Ben Nicholson


Ben Nicholson
Ben Nicholson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Little White Lies The Skinny CineVue

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 55% Hi-so (2011) Interesting, rather than captivating viewing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 13% Safe Haven (2013) Despite Hough and Duhamel's best efforts to inject some chemistry into proceedings, their relationship is gratingly insipid stuff. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 50% Breath Of The Gods (2013) It provides enough interesting material throughout and in fact proves a strangely soothing and relaxing experience in itself. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 67% For Ellen (2012) A poignant and honest look at a difficult situation, anchored by a stand-out performance from Dano. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Fall Of The Essex Boys (2013) Tired genre fare that delivers little in the way of insight. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 22% Do Elephants Pray? (2013) Its message of eschewing materialism is placed alongside surreal comedy, with supporting characters that are either grotesque or delightfully odd-ball, yet are never less than entertaining. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Russian Fairytale (2011) A brilliantly compelling and unwavering piece of filmmaking, quite literally going underground to show people how life really is for these youths. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 72% Dwae-ji-ui wang (The King of Pigs) (2013) The King of Pigs throws an awful lot at the audience, though without providing much reason for it to stick in the memory. The animation is also somewhat of a mixed bag. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 20% Hollow (2012) Whilst Axelgaard as a director could be one to watch, in this instance he's regrettably hamstrung by the tired trappings of the found footage cycle, into which he is unable to breathe fresh air. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Pod sluncem tma (Solar Eclipse) (2012) Deeper delving into the concerns would undoubtedly have made for a more urgent and compelling documentary. Despite this, Solar Eclipse should be commended for trying to bring to light such a relevant and contentious issue. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 85% Happy, Happy (2011) Happy, Happy remains an engaging piece which has good performances from all its leads and is solidly directed by the débutante. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 63% We Are The Night (2011) We Are the Night never quite hits the right spot. It has plenty of clever moments but it neither provides the requisite entertainment or emotional heft. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 17% Twenty8k (2012) Diverting? Absolutely. Entertaining? Certainly, yet Twenty8k is hampered by an obvious culprit, a lack of depth to its characters and overall themes. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 18% St George's Day (2012) A fairly unremarkable crime caper that boasts production value and an impressive cast but is hampered by a sub-par script. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 60% Love (2011) A diverting way to spend an hour and a half, featuring some stunning cinematography and enthusiastic bombast by the bucket load. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 69% I Am Bruce Lee (2012) I Am Bruce Lee does a fine job showing just what his legacy has been as well as perfectly illustrating his charm, charisma, speed, and grace. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 69% Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) It's an important issue that can be appealing even to those without a burning passion for cars, electric or otherwise. It also has the added bonus of positivity. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 95% Ping Pong (2012) Win or lose, Ping Pong is a gentle, light-hearted and at times comedic testament to an active mind. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
No Score Yet Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) Dumont doubles down on slapstick comedy, from Keatonesque pratfalls and the splattering of cowpats from the heavens on characters' heads to the propensity of the local deputy for driving his car on two wheels. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) The final product is more akin to a séance, a communion with a lost soul keen to still be heard from beyond the veil. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
97% Columbus (2017) From all the formal elegance there emerges something subtly but profoundly affecting about family and friendship. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 99% Selma (2015) A vital and timely missive to a new generation that is as sobering as it is uplifting, all built around a performance of astounding accomplishment. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
No Score Yet Sennan Asbestos Disaster (Nippon Asbest Village) (2016) A three-and-a-half-hour epic that blends traditions of direct cinema documentaries about political campaigns and court cases with intimate glimpses of chronic suffering. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin, a derivative but enjoyable take on the Winnie the Pooh characters, contains enough of the original property's charm to win through - largely due to the wonderful voice work from long-time Pooh vocal actor Jim Cummings. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
75% Fraud (2018) Its enigmatic quality... makes it all the more alluring. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/5 91% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) A ranging, challenging work. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 70% Four Corners (2013) Revelations thus never pack the punch they should and the endgame lacks the electricity that the performances might have generated. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
70% Lek and the Dogs (Ivan and the Dogs) (2018) The focus on a social outcast allows Kötting to push Lek to the furthest periphery yet, while the play's multimedia texture prefigures his employment of various visual and formal techniques that blur recollection, imagination and warped psychology. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 95% A Cambodian Spring (2018) The immediate experience is exhilarating - especially in powerful moments like impromptu rallies or villagers banding together to protect Venerable Sovath from the religious authorities - but the overall one can feel a little muddled. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet A Prominent Patient (Masaryk) (2016) The visuals add exactly the kind of polish that this prestige picture is aiming for, and although there are a few far-travelling accents in the supporting cast, the whole thing is anchored by the typically-assured Roden. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a rich and profound character study grappling with questions of race, masculinity, sexuality, class, and love with unerring confidence and poetry. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
5/5 100% It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) An inventive animated masterpiece that will hopefully reach a wider audience that it it can affect and inspire. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
3/5 69% Free Fire (2017) There's perhaps little of Free Fire that will linger too long in the memory after the credits roll, but there's still fun to be had. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) The visuals echo the sensation of running your hand over a surface, giving Aquarius a completely apposite tactile quality that Dona Clara would cherish. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 91% Elle (2016) This is a film portraying patriarchal misogyny, not condoning it. However, Verhoeven has no interest in delivering his biting critiques in easily digestible pieces. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 80% Risk (2017) Poitras places her unreliability on centre stage, and in doing so, makes sure that we're acutely aware of how she - and indeed Julian Assange - want us to digest each frame of Risk. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 80% Deliver Us (2017) There are no set pieces here, which there could well have been. The director is not tempted to employ familiar techniques of shooting or representing this events usually confined to horror movies. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The characters are not unfeeling automatons, but the almost Brechtian removal of sentimental cues makes the observations about our baser instincts all the more confrontational. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) It's just a shame that despite some funny moments, Pitch Perfect 3 isn't quite the same quality of material as before, meaning the Bellas close on something of a bum note. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) There's ample complexity and nuance written into these issues and characters, but it only intermittently coalesces to truly satisfying ends. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/5 88% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) It's a film swimming in symbolism, transgressive eroticism and perplexing details that will infuriate some audiences but for others will add to its irresistible allure. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) Suwichakornpong confidently defies conventional forms and linearity. She collapses the past into the present as a way to probe the haunted recesses of both national and personal memory. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
5/5 90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) That is Kieslowski's underlying point; that each death is a morally repugnant as the other -- and A Short Film About Killing tackles that subject with gloomy poetry and undeniable power. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
4/5 88% Mimosas (2017) The land is glorious and forbidding and the soundtrack's howling winds whip up and exacerbate the feeling of isolation, but onwards they plod. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
4/5 93% Neruda (2016) Tribute is paid to Pablo Neruda's memory by mixing an exquisite and irreverent cocktail of his passions: poetry, politics and pulp. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/5 32% Salt and Fire (2017) [Salt and Fire] is littered with preposterous musings and every line intentionally overwritten to surreal effect. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/5 85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Wise beyond her years, [Nika, played by Bronislawa Zamachowska] has a curt, verging on antagonistic relationship with her old man, but she's a ray of light in an otherwise grave endeavour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 87% Christine (2016) A knotty, funny, ambiguous character study with an exceptional turn from Rebecca Hall. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
4/5 97% Spotlight (2015) It's as a scrupulous whole that Spotlight truly shines as one of the year's finest and most compelling dramas. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 91% La La Land (2016) La La Land is finely cut, A-grade nostalgia that proves nigh-on-impossible to resist. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017