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

Ray Bennett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mamma Mia!
Lowest review score: 20 Filth and Wisdom
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 158
  2. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    A so-called black comedy that is more sort of dull, spotty and yucky.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Bennett
    With neither great insight nor any sign of wit, the film is not likely to capture interest outside France.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    A gore fest aimed at indiscriminate action fans. Those interested in learning more about goings on in medieval history will probably find the splatter tedious and off-putting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    Affectionate, funny and action-packed sci-fi spoof.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Bennett
    Jonathan Lynn's lamentable black comedy Wild Target again shows that attractive and charismatic actors can do nothing to save a movie that's charmless, pointless and witless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Bennett
    The movie is filled with small moments of tenderness, insight and considerable wisdom.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Bennett
    A full-flavored, absorbing tragedy.
    • 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.

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