For 435 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Grierson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Christine
Lowest review score: 10 The Emoji Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 435
435 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    While this slow-motion tragedy sometimes risks more than it can deliver, the film’s cumulative effect stuns nonetheless. Ashton Sanders heads a fine cast that forcibly articulates the everyday landmines African-Americans have to navigate in a white society that often seems intent on destroying them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    If nothing else, this intimate, well-observed drama should prove to be a nice calling card for its first-time feature filmmaker.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    There’s nothing more terrifying in this film than the creative talent wasted on such shockingly mediocre material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    As grimly gripping as Them That Follow is, the proceedings have a stacked-deck quality to them, which keeps this compelling tale from being truly galvanising.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Director Gavin Hood gives the proceedings a rousing electricity, and he’s aided by a cast which leans into the story’s urgency and continued relevance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Grierson
    This is a gripping, sometimes hypnotising film in which notions of good and evil are less clear-cut than the urgent desire to stay alive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Despite committed performances from LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe, Honey Boy ends up feeling indulgent rather than searing, settling into its anguish rather than translating it into trenchant drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    The longer The Lodge rolls along, the sheer skilfulness of the execution — the precise manipulation of the audience’s fears — becomes so impressive that one is tempted to simply succumb to its cold, cruel efficiency.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    Mikhanovsky mixes different styles of comedy, but he binds them with a realist approach that grounds everything in an offhand, absurdist tone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    Zac Efron projects the right amount of edgy, empty handsomeness, but the movie’s conceit doesn’t pay enough dividends — especially when trying to reconcile Bundy’s distortions of reality with the actual terror he caused in the 1970s.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Cutting-edge performance-capture technology gives us a remarkably lifelike Alita, but although Robert Rodriguez clearly loves this pulpy genre material, that affection rarely translates into anything more than an impressive display of technical might.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    A bullet-riddled tale of unlikely female empowerment, Miss Bala toys with exploitation and social commentary but doesn’t have the ingenuity or nerve to successfully pull off either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    This earnest tale succeeds thanks to its potent themes — including the tension between old traditions and new ways of thinking — and Ejiofor locates the story’s emotional underpinnings without succumbing to cheap manipulation or mawkishness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss’s greatest hits for its emotional high points, this remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Despite a stellar cast led by Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, After The Wedding never cuts very deeply, staying on the surface of a tale that ought to tear into the viewer’s soul the way it does these tormented characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    The film benefits from Pugh’s charismatic performance and writer-director Stephen Merchant’s cheery mixture of crowd-pleasing sentiment, wry laughs and genuine sweetness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    This English-language remake of In Order Of Disappearance by its Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland doesn’t particularly succeed as a thriller, but the film’s gleeful perversity at refusing to satisfying genre conventions gives it a scruffy integrity all the same.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Although compelling ideas float through High Flying Bird, the film is neither well crafted or intellectually rigorous enough to compensate for a generally lacklustre presentation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    The fun pop-culture riffing remains, but The Second Part lacks the density of ingenuity, humour and whiz-bang action that marked the first film. Rather than bursting with imagination and wit, the sequel feels busy, overstuffed, a little routine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Even if The Hate U Give succumbs to cliché on occasion, it remains a surprisingly bold and thoughtful studio film about racism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    There’s anger but no insight in Vice, a glib portrait of Dick Cheney that preaches to the choir but becomes less persuasive as it goes along.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    While this defiantly unflashy film may similarly feel out of step, long on mawkishness and short on dynamic, arresting moments, the purity of its gently mournful tone stays with you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    A superhero movie with the scope of an epic but the spirit of a mischievous boy, Aquaman is a goofy, uneven adventure that proudly sticks to its loopy vision even if it doesn’t quite work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    Director Travis Knight does his best to balance clattering spectacle with a modest girl-and-her-robot tale. He’s assisted mightily by Hailee Steinfeld, who infuses this uneven action film with significant soul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    A confident blend of comic-book élan and stirring sentiment, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse finds fresh ways to tell the familiar story of everyone’s favourite web-slinger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    Contradictory impulses dominate Creed II. This sequel to the 2015 smash hit is both emotional and formulaic, nuanced and shameless, determined to set its own course while slavishly loyal to franchise strictures.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Tim Grierson
    Sure, Widows is a dynamite entertainment, but it’s also more mournful, thought-provoking and intelligent than that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both superb in muted performances and, while the film’s palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its deep compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    It’s a shame that Instant Family reduces the complexity, pain and joy of parenthood to a multiplex-palatable family comedy. The real story is probably far more interesting … and hopefully funnier.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    The sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph boasts a big heart and some clever comedic set pieces, and yet this follow-up fails to match the original’s balance of savvy pop-culture nostalgia and genuine emotional stakes. Ralph and Vanellope are still fun company, but their latest adventure is full of glitches.

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