Ben X Reviews

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August 23, 2018
The journey is pretty bleak, rarely varies in tone and as for Ben, just as he struggles to relate to the world, how are we meant to relate to him?
September 26, 2017
The ambitious themes are treated with great sensitivity and imaginative power in a tale that is both touching and beguiling, pushing beyond the form and frame of conventional feature-length fiction.
November 16, 2011
August 29, 2009
From the opening moments, as the graphics of the Archlord online game intercut with the world of Dutch teenager Ben (Greg Timmermans), we know we're in for something special
March 26, 2009
There is a lot to like about this daring drama but the final act pushes the suspension of disbelief to the extreme.
March 12, 2009
Greg Timmermans gives an exemplary performance as the title character, making his withdrawn loneliness a palpable thing.
March 2, 2009
Writer/director Nic Balthazar, adapting his own novel, would fool most as a first time filmmaker, as "Ben X" compellingly pulls one into Ben's world...
February 26, 2009
There are lessons to be learned, but rarely have such lessons been transformed into such vivid and emotionally affecting drama.
February 26, 2009
In adapting his novel and subsequent stage play, first-time writer-director Nic Balthazar seems more intent on impressing World of Warcraft gamers than honestly exploring the inner life of the mildly autistic boy at the center of his story.
February 24, 2009
This is a movie specially made for viewers who like a surprise ending.
December 29, 2008
The film is harrowing, if maybe a bit melodramatic, until it crashes and burns in a feel-good ending.
December 5, 2008
A provocative, exultant stunner.
November 26, 2008
The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium?
November 21, 2008
The Flemish dialogue is not the only distinction of Belgian Nic Balthazar's confident, fearless directorial debut.
October 24, 2008
Undeniably a high-level achievement.
October 24, 2008
There's not a moment of warmth or ease in Ben X, Nic Balthazar's punishingly cacophonous debut.
October 22, 2008
The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium?
October 19, 2008
Balthazar's aesthetic is ugly, aloof, maddeningly literal and unimaginative.
October 18, 2008
Ben X boldly melds virtual reality with live-action vrit style and docudrama to create what may be a new film grammar.
August 29, 2008
There's an especially important central theme to this striking teen drama that gives the film a potent urgency.
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