Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, ComicsVerse and Freelance Writer, Marvel.com, ComicsVerse, and The Spool amongst others.
Publications: Sky Cinema, The Spool, Comicsverse

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Bound (1996) The screenplay has an almost screwball sense of playfulness. There is certainly a harder edge to the insults, but the way they throw words back and forth wonderfully recalls the rhythms of that subgenre. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
15% Assassins (1995) Assassins has a frantic surface spread over a shallow vaguely disconnected center. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
77% Halston (2019) Halston the man represented America to the world as a fashion designer in the 70s. Halston the documentary demonstrates how deeply true that was, more than anyone noticed at the time. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Secret Life of Pets 2 is cute and sweet with an appealingly surreal side. It is not an animation classic by any stretch - but then, not every animated feature needs to be. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) See it for Elton's swift script, the film's beautiful look, and McKellan making a meal of his time on screen. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) Considering the number of truly talented actors involved, the laughs prove surprisingly irregular. Lumbering where it should be spry, Country wanders from setpiece to setpiece. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
31% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan, alas, shows little interest in being thrilling. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) Imagine it like being at a restaurant where the waiter explains the menu in endless, intensive detail and then when it is time to eat, you are pushed out the door, the first bite still being chewed. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) TOLKIEN offers some strong performances and proves surprisingly affecting when it focuses on the human. Those looking for a peek inside the brain of Tolkien or his creative process, though, will likely go home unhappy. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Seeing the fury of Godzilla unleashed should be a rush. Thrilling and scary all at once. If, instead, it feels repetitive and your pulse barely quickens? Something is off in the mix. In KING OF MONSTERS, sadly, something is definitely off in the mix. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) BOOKSMART is a strong directorial debut for Olivia Wilde and another entry in the ever-expanding canon of smart films about teens on the edge of evolving and growing up. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Even judging the movie on its own merits, I confess I am among the disappointed. It feels like just when the movie became the most powerful version of what it wanted to be, it blinked and let us down easy. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
56% Ma (2019) MA is wild. Off the wall, skin crawling, "did she really do/say that?" wild. It pulses with attention-grabbing energy. It is not art but it is stomach-churning fun. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) What puts SOMEONE GREAT over, in the end, is the cast and the creeping melancholic tone. It goes out exactly like our trio of friends does: heartfelt, tumbling towards maturity and letting us know how great and scary each and every moment is. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
60% Breakthrough (2019) Better directed and better acted than other examples of the genre I have taken in, it earns a closer look. However, what really hurts BREAKTHROUGH for me as a work of film, though, is its repeated handwaving at truly complex issues. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Liz Hannah, (THE POST) and Dan Sterling, (THE INTERVIEW) do not seem like natural collaborators on paper. Nonetheless, they have combined on a rather smart and strongs cript. Of course, this being a romcom, chemistry is key. Theron and Rogen have it. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
46% Little (2019) LITTLE is not bad. Martin is simply too damn good as teen Jordan Sanders for that to be the case. However, no one, save Martin, gets much by way of development to play. It is a mild, affair that should have, given the players involved, been so much more. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) SHAZAM! is a bright cheery sugar rush of a movie. It made me leave the theatre thinking, "Is it too late to give this whole DCEU thing another shot?" - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) THE KID is the first movie in some time that I have seen that makes good use of DeHaan's odd unsettling charisma. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
94% Us (2019) I do not want to overstate things, but, eh, screw it. US is incredible. I adored it. If the theatre had offered to screen it again immediately after the credits finished, I gladly would have said yes. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
45% Captive State (2019) The interesting ideas and "trust no one" atmosphere, sadly, cannot save CAPTIVE STATE. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
60% Greta (2019) With his keen eye in place and the excellent triumvirate of performances from Huppert, Moretz, and Monroe, it feels good to enjoy a Jordan movie fully again. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) LEGO MOVIE 2 is not as a surprising breath of fresh air as its predecessor. Yet, it is still great and you should definitely see it. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A much milder recommendation that the two previous HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a very sweet movie with great performances top to bottom. However, you can feel how tightly managed this movie is. A cast this good deserved a movie that was not scared to throw a few more elbows. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) BATTLE ANGEL is pretty mediocre. It has great effects, a couple of good performances, and tremendous action sequences. Its characters are also flat, the script convoluted with little emotional payoff. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) After almost exactly 10 years since TAKEN's release, COLD PURSUIT's take on Liam Neeson-beats-up-a-bunch-of-people subgenre is a wonderful subversion of the formula. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Such a loving sendup of the typical generic 90's romcom that sometimes it feels more like a meta-tribute. I can't be too negative about a film that finally found a way to channel Rebel Wilson's skillset to a multi-dimensional character. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U is a delight. Even a day later, I'm still high on how it made me feel. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) Rodriguez may well be an action star yet, but this is not the vehicle to get her there. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) Better than the original is damning this movie with faint praise, but faint praise is really all it deserves. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The atmosphere escalates well throughout the movie and had been well-crafted from the start. Look closer, though, and you find nothing underneath. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING proves a solid way for parents and kids, 12 and under, to wile away an afternoon. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) This movie seems to have a sense of boldness in its heart, but it is just an island mirage. I'm not mad at the spoilers, I'm mad how little they mean. The spoilers render it a mediocre noir ruined. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I obviously feel mixed on GLASS. It is, in many ways, an almost perfect representation of Shymalan's strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker; his tools and excesses. What makes him great was all on-screen, right along what makes him so frustrating. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
10% Replicas (2019) REPLICAS can't decide which note it wants to play, so it slams on them all in random order. REPLICAS exists as the kind of movie that raises lots of interesting - if oft-asked - questions and then immediately ditches them. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) THE FAVOURITE is a wonderfully nasty treat. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) Honestly, in writing the review, I came to like the film more. That said, I do still feel it is deeply flawed. The two excellent performances at its center often feel like they are competing for the spotlight with the movie's shortcomings. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
66% Vice (2018) The compelling human moments, like those involving Cheney's protection of Mary and his eventual retraction of that, are often overshadowed by the overly busy choice McKay keeps making. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
49% Escape Room (2019) A decently clever movie that loses confidence in itself the moment it most needs it. As a result, it knocks down the house of cards it had, heretofore, adequately stacked. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
88% Annihilation (2018) No film this year burrowed deeper into my consciousness this year than ANNIHILATION. Top that truly mindbender of a plot with excellent acting, beautiful visuals, and an awesome score and you have film at the height of its power. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) There was perhaps no other movie this year that better lived up to Roger Ebert's assertion that one of the powers of cinema lay in its ability to be an "empathy machine". - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) No movie [this year] delivered spectacle better or more consistently for its running time. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) From a narrative standpoint, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is head and shoulders above its predecessors. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A triumph on a visual, sound, music, and storytelling level. It might just be the closest we have ever come to a perfect comic book adaptation on the big screen. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Obviously, there are some negatives here. Still, AQUAMAN is a hard movie not to recommend. It is often funny, has a good heart, and its star proves incredibly endearing. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
91% Widows (2018) On issues of race, politics, gentrification, gender roles, and relationships, it seems to have plenty to say. More often than not, it says it smartly and without bashing you over the head with its ideas. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) The combined charismas of Taron Egerton and Jaime Foxx are not enough to ignite the heart of this movie. If you know either or both of those actors, you know how deadly that means the script was. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) OVERLORD is a goopy, oozy delight. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) The whole deal with the Grinch is he is supposed to be, if you'll forgive me, a seemingly irredeemable bastard. He literally lacks the capacity for any kind of love. If he's just kind of a crabby neighbor everything is less impressive in juxtaposition. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018