Ben X Reviews

November 16, 2011
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
April 18, 2008
What leads off like a docudrama of the social ills accompanying a misunderstood condition merges into fantasy until, in very clever ways, director Nic Balthazar turns the medium into the message.
April 18, 2008
It's not the overarching naturalism of the performance that stands out but the conceptual breakdown of the portrayal into smaller, loosely connected segments.
December 5, 2007
[Director Nic] Balthazar's determination to draw a positive message from a negative situation doesn't quite fit.