Time Out London's Scores

  • Movies
For 319 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Lowest review score: 20 Vendetta
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 319
319 movie reviews
  1. The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro detail to admire, but the heart needs to beat just that bit faster – and it doesn’t manage that.
  2. The film can’t match the novel’s elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but a first-class cast (including Charlotte Rampling and Sinéad Cusack) make this an absorbing watch.
  3. There’s enjoyably smutty comedy to spare... but the film’s bleakest segments are actually its strongest.
  4. Instead of updating the genre, The Other Woman rehashes it, bringing little more than a few giggles and a dash of glamour to the table.
  5. First-time feature director Omid Nooshin makes the best of a minuscule budget, and his punchy script doesn’t brake for breath.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Stag is formulaic and schmaltzy, and its endless gay jokes jar with its warm-hearted message – but it coasts along on an undeniable likeability.
  6. Willow Creek doesn’t take us anywhere new – the climax is abrupt and unsatisfying – but it’s a whole lot of jarring, juddering fun while it lasts.
  7. It’s as handsomely shot as any film about an ace shutterbug ought to be, and Binoche infuses familiar internal crises with palpable pain and urgency.
  8. There’s plenty to enjoy – a handful of smart one-liners, a few nifty shocks and one truly unsettling confrontation in a cemetery – but nothing to give Joss Whedon a run for his money.
  9. The film’s blanket refusal to question its subject feels not only cowardly, but antithetical.
  10. The film’s Groundhog Day-meets-Independence Day plot is actually pretty genius.
  11. Stick with it and writer/director Alice Rohrwacher’s first feature reveals another side: taking a small town as a microcosm of Berlusconi’s something-rotten-at-the-core Italy.
  12. What stops David Cronenberg’s grotesque noir Maps to the Stars, written by LA insider Bruce Wagner, from feeling tired is that it’s deliciously odd.
  13. Like Restrepo, this troubling and thoughtful documentary asks tough questions.
  14. 22 Jump Street knows how to play to its strengths: Tatum’s performance here is even more puppy-dog lovable than last time, and his scenes with Hill possess a goofy, low-key warmth too often lacking in big-budget comedy.
  15. There’s a lack of subtlety or surprise which serves the story poorly... That said, it’s a thoughtful, timely, often quietly captivating drama.
  16. As with all of West’s work this is a good-looking, well acted film shot through with moments of real power, but its conventionality is troubling.
  17. 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What you take from Miss Violence depends both on your stomach for this kind of brutality, and whether you appreciate its cold, mannered formalism – one viewer’s stylistic tour de force is another’s grating Haneke pastiche. Still, this is punchy stuff.
  18. Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement.
  19. It’s a film that moves to the convincing rhythm of real life.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The standard of acting is poor beyond belief. What happened to Grant’s career that he should be in the likes of this?
  20. With some dire blue-screen effects, dizzying tonal instability and a total absence of suspense or originality, "Wolverine" is something of a disaster.
  21. A way-too-leisurely thriller whose destination is fairly obvious from early on, but to which the talented cast apply themselves with effortful seriousness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With its puerile dialogue, daft performances, flat comic repartee and ear-rupturingly loud sound levels, the experience of watching ‘Fast & Furious 6’ is like listening to death metal pour out of 500-watt speakers while being strapped to a pneumatic drill. Apart from Diesel’s likeably mild-mannered persona, there’s little here that we haven’t seen before.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s little we haven’t seen before, including farting elephant seals.
  22. [A] baggy revenge thriller consisting of short violent set pieces interspersed with far too many talky debates about the morality of protecting a killer.
  23. Unfortunately, Arnaud de Pallieres’s film succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right.
  24. The Immigrant promises rich territory to explore, but in the execution it’s overly stately, dreary and unconvincing.
  25. It’s intricate and often mature as drama, but it’s also meandering and at times heavy-handed, even melodramatic, and the tight control of time, place and action which made ‘A Separation’ so gripping is just not there.

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