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 5.1 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 Filth and Wisdom
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    The film's economical style, vivid cinematography and tremendous acting should attract audiences far and wide.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Affectionate, funny and action-packed sci-fi spoof.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    A smart and sophisticated comedy romp.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Bennett
    De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.