Ben Travers

TV Critic at IndieWire 

"Because 'livin's' a verb."

Favorite films

  • Babe
  • Carol
  • The In-Laws
  • Moulin Rouge!

Recent activity

All
  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

  • American Gigolo

    ★★★½

  • The Big Chill

    ★★★★

Recent reviews

More
  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    I like the part where Dr. Malcom (representing classic “Jurassic Park”) starts making fun of Chris Pratt (rep’n the shit-tastic “Jurassic World”) for.. making a promise… to a dinosaur. And then these last vestiges of a respectable franchise just, you know, go along with it.

    Does nostalgia still work when it’s mocking its own delivery device?

  • Stoker

    Stoker

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Nature vs. nurture?

    [.gif of kid shrugging]

    “Why not both?!”

    [all CHEER for PCW]

Popular reviews

More
  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★★★½

    Both a gorgeous study of marriage at a crisis point and an enlivening evisceration of the institution's sexist standards in society, "The Nest" is meticulously made, brilliantly acted, and rich with subtext. Jude Law's ferocious ego is hysterical. Carrie Coon inhales cigarettes and coffee, often in the same breath, then exhales a perfect "fuck you" to the patriarchy. What a gem. I would watch 10 hours of this.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★

    A unique experience in two areas, one technically remarkable while the other frustratingly plain, "Boyhood" is a marvel in its innovative shoot. Richard Linklater's patient deliberation on time is something to ponder and discuss long after the film (finally) ends, but the proxy characters he creates are so maddeningly plain and predictable an emotional attachment can only be found when reflecting on oneself. The boy and his family don't bring the film to life -- you do (the viewer). Does that make it worth watching? Yes. But does it make "Boyhood" superior to films with more personality, and thus true originality ? No, it does not.