Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Tim is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in LA Weekly, Blender, Wired, Screen International, The Village Voice, and VH1.com. He is also an editor of The Simon, an online publication of culture, politics, and humor, and is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
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Showing 51 - 100 of 718
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The film does lots of small things right but stumbles on the grand ideas that are meant to tie it all together. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " "Goodfellas" without the guns, "Wolf" finds Scorsese once again essaying an epic on American corruption, except this time in the land of stockbrokers instead of mobsters. " — Screen International
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " This is a perfectly solid, diverting film. So was the last one. Go in with measured expectations and you'll have nothing to fear -- or be disappointed by. " — Deadspin
Posted Dec 10, 2013
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Despite its likable sheen, breezy style and occasional emotional wallop, "Saving Mr. Banks" makes the mistake of minimizing, as opposed to illuminating, the creative process." — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " Not just a love story and a briskly entertaining caper, "American Hustle" is also a thoughtful examination of the American tendency toward reinvention (and self-delusion)." — Screen International
Posted Dec 4, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The tone of "Out of the Furnace" is bleak and pitiless, a reflection of the just-getting-by lives of its characters." — Deadspin
Posted Dec 3, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " There are considerable pleasures in watching Lee work in B-movie mode, but they can't distract from the fact that his remake's determined darkness doesn't add up to all that much." — Screen International
Posted Nov 26, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " "Delivery Man" finds Vaughn going for a slightly softer onscreen persona. Unfortunately, he hasn't figured out how to be anyone other than the backslapping dude. " — Deadspin
Posted Nov 20, 2013
75% U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) " A minor effort from Hong, but the core of his overriding concerns remains potent." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
99% Gloria (2014) " An up-close look at the life of a middle-aged divorcee, this drama goes a long way on the strength of its lead performance by Paulina Garcia." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2013
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Writer-director Alain Guiraudie gives the proceedings an almost clinical detachment, and consequently "Stranger by the Lake" has an air of Hitchcock to it." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
82% The Unknown Known (2014) " What we have on display here are the workings of a formidable intellect. The film is a case study in unbridled self-assurance." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Shia LaBeouf's best efforts and some seedy Eastern European atmosphere can only take "Charlie Countryman" so far." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
66% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " This is that rare movie that observes the lower class with an eye toward understanding precisely how such an economic prison forms and is perpetuated." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " "Dear Mr. Watterson" has a lot of passion but just barely enough insight." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " A ho-hum sequel that mostly sets the stage for hopefully more scintillating future chapters." — Screen International
Posted Nov 12, 2013
71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Though not without ideas or affecting moments, "Go for Sisters" ultimately doesn't accomplish any of its different objectives well enough to hang together properly" — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2013
83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " This smart documentary suggests that Armstrong was arresting not despite his monstrous ego and competitiveness but because of those factors." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " What's supposed to be a silly, sweet comedy about lifelong friends reuniting for one last fun time turns out to be a stupid, vaguely insulting look at the AARP years." — Deadspin
Posted Nov 1, 2013
8% Diana (2013) " Fails to offer much insight into the long-term relationship that, as the movie argues, helped her turn the corner after the dissolution of her marriage to Prince Charles." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2013
6.7/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Despite some feel-good conventionality, Dallas Buyers Club succeeds thanks to its pragmatic view of its rather pragmatic hero." — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2013
69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " A thoughtful investigation into the different variations of all our lives: the daydreams, the anxious worst-case scenarios, the futile digressions that went nowhere." — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " The moral complexity may come across as muddled, but rising star Asa Butterfield and rejuvenated veteran Harrison Ford give this sci-fi fable significant heft." — Screen International
Posted Oct 25, 2013
100% The Square (2013) " The documentary brings calm insight to an impassioned, still-developing historic event, personalizing the dramatic developments without losing a sense of the greater stakes. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Scott manages to have it both ways, succeeding as a nervy meditation on greed and fate while at the same time flaunting a slightly campy, showboating energy that always keeps the proceedings lively." — Screen International
