Ben is Back Reviews

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March 20, 2019
A gripping entertainment that gets across worthwhile truths about contemporary strains of an ancient disease.
March 19, 2019
When Julia Roberts is good, she's really good.
March 18, 2019
Expect nice acting from Roberts and Hedges, an awful lot of swearing from the former and a Christmas Eve that seems to go on for ever.
March 18, 2019
Ben is a much more slippery character than you think...but Roberts is at her best in the movie's first hour, when everything is still up in the air, as her megawatt smile flickers with uncertainty and little prickles of dread over what Ben might do next.
March 18, 2019
While Roberts and Hedges work together to conjure the sense of a loving, fraught relationship, the film itself rarely takes any risks, either from a narrative or visual standpoint.
March 18, 2019
Holly might be a suburban mother but experience has made her a streetfighter in spirit. Never mind Ben, Roberts is back.
March 18, 2019
The astonishing chemistry makes you wonder how long Julia Roberts had secretly been Lucas Hedges' mother without telling anyone.
March 17, 2019
Roberts is often the best, or one of the best, things about any film she's in - and Ben Is Back is no different.
March 17, 2019
The material feels more like a play than a film, its drama shrunk down into a single, digestible day, but it's affecting in its muted seriousness.
March 15, 2019
This is one of those rare Hollywood movies that keeps you guessing, where you don't see the ending coming 20 minutes in.
March 15, 2019
[Roberts] plays Ben's mother with sadness, desperation and inner steel. She is the primary reason to see this film.
March 15, 2019
I enjoyed this, the performances are fantastic - but I preferred it without the drama, if that makes sense.
March 15, 2019
Hedges and Roberts do their substantial best to keep it real, but there's a final-act lurch into melodrama that seems at odds with the earlier sensitivity.
March 14, 2019
[Lucas Hedges] brings a double-edged quality to his role as the recovering addict.
March 14, 2019
[Chalamet] can't save this faux gritty film from its melodramatic plotting or its public-service-announcement-style moralising.
March 14, 2019
[Julia Roberts is] at her very best here, playing a fierce and desperate mother determined to stick by her first-born whatever the cost.
March 14, 2019
Ben is Back injects a good deal of heart, but the half-baked script becomes all style and no substance.
March 14, 2019
The whole is rather less than its constituent parts - which didn't really fit together in the first place.
March 13, 2019
Roberts is terrific as a loving, protective, terrified mother. Her chemistry with Hedges is riveting.
March 13, 2019
It's awesome if you're in the mood (for Roberts at least). It's awful, or close, if you're not.
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