of Gaslight, Les Diaboliques and last year's Duke of Burgundy, but thankfully no grey.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 100% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) Refreshingly, and vitally, the film doesn't choose a side. Instead it shows us a group of people forced into factions by circumstance or lineage, unwilling to back down.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
2/5 40% Friend Request (2017) It's slickly made but shoddily scripted, with sub-reality TV dialogue ("This chick is just damaged") and a range of unengaged, soapy performances.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 94% Hush (2016) It's a sharp, finely tuned thriller that goes down familiar paths but with flair and skill. Flanagan doesn't hold back on the gore, but he doesn't rely on it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 92% The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) (2016) An awful number of cliches are being ticked off here (the Fincher-esque lighting, the dogged and socially inept cop), but it's a diverting potboiler for crime drama completists.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) After a particularly dull Oscar season, this is a refreshing and extremely satisfying palette cleanser.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 95% Marguerite (2016) It's a film that relies on our sympathy for her and she flawlessly commands it, without ever resorting to sentimentality.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) Like any outstanding horror film, its true impact only reveals itself once the credits have rolled and it stays buried under your skin, breaking through every now and then to remind you of its insidious power.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 25% The Benefactor (2016) Gere is committed but his character becomes increasingly annoying, with a one-note tortured past, and the script leaves him and his underwritten co-stars stranded with a pat ending.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) Sadly, the Spielbergian magic that Nichols so desperately wants to recreate is almost entirely absent from the end product and without it, there's something disappointingly lifeless instead.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 80% Homme Less (2015) It's a short, simply told but thought-provoking film about looking beyond the stereotypes usually attached to homelessness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 56% Lazer Team (2016) One must give it credit for being just as predictable and unfunny as the big-budget films it so desperately wants to rub shoulders with.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 65% Krampus (2015) It's nowhere near as good as many of the films it so wants to be positioned next to, but it's nasty enough to leave an impression.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
1/5 19% The Perfect Guy (2015) A checklist of 90s thriller cliches (so tired you can almost see the cast yawning) get trotted out with a multitude of gloss yet zero creativity, in this disappointingly strait-laced Fatal Attraction knockoff.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/5 28% Momentum (2015) The curse of Bourne continues to linger over the lower echelons of the film industry with yet another attempt to replicate its success sputtering out of the gate.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
1/5 71% Remember (2016) There's something rather uneasy about Remember.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015