Ben Nicholson

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For 89 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One
Lowest review score: 40 Yakuza Apocalypse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
89 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    Fortunately, Boyhood concludes on a note of such unbridled optimism, Linklater is defying you to leave the auditorium without a grin on your face. Indeed, few will after experiencing this astonishing cinematic treasure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    A highly original and utterly enthralling film that touches on staggeringly expansive themes - more typically expected in the work of master auteur and persistent award-winner Terrence Malick, than from animations.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Nothing is too much, and whilst there is the danger that some will find the unremitting havoc tiresome, Miller's endless innovation keeps things fresh despite the surrounding wasteland.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Taking Eastern watercolours as inspiration, the aesthetic is impressionistic and painterly with a fluidity that imbues the piece with an intrinsic magic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Despite being one of his most ostentatious films to date, the setting, plot, performances and authorial tone on display marry together seamlessly to simultaneously heighten and smooth his trademark style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    The Duke of Burgundy lingers long in the mind and cements its director's much-deserved place as one of the most exhilarating currently at work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Force Majeure is a gripping and deftly observed drama that adds caustic condemnation through its embracing of humour.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Brilliant and moving stuff; another hit for Abrahamson.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    It’s meditative, beautiful, utterly fascinating, and one of the year’s finest documentary achievements.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Grant is absolutely superb as the impassive Geoff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Throughout, each of Ilo Ilo's performers give wonderfully naturalistic turns, providing the entire film with a heartening authenticity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    The dark recesses of a diseased mind may make the headline, but it is the indictment of far more widespread infection that rings out and is striking in its prescience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    It's a singular and deeply resonant work that finds a mesmerising poetry amidst the chiaroscuro rubble of post-colonial Portugal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Weiner may now regret allowing such intimate things to be filmed - indeed he has publicly said that he won't be watching the film - but Kriegman and co-director Steinberg have crafted a hugely lively and compelling portrait.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    '71
    '71 is a pulse-raising actioner that stumbles a little in navigating the typically hazardous political terrain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    The languorous pacing - particularly in the middle section - may lessen the impact on audiences somewhat, and the two-hour runtime seems a little much, but this is important, harrowing and deeply heartfelt lament that deserves to be seen and most definitely heard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    A sense of humour and nostalgia are both employed successfully to skirt the potential inertia of Paul's slowly declining career, and though de Givry's performance is quietly moving, one may have just hoped that Eden would get under its subject's skin a little bit more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    Arabian Nights may frustrate and enervate, but with hindsight these blemishes fade into a gleaming collage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    It's endearing, but unlikely to convert those that have previously resisted the director's charms.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    The Force Awakens barrels back into Lucas' 'lived-in' universe with inextinguishable energy and boundless joie de vivre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    The Martian is ultimately a love letter to the spirit that saw humanity reach for the stars in the first place. When it's channelling that spirit via Damon and witty writing it lifts off, but then can't quite sustain its trajectory in orbit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    The individual tales meanings are obscured by wavering tone and formal gymnastics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    The ultimate message may be a little fuzzy, but Mundruczó has crafted a incredibly cinematic canine parable that remains gripping and inventive from its nose to its tail.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    Gomes has created something truly unique and remarkable; a rally cry against the powers that have choked the fire out of his country and a love song to those he sees rekindling the flame. Its constituent parts may not be perfect, but what a stunning whole.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Notes on Blindness raises fascinating questions about our reliance on visual memory aids and the amount to which we truly experience the world around us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Although A Most Violent Year may hit fever pitch when Abel engages in a nerve-wracking chase of a stolen tanker, it's in the murky uncertainties and frosty climate that it endures and excels.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Not only does Li'l Quinquin's procedural strand evoke countless laughs both macabre - the body that incites the story is found chopped up inside a cow - and slapstick, but also provides the context the exploration of deeper themes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    It's impossible not to be sucked into, but it's equally impossible not to imagine how much more significant No Home Movie might have been.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ben Nicholson
    Slaboshpitsky's The Tribe is gripping, tour de force cinema from its opening jab, and from there it continually forces you against the ropes before delivering a knockout punch with a gut-wrenching conclusion destined to leave audiences stunned.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    The deft and highly emotive handling of his condition and the wider ramifications of his story make The Dark Horse a lot more than merely the against-the-odds chess story that it may initially appear to be.

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