Tim Robey

Tim Robey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tim Robey'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
3/5 42%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"It's buoyantly paced, and has just enough sincerity about its feathered society to keep you from sneaking glances down at WhatsApp." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 11, 2016
2/5 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Apocalypse isn't quite the end of the world for X-Men fans, but it might be the end of the line." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 9, 2016
3/5 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Whatever Muse drives Malick, whose best work feels both found - in the sense of discovered in the shoot and edit - and profound, he could be accused of cheating on her in Knight of Cups, leapfrogging between unsatisfactory short-term conquests." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 5, 2016
2/5 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"This is a lot of pedantic plot for a multiplex farce - and when it barely has room to breathe, you can't really blame it for lacking inspiration." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 5, 2016
2/5 40%

Jane Got a Gun (2016)

"There's hardly a scene you watch without wondering, and doubting, if Ramsay would have done it quite this way." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 23, 2016
3/5 52%

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"Compared with the exhausting, seven-course dinner service we're increasingly being offered, it's like grabbing a swift cheeseburger on the way home." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 7%

Despite The Falling Snow (2016)

"So many shivery night-time clinches in Moscow fill Despite the Falling Snow's modest runtime, you wonder what proportion of the budget went on that ever-whirring snow machine." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 30%

Criminal (2016)

"It's wanton, low-down entertainment without the flair to pull this stuff off, or the neural stem cells to make wit or logic much of a priority." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 52%

Boulevard (2015)

"It reminds you that Williams was a born empathiser - even more so, perhaps, than he was a born comic." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"A true story brimming with noble intentions to the point where you feel guilty resisting it." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 62%

Black Mountain Poets (2015)

"Wells has a face you never get tired of looking at, and makes self-pity sincere and rather sweet. Cullen's just so relaxed, never pushing a forced idea of "doing" comedy - he's content mainly to react ..." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 31, 2016
5/5 84%

Victoria (2015)

"The dialogue was almost wholly improvised, from a 12-page script. And the film doesn't look cheap, hasty, scratchy or amateurish. It looks like peak Michael Mann." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 31, 2016
1/5 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"It's too disposable a film to get especially huffy about, but the laziness of the writing and acting takes a creeping, spirit-sapping toll." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Ballard's concept is meticulously, lovingly recreated, like a museum exhibit of itself. But the tone is always more playful than it is disturbing, a walled-off black joke which opts out of saying anything new." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"The first two films laid down a distinctive visual template which this pushes ever further into trippy, sliced-and-diced abstraction, nodding frenetically to the techniques of the wuxia martial arts genre." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 86%

Goodnight Mommy (2015)

"Guardedly recommended." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 39%

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"Why, then, does it fall so flat? Ray hasn't nailed the structure, dug deeply enough into the characterisations, or finessed the big twist nearly well enough - that's why." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 90%

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

"You'll be watching - at least, I was - with your hand clamped over a mouth in various states of aghast-ness. But the film's bloodiest moments, in a real turn-up for the books, are also its saddest." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 88%

Zero Days (2016)

"As with We Steal Secrets, his 2013 Edward Snowden doc, the secrecy of this topic gives Gibney a cool, throbbing, spy-thriller aesthetic to paint with, and he trots through everything he can tell us with typical, value-for-money intelligence." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 49%

Genius (2016)

"All the blaring trumpets and martinis the director can fling us as jazzy background don't save the film from being very unappealingly lit indeed - full of drab, grey interiors, it's halfway to monochrome." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 38%

Alone in Berlin (2016)

"It has a silly script, and gauche direction coming out of its ears - what's left is a coarse, will-this-do quality which the spotlight of a competition berth has done no favours." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Concussion takes a serious subject - brain damage caused to professional American football players, and the collusion of the medical establishment in covering it up - and renders it in full-bore, crashing-bore, Oscar-courting prestige drama mode." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"If the search was on, or necessary, to find the next Steven Spielberg, it may be too soon to call it decided... [but] might it be Jeff Nichols?" ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/5 34%

The Green Inferno (2015)

"The film's failure is thumpingly basic: Roth just lacks the chops to turn everyone into chops, in any way which scores as either potent horror or lip-smacking satire." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016

