Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tim Grierson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) ""Straight Outta Compton"'s readymade movie-ness cuts both ways: despite a twisty, juicy and compelling story, there remains a staid conventionality that keeps the political and thematic undercurrents from being explored as satisfyingly as one might hope. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 31, 2015
53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) "This breezy info-dump documentary too often feels like just a feature-length LEGO commercial. " ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Jul 30, 2015
23% Vacation (2015) "A film seemingly designed to prove that "really stupid" and "pretty funny" aren't mutually exclusive assessments, "Vacation" is a hit-or-miss grab bag of gleefully moronic jokes. But it's not as consistently, shamelessly idiotic as it should be. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) ""Rogue Nation" proves to be the most satisfying, gripping and intelligent film of the series. The action scenes are magnificent, and an excellent supporting turn from new cast member Rebecca Ferguson helps make this a sexy, propulsive, top-notch thriller. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 24, 2015
18% Pixels (2015) "As bad as Sandler's movies have gotten, they've retained a demented strangeness that at least gave them a distinctive air of feverish oddity. "Pixels," by comparison, is just a blandly polished bore. " ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Jul 22, 2015
98% Phoenix (2015) "The film's intimacy brings this societal critique right into our bedroom, exposing all the ways that marriages are their own form of subtle betrayals and self-preservation. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet A Tale of Love and Darkness "Portman adores Oz's book and its characters so much that she never quite digs deeply enough to bring them to life. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
79% The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Gaffigan exudes a relaxed, unpretentious air, no doubt helped by the dozens of TV shows and films on which he's appeared. But the dopey-guy persona he's crafted in his stand-up doesn't completely translate to a sitcom. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 17, 2015
8.3/10 86% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The Stanford Prison Experiment has a calm, queasy, clinical tone, the filmmakers hewing as closely to the actual events as they can. The approach works mostly superbly. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "Jokey rather than funny, and a bit forced when it's trying to be sincere, Ant-Man has plenty of enthusiasm but not a lot of inspiration, Reed unable to conceive the film in such a way that it establishes its own niche in the big-screen Marvel landscape. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 8, 2015
35% Strangerland (2015) "The disappearance of a married couple's two children plays out in dispiritingly predictable and melodramatic fashion in Strangerland. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 7, 2015
55% Paper Towns (2015) "Credit Schreier and his screenwriters for locating the genuine sentiment within a familiar tale, but that doesn't keep Paper Towns from feeling like well-trod turf. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 4, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Before it starts to lose steam in its third act, Trainwreck is a deft blend of laughs, romance and poignancy - not to mention one of Apatow's most polished, mature works. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 3, 2015
100% Stray Dog (2015) "Sympathetic without being sentimental or condescending, Stray Dog is an enormously touching, understated look at an aging Vietnam veteran still wrestling with the invisible scars of a war that took place some 40 years ago. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 29, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Though saddled with plenty of obstacles, including the absence of Matthew McConaughey, "XXL" has an agreeably ramshackle spirit and another winning turn from Channing Tatum. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 29, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "This reboot is little more than its strenuous, sometimes skilful navigation through a well-established chronology, inspiring ambivalence more than awe. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 24, 2015
5/10 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "This is not to diminish the incredible efforts put forth by many on that 2013 day. But if Batkid Begins is meant to chronicle those events, why does it seem so incurious about getting to the roots of how such a phenomenon occurred? " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2015
8.4/10 98% Inside Out (2015) "What's most cheering about the film -- and most like Pixar's celebrated classics -- is that it's so emotionally astute. You cry because it makes you happy, and you cry because it makes you sad, and you cry because it's all true. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
46% Manglehorn (2015) "Pacino dials everything down, but at this stage of his career, it's hard to envision him as someone as plainly ordinary as Manglehorn. The star persona takes over even when the actor tries to suppress it. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2015
58% Southpaw (2015) "Intermittently compelling but mostly perfunctory. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 17, 2015
85% The Tribe (2015) "This movie won't let you sit back -- instead, you lean forward, utterly involved in what you're seeing. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted Jun 16, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "It would be a difficult task for any up-and-coming director to match Spielberg's visual panache, but Trevorrow fails to capture the power or wonder of these rampaging dinos. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 10, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "Trying to wring laughs from the nauseating sex-and-stardom exploits of fictional Tinseltown A-lister Vincent Chase, "Entourage" consistently comes across as sour, shallow and misogynistic. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2015
