Tim Grierson


Tim Grierson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tim Grierson is the Senior U.S. Critic for Screen International and a film critic for The New Republic.
Location: Los Angeles

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% To the Stars (2019) An exceedingly lovely, quietly moving drama about characters who feel like they don't belong. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
44% Donnybrook (2019) The film exudes a grungy, B-movie ethos in keeping with its scrappy, resourceful characters. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
60% Official Secrets (2019) This sturdy, entertaining political thriller pushes all the right buttons and triggers all the right outraged reactions. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
54% Them That Follow (2019) As grimly gripping as "Them That Follow" is, the proceedings have a stacked-deck quality to them, which keeps this compelling tale from being truly galvanizing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
92% Blinded by the Light (2019) While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss's greatest hits for its emotional high points, "Blinded by the Light" remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Florence Pugh commands the ring in "Fighting With My Family," an underdog wrestling comedy with lots of heart alongside some likeable sports-movie cliches. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
60% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2018) There are surprises and dark rumblings in this largely light-hearted film, and Garrel shows full confidence in [Joseph Engel] to shoulder the dramatic load. The boy rewards his faith. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
95% Blaze (2018) A songwriter making his major acting debut, Dickey captures the burly, vulnerable quality of Foley's lyrics and vocal delivery, creating a palpable sense that the songs were excavated from the darkest corners of his soul. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) [A] meditative and thought-provoking look at mortality, commitment and people's penchant for chasing something they might never catch. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
66% Vice (2018) There's anger but no insight in "Vice," a glib portrait of Dick Cheney that preaches to the choir but becomes less persuasive as it goes along. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) As with his other recent movies, "The Mule" favors sentimentality over subtlety. Yet the film resonates because of its straightforward look at America's crooked War on Drugs, as well as its portrait of a flawed man running out of second chances. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) A superhero movie with the scope of an epic but the spirit of a mischievous boy, "Aquaman" is a goofy, uneven adventure that proudly sticks to its loopy vision even if it doesn't quite work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) Charm and sweetness were in short supply in Michael Bay's "Transformers" films, but they're the secret ingredients to "Bumblebee," a likeable prequel that indulges in nostalgic affection for all things 1980s. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Sony's animated adventure brings together several well-known iterations of Spider-Man for plenty of clever, self-referential riffs and dynamic action sequences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) This sequel accomplishes its modest goals, and yet what's frustrating about this latest chapter in the Adonis Creed saga is that, whatever ambitions it might have, the primary objective is to fashion a familiar Rocky adventure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Although the film's palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
80% Green Book (2018) You may enjoy your time hanging out with these characters, but you may also wish they had a much better vehicle for their story. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
83% Instant Family (2018) It's a shame that "Instant Family" reduces the complexity, pain and joy of parenthood to a multiplex-palatable family comedy. The real story is probably far more interesting ... and hopefully funnier. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Adults often complain there aren't good mainstream movies for them -- ones that can engage them, entertain them and leave them with something to chew on as they leave the theater. "Widows" is here waiting for you. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Much like the World Wide Web itself, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is a lively destination full of promise and potential that nonetheless ends up being a little disappointing. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) With hints of "The Road," "A Quiet Place" and any number of zombie movies, this Netflix horror-thriller is appreciably bleak but also sluggish, never fully fleshing out the themes at the story's core. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Mimi Leder and Felicity Jones give us an origin story, a romance, an underdog tale, a courtroom drama and social commentary all wrapped up neatly in a smoothly executed, less-than-scintillating crowdpleaser. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
57% The Grinch (2018) Universal's animated full-length adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss children's book lacks the magic, heart and humor that have made this yuletide tale such a perennial favorite. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
