The Ben Affleck Ready Reckoner

We've covered Matt Damon in the Ready Reckoner chair. Now it's the turn of his partner in crime, Mr Ben Affleck....

Ben Affleck. Or: the one who didn't make the Bourne films...

Does Ben Affleck deserve all the negative press that has been pointed in his direction over the last five years or so? Are is films actually great? Only one way to find out…

School Ties

4 out of 5
We covered this when we talked about Matt Damon. A strong, underseen drama. Brendan Fraser was in it too.

Dazed And Confused

3 out of 5
Richard Linklater’s second film. It’s good, not great. Worth a watch, though.

Mallrats

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3 out of 5
The worst, yet conversely the funniest, Kevin Smith film.

Chasing Amy

4 out of 5
The best Kevin Smith film. He’s in it with, er, Matt Damon. Again.Good Will Hunting
4 out of 5
More Matt Damon, and the film that won Affleck an Oscar too is still very good stuff. Even if Ben got the crap part in it.

Armageddon

4 out of 5
As guilty a pleasure as you’re likely to see, Armageddon is an absolute blast. Affleck humps Liv Tyler in it, but only in a PG-13 way.Shakespeare In Love
2 out of 5
Horribly overrated crap Oscar winning rubbish. Didn’t really like this one, in retrospect. Ahem.200 Cigarettes
3 out of 5
Not a bad little ensemble film. Little of note about it, though.Forces Of Nature
2 out of 5
Crap rom-com with Sandra Bullock and some crap weather.

Dogma

2 out of 5
Kevin Smith’s worst, yet conversely most ambitious, film.

Boiler Room

3 out of 5
Surprisingly good Wall Street-wannabe, starring Vin Diesel when he used to act.Reindeer Games
1 out of 5
Crap. Even the director’s cut is crap.

Bounce

1 out of 5
Crap. Depressing. Crap.Pearl Harbor
2 out of 5
Not without some merit, not without lots of problems.Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
3 out of 5
Not much of a film, but very funny at its highpointsChanging Lanes
3 out of 5
Nice idea, and with some quality moments, but the cake falls a little flat, sadly.The Sum Of All Fears
3 out of 5
Not a bad stab at an action leading role. Matt Damon chose Bourne at the same time though. D’oh.Daredevil
3 out of 5
Fun superhero rubbish, where he wears a red gimp suit and fights crime. There’s genius in there somewhere.

Gigli

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1 out of 5
Really: it is that bad.

Paycheck

2 out of 5
Diluted Phillip K Dick story. Diluted John Woo direction. Forgettable, wasted film.

Jersey Girl

2 out of 5
Harmless enough. But nothing worth pressing a button on your remote control for.

Clerks II

4 out of 5
Really enjoyed this. Very rude, though.

For contrast, you can find the Matt Damon ready reckoner here

Not seen:Glory Daze, Going All The Way, Phantoms, Surviving Christmas, Man About Town, Hollywoodland, Smokin’ Aces. Shame on us.

My next contribution to the Ready Reckoner chair: it’s motherfuckin’ Samuel L Jackson….

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