Point Break (2015)

"As maths, the film sounds like a simple enough equation, but manages to deduct everything it's doing off everything it's already done, and winds up with an accidental minus score." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"Hail, Caesar! keeps stumbling over its own best ideas as we stop to appreciate them - ditching momentum, preferring gaps for applause." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 44%

The 33 (2015)

"How a film with this many faults can still deliver the emotive release it's angling for is not, perhaps, as mysterious as it seems - you can hack away at it with a pickaxe, but this story's indestructible." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2016
3/5 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"Everything you'd expect from Bay is here with bells on - the macho provocation, the sound and fury, and the diabolical pleasure in reducing everything to rubble and bloody mush." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2016
5/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Perhaps only by reading the book after you've seen this is the skill of Stillman's treatment to be fully grasped - it's one of the deftest feats of literary interpolation in ages." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 27, 2016
2/5 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"The apocalypse, in its effect on Cassie, mainly takes the form of a been-there, done-that checklist of Young Adult story tropes, and none of these are very scary or original, or bode very well." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/5 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"It's barely there. You could go along, but you won't do a great deal of laughing along." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 21, 2016
3/5 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"A smartly written, cheekily engaged, glibly enjoyable political satire ..." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/5 91%

A War (Krigen) (2016)

"A film of two halves - one a frazzling visit to Afghanistan's Helmand crossfire in 2003, the second a kind of Hutton Inquiry into the first." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"Lame Ferrell, through some weird freak of his talent, tends to be the best Ferrell, and despite the film's general mediocrity in most departments... his floundering star turn delivers the goods." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 18, 2015
5/5 95%

The Forbidden Room (2015)

"Maddin remains a unique treasure, and The Forbidden Room is one hell of a trove." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/5 34%

By The Sea (2015)

"Many predicted this would be The Pitts. The interesting thing? It's not. Or not quite." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 94%

Chemsex (2015)

"Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty take a serious-minded approach to the psychological scars this behaviour both masks and worsens." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 19%

Love the Coopers (2015)

"There are a few hints of honest feeling trying to burst through. The trouble is how insistent writer-director Jessie Nelson is at gift-wrapping everyone's story arcs with tidy, coupley closure." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 94%

Creed (2015)

"This seventh film in the Rocky series sticks to the creed they all do: it knows how well the formula works, what's needed to reinvigorate it, and gets the whole apparatus pumping as well here as it has in a generation." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

"Attack of the Clones is indeed a pleasant surprise. It's fine." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
5/5 94%

Carol (2015)

"Carol is gorgeous, gently groundbreaking, and might be the saddest thing you'll ever see." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 16, 2015
1/5 28%

Fathers And Daughters (2016)

"Russell Crowe "fell apart" when reading it, the story goes. He's not holding it together on screen too well, either." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/5 71%

The Hallow (The Woods) (2015)

"It's fanboy horror to satiate the hungriest genre fiends out there - slick, but simple-minded." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 73%

He Named Me Malala (2015)

"The validity of her vital crusade - and by extension, the film's practically short-circuit appeal to your heart and gut - is tough to argue with." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 29%

Under Milk Wood (2015)

"Too many of the film's bawdy inventions and gamey imaginings do little to enhance the spell Thomas cast with words. Far more often, they simply break it." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"Panahi's guerrilla exercise teases out the social value film can have while studding itself with in-jokes about the gentler forms of realism that export more easily and keep his global audience happy." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 89%

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"From its unshowy script on down, Mississippi Grind is content to rumble along as a character piece, keeping its storytelling loose and unpredictable, like a repeat flick of the dice." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 24, 2015
3/5 97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"Approaches Brando's life and work as you might a kind of seance - a journey into the spirit world." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 24, 2015
3/5 54%

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

"Like the first entry in this animated Sony Pictures franchise, the film is spirited, engaging, and has an idea: it's about mutual tensions between the undead and the living, who have forged a truce up in the Carpathians." ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 24, 2015
4/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"Fully half the film consists of cameras pointing at other cameras, like an absurdist gunfight at dawn, with neither side willing to holster" ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 16, 2015