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 Bubble
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    Paced at warp speed with spectacular action sequences rendered brilliantly and with a cast so expert that all the familiar characters are instantly identifiable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    Director Julian Schnabel and screenwriter Ronald Harwood have performed a small miracle in adapting for the screen Jean-Dominique Bauby's autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    Anne Proulx's 1997 short story in the New Yorker has been masterfully expanded by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana to provide director Lee with his best movie since "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    A ferociously entertaining thriller with sympathetic characters, stunning set pieces and pulsating excitement.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    It's a delightful piece of filmmaking with a marvelous cast topped by Meryl Streep in one of her smartest and most entertaining performances ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Bennett
    Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in Coriolanus as William Shakespeare's Rambo in a production that delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Most of all, Earhart wanted to be able to fly free as a bird above the clouds, and director Nair and star Swank make her quest not only understandable but truly impressive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Polished, funny and utterly charming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    The filmmakers succeed brilliantly in weaving these stories together, taking time to explore depth of character and relationships. The suspense builds throughout as everyone involved becomes lost in a place they don't understand with people they don't know if they can trust.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    With compelling and charismatic performances by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as the lovers, and a stunning contribution from Romola Garai as their remorseful nemesis, the film goes directly to "The English Patient" territory and might also expect rapturous audiences and major awards.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    That rare beast, a terrific movie that boasts intelligent wit, expert storytelling, delightful characters and grown-up dialogue plus suspense and a wicked surprise ending.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Atom Egoyan has delivered a big, slick and sexy mystery in Where the Truth Lies, turning the Rupert Holmes novel into a sumptuous tale of show business hype and duplicity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    With a cast of Scottish, German and French actors all speaking their own language, writer-director Christian Carion has fashioned a deeply moving and uplifting piece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    It's very difficult to mesh fantasy with reality, but with great charm and a light touch, Almodovar shows exactly how it should be done.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    It succeeds on almost all fronts. The epic film is a high-octane adventure rooted in fact with a raft of arresting characters, big action sequences and twists and turns galore.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    It is a sumptuously told tale of childlike wonder in the face of darkest corruption and war, mixing high comedy, surreal sequences and genuine drama viewed from a wise, jaundiced perspective.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Very funny and a bit sentimental, it's naturalistic comedy of the highest order, with Evets and Henshaw standouts among a terrific cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    By keeping his (Daly) focus on the two remarkable youngsters without an ounce of sentimentality he succeeds in making something true and satisfying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    It is a tremendous achievement that shines a light on the way many countries use criminals to further their domestic and international goals. Politically informative, it also offers great drama with excitement and suspense, and no little tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Clever and fast-paced thriller.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The movie is filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The brutality of the fights and Schizo's growing ability to outfox his enemies make for a taut and exciting little picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Some of the metaphors are a bit too literal but the director largely succeeds with his story and the surprises are convincing. Best of all the film has a terrific sense of humor and the young actresses exploit it delightfully.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    A smart and sophisticated comedy romp.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Brutal but believable, the film in some ways harks back to early Hollywood, when Jimmy Cagney or Richard Widmark played callow villains out of their depth in everyday life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Powerfully moving but laced with incisive wit, Don't Tell has terrific performances with a wise tone and polished look.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Astonishingly powerful documentary about really, really hard work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Jaunty and entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    There is a lot of very black humor; and it develops, somewhat surprisingly, into something suggesting a kind of cheerful pessimism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Will mesmerize some and mystify others, while many will be bored silly. It's not a dream, Kaufman says, but it has a dreamlike quality, and those won over by its otherworldly jigsaw puzzle of duplicated characters, multiple environments and shifting time frames will dissect it endlessly.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The film is well worth seeing for its views of the parched wilderness of far-flung Brazil and its talkative depiction of an unlikely friendship.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Beautifully shot and well acted, the film might well cause controversy among fundamentalist believers as a provocative allegory challenging the power of faith.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, the film could do well with audiences who have a taste for creepy films about murder in the suburbs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Matt Dillon is pitch-perfect as Bukowski's alter ego Hank Chinaski.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Atkinson remains an expert clown, and there are sufficient numbers of gags to ensure that Bean fans worldwide will be kept fairly happy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Despite top-flight acting from Michael Caine and Jude Law, it loses its grip in the third act and let's the air out of what might have been a memorably gripping film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The star of the show is undoubtedly Blanchett, who has great fun playing Dylan as a showboat who quite knowingly goes about creating his reputation for rebellious independence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The film's economical style, vivid cinematography and tremendous acting should attract audiences far and wide.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    As surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Well crafted and acted, Declan Recks' Irish domestic drama Eden, adapted from his own play by Eugene O'Brien, offers an intimate portrait of a husband and wife who have stopped communicating with each other.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Paced deliberately in a way that reinforces the tragedy of evil flourishing when good men do nothing, Good may find boxoffice returns slow to build but the film's aim is true and patient audiences will be well rewarded.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    It's entertaining nonsense with major league special effects, larger-than-life characters and inventive monsters that draw on the "Aliens" and "Predator" models, being terrifying but also vaguely sympathetic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The cast is uniformly fine, but Abbass and Lipaz-Michael shine as two women who bond in the fear that the best of their lives is over and neither of them is happy with what the future holds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    It's a well-constructed and thoughtfully paced drama and almost a thriller, but in the end credibility and tension get lost in the mail.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Murphy's comic brilliance is at the service of the story and he positively shines with a number of diverse and zany impersonations, most enjoyably a Jesse Jackson takeoff.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A handsome, fast-paced and innocuous adventure that's easy to take but lacks epic scale.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A polished, fast-moving, entertaining picture whose mainstream success will depend on audiences' tolerance of its tendency to become an abattoir of extreme carnage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A winning combination of laughs and genuine shocks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A ramshackle but likeable story.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Marianne Faithfull is unforgettable as a middle-class, middle-aged frump …in Sam Garbarski's crowd-pleasing comedy-drama Irina Palm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Presented as a straight documentary about an American pop singer who had one U.K. hit in the 1960s as a member of a boy band and has gone missing ever since, but it plays like the slyest of spoofs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    In a fine ensemble with many well-drawn smaller characters, Bleibtreu ("Run Lola Run", "The Baader-Meinhof Complex") as the hapless brother, Unel ("Head On") as the fussy chef and Bederke, as a waitress, all stand out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The real-life tale of a group of female machinists who took on the Ford Motor Co. in England and earned equal pay for women gets a rousing and entertaining telling in Nigel Cole's crowd-pleasing Made in Dagenham.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Played for laughs drawn from characters rather than funny lines, the Norwegian film is a charmer with Stellan Skarsgard for once in a role worthy of his attention.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    It satisfies not only in the tradition of yarns boiled hard and wry, but as a savvy comment on fame and ambition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    It's an impressive movie, but the indie filmmaker has little to add to the debate beyond the eternal truth that the innocent always suffer most.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    Could easily be filled with cliches but in the hands of filmmaker John Gray, it's a sparkling piece of entertainment that deserves a wide audience.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 most affecting scenes, however, involve the class of Israeli teenagers visiting Auschwitz.