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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 59% Hotel Artemis (2018) For all of its faults, there's still plenty here to praise, the result of so much being thrown at the wall is that some of it will stick.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's made watchable thanks to the cast but star power alone cannot mask creative inadequacy. Stealing a diamond necklace is bad but wasting an opportunity like this is unforgivable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/5 72% Ibiza (2018) The three leads are so strong that one wishes Netflix had granted them a whole series to live in, their everyday lives worthy of a deeper dive.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
1/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy remains the life of the party, but this is not a party you'll want to attend.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 27% Zoe (2018) Doremus, and screenwriter Richard Greenberg, have packed their film with intriguing questions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
2/5 52% Duck Butter (2018) After their seemingly endless day together, it's hard to feel invested in what might happen to them next, despite committed performances from Shawkat and Costa.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
2/5 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The lessons at the end are as superficial as the culture the film was originally trying to critique.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) It rattles along at a fair lick, never resting for too long before another nasty surprise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 88% 6 Balloons (2018) At just over an hour, it feels worthy of expansion, but as a short, sharp reminder of the sprawling horror of addiction, it makes its point with a stinging sadness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 77% Gemini (2018) It's a delicious appetizer but you'll crave more.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The film in general moves at a sleeker pace, with more of an actual plot to match the shiny visuals. It's strange given that Del Toro, a newly minted Oscar-winning director, couldn't make a more entertaining film than Uprising's Steven S DeKnight,‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/5 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Audience members will be too busy sighing at the screen to be scared.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon won't be short of critics (and many of them will be adamant that its story is either unimportant or, gasp, amoral) but within its sleek studio skeleton, there's genuine heart.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is more than mere visuals and it will shock, fascinate and haunt whatever screen it's watched on.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/5 83% Game Night (2018) The Jason Bateman comedy model hasn't quite been radically altered in Game Night but it's one of his more entertaining outings. Just don't count on remembering much of it once the night is over.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) ... Red Sparrow is not exactly the home run Lawrence could do with right now. But it's far from a disaster.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 33% Irreplaceable You (2018) By the end, Irreplaceable You could be replaced by pretty much any other terminal romance and it would be hard to notice the difference.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) As usual it's left entirely up to the beleaguered Johnson to make any of it even remotely watchable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Cloverfield Paradox is an unholy mess.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/5 78% Generation Wealth (2018) An ambitious essay documentary that is often brilliant but is let down by a parallel focus on Greenfield's own family and career which becomes too sentimental and stretches the film out beyond its natural length.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mosaic (2017) Mosaic is undeniably a mixed proposition but ultimately feels like a worthy folly nonetheless.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) There's a trademark slickness that sells it and while recognizable tropes are present, there's something warm and comforting about their familiarity, and it helps that they play out within such fantastical, fresh-feeling surroundings.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 86% 1922 (2017) There's an unshakable menace that lingers, a tale of guilt and regret that burrows its way under the skin.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Like Winslet's character, Allen is stuck in the past and Wonder Wheel is a crushing reminder of his present.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) It's Groundhog Day meets Scream, although lacking the first film's novelty and the latter's postmodern smarts.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/5 96% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) It's a bittersweet film: for every strong figure willing to put their life on the line for a bigger cause, there's another who's been beaten or murdered as a direct result for displaying such braveness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 91% Gerald's Game (2017) It's a barnstorming showcase for Gugino, so often underused, who tackles a difficult, physically restricted role with gusto.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a film of disappointing anonymity, a half-baked TV movie masquerading as Oscarbait, a curious misstep for the Oscar-nominated indie auteur.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The franchise is showing signs of fatigue but for now, there's enough here to play with.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 40% 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 (2018) 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 18% Submergence (2018) 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 91% 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 62% 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 51% 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 85% 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 74% Mom and Dad (2018) There's something refreshingly upfront about Mom and Dad.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
4/5 99% 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 90% I, Tonya (2018) 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 82% Molly's Game (2018) 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 92% 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 41% 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 77% 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 89% 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 85% 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 97% 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 16% 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