Tim Robey

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 81% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The pacing of the action beats is capricious, and the comedy fairly dawdling. It's also pamperingly lowbrow and disengaged, with barely one satirical zinger. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 50% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rønning, who served his Hollywood apprenticeship on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, seems to be enslaving himself to franchises which dictate the most anonymous job possible. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets does its baseline job if you needed the story of Katharine Gun retold and vaguely dramatised, but it's dreary entertainment. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 87% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The film lacks speed... and can feel like an indulgent rummage in car-history ephemera, albeit a smart, colourful and certainly expensive one. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 66% The Day Shall Come (2019) The Day Shall Come isn't prime Morris, but it's definitely not a total bust, either. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/5 60% Greed (2019) Without doubt, the Winterbottom-Coogan partnership had its glory days. But Greed is not good. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 88% American Woman (2019) American Woman seems to be nudging its way above decent almost from the start, and just keeps nudging: while the inspiration to put it over the top is never quite there, the consistent effort is gratifying. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 99% Knives Out (2019) Every time you think you've guessed what's up the writer-director's sleeve, you both have and haven't: the layering, feints, and decoys fox you exactly as he's hoping. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) It's not pretty, but it's bloody good fun. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Tartt's book has been put through a grater, then reassembled into a wet prestige patty of a picture, all dainty set dressing and limp psychology. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
1/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo, and his films, have never been in the business of holding back, but it's unclear where, as entertainment, this calculated plunge into hate and rage really gets us these days. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Wang's family story is modestly affecting and deserves an audience, but if it does prompt thoughts about weighing up the importance of emotional truth, they mainly come afterwards. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) As far as you can work out, the film isn't aiming for slippery Lynchian dream logic or head-scratching dead ends, just stumbling into that arena through sheer confusion. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 100% For Sama (2019) For Sama... is acutely personal and intimately authored. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Watching it is like settling into a reupholstered armchair which still creaks in the same old places. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 98% Rojo (2019) It's all about a society manoeuvring to stay at the dinner table while getting its unsavoury elements thrown out, and finding ways to stop them ever coming back. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Hader's wonderful ability to meld humour and horror, using each to animate the other, is the best special effect that money can buy. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger rises smartly to the occasion. Perhaps there's a few too many of those tight little Bridget Jones moues she's fond of... but her particular stamp on this role makes more and more sense as the film goes on. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustang could have held more surprises, but as a landscape study - "Prison, with horses" - it's ruggedly stunning. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 45% The Informer (2020) The Informer is one of the year's more pleasant genre surprises: a clenched fist of a crime thriller in the mode of The Departed or The Town, in which every element is just a notch smarter than you'd expect. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) This is far from the syrupy, audience-coddling portrait that a higher-budget picture would almost certainly have inflicted on the material. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 50% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) It cushions itself with needless amounts of nagging music, and winds up giving us a dainty little tour of the Lowry museum in Salford, where we can presumably expect the DVD to be sold until kingdom come. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) Crawl isn't Jaws, any day of the week, but it's crunchy Friday-night nonsense that knows what it's doing. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen is almost worth seeing. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
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 88% 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 86% 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 31% 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 64% 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 69% 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 40% 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 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) 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 23% 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 62% 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 79% 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