Time Out London's Scores

  • Movies
For 528 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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 Child 44
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 528
528 movie reviews
  1. It’s infuriatingly irresistible.
  2. It’s lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan.
  3. What makes it special is that it’s not another romance about finding a man. It’s about finding your people, about being a bit lost in your twenties and not knowing who you are or what you want to be. And it’s got bucketfuls of charm.
  4. You’ll walk out of this electrifying documentary about the Arab Spring with your blood boiling.
  5. One of the most pleasing things about Blue Jasmine is that it feels truly knotty and never obvious in how it unfolds.
  6. You forget how limited so many movies’ ideas of women are until Amy Schumer launches into an extended tampon joke: nothing is off-limits as she kapows through expectations of female characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This unnerving and enigmatic debut feature from Israeli director Nadav Lapid trains its steely focus on the group dynamics of the cops and robbers rather than asking us to get swept along in the specifics of their violence travails.
  7. Sometimes you find yourself wishing for an alternative version of the film unfolding before your eyes. ‘Belle’ is a good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better.
  8. Using home-video footage and talking-head interviews, Dinosaur 13 dramatically depicts the thrill of archaeological discovery. But the overbearing soundtrack and shots of weeping palaeontologists do feel a touch manipulative.
  9. A Hijacking’ is gripping in the way the best Danish TV is – in its no-frills authenticity.
  10. Folman’s vision is just too personal and obtuse, and the result can feel rather like watching someone else drop acid, enjoying their giddy descriptions of all the pretty colours but unable to fully engage.
  11. Mud
    It’s a broader, starrier project than either of Nichols’s previous films, and he handles the transition to the major league with relative confidence.
  12. You’ll be left scratching your head wondering what a naked girl draped in a purple net curtain in a cemetery has got to do with frocks. Not many revelations here.
  13. Riz Ahmed is superb as Changez (pronounced Chan-Gez, not like the Bowie song),
  14. The 3D effects are dazzling, but the script creaks and the characters are thin.
  15. It has a rigorous, even unrelenting, grey, green and brown palette and, narratively, it’s tough to penetrate.
  16. The film is frantic and silly and our biggest gripe is that all the penguins look the same.
  17. It’s disappointing when Starred Up begins to lapse into soapy cliché.
  18. A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall makes up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama that puts the heavy emphasis on drama over family.
  19. There’s enjoyably smutty comedy to spare... but the film’s bleakest segments are actually its strongest.
  20. There’s only so many times an audience will fall for the same manipulative editing tricks. Still, with fine performances and a rich sense of place, this is a promising start.
  21. Ultimately superficial yet watchable throughout, it’s the very definition of classy fluff.
  22. The film does approach Milius with a certain reverence, but it can’t disguise the fact that he’s a troubling, divisive figure: bull-headed, almost cartoonishly macho, staunchly right-wing and dangerously self-obsessed.
  23. The joke wears a bit thin and performances vary: this isn’t as slick as the teen movies it draws from, such as ‘Clueless’ and ‘Mean Girls’. But an original premise and earnest tone go a long way.
  24. It’s an uneven work, mysterious in its refusal to tell us much at all about Daniel, but it has a ring a truth to it even when it slips into less enigmatic thriller territory.
  25. What keeps this out of Nicholas Sparks bumper-paperback territory are terrific performances and Reitman’s control of the drama.
  26. This story of humanity manifesting itself in unexpected circumstances just doesn’t have enough surprises on offer to make good on that early promise. A noteworthy debut nonetheless.
  27. If you enjoy improbable plot twists, overcooked dialogue and Hollywood legends champing on scenery, this adaptation is a highly entertaining slice of American Gothic.
  28. There’s a pleasing no-frills tone to the whole enterprise as well as a convincing grasp of the rituals and beliefs of the age.

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