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Ben is Back (15)


US drama in which a teenage drug addict shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve.

The critical consensus

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges join forces for an emotive drama centring on the anguish of addiction.

****(*)Anna Smith, The List, 11/03/2019

Ben Is Back begins with nuance but is let down by its familiar Drugs Are Hell tropes. Still, the pairing of the ever-excellent Roberts and Hedges keep it a largely compelling watch.

***(*)(*)Liz Beardsworth, Empire Online, 11/03/2019

The actors do their utmost, but a strained script lies heavy on your heart.

Ella Kemp, Little White Lies, 14/03/2019

A very dark family melodrama.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 14/03/2019

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are quietly effective as devoted mother and fresh-out-of-rehab son.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 17/03/2019

Features about Ben is Back (15)

Highly relatable: Julia Robert and Lucas Hedges on their family affair.

Amy Nicholson, The Guardian, 15/03/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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