Tim Robey

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% Citizen K (2019) The film strays off-target at times and doesn't give the horrors of Siberia enough consideration. But it's an interesting thematic grab-bag... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 60% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell is a bright, watchable film on a subject that ought to make us squirm. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) The icing on the cake of [LaBeouf's] indie redemption phase. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) The unremarkable nature of this story becomes its strength, but the modest, well-acted virtues of the piece could have resonated profoundly with a little more detail. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A flimsy, effortful project that simply has no footing either as fact or convincing fiction. It's in freefall from the word go. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) While she ruthlessly exposes the unexpiated atrocities in Australia's past, Kent has smartly pillaged all the old horseback conventions to do her bidding. But she's halfway stuck within them, too. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
2/5 88% The Two Popes (2019) An exercise in bonding through mutual exculpation, it's worryingly close to being great PR. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) If it's a crime to enjoy Stewart, in a fluorescent pink jockey ensemble, hopping on a horse to chase some chauvinist dinosaurs down, cuff me this second. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
4/5 97% Little Women (2019) The hard work Gerwig has put in strikes deepening chords with the material as it goes. In tune with the March sisterhood, her film gradually figures out what it yearns to be. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Watchable though the One Good Cop formula has oft proven, it's shot through here with unearned self-regard - and turns acrid fast. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 81% The Report (2019) Powered above all by Driver's mournful integrity, The Report is workmanlike, treats us like adults, and does everything it's doing pretty well. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 43% Midway (2019) Simply put, it's a lot dumber than Dunkirk, but never as pandering as Pearl Harbor. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 90% Luce (2019) It's Spencer's performance that ends up packing most of the film's heat. Where the other characterisations dither or flip-flop, hers deepens, intensified and shaken by the war of ideas. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 65% The Good Liar (2019) It contains precisely zero good lies, and no one's much good even at the bad ones. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
67% Krampus (2015) It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Something about the story feels patly subservient, as if the film had no urgent issue to address but some good actors available to emote on cue. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's real coup is taking us on an imaginative ride, making head-spinning sallies through space, and not feeling cramped by a single source of inspiration but embracing the lot. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) If there were ever any doubt that Ozon, that impish provocateur, was the man to handle it, the career-topping urgency of his filmmaking sweeps it away inch by inch, sequence by methodical sequence. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The whole film lifts and sighs as a lament for vanished birthrights, while coaxing these characters to cherish what they have. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) The so-so editing can't always keep pace, but the guts of the story seethe away and keep you glued. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon gets two cheers... for its redemptive warmth and a troupe of actors unfailingly bringing out the best in each other. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 68% 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 40% 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 83% 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 92% 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 65% 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 63% 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 89% 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 97% 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 88% 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
14% 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 99% For Sama (2019) For Sama... is acutely personal and intimately authored. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 84% 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 50% 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 28% 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 59% 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 83% 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 78% 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 80% 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 89% 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