Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tim Grierson is the Senior U.S. Critic for Screen International and a film critic for The New Republic.
Location: Los Angeles

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% Rocketman (2019) A rock star origin story that flaunts its hero's superpowers as if he were the newest member of the Avengers, "Rocketman" is shameless in its ambitions to crown Elton John as one of music's greatest artists, most fascinating figures and saddest souls. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) "A wry, bitter sense of resignation permeates "The Dead Don't Die," an off-kilter zombie film by Jim Jarmusch which sees very little in the world that is worth saving." - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Much like its title character -- an adorable little fuzzy yellow whatsit bearing the smart-aleck voice of Ryan Reynolds -- "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" is an odd creation powered by contradictory impulses. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5.4/10 81% Long Shot (2019) [Charlize] Theron wrings this so-so material for all its comedic potential. But she gets little help from her running mate - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) After more than a decade and nearly two dozen pictures, the first era of the MCU comes to an imperfect, crowd-pleasing end with "Avengers: Endgame," a bulky film tasked with resolving myriad plot points and perhaps even more emotional through-lines. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Spooky bathtubs, flickering flashlights, old wooden crosses perfect for dispensing with nasty spirits: "The Curse of La Llorona" is haunted by a reliance on musty horror tropes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Resistance to these sweet, wobbly critters is futile. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) Between the overblown poor CG, witless dialogue and pervasive, numbing violence, the new "Hellboy" deserves its own special circle in Dante's inferno. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) No doubt the world needs more paeans to tolerance, but movies as ineffectual as "The Best of Enemies" feel profoundly inadequate to the task. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" has some of the magic and wonder of Tim Burton's best work. But there remains a frustrating impersonality -- not to mention an audience familiarity with his well-worn aesthetic -- that keeps the film from soaring all that high. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) "Shazam" exudes a boyish spirit appropriate for a superhero origin story about a teenager who gets invested with powers far beyond his adolescent imagination. This latest DC adventure is, however, a mixed bag that doesn't quite work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
94% Us (2019) Perhaps "Us" stumbles near the end while straining for an operatic, shattering finale. But after capturing the zeitgeist his first time out, Jordan Peele avoids the sophomore slump by methodically laying out his riveting tale. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Chronicling how an impoverished African family perseveres during hardship, The Boy speaks eloquently about the importance of education and the need for sons to surpass their fathers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
54% The Beach Bum (2019) At his best, Korine is an outsider artist speaking to the misfit within each of us -- or, alternatively, making us recoil at the horrors lodged inside society's collective unconscious. But with "The Beach Bum," he's also trying our patience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) "Captain Marvel" mostly plays like a perfectly solid addition to this massive commercial franchise. It's fun and breezy but also a tad familiar. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
59% Greta (2019) As much as I appreciated Neil Jordan and his actors' balance of high and low, I rarely treasured the film's trashiness. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A defiantly odd thriller involving esoteric subject matter, The Hummingbird Project tells a familiar story of ambition and greed with enough eccentricity that the movie's strangeness becomes one of its chief attributes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
90% To the Stars (2019) An exceedingly lovely, quietly moving drama about characters who feel like they don't belong. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
38% Donnybrook (2019) The film exudes a grungy, B-movie ethos in keeping with its scrappy, resourceful characters. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
67% Official Secrets (2019) This sturdy, entertaining political thriller pushes all the right buttons and triggers all the right outraged reactions. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
68% Them That Follow (2019) As grimly gripping as "Them That Follow" is, the proceedings have a stacked-deck quality to them, which keeps this compelling tale from being truly galvanizing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
93% Blinded by the Light (2019) While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss's greatest hits for its emotional high points, "Blinded by the Light" remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Florence Pugh commands the ring in "Fighting With My Family," an underdog wrestling comedy with lots of heart alongside some likeable sports-movie cliches. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
61% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2018) There are surprises and dark rumblings in this largely light-hearted film, and Garrel shows full confidence in [Joseph Engel] to shoulder the dramatic load. The boy rewards his faith. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