68% Maya (2018) Maya features no grand catharsis, no moment of profound emotional revelation, but this tentative love story is quite content to embed itself with a taciturn young man who returns home, unsure if home is a concept he can ever again embrace. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Both overstuffed and underwhelming, "Four Realms" tries to serve many masters, and the result is a family film straining to be both timeless and timely, simultaneously old-fashioned yet cheekily irreverent. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% On Her Shoulders (2018) Director Alexandria Bombach doesn't settle for simple biography, instead weaving through the film a deft, sobering commentary about the limitations of political action and the tendency of mass media to unintentionally rob advocates of their voices. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
82% Freaks (2018) The film doesn't earn many points for originality, but writer- directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein show just enough low-budget gusto to suggest that they might have a future as B-movie mavens. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humor. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Claire Foy proves to be a perfectly respectable Lisbeth Salander, but like "Spider's Web" itself, the elaborate effort put forth hardly seems worth it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) This sequel can't compare to John Carpenter's ingenious 1978 original, but director David Gordon Green delivers a crowd-pleasing chiller that doubles as an existential commentary on horror itself, both on the screen and in our lives. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Like its young heroine, The Hate U Give is earnest, impassioned and spoiling to be heard. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7.6/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is a good show. But it's not blazingly original or truly transcendent. We hear the echoes of what came before. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Like his hungry alien latching onto Eddie, Fleischer cunningly fastens a malicious irreverence onto an otherwise lackluster superhero movie. But the symbiosis doesn't quite take. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) An absorbing, thought-provoking exploration of how individuals and a society try to rebuild in the wake of terrorism, "22 July" shuns sensationalism in its portrait of Norway's devastating 2011 attacks. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) What at first appears to be a solid, albeit conventional, rise-then-fall story of a cocky young FBI informant soon morphs into something far more moving and thoughtful. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
71% Hold the Dark (2018) Anger, violence and surrealism pervade the engrossing new thriller from "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
72% Destroyer (2018) Kidman brings such compelling conviction to her role as a tormented detective that she single handedly imbues the film with urgency and authenticity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) The passion of Guadagnino's messy vision -- the swirl of emotions he conjures on this grand canvas -- has a forcefulness that mostly transcends its sizable flaws. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) One of Spy's unanticipated pleasures is its ability to wring drama out of the minutia involved in what might seem like an esoteric business deal. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018) The 72-minute special boasts an off-the-cuff nonchalance that emphasizes coziness over bite. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
8.8/10 88% Makala (2018) Makala depicts a harsh reality, but its unexpected beauty comes from the nonchalance of its portrayal. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) While the technical aspects are faultless, Happytime's mystery isn't very arresting...This world's authenticity is so complete that you're left mostly slogging through how inanimate most everything else about the movie is. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) The adrenaline never stops pumping in "Mile 22," a superficially kinetic thriller that simultaneously attempts to be politically savvy and an ultra-macho shoot-'em-up. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) There are meaningful observations about the ways that money warps relationships and how children struggle with their heritage. But by trying so hard to concoct a blowout party, the film exhausts and frustrates as much as it enlightens and delights. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
5.5/10 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg is junk made with just enough conviction and craft to convince you that it's better than it is -- or, at the very least, better than it needs to be. But don't let lowered expectations overcome your faculties. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
18% The Darkest Minds (2018) Mutant powers, a post-apocalyptic setting, a main character whose coming of age coincides with her becoming a hero: "The Darkest Minds" recycles many popular cinematic tropes, resulting in a familiar young-adult drama that struggles to find its voice. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
5/10 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Sentimentality as thick and sticky-sweet as Winnie the Pooh's beloved honey coats Christopher Robin, a paean to your inner child that's so cloying it may tempt you to strangle yours. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) "Scotty" is more than just a portrait of the man, also serving as a history lesson on how the film industry once tried to project a repressive, clean-cut image to satisfy moral watchdogs. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) No amount of Denzel Washington's weary authority is enough to distract from the fact that this overstuffed, ultimately unsatisfying potboiler merely dresses up its cliches in strained gravitas. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable, Tom Cruise remains a force of nature. "Fallout" delivers a near-exhausting amount of stupendous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018