For 502 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Robey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 0 Cats
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 502
502 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Robey
    The only realistic way to fix Cats would be to spay it, or simply pretend it never happened. Because it's an all-time - a rare and star-spangled calamity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Bombshell is a bright, watchable film on a subject that ought to make us squirm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    If it weren’t for the stifling earnestness about patriarchal dogma, you could mistake it for M. Night Shyalaman’s The Village given some kind of vague off-Broadway workshopping, and regurgitated minus the twist.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Robey
    It would be near-impossible to love Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women more than Greta Gerwig does.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    Watchable though the One Good Cop formula has oft proven, it’s shot through here with unearned self-regard – and turns acrid fast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    The film’s nothing if not an argument-starter, with plenty of hot provocations – especially about the bargains underpinning black excellence – to toss out. They’re like firecrackers, though. You come out rattled, but half-certain you’ve been toyed with.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Midway will never be mistaken for a classic, and even box office success for the $100 independent production looks dicey. Stretches of the film work beautifully, though, and the sinking feeling for Japan’s forces is painted with sympathy, not schadenfreude.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    The film’s twists, alas, fall into one of two categories – the obvious and the tasteless – and the side-orders of gruesome violence feel like they’ve been delivered to quite the wrong table.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Robey
    Even those familiar with King’s 2013 follow-up of the same name, more of an absorbing dark fantasy than a horror novel, won’t be prepared for the alchemy of elements cooked up here.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    The cop thriller Black and Blue is just the ticket for Naomie Harris, if she wants to prove she can shoulder a suspenseful action flick by looking sharp, acting credibly nervy, and keeping us squarely on her side.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    Though it coasts on some wildly uneven star charisma, there’s nothing particularly objectionable about Double Tap, finally. It’s fine? It’s just a time-killer we didn’t much need, a decade after we hardly needed the first one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    It gives you plenty to look at, even if you could say it’s been Avatarred and feathered to within an inch of its life. It’s the big, echoing hole in the middle – insert story, any story – that no one has figured out how to plug.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Robey
    Beyond its waspish wit, a dastardly roll-call of suspects and Daniel Craig’s dapper efforts as our presiding sleuth, the film gives nothing away until the bitter end, thanks to a head-spinning tricksiness of plotting that even Agatha Christie might have conceded was rather ingenious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Robey
    The hesitancy of the storytelling, with its comforting lulls and odd delays, is a funny sort of boon.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Robey
    It’s staged, scored and cut together with an aggressively deadening quality, numbing your senses to the very impact it intends.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    While it wouldn’t be entirely fair to accuse the film of having “bonus DVD content” written all over it, little here is, shall we say, incompatible with the hard sell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Watching it is like settling into a reupholstered armchair which still creaks in the same old places.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Only when it reaches for all-out camp does this script truly tickle the pleasure receptors.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    The Mustang could have held more surprises, but as a landscape study – “Prison, with horses” – it’s ruggedly stunning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    The film’s sincere core is threatened a little by its flashier directorial effects.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Robey
    The Informer is one of the year’s more pleasant genre surprises: a clenched fist of a crime thriller in the mode of The Departed or The Town, in which every element is just a notch smarter than you’d expect. Generic though the film may look, it holds together absorbingly, thanks to a sturdy script which ups stakes and adds characters with cunning and intelligence.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    As a two-hander it has some tension and promise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Sketchy it may be, but the film finds dreamy consolation in the final curtain.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    The film is way too much like a never-give-up Saga commercial for its own good.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Angel Has Fallen is almost worth seeing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    While it’s fair to say that Transit isn’t aiming for a torn-from-the-headlines specificity about the issues of today, it could be accused of dodging some racial questions, and some of its Petzoldian gambits – including a love triangle that remixes Casablanca with sepulchral dabs of Vertigo – dampen its dramatic charge.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    Weakly acted mainly because it’s weakly conceived, Good Boys doesn’t have a sincere bone in its body – or even enough funny boner jokes to compensate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    It takes a love of Springsteen’s widescreen balladry, perhaps – all hail the mighty Thunder Road – to get on the film’s wavelength, but it’s an invitation right there for the taking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Robey
    If there was one thing last year’s occult shocker "Hereditary" taught us about its deviously gifted writer-director, Ari Aster, it’s not to trust him in the slightest. Think Midsommar, his much-hyped follow-up, looks like Aster’s answer to The Wicker Man? Well, it is, kind of – but that’s not to say you’ll come anywhere near predicting its singular, warped response.

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