Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tim is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in LA Weekly, Blender, Wired, Screen International, The Village Voice, and VH1.com. He is also an editor of The Simon, an online publication of culture, politics, and humor, and is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
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45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " This sequel, which starts off promisingly, soon bogs down, its relish for tawdry, hyper-violent titillation eventually becoming as monochromatic as the black-and-white images." — Screen International
Posted Aug 20, 2014
96% Love Is Strange (2014) " "Love Is Strange" is wise about the hold that intimate connections have on us and awed by love's complexity and uncertainty." — Deadspin
Posted Aug 19, 2014
33% The November Man (2014) " The film checks off all the spy-movie conventions but rarely raises one's pulse. "The November Meh" would be a more accurate title. " — Screen International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The impersonal, derivative "Turtles" reboots the titular heroes, deciding in the process that they might as well just be Transformers with green skin and martial arts skills." — Screen International
Posted Aug 4, 2014
92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " At worst, you can say this new Marvel entry can't quite compete with its predecessors. Still, it's impressive what the studio can do with even its second-tier material." — The Verge
Posted Jul 29, 2014
78% Get On Up (2014) " Shows a level of inquisitiveness and intuition that keeps the story engaging and unpredictable, even for those familiar with Brown's legacy." — Screen International
Posted Jul 28, 2014
61% Hercules (2014) " "Hercules" brandishes a little smarts to go along with the spectacle. But it's also the first Dwayne Johnson vehicle that sweats to prove to you what a mega-star he is. " — Deadspin
Posted Jul 24, 2014
48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " "Magic" will be one of Allen's films that his detractors pinpoint when they complain that he makes too many movies too quickly. This time, they're probably right." — Deadspin
Posted Jul 23, 2014
65% Lucy (2014) " Winningly daffy, "Lucy" is writer-director Luc Besson's best film since "The Professional" and perhaps his most ludicrous since then, too." — Screen International
Posted Jul 23, 2014
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " Imaginative to a fault, whimsical until you say uncle, "Mood Indigo" pushes director Michel Gondry's style of surreal playfulness to its breaking point." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " A tenser, darker and better experience than the subpar 2013 original." — Screen International
Posted Jul 17, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " Among its faults, the movie never considers a more interesting, possibly funnier scenario: What if the video did go viral? How would that affect Annie and Jay's relationship?" — Deadspin
Posted Jul 16, 2014
8.4/10 83% Rich Hill (2014) " Their documentary focuses on three young people in Rich Hill, but more broadly Rich Hill is a portrait of poverty and diminished dreams in America's heartland." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " "Dawn" confirms that Reeves is one of Hollywood's best filmmakers. A typical blockbuster helps us escape the realities of the world. This one has something to say about them." — Deadspin
Posted Jul 10, 2014
77% Land Ho! (2014) " The film has a deeply likable surface, never forcing its poignancy on the viewer. Like a lot of vacations, there are no revelations in "Land Ho!" -- just destinations." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2014
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " There are some pleasures to be had from immersing in the film's slithering anxiety. But the story never scares up much originality. " — The Verge
Posted Jul 2, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " "Life Itself" is suffused with a sense of finality: This is one of those rare films that actually shows what the end of someone's life can be like." — Deadspin
Posted Jul 1, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " For better or worse, Michael Bay epitomizes the modern summer blockbuster. His latest film is too long, too glum and too much." — Deadspin
Posted Jun 27, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Significantly dark, this sci-fi film is also lyrical, funny, and occasionally self-indulgent. It's a bumpy ride, but one well worth taking." — The Verge
Posted Jun 25, 2014
100% Dear White People (2014) " Despite some melodramatic moments and an overabundance of characters and incidents, the film smartly pinpoints people's universal need for acceptance and belonging." — Screen International
Posted Jun 19, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood's subdued period drama is undermined by a painfully familiar rise-then-fall biopic structure, which nullifies the story's potentially more interesting elements. " — Screen International
Posted Jun 15, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The storybook images are often so amazing that I feel ungrateful noting that I wish the story was equally wondrous." — Deadspin
Posted Jun 10, 2014
88% Obvious Child (2014) " Touching on a red-hot issue, "Obvious Child" is agreeably gentle, and even wise." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2014
85% Borgman (2014) " "Borgman" is a movie about the way that families fall apart without ever realizing it until the whole house collapses. Or maybe it's about psychic vampires. Maybe both." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Despite some deeply affecting moments, the film is so relentless, leaving nothing to chance by throwing every trick at you, that it ends up being exhausting." — Deadspin
