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Benjamin (15)

Drama, Comedy

A romantic comedy in which a film-maker uses his relationships as material for his films.

The critical consensus

There may be strong hints of Woody Allen here and echoes of Éric Rohmer, but in this mellow, mild-mannered and affecting tale it is Amstell's own voice that comes through, leaving you eager for his next film.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 11/03/2019

As a young film-maker’s career teeters on the brink of disaster, a surprise love affair forces him to rethink the path to happiness.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 13/03/2019

Part film industry satire, part winning love story, Benjamin is low-key and shambling but emerges funny, bittersweet and affecting. Let’s hope Amstell makes a better fist of his second feature than his hero.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 13/03/2019

Simon Amstell’s tediously self-reflexive sophomore feature.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 14/03/2019

Tenderly funny and wholesome.

****(*)Caitlin Quinlan, Little White Lies, 14/03/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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