Sight and Sound - 09/01/2008
"Quick-fire editing, tilted camera angles and distorted close-ups convey Ben's fractured perspective..."
Empire - 09/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] shrewd exercise in expectation-subversion, although beneath its pulled rugs lies a heavy morality tale....Emotionally effective."
Box Office - 11/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his tale of a withdrawn teen seemingly being pushed to the point of committing either homicide or suicide by bullies at his school is undeniably a high-level achievement."
Los Angeles Times - 11/28/2008
"Theater and film critic Nic Balthazar's BEN X is a brilliant, harrowing first feature that plunges the viewer headlong into Ben's chaotic existence."
Total Film - 01/01/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his curio from director Nic Balthazar packs a fusion of excitement and angst that really clicks."
Boasting impressive performances, this Flemish drama was Belgium's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. As a result of his autism, teenaged Ben (Greg Timmermans, making his debut) spends his days as the target for school bullies. He finds solace in an online computer game where he is no longer the victim, but a hero. When his online love, Scarlite (Laura Verlinden), appears to him in real life, he has new motivation to face his oppressors. This is the directorial debut for Nic Balthazar.
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