95% Blaze (2018) A songwriter making his major acting debut, Dickey captures the burly, vulnerable quality of Foley's lyrics and vocal delivery, creating a palpable sense that the songs were excavated from the darkest corners of his soul. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) [A] meditative and thought-provoking look at mortality, commitment and people's penchant for chasing something they might never catch. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
67% Vice (2018) There's anger but no insight in "Vice," a glib portrait of Dick Cheney that preaches to the choir but becomes less persuasive as it goes along. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
69% The Mule (2018) As with his other recent movies, "The Mule" favors sentimentality over subtlety. Yet the film resonates because of its straightforward look at America's crooked War on Drugs, as well as its portrait of a flawed man running out of second chances. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) A superhero movie with the scope of an epic but the spirit of a mischievous boy, "Aquaman" is a goofy, uneven adventure that proudly sticks to its loopy vision even if it doesn't quite work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) Charm and sweetness were in short supply in Michael Bay's "Transformers" films, but they're the secret ingredients to "Bumblebee," a likeable prequel that indulges in nostalgic affection for all things 1980s. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Sony's animated adventure brings together several well-known iterations of Spider-Man for plenty of clever, self-referential riffs and dynamic action sequences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) This sequel accomplishes its modest goals, and yet what's frustrating about this latest chapter in the Adonis Creed saga is that, whatever ambitions it might have, the primary objective is to fashion a familiar Rocky adventure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Although the film's palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) You may enjoy your time hanging out with these characters, but you may also wish they had a much better vehicle for their story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) It's a shame that "Instant Family" reduces the complexity, pain and joy of parenthood to a multiplex-palatable family comedy. The real story is probably far more interesting ... and hopefully funnier. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Adults often complain there aren't good mainstream movies for them -- ones that can engage them, entertain them and leave them with something to chew on as they leave the theater. "Widows" is here waiting for you. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Much like the World Wide Web itself, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is a lively destination full of promise and potential that nonetheless ends up being a little disappointing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
63% Bird Box (2018) With hints of "The Road," "A Quiet Place" and any number of zombie movies, this Netflix horror-thriller is appreciably bleak but also sluggish, never fully fleshing out the themes at the story's core. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Mimi Leder and Felicity Jones give us an origin story, a romance, an underdog tale, a courtroom drama and social commentary all wrapped up neatly in a smoothly executed, less-than-scintillating crowdpleaser. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) Universal's animated full-length adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss children's book lacks the magic, heart and humor that have made this yuletide tale such a perennial favorite. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
72% Maya (2018) Maya features no grand catharsis, no moment of profound emotional revelation, but this tentative love story is quite content to embed itself with a taciturn young man who returns home, unsure if home is a concept he can ever again embrace. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Both overstuffed and underwhelming, "Four Realms" tries to serve many masters, and the result is a family film straining to be both timeless and timely, simultaneously old-fashioned yet cheekily irreverent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% On Her Shoulders (2018) Director Alexandria Bombach doesn't settle for simple biography, instead weaving through the film a deft, sobering commentary about the limitations of political action and the tendency of mass media to unintentionally rob advocates of their voices. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
87% Freaks (2019) The film doesn't earn many points for originality, but writer- directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein show just enough low-budget gusto to suggest that they might have a future as B-movie mavens. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humor. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Claire Foy proves to be a perfectly respectable Lisbeth Salander, but like "Spider's Web" itself, the elaborate effort put forth hardly seems worth it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) This sequel can't compare to John Carpenter's ingenious 1978 original, but director David Gordon Green delivers a crowd-pleasing chiller that doubles as an existential commentary on horror itself, both on the screen and in our lives. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Like its young heroine, The Hate U Give is earnest, impassioned and spoiling to be heard. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7.6/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is a good show. But it's not blazingly original or truly transcendent. We hear the echoes of what came before. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Like his hungry alien latching onto Eddie, Fleischer cunningly fastens a malicious irreverence onto an otherwise lackluster superhero movie. But the symbiosis doesn't quite take. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018