Ben Nicholson
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For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Tribe
Lowest review score: 40 Half of a Yellow Sun
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
43 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Force Majeure is a gripping and deftly observed drama that adds caustic condemnation through its embracing of humour.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    It’s meditative, beautiful, utterly fascinating, and one of the year’s finest documentary achievements.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    '71
    '71 is a pulse-raising actioner that stumbles a little in navigating the typically hazardous political terrain.
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Baumbach is never likely to make a film that doesn't engage with interesting issue, but on this occasion he's made something smart and relevant that really brings the funny, arguably making this his most widely appealing film to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Rife with the director's trademark stylistic preferences, this is a blast of an idiosyncratic comedy full of brilliant deadpan performances that offer a wickedly funny and poignant conclusion to the fable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Stevens is excellent both as the cordial house guest and the brooding time- bomb ever present beneath his earnest veneer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Guardians of the Galaxy is undoubtedly a flashy space opera, but if you are on board with that, it's a resounding success that takes a seat at Marvel's top table and suggests there could still be life after The Avengers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Godard is not willing to sit back in his dotage but strives to push at the boundaries of the medium, resulting in this rich, witty and thoroughly baffling provocation. Less of a narrative or a thesis than an esoteric patchwork visual essay condemning our fallen society, it's intent on being as abrasive as possible in almost every way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Interstellar may not be perfect, but tent-pole filmmaking with such ambition and grandeur is always worth celebrating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    It is, after all, the Baymax show - and he is cute, cuddly, comedy gold. Fortunately, although Big Hero 6 has various flaws, he's generally on hand to patch them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Gere does a fantastic job of embodying this broken man... It's an incredibly moving performance that lends Time Out of Mind emotional weight and anchors this contemplation of a man adrift in a world that doesn't appear to care.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Nicholson
    Despite a delicate handling of Kyle's internal struggles on home soil, deeper complexity appears to lie just out of frame throughout.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    While it is serious, Hogg also manages to insert some oddball humour and a little hopeful levity into the proceedings. The fractures provide the absolutely riveting subject matter, but Exhibition shows the potential for healing and confirms its director's place at the forefront of intriguing British filmmakers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    With so many elements working on such a high plain, it is ultimately a shame that The Theory of Everything remains a formulaic biopic with a scope far narrower than its subject. Still, it broaches universal themes through the story of a man who studies the universe, and succeeds in being a life and love-affirming along the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    22 Jump Street is hugely successful in retaining - and in many instances, improving upon - the qualities of it predecessor and pitching some jokes that will still have people chuckling for days afterwards.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    In only ever managing to skim the surface, the spirit of their crusade is never really evoked. What's left is ultimately a handsome, and at times heart-stopping voyage that never lives up to its classic forebears.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Certain sequences are handled exceptionally... but others feel overblown and some characters underwhelm. That’s not to say that Black Sea is not an enjoyable – and at times, enthralling – aquatic adventure, it just never quite thrills as much as it spills, and flounders during some of its more emotional beats.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Quieter moments do punctuate the tension - though the mood never sheds the lingering stench of impending death - and the characters are allowed time to breathe and inject a little colour to their long-standing relationships.

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