Time Out's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,630 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 The Last American Virgin
Score distribution:
4630 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frozen has tunes and darkness. But most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that subverts fairytale status quo.
  1. This derivative but fun Vin Diesel action movie has just self-awareness to dilute the bombast.
  2. It starts strongly, with the gory deaths coming thick, fast and often unexpectedly, and Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse’s script giving the viewer no purchase on the unfolding mayhem. The underrated Gilpin is a steely, lib-owning presence, too. But the surprises soon dry up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautifully crafted love story, End of the Century has two understated, thoughtful performances at its heart. It explores its existential themes – of the passing of time and of roads not taken – with delicacy and deftness. It’s a road worth travelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    She’s charming, authoritative, and ferociously intelligent. ‘I think she captured the essence of what it means to be human, to be alive and to be here on this Earth,’ says Winfrey. She’s speaking about one of Morrison’s characters, but it goes double for the author.
  3. The understated film builds into a gut punch that’s more painful than anything in the superficial, recent Roger Ailes exposé "Bombshell."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The third act is bogged down with details of Kate’s backstory, and what should be a euphoric and cathartic finale is underwhelming.
  4. It takes a lot for a movie to out-bonkers Cage on this kind of form. Color out of Space manages it in style.
  5. It’s all heading somewhere special as Kelly muses on masculinity and colonialism, but then coherence gives way to flashy visuals and bursts of expressionistic violence.
  6. Harrison Ford brings his gruff charisma but this man-and-CG-dog adventure gets a bit lost in uncanine-y valley.
  7. A wooden ensemble, paper-thin frights and dull TV-special looks don’t help matters. ‘This place doesn’t suck,’ someone observes early on. If only.
  8. There’s righteous fury here, and while Winterbottom and Coogan’s sincerity isn’t in doubt, it feels like they’re coasting a bit. There are laughs, but no surprises and not much heart. They have no love for this guy, but as a result, we’re left with something a little one-dimensional.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Denis O’Hare delivers a heart-stopping performance as Hunter’s unlikely father figure, but this is Bennett’s show. She is luminous and her journey from beautiful, broken housewife to clear-headed woman, grabbing handfuls of soil from a parking lot to snack on later, is thrilling. It’s a role you can imagine a young Isabelle Huppert playing, and there’s no higher praise than that.
  9. Where the movie truly comes into its own is in its boldly framed, heart-wrenching coda.
  10. Ben Affleck steps back in front of the camera in a weighty but weary comeback drama that feels like catharsis.
  11. The film is a beguiling window into a distant world – one that at times evokes such claustrophobia as to feel more like a peephole.
  12. You’ll find yourself scouring the frame for this malign force in the tiniest refraction of light. Whannell knows you’re doing it, too, and lets scenes go on so long, you start to doubt your own eyes. There shouldn’t be any doubting the magnetic Moss, though: she’s the real deal.
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  13. If this energetic, fitfully funny version introduces the story to a new generation, heck, bring on a new ‘Sense and Sensibility’ too.
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog is another demonstration of the things that tend to go wrong when a movie is spun out from source material with little plot and skimpy characterisation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It works because we haven’t seen this story a thousand times before, and because it leaves behind the grim-dark posturing of ‘Suicide Squad’. It’s nice to see a joker who doesn’t take herself too seriously.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The metaphor for the extra baggage these cousins carry should not be lost, but it’s also a constant reminder of their unsettled nature. Never Rarely Sometimes Always creates a deeply empathetic look at their shared suffering.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a stylistic flair that looks impressive at first, but the more Zeitlin returns to his same tricks, the more tedious it all becomes.
  15. Sweet and sincere.
  16. More damagingly, director William Eubank (‘The Signal’) can’t decide if Underwate’ is a disaster flick or a monster movie. It ends up sinking between the two stalls: too unfocused for the former; not scary enough for the latter. All that early promise vanishes into the murk.
  17. Lively remains impressive throughout, but with plot-driven fare like this, such lapses are a let-down.
  18. Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female filmmaker yet criminally overlooked by history – something Pamela B. Green sets out to correct in this educational and entertaining film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When Downhill works, it’s because the dynamic between Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell feels recognisably fraught. More often than not, though, this remake gets stuck in the snow.
  19. This is an enchanting little story, to a point – it’s thin stuff, but while it never fully gets the emotions jangling, there’s charm to spare and the action is dynamic and occasionally thrilling.
  20. The movie’s greatest accomplishment, though, is the way it brings some honest heart to Mike and Marcus’s partnership in the first half, before the traditional mayhem and profane banter take over.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rise of the Guardians is an effervescent dose of fantasia that’s pretty hard to dislike. Unless, of course, you’re a cynical grump.
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