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
86% Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) In arguably the most humanistic work of his career, Coppola forgoes the epic in favor of the personal. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
49% Monday (2021) Those that can bear the frustration long enough for MONDAY to fully reveal itself will likely find much to admire, and perhaps even to enjoy, in it - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Thunder Force just doesn't give you enough of anything to be worth your time. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
86% 2046 (2005) Few movies can transport you, even for a moment. 2046 does that and more, rooting you in its multiple realities in a way that feels real and easy to understand. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
20% Amelia (2009) Earhart, a rebellious obsessive with an active distaste for societal convention, ends up feeling flat in practice. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) While Crip Camp is not a perfect effort, its honesty about its participants and their world gives it an undeniable potency right to the last moment. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) At its core, the film is rotted through with a philosophical viewpoint that proves a mile (or 166 minutes) wide but only an inch deep. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [W]hen the action centers on Gadot and Pine, and Gadot especially, WW84's inconsistencies and shortcomings feel remarkably easy to overlook - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
100% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion (2020) You expect reunions to be all about the best of times. This one feels much more interested in endings and the bittersweet. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) The subtle nods to past teen and horror delights and a liberal dollop of innards is the cherry on top of a frequently funny and occasionally emotionally-resonant sundae. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
57% The Gift (2000) Stylistically, viewers will likely recognize the patented Raimi vision: chaotic frightening images blinking rapidly over the widening eyes of the protagonist. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
64% Desperado (1995) "Desperado is filled with an undeniable enthusiasm that makes its faults easier to ignore." - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
88% JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000) In theme, style, and performance, it's a tantalizing taste for what Park has to come. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
30% 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
43% 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
83% 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
19% 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
52% 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
78% 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
19% 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
69% 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
26% 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
62% 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
89% 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
94% 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
45% 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
38% 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
85% 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