Robbie Collin

Robbie Collin
Robbie Collin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph (UK) News of the World Daily Record (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2018) It's a tale that lends itself more naturally to an item on breakfast TV than an entire feature film. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 46% What Men Want (2019) What Men Want is pure shrug cinema: not bad so much as wispily superfluous, which may not come as a surprise if you can recall the similarly disposable 2000 original. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) The whole is rather less than its constituent parts - which didn't really fit together in the first place. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Marvel films are all about anticipation: they're designed to make you crave the next helping before you've even swallowed the current one. But this is the first in a while that I've found myself immediately hungry to revisit. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) For a film that spends so much time with its thighs around other people's throats, it has a surprisingly delicate touch. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2/5 90% A Private War (2018) Its grindingly earnest tone is that of the hasty posthumous tribute, rather than the more textured, inquiring long view of a worthwhile biopic. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) For those who prefer their cinema trussed up and slobbering on a ball gag, Piercing provides an hour and 20 minutes of nasty fun, though it occasionally feels like a great short stretched out beyond its optimal length. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) The film is boosted immeasurably by Byrne and Wahlberg, who make a snappily appealing comic pair and bounce off each other well in the film's many fraught parenting moments. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) This scrappily engaging new take from Joe Cornish, squarely aimed at older children and younger teens, finds a sparkle in the old tale that feels timely and fresh. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) For viewers steeped in the sagas of the young Viking Hiccup and his lovable scaly steed Toothless, it's possible the third How To Train Your Dragon film will serve as a rousing trilogy-closer. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) So much fun in the moment, you almost feel bad later on for realising it doesn't add up. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) In tackling a story that is presumably, and perhaps painfully, close to home, [Hogg] has made her farthest-reaching film yet. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie spoiled us rotten. Its sequel is the film we probably would have been grateful for if we didn't know better. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
3/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer's grim and grubby vision of Los Angeles is a decent enough cover version of the fractured metropolis iconised by Michael Mann in modern noir classics such as Heat and Collateral. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) It is a head-spinning shock-and-awe satire that comes in hot then cranks up the thermostat to infernal - a Molotov cocktail of biopic, documentary and black comedy, with a thrillingly short fuse. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) It is a film of rare emotional complexity and punch - not just wincingly sharp on the business of addiction in particular, but also a heart-piercing ode to fatherhood at large. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Effectively captures the knife-edge bustle of political stagecraft. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The result is a self-defeating, yikes-a-minute hodge-podge, and a film it's impossible to get a grip on from one scene to the next. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If I don't say it, another critic will: Mary Poppins Returns really is practically perfect in every way. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) For all its sporadic wackiness and wonder, on balance Aquaman still comes out a bore. But they've given it a heroic shake. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Feels less like another Transformers film as we've come to know them than a live-action spin on the classic Ted Hughes-inspired animation The Iron Giant, slathered in John Hughes-esque coming-of-age trimmings. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Alas, any chemistry between Mowgli and his animal brethren gets lost at the point of contact between pixels and flesh. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) Here is a festive poke in the eye for everyone who doubted the Nativity franchise had a fourth instalment in it, not least those of us who have yet to be persuaded it even had one. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 69% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The whole thing is out-and-out tinsel-dunked tat, but oddly honourable with it - the Christmas spirit might be just a few steps up from bathtub grade, but it still packs a kick. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) [A] lush and ravishing period piece... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The biggest riddle in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is working out what on earth the film is actually about. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) For pure David Lean-grade heft and sweep, David Mackenzie's Outlaw King is as big as anything you'll find in a cinema this year. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 58% The Grinch (2018) The Dr Seuss books have been miserably ill-served by Hollywood in the past... But The Grinch gets both Seuss and Christmas just right. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 100% Penguin Highway (2019) For almost all ages, this is a heart-warming, imagination-tickling joy - and a film that should put Ishida and Colorido on every anime fan's to-watch list. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 91% Mirai (2018) Mirai bathes ordinary family life in a beautiful new light. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Three Husbands (2018) While its view of sex as an unsolvable puzzle is intriguing at first, it eventually smacks of a cop-out. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Ueda's film goes on to indulge [its] curiosity in endless head-spinningly clever ways - turning a riotous genre treat into a full-hearted love-letter to both filmmaking and film-watching alike. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) Just as the film pulls no punches when it comes to violence, it withholds the tension-breaking respite of pastiche. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Punk Samurai Slash Down (Panku-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018) The film is a barrage of slapstick, smart talk and brain-melting non-sequiturs, and much of it is very funny indeed... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It is eccentric, sad and stirring to the core. Oh yes - and incredibly funny, too. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
1/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) The pacing seems intentionally designed to break your spirits, with a climactic set-piece that rages on forever, despite being comprised of nothing but shouting and torpedos. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 46% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2 is a lively and colourful ghost train ride, with some well-judged scares that would have been at home in its 1980s Amblin forerunners, such as The Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) It is an encounter with the past that feels exhilaratingly present-tense. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale reduces history to a parlour game - and frankly, this is neither the time nor the place. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
1/5 29% Venom (2018) Sony Pictures appear to have lavished a nine-figure sum on, and are now hoping to establish an entire cinematic universe on the back of, a character who looks like someone drizzled Creme Egg filling onto a bin bag. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Few would argue Johnny English was a good idea to start with, but there is something skin-crawling about watching so much talent relentlessly wasted. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2/5 78% Black '47 (2018) Hangs suspended for the most part in an über-glum middle ground that allows neither its emotional or visceral gambits to properly connect. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House with a Clock in Its Walls never quite grasps what made its inspirations tick. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Its shivers are sophisticated, and not easily shrugged off. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 97% Lucky (2017) This is a subtle, unhurried film - not sentimental in the usual sense, but studded with moments of poignant, low-key strangeness. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) "The sequel to group one, only stupider" is how one soldier describes the squad, in one of the rare self-referential jokes here that actually lands. But owning it doesn't excuse it. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) What a step up for Moretz this is. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 80% 22 July (2018) A sharp, scouring work of moral seriousness from Greengrass. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) There is an audacity and extravagance to [Portman's] work that few actresses would dare attempt, let alone be allowed to get away with. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 80% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) What Zahler has essentially done is put a 15-minute mid-blockbuster set-piece on the rack and stretched it out until its cartilage pops. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018