Tim Robey

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 94% Transit (2019) While the voltage of the film starts sputtering out, there's still value to Petzold's ideas, and on a scene-to-scene basis he's capable of back-pocket inspiration like few others. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys has a simple pitch - Superbad for tweens - and proceeds to run it into the ground with an impressive lack of forward thinking. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light succeeds in lowering your defences with a distinctively Chadha-esque blend of modesty and gumption - like most of her better films, it shouldn't work, but it does. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 81% Animals (2019) Grainger, so promising for so long, nails this performance with everything she's got, and deserves to have it noticed. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Destined to form an idle televisual backdrop while families one day slip into a Yuletide coma, it ain't horrible, but it ain't historic, either. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 33% The Current War (2019) The Current War heaves itself around... but still fails to illuminate its subject at all well - squinting at footnotes, and weirdly failing to see the wood for the trees. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Lila Avilés, making a remarkable feature debut, brings us a study of work that has an exacting purity. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 66% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is mechanical and unambitious, thereby falling between the quality levels of the fairly dire first film and the taut, surprising second. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 72% The Command (Kursk) (2019) As a film, Kursk could have wound up much worse, though it has uneven visual effects and goes in for some frankly puzzling decisions, such as a bizarre switch-up in aspect ratios when the sub gets underway. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 39% Vita & Virginia (2019) The two writers narrowly skirt scandal, unlocking each other's potential to scale new professional heights. But the film seems to skirt along with them, hanging on every word like a groupie too overawed to interject. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Sick but also beautiful, the film gets away with an impressively audacious running time, simply because it can. It dazzles you with dread. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
49% Jurassic Park III (2001) At its best, it whips itself up into a nice, scary lather, but it shrivels to nothing between the set pieces, in an excess of fog, token bits of talk, and an absence of genuine, elemental awe. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 69% The Flood (2019) It's upstanding, do-gooder cinema with a cagey heroine who eventually comes round. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) The final effect... is a disheartening vacuum. Having torn down a myth, it leaves little but a dropped mic in its wake. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 87% 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 22% 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 Gallagher: 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 54% 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 41% 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 89% 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 86% 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 93% 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
88% 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 93% 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 90% 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