Time Out London's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,247 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Two Days, One Night
Lowest review score: 20 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Score distribution:
1247 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As a bombastic insight into twenty-first-century sport, where even the weigh-in attracts a whooping sell-out crowd, the film has value. However, ultimately, it’s just another cog in the McGregor hype machine, settling for the chest-beating tone of a pre-fight press conference.
  1. If it's all a little too crowded with characters, Branagh’s pacy direction keeps the story zip along to a conclusion that’s tense even if you remember whodunnit.
  2. Tonally, it might feel a bit like a ’70s Disney movie, but visually, it’s absolutely up to the minute.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The approach is pretty conventional, but the characters – from unassuming singer Ibrahim Ferrer to wonderfully glamorous Omara Portuondo – are so brilliant you’d struggle not to be swept up in it all.
  3. In short, the raw materials are there for a fun – if throwback – genre piece of the kind that kept ’90s cinema stocked with stiffs. Alas, the tension dissipates in a tangle of muddled subplots, sluggish pacing and some strange decisions from director Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The result isn’t a Bone Collector, never mind a Se7en.
  4. It’s slightly frustrating that Winslet’s character Alex is nearly always the one who needs looking after, but the chemistry between them is good, the suspense sufficient and the ending gives you a gentle tug on the heartstrings.
  5. Una
    Much of the challenging discomfort of the play is replaced with the easier, quicker wins of revenge, sex and redemption. It remains a daring project ­– but you’re better off reading the play.
  6. Social media has never been so scary.
  7. Even Dench, while adeptly highlighting the vulnerabilities of age and the loneliness of power, can’t distract from the soft treatment, which leaves little room for the harsh realities of prejudice which must have made this a more painful and ugly chapter for many involved than this film ever dares suggest.
  8. This gets an extra point for an exciting action finale, but loses several for a hero who may try your patience well before then.
  9. Liman mines the story for familiar but fun comedy...though it never reaches the comedic heights of rise-and-fall classics such as Goodfellas or The Wolf of Wall Street.
  10. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is not exactly killing it, but coasts on the charisma of its central stars.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In its atmospheric soundscape, cinematography, taut characterisation and storytelling, this is a very involving genre thriller.
  11. The Wall isn’t a terrifically exciting thriller, but it’s thoughtful and fitfully suspenseful – a lean, character-driven and quietly rewarding film.
  12. Narrated entirely by its subject – no famous faces popping up to tell us what a ledge he is – the film is intimate and crisply told.
  13. The film is let down by thin characterisation, struggling to generate much empathy with its square-jawed, tough-yet-troubled special-forces warrior heroes.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While MacLaine and Seyfried do the best with what they’ve got, The Last Word is pedestrian and predictable. It is harmless, though, too. You won’t believe a single minute of it, but you might, despite better judgement, find yourself caring by the end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fleischer handles a heavy script and most of the acting like no one should handle a melon; but he really soars into competence at moments of tension, car chases, and general cinematic escapism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment. Downey has captured the idealism and the melancholy, but not the sentimentality of the comic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So duff that you wonder why they didn't ask Roger Moore to star.
  14. A wishy-washy, sanctimonious plea for tolerance, directed with Kramer's customary verbosity and stodginess.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's impossible to deny the virtuosity of his non-stop delivery, but the relentless macho onslaught sadly lacks the saving grace of Richard Pryor's self-irony. Even if Murphy doesn't mean what he says (and he probably does), laughs are forestalled by the feeling that it's all too mechanically manipulative.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's very silly, of course, but Hanks' fine timing is matched by a strong supporting cast, and thanks to Dante's wicked, comic-strip view of the world, the movie achieves an admirably wacky consistency as it debunks American mores and movie clichés, from Hitchcock and Leone to Michael Winner and Tobe Hooper.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The characterisation is paper thin, and Landis' timing as sloppy as ever; but if you enjoy brainless slapstick that allows space for irrelvant absurdities like a singing bush and an invisible swordsman, it's entertaining enough.
  15. The filmmaking is solid, the performances strong and the tunes are pretty terrific. But this is too wary of controversy – and too ‘respectful’ of the fans – to treat its subject to the hard-headed analysis Tupac’s legacy deserves.
  16. Despicable Me 3 suffers both from a lack of new ideas – there are no memorable gags or action set-pieces, just a lot of flying about and yelling – and from an assumption that the audience is already invested enough to care about what happens.
  17. The whole thing is boring and phony, with just a couple of lines of dialogue that feel sharp.
  18. Some prior interest in Berger would help, but even newcomers should find this an infectious portrait of independent thought and living.
  19. This is an unapologetically fluffy film that never digs deep into its characters’ lives. Its pleasures are patchy. Keaton offers an endearing performance, even if her chemistry with Gleeson (not on top form) is weirdly lacking.
  20. All in all, a most unlikeable film.

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