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

Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: November 18, 2008
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Peter Bradshaw

Relentlessly crass, smug, charmless and unedifying.

Full review…
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

Full review…
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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

Full review…
Matt Glasby

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

Full review…
More reviews for Bigga than Ben