Tim Merrill

Tim Merrill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Dread Central , Film Threat
Total Reviews:
51

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 55% Martyrs (2008) " You will either despise what you've experienced or support Pascal Laugier in creating a masterpiece that transcends the genre and leaves the viewer drained and breathless." — Dread Central
Posted Sep 5, 2008
2/5 45% Happy Here and Now (2002) " Almereyda is tripped up by this grab at cosmic profundity, and lands in a sticky puddle of pretension." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
3.5/5 86% Garden State (2004) " While Braff's script may suffer from long-windedness, his direction -- of both cast and camera -- is so confident that this debut could well mark the start of a major career." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 90% DiG! (2004) " Newcombe is clearly as troubled as he is talented, maybe more." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 87% The Quiet American (2003) " As a piece of acting, The Quiet American represents a fitting capper to Caine's illustrious career; his portrait of a jaded sybarite whom history nudges into conscientious action is among the year's most moving." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4/5 81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " Wes Anderson simply has a unique way of looking at the world, and through him the ridiculous is made sublime. He has a hell of a distinctive style for someone his age. It would appear he might even be some kind of goddamn genius himself." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
3.5/5 87% Far From Heaven (2003) " Moore is simply...wonderful." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4.5/5 84% Pieces of April (2003) " A film to savor and to be thankful for." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 6, 2005
4.5/5 87% Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) " A riveting account of this demented and scarcely believable American story." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 9, 2004
4/5 83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) " Everything you've heard: sad and funny, revealing and compelling, entertaining, devastating." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 3, 2004
2.5/5 43% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004) " It's dark, it's intelligent -- it's also humorless and a bit pretentious." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 22, 2004
4/5 89% Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004) " The result will stand as one of the most intense, in-depth, warts-and-all rockumentaries ever made -- VH1's Behind the Music cranked up to 11 and beyond." — Film Threat
Posted May 18, 2004
5/5 90% Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2004) " Music fans of every stripe should kill to see this film, one of the very best music documentaries in recent years. Then, get thee to a record store." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 17, 2004
3.5/5 67% Paranoia 1.0 (2004) " A sci-fi thriller of uncommon creepiness, One Point 0 makes inventive use of a low budget, and clever story and a terrific cast." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 18, 2004
4/5 59% Go Further (2004) " Generates laughs while teaching valuable lessons about how we can all, in small but significant ways, make the choice to 'leave a light footprint' on our imperiled planet Earth." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 20, 2003
3.5/5 55% Prey for Rock & Roll (2003) " Gershon and her cohorts make it all swing." — Film Threat
Posted Jul 16, 2003
2.5/5 56% Fulltime Killer (2003) " Is anyone else out there getting tired of the whole slo-mo, double-pistoled, ballistic-pyrotechnic Hong Kong action aesthetic?" — Film Threat
Posted Mar 23, 2003
4/5 95% The Station Agent (2003) " It is about treasuring life -- sometimes even cheating death -- and it manages to warm hearts in its own uncompromising way, rarely cheating and never belittling." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 26, 2003
5/5 91% The Weather Underground (2002) " Green and Siegel have crafted a breathtaking portrait of one chapter of the '60s story that hasn't been done to death." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 19, 2003
0/5 57% Irreversible (2002) " No 'star rating' has been applied above because conventional indications of 'good' or 'bad' simply do not apply to this film." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 3, 2003
2.5/5 71% All the Real Girls (2003) " Rather than tying together into a satisfying whole, the fragments seem to fly off in any number of directions, and a sweet, simple tale of young love dissolves into a mishmash." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 21, 2003
1/5 15% Smokers Only (2002) " Humorless, self-conscious art drivel, made without a glimmer of intelligence or invention." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 8, 2003
3.5/5 72% Intacto (2002) " A genuine mind-bender." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 16, 2002
3.5/5 77% Quitting (2002) " Quitting offers piercing domestic drama with spikes of sly humor." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 16, 2002
4/5 69% May (2003) " Shivery and seductive, May is a delicious little creepathon." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 38% On Line (2003) " The raw sexuality sometimes clangs loudly against the glib comedy, but by the end On_Line makes you love it." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 76% Black Hawk Down (2001) " While the film succeeds as a visceral testament to all the servicemen who fought in Mogadishu, particularly the nineteen who lost their lives, Black Hawk Down is more punishing than anything else." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
2.5/5 63% Session 9 (2001) " It's never cheap, but it's also never quite as scary as it thinks it is; the buildups invariably lead to letdowns." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 58% Birthday Girl (2002) " It still manages to slide by, but barely, and only on the strength of its two leads." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4/5 86% 24 Hour Party People (2002) " This is Cult Movie Central -- and there's no livelier tour guide than Michael Winterbottom." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 71% Gangster No. 1 (2000) " It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films in its stark refusal to paint the lead gangster as likable or indeed anything other than the vicious socio-psychopath he is." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 66% My Wife Is an Actress (2002) " Never less than clever and often digs down into some uncomfortable realities about the strange lives of that odd species known as 'movie people.'" — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) " A reasonably intelligent adult comedy." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 76% Frida (2002) " Favors us with plenty of color, a feast of eye candy. As food for the soul, however... there are always her paintings." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
5/5 92% Ghost World (2001) " When it's all said and done, this pæan to the losers, misfits, outcasts and obsessives of the world proves to be nothing less than haunting." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 44% XX/XY (2003) " We grow to genuinely care about the people of XX/XY, and their romantic troubles are portrayed with a refreshing, open honesty." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4.5/5 81% How to Draw a Bunny (2004) " This enthralling documentary ... is at once playful and haunting, an in-depth portrait of an iconoclastic artist who was fundamentally unknowable even to his closest friends." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
2/5 42% The Majestic (2001) " Capra has been embalmed and larded with prefab sentimental glaze, a synthetic 21st century Hollywood idea of what Capra the director stood for." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 67% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002) " At least it's better than Return of the Jedi. If that sounds like faint praise... then line up and find out for yourself." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
5/5 71% Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo) (2002) " The most wondrous love story in years, it is a great film." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 88% I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco (2002) " As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man's art, it's priceless." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3/5 93% In the Bedroom (2001) " Certainly worth looking into, but it feels a little too repressed for its own good." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
2/5 47% Hollywood Ending (2002) " It's getting difficult to watch this old dog trying so hard to pull off the same old tricks; Allen is becoming a caricature of himself, a cartoon, before our very eyes." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 92% The Laramie Project (2002) " It's a compelling and horrifying story, and The Laramie Project is worthwhile for reminding us that this sort of thing does, in fact, still happen in America." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4/5 92% Bloody Sunday (2002) " A gripping experience, and often downright sickening." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4/5 88% Amélie (2001) " In all, Tautou is the most adorable Frenchwoman to grace movie screens since we first laid eyes on La Binoche in The Unbearable Lightness of Being." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4/5 86% Gosford Park (2001) " Blends The Rules of the Game, Upstairs Downstairs and Ten Little Indians into a rich feast that will have adult filmgoers licking their chops." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4.5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " To borrow an icon from another legend of English origin, this is the Holy Grail. The big one has finally been delivered to us, and it is a beautiful thing indeed." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
4/5 82% Derrida (2002) " He's no easy mark, Derrida, but trying to keep up with him as he reasons his way through even the most simple questions makes for a rewarding experience." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
3.5/5 96% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) " Quiet and slow-paced, as all the finest French films are, Time Out modestly redefines the psychological thriller." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 8, 2002
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