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.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83.10 97%

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"A commanding, absorbing work in which the sum of its impact may be greater than any individual scenes." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 28, 2016
5.9/10 85%

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

"Anybody sympathetic to Lear's liberal politics or familiar with his artistic track record will be interested throughout, but Lear himself remains a bit out of reach, an icon presented without enough context or insight." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2016

Aferim! (2016)

""Aferim!" may be set in the 19th century, but this Romanian drama couldn't be more contemporary in its themes. Bigotry and fear grip the characters in ways that will be uncomfortably familiar to modern eyes." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Fitfully amusing and certainly heartfelt, this latest chapter in the likable animated saga will work best with younger viewers, but its life lessons and emotional beats feel slathered on rather than deftly woven into the storyline." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 16, 2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"America's men and women in uniform deserve our support and respect. But "13 Hours" is a simplistic, childish depiction of conflict that guilts us into awe." ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Jan 13, 2016

(T)ERROR (2015)

"A sympathetic but clear-eyed character study transforms into something more insidious, sobering and infuriating in "(T)error," a superb documentary that personalizes the U.S. War on Terror in ways that make the human toll intimate and unmistakable." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 22, 2015

Sisters (2015)

"For many of us who enjoy seeing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in just about anything, "Sisters" reminds us that even their massive appeal can only carry a film so far. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Robustly entertaining while carrying the weight of impossible audience expectations, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a fascinating, often satisfying mixture of rollicking mythmaking and fan service." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 15, 2015

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"The eighth film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino is one of his nerviest efforts yet: a slow-burn, meditative chamber piece that only gradually reveals its grander, bloodier ambitions." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 15, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"Much like "Rush," "In the Heart of the Sea" finds director Ron Howard pushing back at the notion that he specializes in feel-good sentiment. But like many of the film's whalers, "Sea" doesn't make it home alive." ‐ Popular Mechanics
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Joy (2015)

"The improvisational flair, quirky tonal shifts and overt emotional lurches that highlighted "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are here less consistently inspired and affecting, resulting in a heartfelt fairy tale that only soars in spurts." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 6, 2015

The Revenant (2015)

"Playing a frontiersman left for dead who seeks vengeance, Leonardo DiCaprio gives a potently physical performance that, much like "The Revenant" itself, eschews nuance in the name of pitiless, cathartic drama." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"The past haunts the present in unconvincing and overheated fashion in "Secret in Their Eyes," an English-language remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning thriller that fails as both a character study and an exploration of the dangers of obsession." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Krisha (2016)

"A jittery character drama which mixes tones and influences, the feature debut of writer-director-editor Trey Edward Shults does a very good job of finding fresh emotional terrain in what is a very familiar setup." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Creed (2015)

"Although highlighted by Michael B. Jordan's formidable charisma, "Creed" is only sporadically compelling, resulting in a movie that never quite shakes the impression that it's a novel but not particularly necessary addition to the Rocky series." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 17, 2015

The Night Before (2015)

"A who's-who of likeable actors tries to produce an anarchic spark, but the latest from director Jonathan Levine ("50/50," "Warm Bodies") proves to be neither poignant nor hilarious enough." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 16, 2015

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"A mythic, visually resplendent rendering of a familiar coming-of-age story, "Good Dinosaur" soars on the emotional power of the widescreen compositions, which stir deep, almost primal feelings about childhood and the untamed ferocity of the natural world." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 13, 2015

The Big Short (2015)

"For those still enraged that the financial institutions which orchestrated the 2008 economic collapse walked away without punishment, the massively entertaining satire "The Big Short" plays like a cleansing blast of outrage and scorn. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 12, 2015

James White (2015)

"Like no movie in recent memory, the feature debut of writer-director Josh Mond is a small marvel of evenhanded empathy." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2015

Concussion (2015)

"Fueled by a quietly morally outraged performance by Will Smith, this muckraking film can be conventional in its execution, but the story itself is plainly affecting." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 10, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

""By The Sea" incorporates a measured, insular tone to examine the quiet disintegration of a long-term married couple, but Jolie Pitt can't wring deeper insights or greater drama from the material." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 5, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"For its final installment, the Hunger Games saga at last catches fire. "Mockingjay - Part 2" proves to be the most satisfying, gripping and emotional film in the franchise, teeming with tense action sequences and a well-earned poignancy." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 4, 2015

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"This adaptation re-creates the TV specials' touching, wistful, gently funny tone. But in the process, "The Peanuts Movie" practically cuts-and-pastes much of their signature catch phrases, character quirks and indelible scenes for this new tale." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 1, 2015

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

"This sequel does its job well enough, but it's probably time for all involved to give up the ghost." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 22, 2015

Burnt (2015)

"For a film about a daredevil chef who wants to challenge his customers, "Burnt" mostly plays it safe." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"The sublime and the insane make engaging traveling companions in Embrace Of The Serpent." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

