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
24% 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
82% 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
28% 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
22% 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
48% 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
19% 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
43% 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
79% 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
79% 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
82% 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
14% 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
42% Stuber (2019) STUBER has laughs and some violent thrills, but features a lot of missed opportunities. - Comicsverse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
79% 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
15% Assassins (1995) Assassins has a frantic surface spread over a shallow vaguely disconnected center. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
75% 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
59% 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
30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan, alas, shows little interest in being thrilling. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
14% 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
41% 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
54% 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
61% 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
47% 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
93% 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
44% 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