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 3.2 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 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The film is neither intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Complex but cold tale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Brainlessly entertaining action picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Trite, grim and feebly provocative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Tedious humor and sentimentality bury what could have been a pretty good road picture.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    An earnest tale about a faded rock star who discovers he has a teenaged daughter and takes her on the road, Janie Jones follows a predictable path and despite decent performances it does not catch fire.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Blandly interesting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Remaking eccentric English comedies is seldom a good idea, especially the ones from Ealing Studios with all those wonderful character actors. But against all odds, the new version of St. Trinian's almost pulls it off.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Surveillance will please the B-movie crowd in theaters and on into the ancillaries
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    The film may attract older moviegoers curious to see their generation represented onscreen doing what comes naturally for once. It's doubtful that the general audience will be so inclined.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Turns Jane Austen's nimble satire into a lumbering gothic romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    The film's action takes place mainly in one room, with the five characters posturing like angry macho men but slowly revealing their arrested development and juvenile ignorance of life in general and women in particular.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    While Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime is billed as a comedy it's more funny odd than funny ha-ha.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A lame and disappointing affair.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    As writer, Allen offers lazy plotting, poor characterization, dull scenes and flat dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A plucky little bird that just won't fly.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Dull film about pedophilia that fails to shed any light on the topic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    With neither great insight nor any sign of wit, the film is not likely to capture interest outside France.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A so-called black comedy that is more sort of dull, spotty and yucky.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Lacking coherence and suspense, the picture is likely to attract a cult following while disappointing Coppola's fan base.
    • 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.

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