Bigga than Ben
Bigga than Ben (2008)

Two aimless but good-natured Moscow youths attempt to avoid military service by traveling to London, only to find that life in the United Kingdom capitol isn't so easy when you're a flat-broke illegal immigrant. Cobakka (Ben Barnes)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bigga Than Ben is offensive and maybe slightly misogynistic, but still a provocative and crass slice of immigrant life in London.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

The performances are spiky, the use of varied locations is fresh and the dialogue - 'How could I ever imagine that I, a Moscow hooligan and Nazi would become a negro lover?' - is warmingly non-exemplary.

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Chris Hicks
Total Film

It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This lively comedy feels like about half a movie, as the inventive Borat-like hilarity runs out of steam after about an hour

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Where she's less sure is the disintegration of the friendship between Spiker and Cobakka. It's less than convincing and strangely unaffecting because - to be brutally honest - they're both a pair of neo-Nazi gits.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's a depressing, grubby-looking little film with an undercurrent of particularly mean-spirited misogyny. You wonder what Suzie Halewood, the director, was thinking.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Bigga Than Ben is small-scale, episodic and not without its sins of omission. But it looks as if it speaks the truth and is considerably more entertaining and thought-provoking than most of the week's other offerings.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Still, it's an enterprising little movie in its location shooting, and I warmed to it - an overeagerness to entertain is hardly the worst crime.

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Matt Glasby
Film4

What purports to be a rough guide, slyly but skilfully reveals itself to be a bit of a rough diamond.

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