For 40 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Merrill's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Hired Hand (re-release)
Lowest review score: 40 Hollywood Ending
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
40 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    A gripping experience, and often downright sickening.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    We have an authentic Old Master working in our midst, and Gosford Park will at the very least remind everyone how masterful a helmsman Altman can be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Merrill
    A courageous film, especially from a first-time director, and deserves all the audience support it can attract. It’s a People Story, and it’s About Something. However, it’s also something of a heavy sit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    Simply a two-hour rave, an acidic, ecstatic trip through the not-too-distant past in a world called Manchester.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    Once again, though -- almost in spite of Haynes' rigorous post-ironic efforts to bring Sirk back from the dead in any and every way he can -- it ultimately comes down to Moore -- and Moore is simply...wonderful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    As a piece of acting, The Quiet American represents a fitting capper to Caine’s illustrious career; his portrait of a jaded sybarite whom history nudges into conscientious action is among the year’s most moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    Tom McCarthy’s film is never more than small, and that’s how it should be. It is about treasuring life -– sometimes even cheating death -– and it manages to warm hearts in its own uncompromising way, rarely cheating and never belittling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Merrill
    Music fans of every stripe should kill to see this film, one of the very best music documentaries in recent years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Merrill
    In the end, the greatest achievement of Control Room may be to simply remind us, as Americans, that in this age of mega-corporate U.S. news media there are other perspectives on world events besides those of Fox, CNN, MSNBC-ABCBS and whoever else feeds us our information.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Merrill
    Maybe How to Draw a Bunny itself is really Ray Johnson's final testament, created with a mischievous wink from beyond the grave. After watching this extraordinary documentary, one has no doubt that such an act is well within Johnson's creative powers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Merrill
    Fast-paced, at times even a bit frantic, Under the Skin of the City is above all a mother-and-son story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    Fascinating, horrifying and hilarious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Merrill
    The story goes on and on, endlessly fascinating to the last - the sensational trial, the convictions, the revelations, the recriminations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Merrill
    It’s a true endurance test, far too grim to be considered exciting, but not really informative enough to enlighten us about the effect of our presence in Somalia in 1993.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    Encircles the viewer in a comforting, open-hearted humanism. It’s a quiet, modest piece of work, but no less lovely for it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    The result will stand as one of the most intense, in-depth, warts-and-all rockumentaries ever made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    Even if you have no idea what French philosopher Jacques Derrida's theories are about, allow your mind the chance to be teased and twisted by the unique new documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Merrill
    Aspires to a backwoods North Carolina Woody Allen quality that it often comes close to achieving. But sadly it’s just never quite funny, touching or insightful enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Merrill
    A film to savor and to be thankful for.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    So maybe the entire right wing should just shut the f--- up, and accept that Michael Moore is going to have his say now.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    When Braff keeps the tears and the kookiness in check, he takes us into some unusual, interesting areas of the human psyche. And makes us laugh a good deal while he's at it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    In 30 years’ time it might seem as incisive a document of its time as, say, “Don’t Look Back” or “Gimme Shelter.” As a study of how the current corporate idiocy impacts one man’s art, it’s priceless.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Merrill
    Medem's astonishing, magical-realist love story Sex and Lucía is easily the best Spanish film since "All About My Mother." But such a statement actually undersells the beauty of what Medem has created, which in many ways rather defies description.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Merrill
    A gorgeous and poetic meditation on fate, honor and life in the Old West.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Merrill
    Aided enormously by Jeremy Renner, his astonishing lead actor, Jacobson has created something we haven’t seen since “The Silence of the Lambs”: a sensitive, non-exploitative serial killer movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    Particularly wrenching in its depiction of the father-son relationship.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Merrill
    Frida favors us with plenty of color, a feast of eye candy. As food for the soul, however...there are always her paintings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    Works on so many levels that it must be reckoned with. It certainly feels unique, and sets itself apart from most American gangster films in its stark refusal to paint the lead gangster as likable or indeed anything other than the vicious socio-psychopath he is.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Merrill
    Rarely interesting, always confounding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Merrill
    Devilishly clever and boasting a killer finale, Intacto is this year's "Memento" -- only Spanish.