Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tim Grierson'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

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

""Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is always faintly diverting but never particularly engrossing, putting the venerable movie star through his paces without really asking much of him." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"Part character study and part airport-novel nonsense, "The Accountant" can't quite balance its B-movie instincts with its more artistic aspirations, ultimately hamstringing a potentially juicy, escapist shoot-'em-up." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 13, 2016

20th Century Women (2016)

"Writer-director Mike Mills again demonstrates a sharp, sensitive eye for the ways that people learn to make peace with lives they didn't quite anticipate or want. The film is lit from within by its endless curiosity about its evolving characters." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 7, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"This may not be the most nuanced of films, but its blunt-force impact leaves one shaken." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 5, 2016
No Score Yet

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

""I Am Not Your Negro" honors an influential 20th century writer by letting him speak for himself -- which he does beautifully and persuasively." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2016

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"This dopey thriller boasts plenty of potentially juicy plot points but is consistently undermined by an earnest execution that doesn't understand what a convoluted hoot it has on its hands." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Peculiarity has been a speciality of Tim Burton's films for a while now -- but so has an overly gimmicky, cutesy approach to his characters' fantastical worlds. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 26, 2016

Blue Jay (2016)

"Unfortunately, that conceit doesn't lead to many surprises, and its revelations are pretty easy to guess before they occur." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2016

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"There's sweetness and a smidge of wisdom to be found in The Edge Of Seventeen, a likeable coming-of-age comedy-drama that's too generic to recommend but enjoyable enough to make you curious what its writer-director and stars will do next." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2016
5.4/10 43%

The Bad Batch (2016)

"The Bad Batch is a bracing vision of post-apocalyptic America that's also terribly stilted and sometimes downright silly." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
8.7/10 100%

Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

"The film's power is its recognition that, no matter how hard life gets, though, it just keeps going. In fact, that's what makes existence oddly beautiful." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Queen Of Katwe tells a potentially touching story in the stodgiest of ways, its recounting of the journey of a young Ugandan chess prodigy sensitively rendered but also far too formulaic." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
No Score Yet

Maudie (2016)

"A romantic drama with a scruffy integrity, "Maudie" is, for better and for worse, an actorly exercise in presenting an audience with two willfully peculiar characters and then trying to find a way to make us fall in love with them." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Moonlight (2016)

"An indelible portrait of an imperilled life, "Moonlight" is a devastating depiction of masculinity, race and identity. Ambitious in scope but precise in its execution, this deceptively small-scale character piece reverberates with compassion and insight." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Sully (2016)

"An unabashed salute to real-life heroism, Clint Eastwood's drama rivetingly recreates the Miracle on the Hudson. Though not always as confident outside of the cockpit, "Sully" mostly earns its crowd-pleasing, lump-in-your-throat sentiment." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The film's gentle, relentless air of potential heartache can be affecting. But much like Alexandre Desplat's decorous score, the stately, reserved tone ultimately becomes monotonous." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 30, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

""War Dogs" starts off longing to shock us with its incredible tale. It ends up presenting its story so generically that it loses the quirky irregularities of real life. We can't be outraged because we're never really challenged." ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 19, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

"An epic tale of revenge and forgiveness with a junk-food center, this remake offers robust spectacle and some decent performances. But the director of "Wanted" proves not the ideal filmmaker to capture this story's more nuanced emotional range." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Stephen Frears has made a likeable, affecting movie, but the film itself could benefit from a little of the tough love that Jenkins never received in her own life." ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Sausage Party (2016)

"The entire ensemble saves the best for last, joining in a finale that one might describe as orgasmic. Like the rest of "Sausage Party," it's absolutely filthy, which would be objectionable if it also weren't so funny." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 10, 2016

My King (Mon roi) (2016)

"This very uneven drama is an honorable, nervy attempt to get inside the head of a woman who really, really doesn't need her headache of a husband -- except, of course, she desperately does." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016)

""Suicide Squad" has its kinky pleasures and some amusing nastiness, but in the final analysis there's simply too much flexing of empty attitude -- and far too much self-congratulation for how edgy it thinks it is." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Bad Moms (2016)

"A rowdy salute to the thankless sacrifices made by modern mothers, "Bad Moms" has lots of spirit and wonderful chemistry from its three leads. And yet, this so-so comedy can't shake a formulaic, uninspired construction." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 28, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"This "Pete's Dragon" boasts a gentle, subdued tone, and the filmmaker behind the atmospheric indie "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has crafted a follow-up with the same folkloric quality." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Under The Sun (2016)