Posted Jun 4, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Like Cruise himself at this stage of his career, the film's concept ought to be played-out and obvious, but "Edge of Tomorrow" is much smarter and sharper than you'd expect. " — The Verge
Posted Jun 3, 2014
48% Maleficent (2014) " "Maleficent" gives us a magical world that labors over the magic and doesn't justify its reinventions. " — Deadspin
Posted May 28, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Despite a very likeable, breezy turn from Charlize Theron, this Western satire buckles under its creator's self-indulgence and self-satisfaction." — Screen International
Posted May 28, 2014
76% Lucky Them (2014) " Toni Collette's sass and grownup sex appeal go a long way to selling Lucky Them, a loveable but somewhat disposable comedy." — Screen International
Posted May 27, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " "Blended" isn't very good -- I wouldn't even say it's good -- but it is several degrees more tolerable than Sandler's recent films. " — Deadspin
Posted May 22, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Aspiring to be an intelligent, sophisticated date-night offering, this romantic comedy-drama is torpedoed by artificial conflict and chronic cutesiness. " — Screen International
Posted May 21, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " The film has both a giddy, escapist feel and a grim suspense, its self-conscious artificiality melding perfectly with its bare-bones emotional authenticity." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 20, 2014
89% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Like the film itself, the character are initially unremarkable but slowly and modestly begin to assert themselves, rewarding our patient attention without ever demanding it." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 19, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " This overstuffed, action-packed sequel has grandeur and elegance. But it's also sufficiently funny and emotional, capably interweaving big themes into the mix as well." — Screen International
Posted May 12, 2014
60% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Though "Million Dollar Arm" has an undeniable sweetness, there's a persistent phoniness to the script that leaves its twists and turns feeling manufactured rather than earned." — Screen International
Posted May 6, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " Contains just the right amount of insight into the ways that people of all ages try to deny the inevitable changes that come with getting older." — Screen International
Posted May 1, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) " This English-language remake of the fitfully gripping District B13 feels perfunctory in its tale of unlikely partners trying to take down a criminal mastermind." — Screen International
Posted Apr 24, 2014
7/10 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blue Ruin may occasionally be midnight-movie lurid, but not at the expense of deeper questions about vengeance's diminishing returns." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " There's no questioning the love that Paul and his interview subjects feel about Steadman. But the movie's problem isn't a dearth of adoration -- it's a lack of focus." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " For all its chilly, overdone paranoia about the dangers of unchecked technological advancement, "Transcendence" works better as a subtly mournful love story." — Screen International
Posted Apr 15, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " "Fading Gigolo" has so much sweetness and amiable comic spirit that it's almost possible to overlook how ludicrous it is." — Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 15, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " It's hard to begrudge director Ivan Reitman and his star: Like veteran athletes, they go out there and get the job done, even if their best days are behind them." — Screen International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "The Winter Soldier" goes down a slightly darker path than most Marvel movies, without sacrificing the studio's big-grin vibe. It's pop with a little soul underneath." — Deadspin
Posted Apr 1, 2014
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " A delicate comedy-drama that contains four nicely realized and empathetic characters." — Screen International
Posted Mar 31, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Maier may not have been pleased that the world now knows about her, but "Finding Vivian Maier" persuasively argues that the world of photography is the better for it." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " A lot of rock documentaries are in service of selling a fan base something, but not this one, which is funny, compassionate and incisive about family and art." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Director Diego Luna's muted drama so consciously avoids theatrics that it never really comes to life." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
83% Night Moves (2014) " By the filmmaker's understated, incisive standards, "Night Moves" is practically an action movie -- an increasingly intense and troubling one." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " "Noah" aspires to be a love story, a family drama, a war movie and a disaster film, but the different tones and genres aren't successfully integrated." — Screen International
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " This sequel has all kinds of jokes: silly ones, dopey ones, groan-inducing ones. And I laughed at just about all of them." — Deadspin
Posted Mar 19, 2014
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