Bigga than Ben (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bigga than Ben (2008)




Critic Consensus: Bigga Than Ben is offensive and maybe slightly misogynistic, but still a provocative and crass slice of immigrant life in London.

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Two aimless but good-natured Moscow youths attempt to avoid military service by traveling to London, only to find that life in the United Kingdom capitol isn't so easy when you're a flat-broke illegal immigrant. Cobakka (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are confident that they will find success in the shadow of Big Ben, so they leave their hometown of Moscow behind in order to pursue their dreams of success in a foreign land. But while Cobakka and Spiker may not be born criminals, they aren't above pulling off a scam or two in order to make a buck. Upon arriving in London, this pair of likeable rogues repeatedly finds that in a dog-eat-dog world, they are usually the ones served up on a silver platter. The rules of the game are much different in London than they were back in Moscow, yet despite their most sincere efforts to get with the program, Cobakka and Spiker always seem to wind up two steps backward for each stride ahead.


Ben Barnes
as Cobakka
Jeff Mirza
as Dennis
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Critic Reviews for Bigga than Ben

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The performances are spiky, the use of varied locations is fresh and the dialogue - 'How could I ever imagine that I, a Moscow hooligan and Nazi would become a negro lover?' - is warmingly non-exemplary.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This lively comedy feels like about half a movie, as the inventive Borat-like hilarity runs out of steam after about an hour

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

Bigga Than Ben is small-scale, episodic and not without its sins of omission. But it looks as if it speaks the truth and is considerably more entertaining and thought-provoking than most of the week's other offerings.

October 10, 2008
London Evening Standard

It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Total Film

Where she's less sure is the disintegration of the friendship between Spiker and Cobakka. It's less than convincing and strangely unaffecting because - to be brutally honest - they're both a pair of neo-Nazi gits.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Sky Movies

Still, it's an enterprising little movie in its location shooting, and I warmed to it - an overeagerness to entertain is hardly the worst crime.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Audience Reviews for Bigga than Ben


Sweet & bitter. Catchy hilarious but rather noir & painfully realistic in vein. Sorta cool & creative overall; the ending is particularly something though the twist & turn looking a bit abrupt from the midway. Ben Barnes was way much better in this one than him in [The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian]. Andrei Chadov was, indeed, also fit for Barnes' sidekick.


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