Ben X
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Mildly autistic, Ben keeps to himself. He spends most of his time immersed in the world of computer games. Picked on mercilessly at school, Ben decides to finally plot his revenge.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In adapting his novel and subsequent stage play, first-time writer-director Nic Balthazar seems more intent on impressing World of Warcraft gamers than honestly exploring the inner life of the mildly autistic boy at the center of his story."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium?"
‑ Brian Miller, L.A. Weekly
"From the opening moments, as the graphics of the Archlord online game intercut with the world of Dutch teenager Ben (Greg Timmermans), we know we're in for something special"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Writer/director Nic Balthazar, adapting his own novel, would fool most as a first time filmmaker, as "Ben X" compellingly pulls one into Ben's world..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The Flemish dialogue is not the only distinction of Belgian Nic Balthazar's confident, fearless directorial debut."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"The film is harrowing, if maybe a bit melodramatic, until it crashes and burns in a feel-good ending."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's not a moment of warmth or ease in Ben X, Nic Balthazar's punishingly cacophonous debut."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"There is a lot to like about this daring drama but the final act pushes the suspension of disbelief to the extreme."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"There are lessons to be learned, but rarely have such lessons been transformed into such vivid and emotionally affecting drama."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Undeniably a high-level achievement."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"A provocative, exultant stunner."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The ending is a letdown, as high-tech media mingles with old-school Christian imagery."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"Greg Timmermans gives an exemplary performance as the title character, making his withdrawn loneliness a palpable thing."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is a movie specially made for viewers who like a surprise ending."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Balthazar's aesthetic is ugly, aloof, maddeningly literal and unimaginative."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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