Ben X Reviews

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?
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.
December 29, 2008
The film is harrowing, if maybe a bit melodramatic, until it crashes and burns in a feel-good ending.
October 24, 2008
There's not a moment of warmth or ease in Ben X, Nic Balthazar's punishingly cacophonous debut.
October 19, 2008
Balthazar's aesthetic is ugly, aloof, maddeningly literal and unimaginative.
August 29, 2008
It is based on a successful play and has won festival awards. But its convoluted plot and an ending which we are not sure is real or fantasy prevent it striking home as well as it might.
August 29, 2008
This "issue" movie from Belgian director Nic Balthazar throws a dramatic feint so improbable one can almost see a cartoon question mark floating above the audience's heads.
August 29, 2008
It's a promising idea that hits the skids.
August 29, 2008
The next it has cast all narrative sense to the winds as it grabs desperately at a triumphant (even feel-good) ending. So much good work, undone at a stroke.
August 29, 2008
Ben X is about nothing and nothing.
August 29, 2008
The film's moral, technological and psychological themes are glazed over, and the manner in which Ben finally conquers his personal demons is laughably overblown.
December 5, 2007
[Director Nic] Balthazar's determination to draw a positive message from a negative situation doesn't quite fit.