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Tim Robey

Tim Robey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) There's a Spielbergian showmanship to Bayona's films, wedded to an unabashed emotionalism, and this one reaches for you down in the gut.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) As a directing assignment, it at least proves that The Imitation Game was no fluke: Morten Tyldum can make glossily sexless, space-cadet guff out of whatever half-baked script you throw at him.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
2/5 67% Rats (2016) Spurlock globe-trots so antically here you suspect he's had a look at Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, imagining rat-spread as a blistering epidemic the world should panic about.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 92% The Eagle Huntress (2016) A vivifying, sometimes inspiring watch ...‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) If Owen Suskind, its autistic subject, were a fictional character, we'd probably rebel against the heart-tugging arc of empowerment prescribed for him. We might even scoff.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's directorial approach ... has the overconfidence that smacks of underconfidence, in terms of finding the right way to tell this story.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Feels like an excuse for a collection of Saturday Night Live skits broadly clumped into a wild end-times party romp. Aniston and Bateman, and several of their co-stars, mercifully know how to spike the punch.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Middleweight, non-intelligence-insulting fare right to the core, Bleed For This keeps you squarely in your seat, but barely once excites you enough to leap up out of it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A teen comedy of warmth, wisdom, perspicacity and real emotional clout? Weren't these cancelled?‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 64% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) Stress is the film's whole motor - the stress Jenny's both carrying around and transmitting, to an assortment of possible witnesses she suspects are hiding something.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The level of not very funny things this entails, even by the standards of barely-awaited sequels to lowbrow Yuletide comedies, is kind of impressive.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
2/5 47% Dog Eat Dog (2016) There's half an argument that this schlocky lowlife caper energises its director's visual imagination more than we've seen lately - hey, at least he's trying something - but it's not a juggling feat he can keep up all day.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) It's considerably too polite to do Philip Roth justice.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 22% American Pastoral (2016) Roth's book, which attends with horror and dismay to the forces ripping America apart in the second half of the 20th century, has suffered a treatment that mechanically extracts its guts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's Herzog's uncertainty as a tourist in the field that gives the film its enticing charge, as surely as his wanderings in the Antarctic, or gropings in the dark to find the world's oldest cave paintings.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Something about the familiarity of these voices, and their inescapable Mike Leigh-ishness in this setting, turns out to be exactly what the roles need.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Thankfully, amid all the film's wacky-trippy bending of space and time, [Cumberbatch] manages to steer an ideal path -- taking the role seriously but allowing himself to be flummoxed by it, wittily traumatised and taken off-guard.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 74% Trolls (2016) For a comedy about a tribe of manic homunculi with nylon faux-hawks, it's really got to be counted a pleasant surprise.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Taken as a piece of consumer advice, it prompts the retroactive complaint that its predecessor lacked one. Don't Even Start?‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 51% Mascots (2016) If you've seen one Christopher Guest film, you haven't exactly seen them all, but you certainly know the lay of the land. He's the king of the ensemble mockumentary ...‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Involves no one you've ever heard of, doesn't star a soul you'll recognise for its first 40 minutes, and will rip you into a thousand pieces.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
5/5 78% American Honey (2016) You could also argue that this almost intentionally exhausting film is too much of a good thing. But there's amazingly little of it you'd want to live without.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) The cluster of interviewees here have it right that the band were curiously more than the sum of their parts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 88% Blood Father (2016) In the grizzled spectacle Gibson willingly makes of himself, it has a B-movie equivalent of that A-plus Mickey Rourke comeback, delivered with just enough clout to count as a step in the right direction.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
1/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) It's all like first-draft Mamet, or Tarantino in a pissy, self-sabotaging mood: neither clever nor funny, but convinced it's both.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Paula Hawkins' madly popular 2015 novel The Girl on the Train had a terrific main character. That she's still terrific in the film is reason alone to see it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) The film too rarely confronts Knight with the vital difference between his predicament and theirs. It's guilty of sanctifying his struggle, and sidelining the people whose future it was for.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Dano seems genially crazed with just the right amount of suicidal-existential angst; Radcliffe manages the not-inconsiderable feat of seeming like a dead dude who's clung on by fluke to the power of speech.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) In his best film since 2004's Texas sports drama Friday Night Lights, Peter Berg aces the crucial task of ensuring there's actual weight to these lives.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Just when you thought zombie apocalypses had run out of fresh DNA, The Girl with all the Gifts comes up with a brand new evolution.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 84% Imperium (2016) With all the political dangers America is genuinely facing at the moment, this plot ought to be a real powder-keg. But while the fuse gets lit, there's barely a pinch of explosive inside.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
4/5 98% Little Men (2016) Beguiling and sad but also a tough pill to swallow, it's about good people reluctantly competing for what they want, and how circumstances can be a friendship's best friend, but also its worst.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This director does have a flair for rhythmically intense set-pieces, and his whole film justifies its existence when the bullets start flying.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Without actively disliking any part of it, you wish you could be on your way a whole hour before it limps to a close.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Bless Laika, really, for continuing to make films this singular, which reject any known formulae of children's animation and dive creatively each time into an uncharted cosmos.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) Ross could have made a cheap crowd-pleaser about cool refuseniks, but so many of his touches complicate that dynamic that his film sets your mind working - and lets you do the thinking.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Zellweger feels back in charge of the character again, and even her excesses are easily indulged, after the tonally hideous detour of 2004's The Edge of Reason.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) As a portrait of existential crisis, it might all register as po-faced, if it weren't for the moments of human comedy Hansen-Løve strews across Nathalie's newly uncertain path.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out is a decent conceit stretched till it snaps, tied back together with feeble wisps of story, and re-stretched so dimly and often you'll mainly be craving the illumination on your watch dial.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 93% Tickled (2016) Tickled starts out being a documentary about how funny-weird the internet is, gradually crosses the loose, porous line into how scary-weird it is, and proceeds down one particular rabbit-hole which has nothing reassuringly cuddly at the end of it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
12% The Sea of Trees (2016) The whole film needs cordoning off with safety rope and "Keep Out" signs. There's nothing to see inside.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
3/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Give the film this much: it's egalitarian in its imbecility.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 66% Nerve (2016) Nerve zips along, looks really smashing and has the mental wiring of a hyperactive squirrel.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) Solondz' notorious misanthropy ... remains fully in force ...‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 73% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Dyrholm won Best Actress in Berlin for her performance, and it's certainly The Commune's ace in the hole, swerving into full, boozy Gena Rowlands breakdown and not holding back on the self-absorbed anguish.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 55% Jason Bourne (2016) Crisply businesslike, straight-down-the-line, it's the Bourne we know, and the Bourne the box office wants.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It makes very few promises it can't keep, but also goes halfway out on every limb it can find, risking next to nothing, sights permalocked on par.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 77% Keanu (2016) Keanu is cool and breezy enough to live up to its title amply.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The best attitude to Now You See Me 2 is simply to go nowhere near it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/5 35% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan is myth wrestling with history in the mud, and eventually shaking hands for an awkward truce.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016