Robbie Collin

Robbie Collin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"We already know from his turn as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma that Oyelowo can be stirring in a statesmanlike role, but here he brings a similar kind of moral conviction to a far humbler underdog character." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 91%

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

"While it too often sands the complications off what you sense should feel like an uncomfortably splintery issue, in its best moments, it's a quietly fearsome piece of drama." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 80%

Free Fire (2016)

"Free Fire is a mad contraption, bristling with bravado and black, sardonic wit." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 64%

Storks (2016)

"After softening you up with whatever the comedic equivalent of a triple somersault with a half pike and double twist is, it lands on its emotional target - we're talking freely trickling tears - with a persuasive and satisfying thud." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
1/5 25%

Inferno (2016)

"The one thing that can't be said about Howard's film is that it doesn't do justice to Brown's book: it absolutely does, which is the entire problem, and arguably one that any halfway-faithful adaptation could never avoid." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"As a multi-faceted character study - of a couple, a nation, a racial identity - there are surprises around every corner." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"It's another flick through a familiar and by-now bulging scrapbook, but it leaves you craving less - and more." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"The phenomenon of their live appearances - not just the concerts themselves, but the cheeky press-conference preludes, and the hysterical, garment-rending fallout - itself defines the era with a spiky precision." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Blair Witch styles itself as a love-letter, but it's pure transcription." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/5 91%

A United Kingdom (2016)

"Stirring, heartstring-strumming stuff ... a chapter of history that rewards a close reading." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/5 50%

The Journey (2016)

"The Journey is an apocryphal drama about the Northern Irish peace process, and makes its subject look like a methodical tootle around the block by comparison." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 7, 2016
5/5 43%

The Bad Batch (2016)

"It's the type of film that, whatever time of day you watch it, makes it feel like half past two in the morning." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/5 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Call it wholemeal bread and circuses - an odd diet of sincerity and spectacle that nonetheless hits some kind of spot." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 7, 2016
4/5 80%

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Everything that works in Nocturnal Animals is intoxicating, provocative, delicious - and happily, so is everything that doesn't." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 3, 2016
5/5 100%

Arrival (2016)

"Beautiful, provocative allegory that can bump your whole worldview off balance. " ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Fassbender and Vikander explore their characters' various thorny moral quandaries and shifting states of mind in breath-catching depth, drilling down through the plot's melodramatic crust to the swirling ethical magma underneath." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
5/5 96%

La La Land (2016)

"It has its head in the stars, and for a little over two wonderstruck hours, it lifts you up there too." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/5 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"The satire hits with powder-puff force thanks largely to the film's ruinous lack of moral shading around David and Efraim's exploits." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"The result is a roiling casserole of bad-taste jolts - lynching trees, parricidal Lolitas, "murder tourism", gallows gags about racist mobs - but each one pulls its weight and makes its point." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 25, 2016
1/5 11%

Nine Lives (2016)

"Nothing here looks like a genuine interaction between real human beings: Spacey may be the first actor to give a comedic performance in which his own smile looks like it had to be green-screened in at a later date." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"Collet-Serra's rigorous craftsmanship and Lively's muscular-in-every-sense movie-star performance ... ensure every attack and counterattack convulses and grips." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 10, 2016
4/5 67%

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

"Even after all these years, the character still fits Gervais as comfortably as a Sergio Georgini sports jacket." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/5 68%

The Carer (2015)

"János Edelényi's The Carer brings nothing to the party apart from the kind of clenched, eyelid-twitching grin of enforced affability that quickly loses any charm it ever had." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 6, 2016
4/5 100%

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

"Byrne's film is concerned with the process and practice of myth-making: the way the right person, or action, or face, can capture a moment, or galvanise a movement - and, for both good and ill, transform politics into something like art." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 6, 2016
4/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"The film is confident enough in its own weatherbeaten skin to take on no more plot than is strictly necessary, and its most affecting scenes are all character-driven moments with no real bearing on the story." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 2, 2016
2/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Occasionally, the film feels like Ayer is trying to fight his way out from underneath an enormous, suffocating parachute." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/5 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"Feuerzeig's film teasingly, dextrously reminds us that all art - especially the true stuff - is fake." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/5 92%

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"Despite the plot adjustments, Swallows and Amazons reproduces the potted world Ransome wrote about with diligence and sincerity: it's very English, very interwar, and very, very white." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 88%

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"The occasional lows only serve to illustrate what a minefield the genius biopic can be - and how Born to be Blue skips through the genre more nimbly than most." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 24, 2016
4/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"The 2016 vintage of Ghostbusters speaks to its time with the same withering comic accuracy and hot-air-balloon-sized sense of fun as the 1984 original." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 10, 2016
4/5 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"This comedy from Rebecca Miller says more about the human condition through its cardigans than most films this summer have managed in their scripts." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/5 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"While you can't imagine the film ever making it to Cannes under anything other than its own steam, the jaunt proves to be a surprisingly worthwhile one." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 29, 2016
2/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Perhaps this meeting of suspicious minds really was an unsung crux of modern American history, but Elvis & Nixon feels like a trifle about a trifle." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"It's an amiable time-passer, and hopefully a promise of even better things to come." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/5 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"This isn't just lazy, it's borderline nonsensical." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 21, 2016
2/5 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Wan's film runs for an absurdly overextended two and a quarter hours, and an entire hour and five minutes have passed before the Warrens actually set foot on English soil." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Navigates tricky emotional territory with a perceptiveness and tact that isn't just great storytelling, but could be a real comfort to parents and children alike who unexpectedly see themselves in Dory's plight." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 65%

Learning To Drive (2015)

"The gas remains largely unstepped on, the brake cables tragically uncut." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 91%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"Poses no direct questions, but leaves your head and heart overflowing with them." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/5 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"Garry Marshall's latest ensemble comedy once again charts the build-up to the annual special occasion of its title in the lives of a variety of blithering idiots." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 71%

My King (Mon roi) (2016)

"A great, seething pot of delicious emotional noodles." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 25, 2016
4/5 92%

Elle (2016)

"Huppert's long-standing genius for expressing complex cocktails of emotions with casual precision is vital to this role." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 22, 2016
5/5 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"A glittering, etherised nightmare, drenched in cold sweat, with a dark, coiled-panther energy that springs at you in fitful, snarling bursts." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 100%

Risk (2016)

"Risk doesn't burnish the Assange myth - it injects you into the bloodstream of the Assange story." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 100%

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016)

"Even long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2016
5/5 95%

Aquarius (2016)

"The film's lucid sense of place and space, helped along by the camera's eye for sensual visual detail and sound design to make your eardrums groan in delight, is one of the film's most generous pleasures." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2016
4/5 91%

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017)

"Though there isn't a single word of dialogue in the film's 80-minute running time, the big questions it asks, about ambition, acceptance and the beauty of companionship, ring loud in every heart-melting frame." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2016
4/5 67%

Personal Shopper (2016)

"The film depends on a performance from Stewart in which she's virtually never off-screen or less than riveting." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 16, 2016
4/5 93%

Loving (2016)

"The film's determination not to overcook any single scene means the tears it eventually draws feel honestly come by - and the wind-rustled beauty of Adam Stone's cinematography make us realise this world shouldn't be simply written off as a bad job." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 16, 2016
5/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The BFG feels very much like Spielberg's Powell and Pressburger film - it's a picture that could have only been made now, but feels rooted in the past." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 14, 2016
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