Ben Nicholson
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For 29 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 40 Half of a Yellow Sun
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
29 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.
    • 98 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Force Majeure is a gripping and deftly observed drama that adds caustic condemnation through its embracing of humour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Throughout, each of Ilo Ilo's performers give wonderfully naturalistic turns, providing the entire film with a heartening authenticity.
    • 84 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    '71
    '71 is a pulse-raising actioner that stumbles a little in navigating the typically hazardous political terrain.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    Interstellar may not be perfect, but tent-pole filmmaking with such ambition and grandeur is always worth celebrating.
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ben Nicholson
    This undeniably silly, but raucously entertaining, off-the-wall transhumanist actioner is an absolute riot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    It makes for entertaining viewing but its power is undermined by a ultimate lack of insight amongst the debauchery.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Shock and awe are both present - as is Escalante's intense style - but Heli lacks the ideas or formal dexterity to constitute a state of the nation address in any but the most cursory of ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Salvo ends up feeling like a very bright start for its creators but never quite finds a narrative or thematic drive to match its artistic verve.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    The sheer insanity of the premise alone is enough to make Tusk a surreal hoot.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ben Nicholson
    Although it fundamentally has many of the same issues as the first film, the strengths are enhanced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it's certainly a step forward for the franchise. Now, let's give the web-head a villain worthy of his attention.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ben Nicholson
    An uneven blend of melodrama and the horrors of civil war, it should be anchored by strong leads but instead remains listless and adrift.

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