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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Bennett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Brokeback Mountain
Lowest review score: 20 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Turns Jane Austen's nimble satire into a lumbering gothic romance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Trite, grim and feebly provocative.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    Complex but cold tale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    Dull film about pedophilia that fails to shed any light on the topic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The film is neither intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Bennett
    Blandly interesting.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Bennett
    The most affecting scenes, however, involve the class of Israeli teenagers visiting Auschwitz.
    • 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.

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