For 150 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Bennett's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Brokeback Mountain
Lowest review score: 20 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 150
  2. Negative: 10 out of 150
150 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Strong performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as the stern Aunt Mimi, who raised the future Beatle from the age of 5, and Anne-Marie Duff as his troubled mother heighten the dramatic appeal of what otherwise is quite a dull film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in the life of a decent but dull suburban couple and their friends, most of whom you would go out of your way to avoid at a party.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    The film captures the energy, the stresses and the tension of people striking punching bags and each other but without narration, it all feels a bit random and uninteresting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Rowan Joffe's film of Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock" takes a gothic approach to the story of a young thug obsessed with hell with little of the writer's subtlety and too much reliance on a loud quasi-religious choral score.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    As much a memorial as it is a docudrama and as such it will interest educators and students, and make for sober television. It's a pity, though, that more of an attempt wasn't made to understand the killer and explain such things as why no one apparently thought to phone for help or hit the fire alarm.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    There is little suspense, however, and while all the attention on the small details of their lives is laudable, it isn't very interesting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    It's a highly stylized piece of work typical of director Todd Solondz, who renders wildly exaggerated sequences on a topic not generally thought of as a basis for comedy. He leaves it to the viewer to decide if it's insightful whimsy or meaningless drivel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Dull film about pedophilia that fails to shed any light on the topic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A plucky little bird that just won't fly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    The film is filled with deeply unpleasant and stupid people whose vapid speech is largely incomprehensible due to thick regional accents.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A lame and disappointing affair.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Jackman does everything required of him, and his range is quite admirable, while Weisz, who has nothing to prove, does looking gorgeous very nicely.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Lacking coherence and suspense, the picture is likely to attract a cult following while disappointing Coppola's fan base.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A short, dour and stodgy creature feature with average 3D effects that draws on so many film influences from westerns, action adventures and sci-fi tales that what fun there is comes from spotting the many sources.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A so-called black comedy that is more sort of dull, spotty and yucky.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    With neither great insight nor any sign of wit, the film is not likely to capture interest outside France.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    By this time, cinematographer Fred Kelemen's mostly stationary camera has revealed about all there is to see in a fine array of textures in such things as the wooden table, the rough floors, the walls of stone, the ropes on the horse and the skin on the boiled potatoes. That does not, however, make up for the almost complete lack of information about the two characters, and so it is easy to become indifferent to their fate, whatever it is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    Surrealism is one thing, but The Intruder appears so ill defined and random that it ends up looking simply inept.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    The track records of the performers are impeccable, but Issit has obviously never watched an awards show or similar event where comedy actors appear unscripted. Placing the weight of such a preposterous storyline on their improvisational shoulders was a disaster waiting to happen. And it happened.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    The sad result is a karaoke nightmare. Loud and pointlessly crude, the film takes the disintegration of a dysfunctional working-class family and gives it the song-and-dance treatment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    The English term "shambolic" best describes a slow-paced, bloated and self-indulgent picture that combines science fiction, sophomoric humor and grisly violence soaked in a music-video sensibility.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    Eden Lake has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it's really a contemptible tract feeding the prejudices of the U.K.'s rightwing tabloids that claim the country is overrun by teenagers wielding knives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    Filmed in permanent twilight with a static camera and no music, it is gloomy and unrewarding with an oblique and uninformative script.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Ray Bennett
    An embarrassment to all concerned, the film was written, directed and produced by Soderbergh for reasons that are not readily apparent.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Ray Bennett
    Witless, soulless and joyless, it displays its video game origins throughout.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Ray Bennett
    Ragged, uneven and potholed with some dire dialogue and performances.