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
63% Jungle Cruise (2021) The two stars' big hearts bring a human element to this whirling apparatus. The film can sometimes feel more like a slog than a cruise, but Johnson and Blunt prove to be excellent company on the journey. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
96% Red Rocket (2021) Building off the scrappy beauty of "Tangerine" and "The Florida Project," director Sean Baker again trains his sights on a vivid milieu and a fascinatingly singular character. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
95% Memoria (2021) The celebrated Thai auteur's first English-language feature -- and his first to be made outside of his home country -- is as entrancing and wonderfully perplexing as any of his previous pictures. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
76% Stillwater (2021) A nervy mixture of character study, romantic drama and thriller, "Stillwater" ends up a little out of its depth. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
86% The French Dispatch (2021) The director's 10th feature is among his most visually remarkable, each frame filled with meticulously crafted small details that add up to a dense, inviting cinematic jewel box. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
100% Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime (2021) Mirai's Mamoru Hosoda plays in a virtual realm with this captivating alternate-reality animation. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
57% Fathom (2021) If one can get on Fathom's gently curious wavelength, there's a quiet dignity to its study of the solitary souls out there trying to find communion with similar spirits. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Drawing from archival interviews, as well as clips and outtakes from his shows, "Roadrunner" makes Bourdain seem shockingly present. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
93% Val (2021) There's a fragility to Val - and not just in Kilmer's physical presence - that's unexpectedly moving. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
93% Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) (2021) Everything Went Fine eschews emotional fireworks in favour of nicely observed small moments... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) "Black Widow" seems like a missed opportunity - an energetic placeholder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe meant to tide audiences over until a bigger, richer adventure comes along. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
91% No Future (2020) No Future reaches a finale that earns its bittersweet aftertaste - gracefully underlining just how difficult the path to recovery will be... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
94% The Novice (2021) Isabelle Fuhrman boldly pushes her troubled character to greater and greater extremes, daring the audience to recoil at the lengths this young woman will go to reach her dream. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
90% Luca (2021) Less ambitious than most of the studio's films, "Luca" instead projects plenty of warmth, specifically in its study of identity, bigotry and the challenges young people face when navigating their anxiety-inducing entry into adulthood. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
86% Werewolves Within (2021) Sam Richardson shows off his delightfully understated demeanor as the lone voice of reason in this town of oddballs and malcontents, proving to be the most entertaining element of a strained whodunit. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
91% No Sudden Move (2020) "No Sudden Move" is a typically idiosyncratic project from a filmmaker who plays with genres as if they were Silly Putty, giddy to discover what new shapes he can mould them into. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
88% Dream Horse (2021) Toni Collette is a sure thing in Dream Horse, a thoroughly predictable but ultimately winning underdog sports movie. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) While there's energy and edge to the picture, "Cruella" feels stitched together from different influences in order to justify a rather blatant attempt to renew interest in a moribund property. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) A large ensemble of engaging performances holds together this bursting-at-the-seams picture, which never lets its buoyant spirit overshadow the bittersweet exploration of racism and economic inequality going on underneath. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) "'A Quiet Place Part II' proves to be an even fiercer and more emotional experience than the first installment." - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
59% F9 (2021) Gloriously ludicrous and stridently melodramatic, 'F9' is fueled by its own goofy energy, delivering comically grandiose chase sequences and shameless fan service all in the name of giving audiences an uncomplicated good time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
8.8/10 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) About Endlessness is a slow-burn stunner. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
92% The Fallout (2021) Eschews sweeping societal commentary for a tight focus on the messy ways in which individuals recover from trauma. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) [While] Snyder's version can certainly be stunning, it's ultimately undone by his excesses and the underlying flaws of an overstuffed story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
12% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Taylor can't juggle the different tones, and as Sue tries to stay a step ahead of the crooks and the cops as her lies threaten to unravel, the film's attempts at societal critique feel facile. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
