Bigga than Ben
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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) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are confident that they will find success in the shadow of Big Ben, so they leave their hometown of Moscow behind in order to pursue their dreams of success in a foreign land. But while Cobakka and Spiker may not be born criminals, they aren't above pulling off a scam or two in order to make a buck. Upon arriving in London,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"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."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This lively comedy feels like about half a movie, as the inventive Borat-like hilarity runs out of steam after about an hour"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"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."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"What purports to be a rough guide, slyly but skilfully reveals itself to be a bit of a rough diamond."
‑ Matt Glasby, Film4
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