Ben X
Ben X (2007)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thoughtful and provocative Dutch film concerned with autism, online gaming and bullying, though loses steam in the final act.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Brian Miller
L.A. Weekly

The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium?

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

The ambitious themes are treated with great sensitivity and imaginative power in a tale that is both touching and beguiling, pushing beyond the form and frame of conventional feature-length fiction.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is harrowing, if maybe a bit melodramatic, until it crashes and burns in a feel-good ending.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

There's not a moment of warmth or ease in Ben X, Nic Balthazar's punishingly cacophonous debut.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A provocative, exultant stunner.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium?

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Brian Tallerico

There is a lot to like about this daring drama but the final act pushes the suspension of disbelief to the extreme.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This was a very cool movie, with a very unexpected ending...which always is a plus for me. I found it very interesting, and unusual..but in a good way.
Devon Bott
Like "Let The Right One In", "Ben X" is another foreign language film about bullies and escapism. Instead of a friendly vampire, Ben… More
Jens S.
To be entirely honest, I was ready to give this film one star, because the tale of the Asperger syndrom kid that gets bullied so much he is considering suicide… More
Gordon Anderson
Minor dutch 'issue' drama on autism and its social impact. The bullying is portrayed with suitable zeal and the lead's distorted grip on reality… More
Luke Baldock
A well constructed film about a boy with autism that escapes into a popular RPG to escape harsh reality. The film's messages are obvious, but mostly… More
Emile Tremblay
Impressively good, I really liked it.