Bigga than Ben

2008

Bigga than Ben

Critics Consensus

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

60%

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Total Count: 10

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 496
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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.

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Critic Reviews for Bigga than Ben

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a depressing, grubby-looking little film with an undercurrent of particularly mean-spirited misogyny. You wonder what Suzie Halewood, the director, was thinking.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    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

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bigga than Ben

  • Oct 14, 2009
    2 guys from russia are coming to london england for one reason, to exploit the system,andget as much cash as they can, petty crimes, and benefit claims to phone card scams,they want to learn the tricks,and loop holes in british law,a exellent story,showing the twos luck, and down on there luck, from living in sheds to shoplifting,anything to make money in the city,a very honest portrayal of todays climate and also commentating on britains relaxed policy on imigration,which is very topical
    scott g Super Reviewer

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