89% The Nest (2020) The payoff for this expert exercise in tonal control may not be sufficiently satisfying, yet it feels in keeping with a story in which there's nothing outwardly wrong with this family - but something's clearly not right. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
88% Run (2020) A campy thriller that pits [a woman] against her disabled teenage daughter in a battle of wits that isn't quite sharp enough. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
82% Happiest Season (2020) All too frequently the actresses seem smarter than the material, forced to navigate preposterous twists and increasingly silly plot complications. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
87% Emma. (2020) While the story's sturdy, familiar structure remains resonant, this version never feels particularly inspired or revelatory, despite some lovely moments scattered throughout. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The movie is delightfully odd but not consistently inspired, often straining to rewrite the rules of superhero cinema, a mixture of good and bad ideas all mashed together. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) Despite the harrowing details of Slahi's story... director Kevin Macdonald can't fully transcend simplistic characterisations and an overall conventionality. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) For those who have watched loved ones fight a losing battle with Alzheimer's, the movie might seem unappealing, but Johnson's deeply compassionate, even hopeful tone could be a balm for her fellow grievers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
92% The Assistant (2020) Although the film addresses #MeToo, it's also a thoughtful study of power and complicity, as well as what people will do to get ahead in a cutthroat industry. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
83% The Way Back (2020) To borrow a sports cliché, Ben Affleck gives 110 per cent in The Way Back, an earnest but effective character study that doubles as an inspirational basketball drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
76% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Shuffling across styles and oddball cultural references, "Prisoners" is a cheeky picture whose melodramatic grandeur is undercut by the story's knowing preposterousness. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
92% All Light, Everywhere (2021) This engrossing, troubling documentary questions the idea that what we take in through our eyes is, any practical sense, the truth of our surroundings - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
100% His House (2020) The film has much to say about grief, guilt, assimilation and the on-going refugee crisis. And on top of all that, it's also a nifty nerve-jangler. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Thompson's subjects speak about the Harlem Cultural Festival as if it were a dream. Summer of Soul brings that dream vibrantly back to life. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
82% Wild Indian (2021) Guilt and moral ambiguity ripple through Wild Indian, the quietly stunning feature debut from writer-director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
86% Passing (2021) A psychologically rich character study that slowly builds in tension until it becomes nearly unbearable. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
73% 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (2020) Gandhi speaks to collaborators, lovers and journalists, who help flesh out Hernandez's life, although the musician's unwillingness to participate leaves this an intriguing snapshot rather than a definitive portrait. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
38% The Marksman (2021) Although Neeson has a nice rapport with his young costar, there's no escaping the formulaic storyline featuring uncomplicated good guys and abundantly villainous bad guys. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
90% Belushi (2020) Highlighted by never-before-heard audio interviews that were part of a 2005 oral history, this polished, affecting overview is far from exhaustive but skilfully sums up Belushi's life and death. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
78% Greenland (2020) Delivering the apocalypse on a budget, the disaster film Greenland dramatises the end of the world with no-nonsense efficiency. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
60% Hunted (2020) French comic book artist and filmmaker Vincent Paronnaud immerses the viewer in this tense genre exercise, with the results falling somewhere between thought-provoking and stylishly pulpy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Awash in bloody organs and scheming characters, writer-director Brea Grant's grisly dark comedy 12 Hour Shift ends up being more frenetic than inspired. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
86% Come True (2021) Come True is a smart sci-fi horror film that starts off with a familiar premise - a troubled teenager volunteers for a seemingly innocent sleep study - but keeps finding unique ways to explore the foreboding labyrinth that is the subconscious. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) The documentary offers the unvarnished day-to-day reality of hospital life, and certainly future generations may consider 76 Days a historical document of what 2020 felt like. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
90% Kajillionaire (2020) A beautifully bizarre film whose considerable strangeness allows for sharp observations about family, loneliness and the terror of emotional intimacy, Kajillionaire is further proof of writer-director Miranda July's ability to bend reality to her will. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
86% The Prophet and the Space Aliens (2020) Yoav Shamir delivers a thoughtful documentary about a guru who believes in UFOs... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020