71% The Nightmare (2015) "This fascinating film purports to explore the phenomenon of sleep paralysis -- but it's really about how people try to make sense of the inexplicable around them. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 29, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "At a time when franchises run rampant, we need someone like Cameron Crowe to help restore a little balance. But this movie's bad buzz isn't just gossip: It's fair warning. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted May 28, 2015
100% The Little Prince "This heartfelt bauble about a young girl facing the pressures of adulthood is constantly enlivened by its beautiful images, even if one itches for a narrative that's a little less rudimentary. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) ""Tomorrowland" soars with such giddy, gee-whiz spirit that it almost feels rude to point out that, eventually, it resigns itself to being merely a competent action-adventure spectacle. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 17, 2015
95% Carol (2015) "It's such stately, evocative, confident filmmaking, the only reservation being that it's also a bit chilly. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 17, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "George Miller pours his heart and soul into some truly visionary and gonzo sequences of vehicular carnage. Kinetic, yet oddly distancing, the film pummels you into awed submission. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 11, 2015
54% Maggie (2015) "This affecting, understated drama probably won't inspire Schwarzenegger to give up making Terminator movies. But it'll stand as proof that he didn't always have to do those to hold our attention onscreen. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted May 6, 2015
8% Hot Pursuit (2015) ""Hot Pursuit" is as generic and unmemorable as its title, giving viewers the unpleasant experience of watching two normally funny actresses bickering interminably. " ‐ Screen International
Posted May 5, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "Ostensibly chronicling a serial killer who murdered women for 25 years in Los Angeles, the film ends up becoming a sad portrait of an African-American community essentially left to fend for itself. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 27, 2015
70% Welcome to Me (2015) ""Welcome to Me" plays like an elaborate origin story for one of Wiig's "Saturday Night Live" characters. It's a boldly odd movie, but odd is all it is. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2015
44% Adult Beginners (2015) "This comedy-drama never puts a foot wrong. And yet, its stakes are so low, its setup so familiar, that the film's generally effortless flow starts to become a hindrance. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon and his large, capable cast (even larger for this follow-up) deliver enough adventure, laughs and flat-out spectacle to ensure that audiences will feel as if they have gotten their money's worth ... " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 21, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Director Lee Toland Krieger hits all the expected emotional beats but doesn't take many risks or glean sufficient insights about our fascination with the double-edged sword of eternal youth. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 21, 2015
No Score Yet Bombay Talkies "A consistent charmer, the Indian omnibus Bombay Talkies is vibrant and colourful, that rare portmanteau film where the whole is more than the sum of its likeable parts. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 17, 2015
31% Desert Dancer (2015) "Richard Raymond's feature debut never overcomes a sluggish solemnity, the film's political points dulled by performances from Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie which overvalue glum earnestness. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 8, 2015
29% Lost River (2015) ""Lost River" is no misunderstood masterpiece, but at its best it makes you hope Gosling takes what works here and develops it into something stronger next time. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2015
31% The Longest Ride (2015) "An undistinguished romantic drama that takes few risks and offers wish-fulfilling escapism with bland dutifulness. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2015
33% The Road Within (2015) "The directorial debut of Gren Wells isn't very funny or touching, but what's worse, it can come across as patronizing, treating debilitating conditions as merely grist for offbeat jokes and superficial pathos. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 6, 2015
18% Little Boy (2015) "A drearily sincere movie about faith and tolerance, Little Boy boasts plenty of good intentions but very little else. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 6, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) ""Get Hard" wants to be a brash, unapologetic look at race and class but only wrings a few laughs from those topics, mostly spending its time floundering around in a dumb plot. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted Mar 25, 2015
16% Last Knights (2015) "Little more than a dutifully compiled collection of genre conventions, "Last Knights" is such an undemanding vengeance tale that it's almost charmingly pedestrian. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 25, 2015
91% White God (2015) ""White God" isn't the first film to suggest that humanity's cruel treatment of others will one day come back to haunt us. But it certainly makes its point with potent force. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The documentary may skimp a little on the man, but his art is proudly front and center -- which, one suspects, is perhaps how he'd prefer it. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2015
89% Amour Fou (2015) "Despite the film's tightly constructed reserve, Hausner saves one last trick for the end: As unknowable as these characters are, you may be surprised how much you miss them. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " The Zellners may have their missteps as storytellers, but without question they're consummate image- and mood-makers. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2015
80% Finders Keepers "A rich tale of two colourful North Carolina men whose legal wrangling over one of their amputated legs becomes a springboard for social commentary about our fame-mad times, as well as a moving portrait of broken lives and uneasy second chances. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "Fans of Melissa McCarthy can rejoice: With "Spy," the very charming, deeply lovable, potently funny actress finally gets a role worthy of her talent. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
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