Tim Robey

Tim Robey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tim Robey'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
2/5 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "You wouldn't want to downplay the pleasure Spooks fans may derive from this return trip - however iffy - down a fast-disappearing stretch of memory lane. But you could drive in circles around a multi-storey car park in Staines and feel edgier. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "A quaintly disarming fairy tale, refusing any date that isn't written in the stars. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Rock is working some stuff out through a loudhailer, essentially, but the film's snap and energy make it well worth bending an ear. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 62% Unfriended (2015) "Credibly using actual programs rather than made-up ones, Unfriended makes hay with such cultural ephemera as the "memorialise" function for a Facebook account, which enables the pages of deceased friends to have an afterlife. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 50% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "The stuttering, episodic pace makes you wonder if they had half a mind on a miniseries. Where the other half went is really anyone's guess. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) "The challenges of America's welfare system give this impeccably honourable film a vivid set of hurdles to surmount, and it doesn't feel overegged or excessively sentimentalised. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 23, 2015
5/5 100% 45 Years "Haigh's very fine, classically modulated film keeps these questions alive until literally its last shot, and lets them jangle their way through you for days afterwards. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 20, 2015
2/5 70% The Salvation (2015) "Sadly, the director's stylistic gambits get the better of him at the precise point when the plotting gets wobbly, and the result is a pile-up and a waste. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) "John Wick works because of its sleek, artisanal dovetailing of style and sincerity. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/5 61% The Water Diviner (2015) "Crowe mounts the story in square, gruffly emotive fashion, but his best achievement is wrestling with a truculent, famously thin-skinned leading man, and extracting the most soulful performance he's given in years. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 2, 2015
92% Children of Men (2006) "For all Cuarón's expertise in whipping up his film's elements into a pungent and frightening stew, the movie's technical brilliance can be blinding. The story and characters remain all but skeletal. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2/5 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "The extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting, reduced to a distinctly ordinary film. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 30, 2015
2/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "If you don't think the over-rehearsed prospect of prison rape - specifically, black-on-white prison rape - is quite enough of a comedy goldmine to sustain a whole feature, tell that to the screenwriters. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 100% Blind (2004) "Vogt gives us a brilliantly slippery handle on the rules of this rather twisted game, but also makes it real, in that it's coming from a place of authentic terror, anxiety and loneliness in Ingrid's head. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 26, 2015
58% The Signal (2014) "The more original and clever Eubank is aiming to be, with an ambitious conceit folding in biological experimentation, Area 51-style paranoia and X-Men superpowers, the hokier and more derivative he seems. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 27% Wild Card (2015) "Ideal Statham - see 2002's The Transporter - is a gent, a man of few words who cleaves to a certain way of doing things. The hero he gives us here is just a little too close to a thug, a braggart and a loser. It won't do. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 16% The Gunman (2015) "Imagine The Constant Gardener crunched back and forth through Google Translate in several Bantu languages, then fished out of a swamp with pages missing. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 100% A Brilliant Young Mind "The film's magic is how it slips the skin of sappy and mendacious formula, stepping away from cliché scene by scene, and in quietly revelatory ways. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 72% Suite Française "It's one of those pedigreed visions of love and war which backs away from specifics, reassuring us almost to death with its lavish craft. It's thoroughly easy to sit through, when it should probably have been harder. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 76% Hyena (2015) "Hyena doesn't stint on creating a grubbily repellent universe, but it never gives us one solid reason to stick around. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Jeremy Renner is superb as a reporter ruined by his biggest story, but The Parallax View this isn't. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 5, 2015
86% Chicago (2002) "Whatever one's qualms about the material, its execution here is rock solid in ways that keep on impressing, right through to the niftiest end credits sequence in years. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 84% Cinderella (2015) "Very little is out of place in Branagh's do-over, but that's almost a problem: there's a feeling, throughout, of going perfectly through the motions. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 100% Mr. Holmes (2015) "There's nothing about the film that Conan Doyle fans, McKellen fans, Linney fans, and anyone partial to a lilting Carter Burwell score won't relish. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It proves that age-old saw that great books rarely make great films, whereas barely-literate junk can turn into something ripe and even electric on screen. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 11, 2015
