For 515 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Robey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Carol
Lowest review score: 0 Cats
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 515
515 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Robey
    The film is close to parody – not of anything Potter’s ever done, but of male artists and their obsessive end-of-life regrets. If you’d told me it was a shelved adaptation of late Philip Roth done by Alejandro González Iñárritu in Birdman (or Biutiful) mode, I’d have believed it in a shot.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    An unfashionably male art film of Nietzsche-quoting, Tarkovsky-adjacent bent that’s ghoulish, baffling and rather brave.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    The film isn’t a write-off – well-handled, it could have had the sober dramatic voltage of Todd Haynes’s Dark Waters, which relates a now-familiar story of corporate malfeasance in a different place and time. The problems are of style, focus and intent.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Robey
    Starting her film with an aphorism of William Blake’s – “The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship” – she not only does justice to the human end of this equation, but looks out for a rare spectrum of the animal kingdom into the bargain.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Buoyed by an appealing duet of star turns from Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Robey
    Onward may be middle-of-the-pack Pixar but it’s still a real pleasure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    Ford doesn’t give a bad performance, but the dog does: the obvious fakery we can (maybe) overlook in a CG lion is far too glaring when it’s man’s best friend.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    This Emma is pleasant enough in passing, and nothing if not scenically lush. I just couldn’t get on with its Emma at all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    Everything Joan and Tom go through is handled believably, but with blinkers on. Their surrounding lives feel grey and pencilled in, as if by all-round agreement to deny them any colour.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    It’s a candy-coated underworld romp, and pleasingly weird at times – when we’re invited inside Harley’s cutely tattered parlour, no explanation’s given for why she has a stuffed beaver in a pink tutu on her kitchen table. It’s just… the kind of thing she would have. Yan’s film converts her from livid to likeable, and doesn’t give a hoot if you mind.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Robey
    It has a serviceable but stalled quality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Robey
    While politically unimpeachable, Just Mercy is simply too lethargic to be the major awards race player Warner Bros. were evidently hoping for. It’s a pity for Jordan, who has steel and energy in his part, and an especial shame for Foxx, who gives a beautifully modulated, unflashy and quietly moving performance, easily his best in at least a decade.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.

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