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
31% Bloodshot (2020) It would feel like great fare for those superhero-hungry-or curious-moviegoers in 2000. In 2020, though, it's a diverting matinee to break up cinema's slow season. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
80% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) What gets less attention but is no less true is how effective Demme can be when focusing on people stripped of their humanity, either by choice or force. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
42% The Limits of Control (2009) This is not a genre exercise that subverts all expectations. It is a genre exercise that strips out everything that makes it compelling. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
82% The Crow (1994) Proyas created a look and feel to The Crow that was wholly unique. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
68% Closer (2004) Closer's world is a gentle one, a place of kindness. It is these people who are bringing spite into it. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
38% Black Christmas (2019) There's plenty to like about BLACK CHRISTMAS from a writing and performance perspective. The visuals, generally, work well. However, horror fans may find the movie lacking in teeth after the very well-done opening kill. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
87% American Beauty (1999) [The skewed morality] is not a happy note. But it is a powerful one. That's the thing that makes American Beauty such a compelling feature even now. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) There's something almost homey about getting this version of Bay bombast back. For anyone with affection for, say, The Rock or Bad Boys, it's a nice feeling. At first. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) The approach lends a new energy to the storytelling. By restructuring events via theme instead of chronology, it feels like seeing a new work even if you remember the book or previous adaptations very well. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
21% Cats (2019) CATS, as a film, remains as aggressively formless as the musical. It is, essentially, in film terms, all second act. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) If you can't tell, I found KNIVES OUT just a great time at the movies. Despite the ideas being wrestled with here, they never make the film a slog. It is an impressive feat and one that should be seen as soon as possible. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
91% QT8: The First Eight (2019) If you only want a kind of living scrapbook of Tarantino's first movies, you will find plenty to enjoy here. If, however, you want a film that has insight into its subject, that explores the controversies of his work with insight, QT8 will only frustrate. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
51% Charlie's Angels (2019) While not as breezy or as stylish as the early 2000's installments, this one is still fun. Moreover, it tends to wear its feminism with a little more comfort than previous incarnations. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Clarke and Golding are good, Michael's songs remain a joy. Beyond that, LAST CHRISTMAS just isn't much of a gift in the old stocking. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Before it spins out in its final third, SLEEP, powered by Ferguson and Curran especially, proves a compelling vision of the literal and metaphorical threats to childhood that walk amongst us. When Flanagan aims to disturb and unnerve, he delivers. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It is the thinnest of recommends, I'll grant you, but still one I'll give. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
14% Jexi (2019) If you want to make a movie with some regressive, oft-repeated views on technology, at least commit to the bit. Otherwise, don't bother. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's a hangout film with little sense of expediency. Even at the story's climax nothing about the movie makes you believe there is any kind of real danger. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man offers the attention-getter, but not the attention-maintainer. In the end, it turns out all the technology in the world cannot overcome a weak script and thin characters. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Truth is, this is not really a groundbreaking exercise in making us sympathize with the Devil. This is not a monster creator on a big screen, it's just familiar plot in grease makeup. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) From the opening until the inciting event there exists a sort of ramshackle charm to this old soldier facing down his twilight years until the moment Rambo flips back to killing machine. It feels like it has more energy when nothing much happens on-screen - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) ABOMINABLE is an [aesthetically] beautiful movie. A delightful fall surprise. Fun but not superficial, bittersweet but not suffocated by it. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
25% Corporate Animals (2019) In the end, that's the story of Corporate Animals - a lack of commitment. It wants to be a dark scathing look at our economic climate with jokes, but it blinks. Instead, it settles for bland, warmed-over commentary that barely elicits a chuckle. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) IT is not great, but it is good. The actors are strong, there are a couple of excellent Pennywise-child scenes that make the blood run cold. It is also irregularly paced and not every character gets their due. It is a mixed bag, but a recommended one. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
91% The Dead Zone (1983) The Dead Zone evokes the feel of this moment with surprising authenticity. The movie's sense of dread, of a system that is teetering on the edge of disaster, feel unnervingly of the moment. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
24% The Kitchen (2019) On a setting basis, THE KITCHEN excels. The environment, the world, feels authentic and alive. Alas, there is more to stories than buildings and streets. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) In the end, it is clear Richard Linklater, the writer-director, is far more interested in Bernadette as creator than Bernadette as character. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It sounds syrupy, well intentioned but clueless, and riddled with potentially problematic characterization. Yet somehow FALCON largely dodges the entire minefield it seems barreling towards. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
26% Killerman (2019) As it stands, KILLERMAN is built on a pillar of clichés. Worse, it generally fails to utilize the talents of those involved. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) The trick of WEDDING though is that it lands it blows true. Your emotions get so expertly tweaked that you rarely, if ever, pause to consider just how much the movie has decided to throw at you at once. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
10% ECCO (2019) There are some unfortunate tropes the film indulges in and, besides a twist, the plot is pretty typical. However, for two hours, the tone and images cast a spell. Enhancing the atmosphere is a deeply unnerving discordant score from Chris Morphitis. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) ANGEL HAS FALLEN is the very definition of assembly line mediocrity. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Much of it plays like IT, Junior Edition, and I do mean that as a compliment. It is definitely PG-13 horror, but it really puts its proverbial back into it. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) There's nothing here for me to love - excepting, maybe, the incomparable Michael Pena - but this isn't really a movie for 30-plus year-old adults. Kids get to have movies for themselves too. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) GOOD BOYS features far more encounters with party drugs, dodging traffic, and fighting frat boys than most 11-year olds manage. However, it never loses its obvious affection for its characters. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Every now and again, the Fates deem to deliver onto us desperate moviegoers a delightful surprise. Folks, allow me to introduce you to READY OR NOT. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It is the perfect kind of movie for the dog days of summer. It's a heap of glorious spectacle topped with a tureen of cheese. Could there be a better excuse to spend over two hours avoiding the sun and soaking up that sweet, sweet AC? - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The note of sweet sadness the film closes on is, well, sort of beautiful. I am not scholar of late 60s Hollywood, but there is still something undeniably heart-aching about the universe QT creates. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
83% Crawl (2019) It is a creature feature that is a credit to its genre. The kind that delivers enough shrieks and thrills to send you home plenty pleased, bouncing on the adrenaline rush. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
13% Four Rooms (1996) On the one hand, TIm Roth gives the bellhop an almost Charlie Chaplin silent film feel. The impish looks, the exaggerated shock takes, the way he bounces in place or struts behind his room service cart. On the other hand, he has lines. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
41% Stuber (2019) STUBER has laughs and some violent thrills, but features a lot of missed opportunities. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) LATE NIGHT does suffer from being more oriented around the less interesting of the two leads. However, LATE NIGHT still draws in the viewer. It is smart, it feels honest, and the actors' interactions are too good to miss. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) If you know Shaft, you know that he is a portrait of radicalism. Of fighting the power. A figure of effortless cool. Well, this film posits, "What if he wasn't?" - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) As I have said elsewhere, this is a decent movie. However, it does feel a little empty at its core. See it at 1:15 on a hot Sunday afternoon or on a Tuesday night when they have the five-dollar tickets. There's no need to race out to see it right away. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
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
14% Assassins (1995) Assassins has a frantic surface spread over a shallow vaguely disconnected center. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
76% 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
60% 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
72% 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