Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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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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
56% 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
93% 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
41% 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
74% 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
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Catnip for those who like to pore over forgotten pop-culture footnotes, this documentary gets plenty of mileage out of its grand question of what-if. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
40% Divergent (2014) " Burger has surrounded Woodley with a sharp cast, including her "Spectacular Now" co-star Miles Teller, but everyone appears hemmed in by the recycled, humorless material." — Screen International
Posted Mar 16, 2014
63% Bad Words (2014) " The problem with "Bad Words" isn't that it's mean. It's that it's not really mean but tries so hard to think it is." — Deadspin
Posted Mar 12, 2014
60% The Cold Lands (2014) " This sensitive drama about outsiders never gets too deep inside its characters." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " Waugh shows an ability to create frenetic set pieces. But what does that matter when the movie's adrenaline-fueled characters are so repugnant?" — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2014
77% Veronica Mars (2014) " "Veronica Mars" doesn't so much expand the show's universe as recycle it, but without the lively mysteries and poignant undercurrents that were its hallmarks." — Screen International
Posted Mar 9, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " We're used to a Wes Anderson movie charming us. Get ready for one that's downright thrilling." — Deadspin
Posted Mar 5, 2014
100% The Overnighters (2014) " This despairing, terrific documentary presents a world where distrust thrives and fresh starts are in short supply." — Screen International
Posted Mar 5, 2014
100% Manakamana (2014) " If "Leviathan" showed us the primal terror of everyday life, this new film is a warm hug, a salute to our shared humanity." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " Initially, Non-Stop promises to be a fun, slick paranoid thriller, but eventually it becomes clear that there's not enough ingenuity to go along with all the ludicrousness." — Screen International
Posted Feb 26, 2014
13% McCanick (2014) " This thriller badly overestimates its ability to wring compelling drama from threadbare genre elements and an unsatisfying third act twist." — Screen International
Posted Feb 21, 2014
33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " "3 Days" feels interminable, both too generic in its execution and too pleased with its irreverent attitude." — Screen International
Posted Feb 20, 2014
95% Child's Pose (2014) " "Child's Pose" stares at its characters with such intensity that the ordinary becomes surprising and insightful." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2014
89% Omar (2014) " Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad is more interested in the ideas within his slow-burn thriller than in plot machinations." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " While this new "RoboCop" isn't terrible, what's most disappointing is that it lacks the juice Verhoeven's films always had in crazy abundance." — Deadspin
Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " Not quite plot-driven enough to be confused with a conventional thriller, this tense character study leaves us feeling that something ominous is always about ready to happen." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2014
7/10 50% Song One " Franny's an enigma when Song One begins, and I can't say that she comes into sharp focus even by the conclusion. For a first-timer, Barker-Froyland is confident enough to let that mystery linger." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4.2/10 —— Hits " Unfortunately, some clever ideas are set against a progressively more unbelievable story and a simplistic, tired commentary." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
7/10 80% The One I Love (2014) " Strong performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are the highlight of a movie that may make married people nod in recognition but also shudder a little, too." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
5.9/10 77% Infinitely Polar Bear " In her [Maya Forbes] insistence on finding the happy ending, Infinitely Polar Bear doesn't find enough of the sadness and pain that would have made such a conclusion earned." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6.1/10 83% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " The problem with basing an entire movie on nostalgia is that while it may hit your target audience right in its sweet spot, for everyone else it may seem like little more than an extended version of "Guess you had to be there."" — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
80% The Raid 2 (2014) " Electrifying both in its ambition and its action sequences, this is the best action-thriller since The Dark Knight, and also the best sequel since then." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " "The Monuments Men" boasts a fine cast, which only makes the movie feel all the more like a lost opportunity as it curiously, stubbornly refuses to come to life." — Screen International
Posted Jan 29, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Frankly quite silly, "I, Frankenstein" parades its grim atmosphere as a badge of coolness, apparently unaware how little fun there is in this dull corpse of a film." — Screen International
Posted Jan 25, 2014
80% The Raid 2 (2014) " That rare sequel that expands the scope of its predecessor to produce something grander, richer and far more rewarding, The Raid 2 elevates the franchise from a very enjoyable close-quarters action extravaganza into a full-blown crime epic." — Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2014
100% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The leads' tart comedic rapport remains exquisite as they once again play fictionalised versions of themselves, traveling, eating and riffing for our considerable amusement." — Screen International
Posted Jan 21, 2014
80% The Voices " A risky mix of tones pays off in The Voices, one of the more playful, compassionate portrayals of a serial killer you're likely to see." — Screen International
Posted Jan 20, 2014
92% Calvary (2014) " A rich character drama that's equally eloquent and despairing, "Calvary" carries a weary resignation that feels lived-in and deeply considered." — Screen International
Posted Jan 20, 2014
36% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Eventually, one succumbs to this comedy-drama's tear-jerking assault, even if at the same time acknowledging the movie's navel-gazing limitations." — Screen International
Posted Jan 19, 2014
60% Young Ones " As bone-dry as the harsh environment where its characters live, Young Ones gives us a futuristic Western so bleak that its pitiless tone becomes downright mesmerizing." — Screen International
Posted Jan 19, 2014
45% I Origins (2014) " This sci-fi romantic drama is consistently engaging and unpredictable, growing in emotional impact as its mysteries start to slowly assert themselves." — Screen International
Posted Jan 19, 2014
17% God's Pocket (2014) " An unwieldy dark comedy, the feature directorial debut of "Mad Men" star John Slattery is ultimately too shaggy and tonally inconsistent to hold together. " — Screen International
Posted Jan 18, 2014
55% Laggies (2014) " A very likeable, often funny comedy that fails to dig deep enough into its questions of maturity and commitment." — Screen International
Posted Jan 18, 2014
79% Frank (2014) " An idiosyncratic glimpse into music and mental illness, "Frank" falters more than it soars, but it's intriguing watching this film follow the beat of its own unusual drum." — Screen International
Posted Jan 18, 2014
7.1/10 94% Whiplash " Even if Whiplash falters from time to time, the performances never do." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2014
38% Life of a King (2014) " Unquestionably well-meaning, this tale of an ex-con who teaches some inner-city teens about discipline through chess treads incredibly familiar emotional terrain." — Screen International
Posted Jan 17, 2014
7.2/10 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " The task of chronicling the unimaginable is handled with great care in The Missing Picture, an affecting documentary about the brutality of Cambodian strongman Pol Pot's reign." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " An unremarkable fantasy-adventure, "47 Ronin" skimps on the samurai action and stumbles when trying to be about weightier themes such as honor and destiny. " — Screen International
Posted Dec 23, 2013
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The film does lots of small things right but stumbles on the grand ideas that are meant to tie it all together. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
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