"Levinson seems to be aiming for an ironic tone that mixes political commentary with wry observations about the absurdity of stardom, but he shows little aptitude for the tricky mix he's seeking." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 20, 2015

Experimenter (2015)

"Watching "Experimenter" is to realize how little life is in most biopics. Most such movies carry the stench of rigor mortis, but writer-director Michael Almereyda's bracing, daring drama is alive and alert from its first moment. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2015

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

"This immersive look at the life of an African child soldier has plenty of attributes -- it's stunningly shot, and Idris Elba is terrific as a casually callous commandant -- but it never quite seizes the greatness within its grasp. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted Oct 13, 2015

Crimson Peak (2015)

"A fondly nostalgic Gothic horror movie in which director Guillermo del Toro delivers plenty of elegant chills while trying to supress a cheeky grin, luxuriating in the clammy, spooky-scary conventions of the genre." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 13, 2015
7.8/10 84%

Victoria (2015)

"At a time when it's hard to give audiences a genuinely unique viewing experience, this one-take German drama-thriller stands apart." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015

Hyena Road (2016)

""Hyena Road" has an agreeable modesty to it that almost makes up for what can sometimes be a very pedestrian treatment of contemporary warfare." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 7, 2015

Steve Jobs (2015)

"The trick to enjoying an Aaron Sorkin project is to never take it as seriously as he does. With the supremely entertaining "Steve Jobs," the Oscar-winning writer presents us with a Charles Foster Kane-like figure and then goes on a hunt for Rosebuds. " ‐ Deadspin
Posted Oct 7, 2015

Goosebumps (2015)

"On screen, Stine's frightening characters literally come to life, but Goosebumps itself never does." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 5, 2015
8.7/10 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"The minutiae of the everyday is Taxi's secret subject -- ultimately, the movie argues, even during a seemingly normal day, the most jarring things can happen. It's a poignant metaphor for a filmmaker living in his own unpredictable private prison." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2015

Finders Keepers (2015)

"A rich tale of two colourful North Carolina men whose legal wrangling over one of their amputated legs becomes a springboard for social commentary about our fame-mad times, as well as a moving portrait of broken lives and uneasy second chances." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 1, 2015

Partisan (2015)

"This intimate drama is highlighted by strong performances from Vincent Cassel and newcomer Jeremy Chabriel. "Partisan" may not delve deeply enough into its fascinating milieu, but the threat of violence lingers over the film like a dark cloud. " ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 1, 2015

The Martian (2015)

"Although not inspirational in the traditional sense, "The Martian" advocates a message that's nonetheless stirring: We can do great things if only we put our minds to it." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2015

The Walk (2015)

"You should see it on the biggest screen you can find, and be patient until you get to the reason why." ‐ Deadspin
Posted Sep 30, 2015
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"A rich tale of two colourful North Carolina men whose legal wrangling over one of their amputated legs becomes a springboard for social commentary about our fame-mad times, as well as a moving portrait of broken lives and uneasy second chances." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 25, 2015
9.5/10 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"It's hard to know yet whether Anomalisa is a new peak for Kaufman, or merely another highlight in a distinguished career. But what is clear is that it's piercingly poignant -- perhaps his most succinct expression of the malaise forever haunting his work." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2015

The Intern (2015)

""The Intern" has more of the sting of real life to it than writer-director Nancy Meyers normally allows. And while it's still packed in her usual gauze, the film isn't just likable and sweet, but also poignant." ‐ Deadspin
Posted Sep 22, 2015
6.9/10 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"99 Homes is strongest when it captures the anger and desperation of those affected by the recent collapse of the housing market, but the narrative engine is far less propulsive." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2015
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Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)

"Richards is such a fun interviewee that there's no point kvetching about the film's superficial treatment." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 16, 2015

I Smile Back (2015)

"A drama that doesn't dig deep enough into its protagonist's turmoil." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 16, 2015

The Devil's Candy (2015)

"A beautifully calibrated horror movie in which the themes are as potent as the suspense, The Devil's Candy establishes its characters first, which makes their eventual and inevitable descent into terror all the more gripping." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 16, 2015

The Danish Girl (2015)

"On the whole it's a touching tale of identity and love. In the process, The Danish Girl is also a poignant look at a marriage between two likeminded souls who had to let each other go." ‐ Biography.com
Posted Sep 15, 2015
8.6/10 97%

45 Years (2015)

"At its very best, 45 Years delineates the invisible nuances of marriage, how subtle changes in behavior can hint at larger concerns and emotional disruptions." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2015
8.8/10 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"What elevates Son of Saul is that first-time feature filmmaker Laszlo Nemes has constructed a new way of grasping the insanity and senselessness of those long-ago crimes." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Sleeping Giant (2015)

"The ceaseless stupidity of men is lamented but also dissected in Sleeping Giant, a thoughtful, well-observed but also familiar coming-of-age drama." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 15, 2015