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
89% 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
96% 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
75% 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
9% 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
74% 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
93% 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
85% 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
70% 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
37% 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
77% 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
94% Black Is King (2020) Black Is King doesn't have the depth or anguish that made Lemonade so epochal, but its more inspirational tenor and consistently high artistry make this a feast for eyes and ears. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
62% Radioactive (2020) Even when Radioactive falters, Pike's calm authority gives the film a strong centre. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) Dramatizing Steinem's life during different periods, and with different actresses, Taymor has crafted an exceedingly thoughtful portrait of a leader and the women's movement she championed. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman builds on the quiet observational strengths of her previous films, and while this simple story may not seem inherently momentous, it speaks volumes about the ways in which women are marginalized in American society. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy's ebullient co-star underlines one of Dolemite Is My Name's subtler points: Sometimes, betting on yourself inspires others to believe in themselves, too. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) Despite an overly polished and broad approach, the film is ultimately a persuasive portrait, guided by strong performances from Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as anchors who decide they can stay silent no longer. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This sequel to "Welcome to the Jungle" is undone by the same deficiencies that hamper other franchise follow-ups: it's less fresh, less funny and less of a fun time all around. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
72% Vivarium (2020) A low-key science-fiction thriller whose obvious existential themes are well-served by a clever, confident execution that finds new ways to explore the hells of parenthood, commitment and ageing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
91% High Flying Bird (2019) While focusing on the nuts and bolt of big-time athletics, Soderbergh misses the drama and urgency inherent in his high-flying, high-stakes subject matter. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) "Richard Jewell" benefits from a muted wistfulness, which manages to convey the injustice of what occurred without overselling the theatrics. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) The resourceful heroines adeptly cycle through wardrobes and disguises, which makes it all the more unfortunate that this sometimes lively action-comedy is forced to dress up as just another studio blockbuster. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) An air of wistfulness imbues the proceedings, building to a resonant climax that's hard to resist, despite some legitimate reservations about this uneven sequel. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) This somber, often absorbing follow-up to "The Shining" only occasionally mines the rich thematic terrain at the story's core. It's a just-good-enough sequel that doesn't entirely live up to its potential. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Unlike this film's sleek killing machines, 'Dark Fate' is creaky and sometimes clumsy, and yet it ultimately succeeds by delivering sufficient thrills while also offering just enough emotional depth. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
45% The Addams Family (2019) Never satisfyingly kooky, spooky or ooky, the new animated "Addams Family" film transports Charles Addams' lovably macabre clan into the 21st century, resulting in an undistinguished children's comedy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) "Mistress of Evil" has its heart in the right place, but good intentions can't overcome a nagging blockbuster familiarity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019