Tim Robey

Tim Robey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
The ShiningThe Thin Red LineLe MeprisBlue VelvetSweet Smell of Success
Critics' Group: London Film Critics Circle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 84% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Some of the animated interludes inch towards indie tweeness, but the film's tone is too singular to be swamped in formulaic whimsy. Despite spots of dead air - even because of them - it somehow sticks with you. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 24% Men in Black International (2019) You can sit through it without much complaint, but you won't need neuralysing to forget the whole thing an hour or two later. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 73% Liam: As It Was (2019) While it wouldn't be entirely fair to accuse the film of having "bonus DVD content" written all over it, little here is, shall we say, incompatible with the hard sell. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling's geniality gives the film more than enough well-meaning warmth to fall back on, which lets it breeze across some rough spots - not exactly plain sailing, but it'll have to do. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) A performance showcase for star, writer, director, editor and composer Jim Cummings which leaves you in no doubt you'll be seeing more of him. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 56% Ma (2019) Too nervous to thrill, too daft to upset anyone, and constantly policing how much fun it lets Spencer have. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
1/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The film could get away with this kind of silliness - plenty of overscaled effects showdowns have in the past - if it only knew how to give us a good time. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart's a breeze, a lovable debut, and while hardly perfect, wholly welcome. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 88% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) The film is a pleasingly eccentric watch, and one full of rare insights... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 54% Wounds (2019) A midnight movie through and through... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Almost every scene in the second half builds sensationally on the last. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 85% The Whistlers (2019) A satisfyingly clever, surprisingly high-octane narc thriller from Romania's Corneliu Porumboiu, which gussies up its intrigue with a delightfully original method of passing on messages without police interception. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) Jägerstätter's story is almost brutally simple in outline, but Malick's patient method wants to delve, little by little, into his soul. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 90% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) The film often rings hollow. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 68% Little Joe (2019) Hausner's too smart and too playful not to tickle you with what she's attempting. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 89% Atlantics (Atlantique) (2019) It has a slippery elegance, an ambitious way of nudging its nose into magic realism, and some unforgettable images... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) The combination of satire and savagery is pretty fierce and intriguingly unique. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) As relentless action sequels go, Parabellum stands comparison with The Raid 2, delivering a meaty set piece every reel or so, and not holding back with the flailing, mechanised slaughter. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) If Asante's idea is that Nazi ideology poisoned bright young minds into viewing their fellow citizens as less than human, the lovey-dovey bond she's pushing as the main event seems even more implausible. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) If Amazing Grace can't fathom the inner depths of Aretha in any definitive way, it grants her a great deal more than a little respect. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) Denis has made a spellbindingly mysterious object - as nonsensical as existence, maybe, until you give it a quarter-turn, and look again. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorona could have been better than average. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) It's Theron, underrated in comedy, who brings something fresh to the party, looking alive in the kind of uptight, self-mocking role that Sandra Bullock frequently corners. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) While Kayla Day is very much a teenager of her precise time and place, her gruelling anxiety - and Fisher's wonderful yearning in the role - make her universally relatable anyway. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) Even Moore seems quite stranded, given little chance to animate her character except as an unenviable technical exercise. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) Donny Devlin, a socially awkward garbage collector in a Pennsylvanian backwater, could have been a great Scott character if the writing and direction were more up to snuff. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Huppert loves to dance on the lacquered surface of civility and then plunge a spiked heel right through it, and for as long as the film is happily indulging her whims, it's a trashily good time. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 89% Wild Rose (2019) Finally, it's the marrying of Rose-Lynn's country ethos with her own struggle - as far removed as Glasgow might seem from snakeskin and cowboy hats - that makes everything click into place. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) For all that the film features frazzled brainstorming sessions while Jordan's employees plan their next technology pitch, it too often resembles exactly the same thing. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Like early Pasolini, Rohrwacher's films are on the level with their subjects - there's no swank or pretension. They seem to muck in with the communities they're about. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Laika may not be conquering the world with this outing. But if every studio's three-star films were as bounteous with the eye candy, we'd be in clover. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
38% American Dreamz (2006) Begins really quite well, but ends with three zeds, not one. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
39% Hot Rod (2007) The Jackass-ification of mainstream American comedy continues, but where are the laughs? - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
38% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Whizzily underwhelming... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
42% Reign of Fire (2002) The poor dragons - on screen not nearly enough as it is - stand no chance pitted against this kind of heavyweight ham. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Everyone's fighting a script, credited in part to Buñuel's great collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, that is chronologically antsy to an alienating degree. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) As an essay on what inspiration really means, and the delusions of patronage that could take a person prisoner, it excitingly commits to no foregone conclusions. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Somewhere in the specifics of Cronin's is-he-or-isn't-he scenario - played with gripping detail by Kerslake and Markey - there's a decent little midnight chiller. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/5 19% Serenity (2019) The film's fondness for having its lead sweat buckets and wander around in the buff adds little but camp value to its deranged imaginings. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Wry self-sabotage after the fact is one of Merchant's secret weapons, and one of the reasons Fighting With My Family slips so nimbly under your defences. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) There was too much riding on Ginsburg's ideals, and her causes, for their treatment to be quite this cute. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) The ghoulishly cynical tone of this thing was never going to fly, not even as a set of basic popcorn thrills, let alone as some cautionary fable about the pitfalls of murderous rage. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 81% Mr. Jones (2019) An intrepid crusader against actually fake news, he's very much a hero for our divided moment - you just wish his own biopic stopped fussing and stepped out of his way. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3/5 85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) A story about contemporary Africans which may have more teachable moments than unexpected contours, but comes good in the end. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3/5 80% Light of My life (2019) The film builds suspense through inaction; it's as if it were looking over its shoulder at all times. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 95% Monos (2019) There's a bicep-flexing quality to Landes's direction, with its bursts of colour and chaos, its conjuration of a surreal experience out of tactile reality. You tumble out of it bruised, bewildered, mesmerised. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) Like steep hill climbs, John Cassavetes's films can be jolly hard work, but the view from the top is worth it. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased could have been more sharply etched, all told - there's something naggingly indistinct about it. But the lessons of Conley's experience fight manfully, all the same, to punch through and be counted. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It'll remind you of 50 other films at least, from The Fifth Element to Blade Runner, and for anyone unlucky enough to have seen it, the crashingly tedious Total Recall remake. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 49% Escape Room (2019) The film is a knock-off construction with a bit of an identity crisis, marketed as horror but lacking either the Rube Goldberg ingenuity or sick verve of its genre bedfellows. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019