Tim Robey

Tim Robey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% 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
3/5 97% Iris (2015) "The director's way with framing and composition hadn't deserted him even at this late stage - every shot is a box of delights. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 30, 2015
1/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Plenty of comedies miss more often than they hit, but fashioning one with literally zero laughs takes serious commitment. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 7% Queen of the Desert "It's pretty and watchable, with Kidman trying her heartfelt best, but it can't make its Gertrude Bell, as lover, cultural pioneer and feminist icon, add up to more than a series of voguish poster-girl poses. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 58% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw asks both too much of Gyllenhaal and not enough - he's being forced to build a whole character out of scraps, sawdust, and horrendous clichés. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 86% Eden (2015) "Eden, in its loose and free-form way, is as personal a statement as this 34-year-old director has yet made: it's telling that Paul is that age by the end of it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Our Little Sister "Precisely because it's less emotionally coercive than Kore-eda's last couple of pictures, it's even more moving: rather than lunging full-bore for the solar plexus, the truths it's telling creep up on you. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 44% True Story (2015) "Being strictly true isn't even the point: being convincingly or interestingly so, or preferably both, might have elevated this thing above drab homework. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 20% Self/less (2015) "Anonymously slick and rarely betraying a sense of humour, Self/less might not mind a discreet facelift, but it much more urgently needs a personality transplant. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1/5 14% The Gallows (2015) "For a full hour, The Gallows is maliciously dull, with only a jolt involving sudden levitation registering whatsoever. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 16, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "Studio dross of the lowest grade. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Schumer isn't just a stealth-bomber with her punchlines. She aces the job of creating a rounded person with emotional problems that make sense ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 91% Dear White People (2014) "There's a lot in this prickly, snappily written feature debut that's as invigorating as early Spike Lee. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Pohlad's film is good at probing the line between radical creativity and mental disarray; arguably less good at getting Wilson back on the safe side of it. But it leaves you in no doubt that the man's a genius. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 9, 2015
83% Chinese Roulette "If the premise suggests Noël Coward's Private Lives with an acrid dash of Pinter, Fassbinder is nothing if not winkingly in command of this brittle theatrical idiom. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It may be either the gayest straight film ever made, or the straightest gay one. And it doesn't care either way. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 30, 2015
1/5 29% Everly (2015) "If it were an exam paper, you'd scrunch the whole thing up into a ball and throw it back at the overconfident poser who'd just submitted it. Preferably on fire. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 81% The Overnight (2015) "The potential awkwardness of merging your own sex life unexpectedly with strangers is both funny and wince-worthy, and faithfully captured. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 25, 2015
6% Gigli (2003) "It's every bit as atrocious as you may have heard. Nay, worse. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 22, 2015
2/5 32% Entourage (2015) "After eight successful if downward-spiralling seasons, the concept hasn't just run completely dry. In Doug Ellin's feature-length spin-off, it feels starkly and cynically exposed. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "It's no The Notebook, and when that's a seriously meant criticism, you're in trouble. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 18, 2015
5/5 100% The Misfits (1961) "What a multiple swansong and beautiful accident The Misfits is. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 88% London Road "Deft, witty, very well-acted, and more diverting than it is profound. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 93% Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) "Puzzling out the whos, the whys and the WTFs of this marvellously oddball case takes a back seat to drinking in the film's dark, shining evocation of night and the city. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "It manages the all-important jump scares with the finesse of a skilled stage illusionist, but it's the surprisingly sincere emotional core that makes it the pick of the series. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 95% Spy (2015) "As McCarthy vehicles go, Spy is aggressively mid-range and has too many miles on the clock, but it chugs along entertainingly. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/5 100% Dheepan "As an empathetic snapshot of the current immigrant experience in France, the film is compelling right through, but it's the central relationship that really digs its way into your soul. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Your first guess is that Amirpour never met a Jim Jarmusch film she didn't like, but given that she's denied this in interviews, it's must be more a case of accidentally twinned stylebooks: the deadpan glaze never comes off. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 86% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) (2015) "François Ozon and the late Ruth Rendell is a great match of sensibilities: it promises the French director's winking subversion, wedded to the late crime writer's slippery command of psychological twists. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Submit uncritically to the spectacle, the in-the-moment rush. Soon the movie is whizzing off into the past and future with the wide-eyed elan of a spiffing theme-park ride. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 27, 2015
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 61% 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 52% 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 69% 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 63% 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 53% 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 (2015) "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 17% 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 (2015) "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 76% 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
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