Tim Appelo

Tim Appelo
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 69% The Quiet One (2019) He's too murmurously quiet and utterly unforthcoming to make a great cinema subject, but his life of sex and rock 'n' roll (no drugs for him) is quite a trip, and you may find some surprises... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 93% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Bob Dylan's son Jakob Dylan, 49, is the star performer in Andrew Slater's delightful movie... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 78% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) This brilliant film will make you wish you were 20 on a Greek beach in 1968, living on $83 a month, reading by moonlight, devoting sunny days to swimming, lovemaking and art that knew no limits - not yet. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 95% Sword of Trust (2019) The shaggy-dog story about the sword's sale, which loses momentum toward the end, matters less than the incomparable, semi-improvised ensemble acting. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 23% Phil (2019) Mazur's gimmicky script isn't up to the level of the acting, which carries the picture despite the wobbly comedy-tragedy tightrope Mazur makes the talented cast walk. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) If you want to know about the life and mind of the woman who is arguably the greatest living American novelist, with an influential life that makes Faulkner's look dull, this is the movie for you. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) America's favorite nonagenarian sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, entertains and educates America in this delightful documentary. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Even better than Crazy Rich Asians (and more highly rated by audiences as well as critics), this delightful Asian American rom-com is more like real life... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 31% Shaft (2019) Shaft 2019 is silly entertainment, light and savory as cineplex popcorn. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 30% Red Joan (2019) It plays like a pale imitation of The Imitation Game. Still, it's a handsome period piece, and Dench knocks her part out of the park. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It's a comedy with smarts and heart... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 55% Ma (2019) The kids are generic, but the grownups are interesting... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) This one is big, loud, fast, fun and silly - though it has more narrative integrity than most blockbuster movies today. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 89% Non-Fiction (2019) For a chatty, frothy, funny French sex comedy, Non-Fiction has an important issue on its mind... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) You've heard the late Aretha Franklin sing "I Say a Little Prayer," but you've never seen her command a churchful of praying people as she does in this remarkable concert film. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Even though it sometimes plays like a lively episode of Drunk History, it's a poignant story, and highly intelligent. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) The friendship of Atwater and C.P. and what they accomplished sounds too pat to be real. But it plays as real, and if you want a film with a satisfyingly happy ending, this one is for you. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 46% Dumbo (2019) The CGI elephant aeronaut is cute. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Astounding as it is entertaining. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Despite some fictionalization, it's a vivid you-are-there experience. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) [Lupita Nyong'o]'s dual performance is so impressive, she powers us right through plot revelations that don't make total sense. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 91% Never Grow Old (2019) The plot is predictable, but the acting holds you, especially Cusack's scary, icy, purring growl of menace. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) The script is incompetent. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 43% I'm Not Here (2019) The dialogue is too pat and his plight formulaic, but the acting is aces. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) You can't stop watching the fun Huppert has playing a faux Parisian. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 83% The Hours and Times (2019) It's short (57 minutes) and sweet. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Sharp... tells amazing tales in this absorbing, low-budget documentary. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage glorifies violence less than any narco movie ever made, and in a way, that makes it scarier. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
85% Chicago (2002) It's a high-wire act energized by its stars' amazement at their own reckless effrontery, a brash blast, and an original sight in a cinema cancerous with cautious recyclings. - Seattle Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
60% Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) He's as funny as ever but with new grownup wisdom. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 70% The Invisibles (2019) An unfamiliar part of a story you thought you knew all about, and a must-see. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) For the casualties of World War I - more than 50 million if you count the victims of the flu pandemic the trenches spawned - Jackson has done a comparable service, preserving them forever. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 19% Serenity (2019) It will test your suspension of disbelief. But it could deeply please your inner male teenager. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) The characters are well worth spending time with as they amble toward disaster. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
91% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) A must-see for any grownup who calls himself or herself a rock fan. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
80% Brexit (2019) Inspired by the irreverent style of Aaron Sorkin's Moneyball. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
53% The Last Laugh (2019) Despite the film's flaws, you can't help rooting for Dreyfuss and Chase. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 50% American Hangman (2019) The script isn't up to Sutherland's talent, but his superbly intelligent acting is a joy to watch. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) What really works like gangbusters is Kidman's transformation, as startlingly accomplished as Charlize Theron's in Monster. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Distinguished by the superb skills of Steve Coogan as the skinny one, Laurel, and John C. Reilly (who's on a huge 2018 career roll) in excellent plump prosthetics as the rotund Hardy. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If you want one that makes you feel good... this workmanlike, old-fashioned biopic about the future Ruth "Kiki" Bader Ginsburg should hit the spot. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt makes a magical airborne nanny. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood directs the heck out of it, and it's gratifying to see him outwit the young by exploiting their condescending prejudices about oldsters. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 66% Vice (2018) You can't believe it's Bale. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Hogancamp's story is oddly inspiring even in this flawed film, but watch the documentary instead. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The film is on a par with that other black-and-white foreign Oscar contender Roma, only more exciting. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Face it: this show is born to run (at least on TV) forever. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 90% The Second Time Around (2018) The script isn't as good as they are, but they're very good indeed. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The performances, excellent throughout, are capped by the diamond-like perfection that is Regina King. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Revival! (2018) If you liked the John Legend-starring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and The Wiz, check out this black-cast musical. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018