Posted Oct 24, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " You watch "Escape Plan" because it's fun to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger palling around. Not fun enough, though." — Deadspin
Posted Oct 18, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " The feature debut of writer-director Randy Moore has a juicy cultural totem in its sights, the Disney empire, but it misses more than it hits." — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2013
22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " The film's safe approach provides an inviting surface but never risks digging into the material. The lovers are impassioned, but the telling is only lukewarm. " — Screen International
Posted Oct 8, 2013
29% Machete Kills (2013) " Without the original's clever set pieces and humorously excessive violence, director Robert Rodriguez's follow-up actioner is a surprisingly dull affair straining to harness the pulp appeal that made Machete a disreputable treat." — Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2013
45% All Is Bright (2013) " You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them." — Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2013
85% At Berkeley (2013) " "At Berkeley" transcends its subject to get at something ineffable and yet so universal about existence, its promise, mystery, and drudgery all wonderfully mixed together." — Screen International
Posted Sep 27, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " The movie is burdened with plenty of gambling-as-a-metaphor-for-life platitudes and two stars who never fully convince in their roles." — Screen International
Posted Sep 25, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " With its measured pace and stark violence, "Prisoners" wants to be more than just an escapist crime thriller -- it has its sights set on loftier aspirations." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " No rooting interests, no inspirational speeches, no nonsense about the triumph of the human spirit: "Rush" plays against conventions and is all the more rewarding for it." — Deadspin
Posted Sep 18, 2013
100% Ida (2014) " Director Pawel Pawlikowski goes for a slow ache with "Ida," in which death and love are both viewed from a respectful distance." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
43% Hateship Loveship (2014) " The movie (and Wiig's performance) proves to be a misfire -- a quirky, intriguing one, but a misfire all the same." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " As corny a message as it may be, "Enough Said" reminds us to appreciate what we have. Gandolfini's bighearted performance drives that point home every second. " — Deadspin
Posted Sep 18, 2013
49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " There are those who would argue that Shame was too severe in its exploration of addiction's destructive power. If that's the case, then Thanks For Sharing can be faulted for being too lightweight." — Screen International
Posted Sep 16, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " The worst you can say about this claustrophobic, transporting and unbearably tense movie is that it's so grand it spoils you into expecting even more." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " "Philomena" is an odd, engaging mix of genres that we tend not to see coexisting in the same film. " — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
88% Jimi: All Is by My Side " Those looking for a nuts-and-bolts biography of Jimi Hendrix will be disappointed. Those wanting something richer and more challenging may well be rewarded." — Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2013
7/10 —— Pardé (Closed Curtain) " Because of the almost dreamlike logic of the story, it's no surprise that Panahi is less interested in plot as he is in working through personal issues" — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2013
—— The Last Of Robin Hood " The film has real compassion for its tabloid subjects but doesn't quite make the case for what was especially poignant or remarkable about this doomed love affair." — Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " Rarely underlining her points when a subtle observation can be made instead, writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour deftly shows us a Saudi Arabia in flux." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " On the whole the ensemble sticks close to Letts' vision of a family on the verge of imploding, letting the writer's language and ideas carry the day. " — Screen International
Posted Sep 10, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " This nearly two-and-a-half-hour biopic is largely too tasteful and conventional to offer much insight into the remarkable man it wishes to celebrate." — Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " An engrossing, unsentimental odyssey that finds Steve McQueen moving away from the intimate approach of his first two films for a broader canvas and a more sweeping narrative." — Screen International
Posted Sep 7, 2013
33% Labor Day (2014) " A mature and assured examination of an unusual but highly functional family unit." — Screen International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
—— Sapi " An intriguing genre experiment, "Sapi" conjures up plenty of unease but doesn't have much in the way of story or character to drive its message home." — Screen International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The character work seems perfunctory, whether it's the mediocre exploration of Assange and Domscheit-Berg's dynamic or the shallow investigation into Assange's past to hint at what drew him to be so antiauthoritarian." — Screen International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
32% A Teacher (2013) " This nonjudgmental, opaque drama conjures up the emotional landscape of its troubled titular character but intentionally provides little insight into her thought process." — Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2013
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