For 158 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Bennett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Coriolanus
Lowest review score: 20 Filth and Wisdom
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The kind of drama that British television used to do so well, a well-constructed, smartly observed story of ordinary people learning how to communicate with one another.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Fierce and tragic tale of lost hope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Herzog's strangely beautiful film has marvelous music and hypnotic imagery. A documentary for stoners and people who are that way naturally, it is a cautionary tale for wishful thinkers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The film is about vanity and pride, and the caging of beauty. Its elaborate fabrication has an intoxicating quality that captures the imagination like all good horror stories.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Owen carries the film more in the tradition of a Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda than a Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford. He has to wear flip-flops for part of the time without losing his dignity, and he never reaches for a weapon or guns anyone down. Cuaron and Owen may have created the first believable 21st-century movie hero.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The performers are all good with Baquero poised and beautiful as Ofelia and Verdu vital and spirited as the rebellious Mercedes. Lopez gives an extraordinary performance as the bestial captain, an irredeemable villain to rank with Ralph Fiennes' Nazi in "Schindler's List."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The Coens' typically superior filmmaking sustains the electrifying mood for most of the picture, but they are undone by being too faithful to the source novel by Cormac McCarthy.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The film is dark, gloomy and without music, but it is also observant and highly suspenseful, with Mungiu using his often static camera to balance banal cruelty with simple generosity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The director, who also wrote the script, achieves a keen-eyed view of the Turkish expatriates in this film while sustaining his remarkable ability to make them universal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The new picture allows hardly any flourishes of style and character in the 007 tradition, but moviegoers seeking an adrenaline rush will be well pleased.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Phoenix plays the romantic lead with great intelligence and enormous charm, making his character's conflict utterly believable, and Paltrow positively glows as the radiant shiksa who dazzles him.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Shot on beautifully utilized film but employing images vividly from the Internet and mobile phones, it's an examination of the power that false ideas may have on people's imagination and beliefs when they are repeated over and over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Assayas makes the point that objects of fascination and affection to one generation may be far less so to the next. And he observes the role that people-friendly museums can play in keeping a nation's treasures safe with pleasing subtlety.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia's mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Amiel's greatest achievement is that Creation is a deeply human film with moments of genuine lightness and high spirits to go with all the deep thinking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The film gets seriously weird as it goes along, but without losing its sense of direction or taste for offbeat humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Only the film's slow pace softens its powerful message.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Good-humored, illuminating and without cant, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's documentary South of the Border is a rebuttal of what he views as the fulminations and lies of right-wing media at home and abroad regarding the socialist democracies of South America.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Jaunty and entertaining.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The film is in the tradition of fighting-the-system stories drawn from real life such as "Erin Brokovich," and its powerful emotional appeal should draw a substantial grownup audience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Affectionate, funny and action-packed sci-fi spoof.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    While the men are Danish, there is a universality to their story and a vitality in the filmmaking that should see the documentary in demand around the world.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Grungy and uneven, but it has a rollicking pace and clearly intends to be good fun so that audiences may overlook its unsteady rhythms, pretensions and inconsistencies and take it for the fast and very furious ride it wants to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Moviegoers who know their American political history will respond to the film's immediacy and forgive the film's tight focus and narrow view. Anyone hoping for an entertaining drama about newsmen and politics along the lines of "All the President's Men" will be disappointed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Thought-provoking story of how terror and paranoia affect two Americans who love their country.

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