Time Out London's Scores

  • Movies
For 557 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Lowest review score: 20 Insidious: Chapter 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 557
557 movie reviews
  1. Dunst handles her sidekick role with a mature ease that’s new to her, but it’s the men you remember: Mortensen in psychological freefall and Isaac always tough to read and hiding something behind a handsome, controlled exterior. It’s a gentle and smart blast from the past.
  2. Kormákur creates such a convincing world – the craft of this film is astonishing – that you’re willing to forgive its less delicate touches in favour of its totally compelling depiction of what it must be like to ascend into a place that’s heaven one moment and hell the very next.
  3. What will take your breath away is how viciously Armstrong crushed and humiliated anyone who dared to make allegations against him, and that includes former teammates he’d doped with.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are other good performances to enjoy – notably from Koteas and Alba – but it’s Affleck who justifies the price of your ticket.
  4. Dreamcatcher is harrowing.
  5. This punky adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth is a glossary of grimness, a dictionary of darkness. But it also dishes up humour that’s blacker than a winter’s night in the Highlands and unpolished anarchy that’s true to Welsh’s out-there, frighteningly frank prose.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.
  6. Don’t be put off by the jock-ish ‘extreme sports’ subject matter, this is an insightful, deeply affecting journey of emotional discovery beyond the thrill of speed and the roar of the crowd.
  7. The cliché-averse will doubtless resist, but the laughter and tears here are never less than fully earned. A lovely film.
  8. As filmmaking, X+Y is unassuming and not entirely remarkable, but the relationships play so sweetly and memorably.
  9. The story is a bit predictable and rough around the edges. But it’s heart-on-the-sleeve sweet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sissako’s methods are confrontational, yet never to the point that you feel you’re watching sacrificial lambs instead of people caught in a horrible situation. In this terrible context, madness and death are blessings. It’s living that’s the curse.
  10. Ultimately story is secondary to Russell’s delicious detailing of character and milieu.
  11. Skyfall is a highly distinctive Bond movie. It has some stunning visual touches.... Also, it mostly manages to convince us that there’s something at stake by giving a hint of Bond’s emotional life beyond this story.
  12. The effect is talismanic: overlaid by a thoughtful voiceover, it invites the audience to share the pain in a cathartic act of imaginative reclamation.
  13. This is a film built on sensation, misdirection and randomness. The result can be maddeningly obtuse, but it’s also breathtakingly lovely and genuinely unsettling.
  14. The result is entertaining and insightful, balancing cold statistics with real-life stories of success and tragedy, presenting a broad, clear-eyed view of an increasingly complex issue.
  15. Catching Fire looks and feels epic. Hands down it’s one of the most entertaining films of the year.
  16. A wonderful Maggie Smith plays all this dead straight, poker-faced for maximum laughs. It’s a peppery, unsentimental performance. She’s hysterically funny, till she’s not – flooring you as the regret and tragedy behind Miss Shepherd’s vagabond life is revealed.
  17. Rush is fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous.
  18. Maybe an hour would have been enough, but even the slower patches have charm to burn.
  19. Bell goes easy on the preaching and heavy on the laughs without losing her feminist message.
  20. A lusty ballad of love and heartbreak sung with passion and power, and just a handful of off-key notes.
  21. At times, you ache to put the brakes on the chaos, but still Pixar manages to do with all this what they do best, turning the everyday rough and smooth of childhood experience into a thoughtful, inventive adventure, full of totally appropriate lurid and strange imagery.
  22. Though it’s most successful as a character study, the movie also works as an unusually honest variation on the traditional cinematic love story (it rings especially true on the difficulties of starting over after years of settled family life).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars, while he remains centre stage throughout.
  23. The casting of comedian Koechner as the sleazy host is a masterstroke, but all four actors relish the salty dialogue and farcical cruelty, as the film moves towards a bleak but satisfying ending.
  24. This is easily Coppola’s funniest film. Leslie Mann is hilarious as Nicki’s phony spiritual mum.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can be very funny, but there’s a bittersweet streak underpinning even the lightest moments.
  25. Everyone has a different story. I found myself holding my breath listening to them talk. The story twists like a thriller.

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