1/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "For those weary few of us who harbour an allergy to Vaughn's deliberately obnoxious style, each movie feels like an insult - one added to a heap of computer-generated injuries. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) "The only issue with his film - and it's a minor caveat - is that, somehow, it still feels like a series of accomplished shorts. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/5 71% Trash "It feels impossibly compromised, even for a film whose basic pitch is Slumdog Millionaire goes to Rio. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "Sissako's vision is so offhandedly seductive, it's a while before you realise what a threat is gathering, and from where. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) "Te eerie power of the original novel, and its memorable 1989 ITV adaptation, is missed, because she's so much scarier seen at a distance. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 75% Enemy (2014) "A weird, intriguing tchotchke of a thriller ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/5 27% Annie (2014) "There's not much delight to be had in an orphan's bedazzlement by this corporate paradise - besides, is gaining material wealth all the story has to offer? " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 85% Kon Tiki (2013) "Not the most ambitious film on Thomas's resumé, but as sturdily assembled, in its old-fashioned way, as the authentic balsa-wood raft on which Heyerdahl and his five intrepid crew-mates made their trek. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The further and more competently the movie trundles on, the more it begs not to exist, really: hindsight favours a two-part adaptation at most. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 16, 2014
84% In Bruges (2008) "The revelation is Farrell, whose natural petulance as an actor has never chimed so well with his deeper reserves of childlike vulnerability. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) "Three cheers to DreamWorks for zipping it, at long last: in laying aside the post-modern quips, they've rediscovered an airborne sense of joy. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 8, 2014
5/5 99% Selma (2015) "The film pinpoints Selma's place in this overarching historical context without feeling browbeaten by it into merely erecting a memorial. It's full of quicksilver decision-making, sinew and guts. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 76% Get Santa "You've got to take the rough with the smooth, and there's a lot of smooth here. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 82% Black Sea (2015) "The disappointment of Dennis Kelly's script, and also Kevin Macdonald's direction, is how arbitrarily the onboard drama develops. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Murray's the draw here, and the film's best moments let him sink deeply into a role as snug, comfortable and hard to resist as a favourite tatty armchair. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "The film settles into a Forrest Gumpian groove that doesn't glorify the human spirit so much as sap it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 1, 2014
1/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "A sequel with a sole and blatant reason to exist, which is that the first one did quite well. They know it, we know it, and they know that we know it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 27, 2014
4/5 100% Kajaki "The film makes you flinch, recoil, hide behind your hands, and even care: a very sturdy set of achievements, and less pretentious about What We Were Even Doing There And Why than almost any Hollywood equivalent you could name. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 27, 2014
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "There's little about the film you would call profound or sophisticated. But it has at least one very funny line a minute, and it's amazing what legs the basic joke has. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/5 80% Get On Up (2014) "Boseman's performance comes bounding in with such wicked attitude, and such a showman's determination to give us a good time, it's hard to harbour regrets for long. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 20, 2014
1/5 10% No Good Deed (2014) "Elba and Henson both produced this crazily overwrought stranger-danger B-movie, so they're getting no free passes here. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) "James puts Ebert's criticism carefully in context, and isn't guilty of either overstating his influence or whitewashing the less genial aspects of the man. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2/5 69% Laggies (2014) "This one's caught between too many stools to thrive. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "It's a bleak but compassionate, glancingly comic and often satirically incendiary work about the pyramid structure of Russian corruption, with the little guy crushed helplessly beneath, and God, or at least the orthodox Church, perched on top. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "This film is encouragingly sceptical about the cliché that blood is thicker than water. The proof is in the spilling of it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 6, 2014
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