Tim Robey

Tim Robey
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Critics' Group: London Film Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 91% Father Soldier Son (2020) In its outcomes and politics, this film is almost begging to be oversimplified, but it's well worth staying on the alert for the ironies, the complexities and the tacit questions it finds a host of ways to express. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 100% Athlete A (2020) What's striking about the film's tone is its redemptive warmth. Though the details are chilling, it's as if a cathartic space has been opened for these girls and their families to explain what they went through. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
2/5 40% Irresistible (2020) It's hard to believe Irresistible was shot only just over a year ago - while blandly watchable, it feels tired and off-the-pulse, an instant irrelevancy. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2/5 42% Cherrybomb (2009) It's a pity this reasonably polished slice of Skins-style youthsploitation makes such a fake and undangerous lurch into pills-and-vandalism melodrama. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 94% The Shadow of Violence (2020) It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
1/5 23% Leap Year (2010) Poor Amy Adams. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
1/5 38% The Roads Not Taken (2020) If you'd told me it was a shelved adaptation of late Philip Roth done by Alejandro González Iñárritu in Birdman (or Biutiful) mode, I'd have believed it in a shot. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) The whole point of Green's film is the routine, submerged, and invisible quality of its horrors: you can readily believe Tuesday might be even worse. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
3/5 73% Siberia (2020) I didn't understand it or want to be anywhere else. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
5/5 95% First Cow (2020) [A] stealthy, resonant, and finally riveting tale... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
2/5 61% Minamata (2020) For a film about photography, it often has bizarrely wrong-headed notions of where the camera ought to be. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Onward may be middle-of-the-pack Pixar but it's still a real pleasure... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 59% My Salinger Year (2020) This has open horizons, and a winning naïveté. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) If the basic test all studio comedies must pass is, "did anyone bother here?", all evidence points to a brisk, deflating hell-to-the-no. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) The main problem for the film is gunning for lovability over authenticity, and to be absolutely fair, achieving neither. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
5/5 95% End of the Century (2019) The film is like finding one of Proust's madeleines tucked inside a short story by Borges, where it keeps vanishing and reappearing. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) I think it's a career peak for [Bong Joon-ho]. - Monocle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 87% Emma. (2020) This Emma is pleasant enough in passing, and nothing if not scenically lush. I just couldn't get on with its Emma at all. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/5 48% Underwater (2020) As viewers of this dreck, we could teach the earth's crust a few things about being deeply bored. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) This whole film is a femme-fatale meet-and-greet which detoxifies the recent spree of male-dominated skulkings around Gotham City. It has gangster's moll energy where the molls take over. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell is pointed and compelling - so much so that it needn't underline its themes as thickly as it does. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The film's momentum comes in fits and spurts, as if its foot keeps slipping on the accelerator. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 21% The Grudge (2020) This new reboot (of sorts) sidles up like the return of a lingering bad smell, reminding you that there's something nasty behind the wardrobe you really ought to sort out. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 84% Just Mercy (2020) Jordan... has steel and energy in his part, and... Foxx... gives a beautifully modulated, unflashy and quietly moving performance, easily his best in at least a decade. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
0/5 20% Cats (2019) Finding any high point in Cats, though, takes some serious scratching. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 95% Citizen K (2019) The film strays off-target at times and doesn't give the horrors of Siberia enough consideration. But it's an interesting thematic grab-bag... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 69% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell is a bright, watchable film on a subject that ought to make us squirm. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) The icing on the cake of [LaBeouf's] indie redemption phase. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) The unremarkable nature of this story becomes its strength, but the modest, well-acted virtues of the piece could have resonated profoundly with a little more detail. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A flimsy, effortful project that simply has no footing either as fact or convincing fiction. It's in freefall from the word go. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) While she ruthlessly exposes the unexpiated atrocities in Australia's past, Kent has smartly pillaged all the old horseback conventions to do her bidding. But she's halfway stuck within them, too. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
2/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) An exercise in bonding through mutual exculpation, it's worryingly close to being great PR. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) If it's a crime to enjoy Stewart, in a fluorescent pink jockey ensemble, hopping on a horse to chase some chauvinist dinosaurs down, cuff me this second. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) The hard work Gerwig has put in strikes deepening chords with the material as it goes. In tune with the March sisterhood, her film gradually figures out what it yearns to be. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 53% 21 Bridges (2019) Watchable though the One Good Cop formula has oft proven, it's shot through here with unearned self-regard - and turns acrid fast. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 81% The Report (2019) Powered above all by Driver's mournful integrity, The Report is workmanlike, treats us like adults, and does everything it's doing pretty well. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 41% Midway (2019) Simply put, it's a lot dumber than Dunkirk, but never as pandering as Pearl Harbor. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 90% Luce (2019) It's Spencer's performance that ends up packing most of the film's heat. Where the other characterisations dither or flip-flop, hers deepens, intensified and shaken by the war of ideas. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 62% The Good Liar (2019) It contains precisely zero good lies, and no one's much good even at the bad ones. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
66% Krampus (2015) It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 45% After the Wedding (2019) Something about the story feels patly subservient, as if the film had no urgent issue to address but some good actors available to emote on cue. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's real coup is taking us on an imaginative ride, making head-spinning sallies through space, and not feeling cramped by a single source of inspiration but embracing the lot. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) If there were ever any doubt that Ozon, that impish provocateur, was the man to handle it, the career-topping urgency of his filmmaking sweeps it away inch by inch, sequence by methodical sequence. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The whole film lifts and sighs as a lament for vanished birthrights, while coaxing these characters to cherish what they have. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) The so-so editing can't always keep pace, but the guts of the story seethe away and keep you glued. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon gets two cheers... for its redemptive warmth and a troupe of actors unfailingly bringing out the best in each other. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The pacing of the action beats is capricious, and the comedy fairly dawdling. It's also pamperingly lowbrow and disengaged, with barely one satirical zinger. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rønning, who served his Hollywood apprenticeship on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, seems to be enslaving himself to franchises which dictate the most anonymous job possible. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets does its baseline job if you needed the story of Katharine Gun retold and vaguely dramatised, but it's dreary entertainment. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The film lacks speed... and can feel like an indulgent rummage in car-history ephemera, albeit a smart, colourful and certainly expensive one. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019