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 Star Trek
Lowest review score: 20 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Complex but cold tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Colorful, noisy and brimming with special effects, the picture may please young audiences simply looking for loud action, but its corny storyline and brittle lack of warmth may discourage both parents and children.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Cantet keeps a lid on a story that he could have easily exploited, but he makes his points about beauty, fulfillment, self-indulgence and delusion with a measured hand.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Whether or not Bobby Kennedy was the man his supporters believed him to be, the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was silenced when he was gunned down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Being in Paris is to be inside a work of art, and it is no surprise that in the charming collection of vignettes that make up Paris je t'aime, the art is love.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Brainlessly entertaining action picture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Shot in high definition and filmed at many historic locations, the film somehow still lacks the splendor of an epic, and its urgency to get on with the next plot point leaves much unexplained while context goes out the window.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    A penchant for suffocating close-ups and an overabundance of scenes that go on far too long mar Abdellatif Kechiche's The Secret of the Grain, an otherwise engaging drama about an immigrant Arab family in France.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The real pirate radio ships, whose days ended in 1967, wound up being towed away for salvage but the film avoids that fate -- like the best rock songs -- with a rousing finish and a pleasing climax.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The film is neither intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The most affecting scenes, however, involve the class of Israeli teenagers visiting Auschwitz.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The observational detail is impressive and the two men's growing affection is well-drawn but Takerman's depiction of the conventions and strictures of religion and the impulses of two closeted gay men are too understated to achieve universality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The drive to keep alive the name of a young American woman who died beneath a U.S.-made bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier in Palestine continues in Simone Bitton's sober documentary Rachel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Tedious humor and sentimentality bury what could have been a pretty good road picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Turns Jane Austen's nimble satire into a lumbering gothic romance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    The film clearly wishes to explore the topic of children having children, but it only inspires a great desire to smack them both.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    A performance film, but sadly the majority of the performers are not the acts that have played at the long-running pop festival over 35 years, but the exhibitionists who make up the crowd.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother is pitched against brother.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    A repellent movie filled with gratuitous violence, Election is bound to find an appreciative audience among those who like their cinematic criminals noisy, stupid and deadly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Ang Lee's lugubrious spy epic Lust, Caution brings to mind what soldiers say about war: that it's long periods of boredom relieved by moments of extremely heightened excitement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Blandly interesting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Politicians, the media, educators, military commanders and a docile public all come under fire in a well-made movie that offers no answers but raises many important questions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Cruz's performance deserves to be seen widely, and it should place her again in line for prizes, but the story's pretensions and downbeat mood will not endear the film to audiences.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    The script by first-time director Li Yu and producer Fang Li introduces some degree of subtlety in the responses of the four principals, but the plot doesn't really hold up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Much of what is shown onscreen is atmospheric filler, while the various characters describe being made outcasts because of their sexuality while holding on to their commitment to their faith.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    What it lacks is a villain, and magic without danger is simply a parlor trick, which is what the film becomes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Trite, grim and feebly provocative.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    With its intelligence at the level of the simple-minded, however, the film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal. Fan boys will no doubt love it, but for the uninitiated it's loud, tedious and, at 147 minutes, way too long.

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