"Daring and thought-provoking, director Vitaly Mansky's film uses one North Korean family to examine how everyone -- moviemakers, governments, even individuals -- contorts reality to fit specific purposes." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon go through the motions expertly in this enjoyable but also stubbornly familiar sequel." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 25, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Lin and his cast's clear affection for the material helps temper the familiarity. The Enterprise's mission was to explore strange new worlds. This movie's is to give us a smooth ride." ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 22, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"This remake is a consistently funny pleasure, never quite as sharp or inspired as the 1984 original, but radiating such good cheer that comparisons between the two films don't much matter." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 10, 2016

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Kore-eda's latest exudes the same sentimental, unhurried tone of "Still Walking" and "Like Father, Like Son," and to be sure it's a simple tale without many surprises. But in his hands, that slightness can feel elemental, timeless." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"This sporadically adorable, mostly forgettable family comedy exploits the fetching premise outlined in its title for the first five minutes. Then, it reminds you why Illumination Entertainment is no Pixar." ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Desperately striving for the raucous, R-rated irreverence of "Wedding Crashers," "Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates" expends a lot of energy trying to convince viewers of its edgy, outrageous impertinence." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 6, 2016

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Bryan Cranston is appreciably grizzled, but this straightforward drama doesn't have much new to say about the madness of America's drug war or the moral quagmire that comes from living a double life." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 1, 2016

Life, Animated (2016)

"All of this is rather straightforward and polished, but some of the film's most affecting moments come through animations designed by artist Mac Guff." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 30, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"A muddle in the jungle, "The Legend Of Tarzan" transforms Edgar Rice Burroughs' iconic character into a cinematic superhero -- but certainly not a memorable one." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The BFG (2016)

"More a technical triumph than a full-bodied emotional experience, this family film has plenty of whimsy and heart, even though it rarely matches the visual wonders and resonance of Spielberg's earlier work." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 28, 2016

Right Now, Wrong Then (2016)

"The Hong trademarks are all there in "Right Now, Wrong Then," but so is a newfound optimism and romantic glow. Rarely has he been such a crowd-pleaser, while also being so bittersweet." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2016

The Shallows (2016)

""The Shallows" sports plenty of B-movie gusto, but this thriller never fully rises above its predictable survival storyline. That said, there are pleasures to be had in watching Collet-Serra and Lively try to wring every scare out of this simple scenario." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Free State of Jones (2016)

"More history lesson than compelling narrative, "Free State of Jones" could be taught to future film students as an example of what can happen when honorable intentions outpace vision or execution." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

"Although never challenging the original's high standing within the Pixar pantheon, this sequel showcases everything the venerated animation company does so well, providing plentiful laughs, ace action sequences and a deep emotional wellspring." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 10, 2016

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Sports are never just sports -- they're an extension of the race and class issues we experience daily. O.J. Simpson symbolized something powerful in our collective unconscious. And as this movie demonstrates, his fall from grace was partly ours." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2016

Warcraft (2016)

"Masterpieces are difficult to pull off, but in their own way, absolute howlers are just as rare an achievement. Many talented people have come together to make "Warcraft," one of those perfect storms of terrible creative decisions and misjudged execution." ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Jun 8, 2016

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Lacking some of the simplicity and elegance of the first installment, "The Conjuring 2" is nonetheless a smoothly efficient horror movie, building to a powerhouse finale rooted in our emotional connection to the film's well-drawn main characters." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"Moderately tasty junk food, "Out of the Shadows" is practically filet mignon in comparison to the indigestible 2014 reboot. Packed with better action and a smidgeon more emotional resonance, this sequel remains a rather clattering and crude affair." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2016

The Fits (2016)

"Neither cutesy nor needlessly bleak, the debut narrative film from writer-director Anna Rose Holmer possesses a refreshingly intimate, honest tone about adolescence. The modesty of this movie's design has its own sneaky power." ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"There can be significant pleasures in surrendering to the movie's endless rounds of "How did they do it?" misdirection. But the chronic trickiness inevitably succumbs to diminishing returns." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"A superbly silly send-up of the modern musical landscape, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is as thimble-deep as the throwaway hits it's satirizing, but also just as lively." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Personal Shopper (2016)

"The pieces don't all fit in Personal Shopper, but that's much of the fun of writer-director Olivier Assayas's enigmatic tale." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
8.7/10 No Score Yet

The Student ((M)uchenik) (2016)

"The jet-black satire The Student only slowly makes its intentions known, but the deliberateness is crucial to our understanding of what Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov is after." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
8.4/10 58%

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"All of this is done masterfully, but I confess it was masterful in just the way I expected." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
9.5/10 81%

American Honey (2016)

"Utterly absorbing and intensely moving, writer-director Andrea Arnold's American Honey is one of those big, bold, swing-for-the-fences societal portraits that few filmmakers dare attempt." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
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