For 414 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Grierson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Burning
Lowest review score: 10 The Emoji Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 414
414 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Outside of its admiration for mothers, Bier’s film seems to only vaguely hint at other ephemeral ideas, and as a result Bird Box is a curiously hollow experience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    The storytelling in Sex is ho-hum, but the sincerity of the undertaking — and the issues at the film’s centre — make it hard to resist, no matter what objections might be raised.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Grierson
    The filmmakers preserve Seuss’s narrative beats but strain to replicate his whimsical spirit.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    Lacking the freshness of the original trilogy or the meticulous, insidious tone of Fincher’s film, Spider’s Web mostly feels like a holding action to ensure that more sequels can be made in the future. That timidity flies in the face of this series’ inherent edginess.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Grierson
    The result is that rare documentary that works equally effectively on the head and the heart, only making Murad’s heroism more remarkable in the process.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Both overstuffed and underwhelming, Disney’s spectacle-driven reimagining of the beloved holiday staple tries to serve many masters, and the result is a family film straining to be both timeless and timely, simultaneously old-fashioned yet cheekily irreverent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    Hunter Killer conjures up whiffs of entertainment value from its shameless but spirited derivativeness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this authorised-by-the-band biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humour, while at the same time investing in the story’s emotional through-line, building to a genuinely moving climax.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    This sequel can’t compare to John Carpenter’s ingenious 1978 original, but director David Gordon Green delivers a crowd-pleasing chiller that doubles as an existential commentary on horror itself, both on the screen and in our lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    A Faithful Man seems to be content playfully ruminating on how matters of the heart consume people — and how, sometimes, pursuing someone can be more fulfilling than actually possessing them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 76 Tim Grierson
    For every nice small observation and delicately detailed bit of emotional truth, A Star Is Born is, in a larger sense, trapped by its own construction. Yes, it can be quite moving—but it’s moving precisely how you might imagine it would be.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Grierson
    Like his hungry symbiote latching onto Eddie, Fleischer cunningly fastens a malicious irreverence onto an otherwise lacklustre superhero movie. But the symbiosis doesn’t quite take.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    There’s ample amusement in the twists, betrayals and revelations that unspool. But Bad Times never really transcends the inherent limitations of its setup; it’s fun, but fleeting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Grierson
    It may take a while to acclimate to the film’s off-kilter rhythms and strange happenings — not unlike the film’s protagonist, an outsider entering the forbidding Alaskan wilderness — but Saulnier has crafted his most mature effort to date, mixing his love for pulp fiction with a sombre examination of the inexplicable evil all around us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Grierson
    As much as her camera patiently and sensitively observes Gabriel and Maya, they still feel a bit distant, their unspoken hopes and fears just out of reach — for us and perhaps for them, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    Green Book is a thoroughly predictable and conventional true-life drama, but at least Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make for decent company along the road.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Grierson
    Lipovsky and Stein’s first feature as collaborators exudes a grungy, second-hand feel, and the movie doesn’t have the confidence or vision to breathe new life into its narrative clichés. Instead, the pair lean on the sincerity of their storytelling, crafting a paean to broken families and exploring how children process unspeakable loss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Filmmaker Tim Sutton elicits pitiless performances from Frank Grillo and Jamie Bell playing two very different criminals on a collision course, and the film exudes a grungy, B-movie ethos in keeping with its scrappy, resourceful characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    Redford has rarely been this commanding in his recent work, playing Tucker with a mischievousness in his eyes but also so much soul that his thieving feels more like an expression of some sad longing than a chronic criminal mind-set.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Grierson
    A Simple Favor wants it both ways, hoping to be a stylish, twisty, trashy thriller while simultaneously acting superior to the genre’s slinky pleasures. Those conflicting strategies do the film no favours.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Grierson
    If Beale Street isn’t quite as seamless as the Oscar-winning Moonlight, this adaptation of the James Baldwin novel still proves to be a stirring, absorbing experience that articulates something ineffable about everyday life.

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