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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Polished, funny and utterly charming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    As surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Clever and fast-paced thriller.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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