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Ben X


Nic Balthazar

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About the Movie

Ben is different. His life is a universe all to itself, where he avidly plays his favorite online computer game in an attempt to train for, and block out, the reality of his daily experiences. Ben has Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism that prevents normal communication and makes him ideal fodder for all the school bullies. As the bullies' relentless attacks push him over the edge and out of control, his online dream girl, Scarlite, appears to him and helps him devise a perfect plan to confront the bullies and make them pay for their torment. Director Nic Balthazar's dazzling debut blends fantasy and harsh social realism, based on a true story, to bring us an utterly original and important film.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There's not a moment of warmth or ease in Ben X, Nic Balthazar's punishingly cacophonous debut. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A provocative, exultant stunner. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The best movie I've seen about teen angst since Donnie Darko comes from Belgium? – Brian Miller, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What leads off like a docudrama of the social ills accompanying a misunderstood condition merges into fantasy until, in very clever ways, director Nic Balthazar turns the medium into the message. – Susan Walker, Toronto Star, Oct 18, 2008

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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