For 370 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Grierson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Burning
Lowest review score: 10 The Emoji Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 370
370 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    The adrenaline never stops pumping in Mile 22, a superficially kinetic thriller that simultaneously attempts to be politically savvy and an ultra-macho shoot-‘em-up. That juggling act proves too sophisticated for director Peter Berg who, in his fourth collaboration with Mark Wahlberg, again demonstrates his sufficient skill at crafting dynamic suspense sequences.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 55 Tim Grierson
    More giggle-inducing than terrifying, The Meg throws enough incidents at you that it simulates the feeling of being entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    A film about stellar spycraft that’s been made with comparable steely intelligence, The Spy Gone North (Gongjak) boasts little action but compensates with director Yoon Jong-bin’s considerable ability to weave suspense while depicting the subtle maneuverings of a fraught covert operation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    To be sure, there are meaningful observations here about the ways that money warps relationships and how children struggle with their heritage. But by trying so hard to concoct a blowout party, the movie exhausts and frustrates as much as it enlightens and delights.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Very rarely do you get the sense that anyone involved in Christopher Robin had a really strong take on the material or an innate understanding of why these characters have resonated for nearly a century.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    The violence is never stylized, Córdova showing its subtle, corrosive force in these people’s lives.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Rising star Amandla Stenberg has a few affecting moments as one of the few teen survivors of a mysterious pandemic, but director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s live-action feature debut mostly walks in the footsteps of bolder and more original takes on similar sci-fi subject matter.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    Tyrnauer smartly dissects how stifling the era’s sexual politics were — and his affectionate portrait of Bowers sneaks in some balance by critiquing him for writing a juicy tell-all that, in essence, outed people without their permission.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    For a spell, this sequel to the 2014 hit intrigues because of its insistence on taking time to establish melancholy themes and thoughtful tone. But no amount of Denzel Washington’s weary authority is enough to distract from the fact that this overstuffed, ultimately unsatisfying potboiler merely dresses up its clichés in strained gravitas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Grierson
    The sixth film in the series is among the most outstanding, delivering a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes. Fallout is a testament to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who gives the proceedings a witty, sophisticated grandeur, and yet the film belongs to Cruise and his seemingly limitless passion for putting himself and his audience through the wringer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Anyone expecting a shred of originality from this Dwayne Johnson vehicle will be disappointed, but writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber tries his best to compensate by amping up the over-the-top spectacle, hoping sheer gusto will keep viewers from minding his film’s shaky foundation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Paul Rudd and his equally likeable cast mates find the heart and humour in familiar comic-book theatrics, resulting in a film which is less concerned with generating awe than in delivering plenty of goofy grins.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    No matter how commanding Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin might be, Soldado is a less inspired or thoughtful redo of its predecessor, jettisoning nuance for amped-up nihilism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Tag
    Tag is all strained sentimentality and obvious observations about men’s inability to leave childish things behind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Grierson
    If there’s one quibble with this nimble entertainment, it’s that Bird’s eye-popping flair outpaces his story’s emotional resonance. Incredibles 2 is such a fleet treat that it doesn’t always stop for its characters’ pathos to really connect.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Too often, Fallen Kingdom has all the soul and grace of a well-prepared business proposal—you can sense all the money being invested into an intellectual property in order to reap a sizable windfall and ensure the franchise’s continued commercial viability. It’s as scintillating as a retirement plan.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 64 Tim Grierson
    Ocean’s 8 feels a bit like a high-end knockoff in that way that lots of spinoff films can, although the compensation is the familiar delights of watching smart characters do their job very, very well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Like many movies set in colourfully bleak futures, Hotel Artemis can’t sustain the novelty of its initial world-building.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Director Baltasar Kormákur makes good use of location filming on the open waters, giving this melodramatic tale a dose of realism, but this true story is never as harrowing as the subject matter would suggest. Blame it on a misjudged narrative device and Adrift’s generally adolescent approach to relationships and maritime emergencies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Grierson
    Farhadi remains excellent at showing how easily family units can splinter after years of relative peacetime. But he can’t quite floor us as he once did—we’ve been braced to expect the unexpected from him.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    The remake of Papillon doesn’t lack for potential metaphorical riches, yet this brutal, bruising film never quite connects with its deeper themes, resulting in a story full of suffering but not enough transcendence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    A film drunk on its own trashy, lurid aesthetic, Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur) has style to burn but not as much sense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    Like the fleeting highs and crushing lows experienced by gambling addicts, Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) starts off with energy and confidence, only to slowly succumb to cliché and implausibility once the initial adrenaline rush subsides.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    Filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy thrusts us into a desperate situation and then offers little relief, which effectually captures his heroine’s fraught mind-set but also, unfortunately, begins to produce diminishing dramatic returns.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    A simple story told with abundant gentleness, Yomeddine looks at a group of outcasts with such compassion and generosity that it has the good manners not to artificially inflate their tale with phony uplift.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Expertly assisted by a sexy, funny performance from Adèle Haenel, director Pierre Salvadori spins sufficient gold from a contrived storyline and some endearingly flawed characters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Despite how personally the filmmaker connects with this ambitious riff on the Cervantes novel, the long-time passion project succumbs to the same indulgences and weaknesses that have plagued his recent movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Grierson
    Once again, Lee has crafted a film of wondrous complexity and inscrutability. The more we see in Burning, the less sure we are of what we are watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    Whitney is strongest when it connects Houston to the larger history of Black America, illustrating how this glamorous performer grew up in poverty and never entirely escaped the obligation of helping to pull up her underprivileged family members.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    If the destination ultimately proves a little less satisfying than the trip, Mitchell and his collaborators fill us with so many moody reveries that we succumb to its warped logic and indelible vividness.

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