Time Out's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,842 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Close-Up
Lowest review score: 0 Hardbodies
Score distribution:
3842 movie reviews
  1. It's impossible not to see Son of Saul as a corrective to past stories that have imposed a neat order (or worse) on such incomprehensible events. Nemes does that too, of course, simply by making this film – but he does so in a way that makes us think of these events afresh.
  2. The happy surprise, however, is that McKay has seasoned the meat in satisfying ways, salting it with wince-sharp performances and an almost experimental style of editing that creates an apocalyptic whirlwind. For those reasons alone, Vice feels particularly timely.
  3. Sure, some of the plot twists are a bit labored, and there’s maybe a henchman too many—but, trust me, you’ll be too busy rooting for the superhero with a snout to care.
  4. The resulting film is beautifully crafted and, despite what Hitch might say, definitely cinematic.
  5. Glib, underdeveloped dreck.
  6. Emily Blunt is hypnotically charming in the year's sweetest surprise—a big-hearted contact high.
  7. Jason Momoa's surf-bro superhero is a welcome addition to a ponderously serious genre, but his movie as a whole feels waterlogged.
  8. Mortal Engines really is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent slog, as characters leap unfeasibly out of planes on to bits of cities while a squad of rebel-fighter pilots straight out of Star Wars buzz around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a study of early midlife crises Tides is well performed and convincing, finding the loneliness in what passes for friendship. All four characters are hemmed in by their own self-absorption; trouble is, that also cuts them off from the audience.
  9. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are masterful in this rousing period piece, alternating belly laughs with an unflinching view of a nation at war with itself.
  10. Free Solo is about getting dangerously close to the edge, where some people feel most alive. We get to experience that thrill secondhand, and that’s enough.
  11. The Old Man & the Gun plays like a long-winded joke with a sneaky punchline that warms you belatedly, like a shot of bourbon.
  12. It’s no heroic tale; ‘The Mercy’ is thoughtful, uncomfortable viewing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Perhaps the film might have survived the tortuous plotting, sub-sitcom jokes and drab direction if it wasn’t for Barnard’s woefully misjudged, wet blanket performance, but it’s highly doubtful.
  13. This riotous, arcade-game-inspired sequel powers up with fresh ideas and some brilliantly-executed pastiching.
  14. impressively, the movie compensates with some fascinating father-son Drago tensions, the Russian oligarchs swarming, redemption at hand.
  15. Visually dull and intriguing in only the most generic sense, but still a showcase for the twin talents of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
  16. This version will make you side with the Sheriff of Nottingham.
  17. An incomplete exercise that lacks crucial emotional brushstrokes despite a rich palette and a piano-heavy score, At Eternity’s Gate still offers the thrill of being inside an artistic process, adoringly interpreted.
  18. If Instant Family manages to land more emotional and amusing moments than it deserves to, that’s thanks in large part to two of the performances.
  19. While his bandmates are happy to fade into the background, Martin – part puppy dog, part jack-in-the-box – is a magnet for the camera. He’s restless, funny, insecure and likeable – often all at the same time.
  20. There’s a whiff of inconsequence to Reitman’s take, fizzy and watchable though it is. It should be about the stealth weaponization of outrage (and of women)—a tragedy that’s leagues more sophisticated that this.
  21. This new version features the voice of Pharrell Williams as the narrator, dipping in and out of Dr. Seuss’s warming rhymes. That binds to the film to its authentic source, but the gaps between the spoken verse still remind us that this is a slender story s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a feature.
  22. Its refusal to dress itself up is admirable, but overall we're talking about a slow trudge through the sludge.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be prepared for blood, guts and gore. The violence, both in the high-octane opening scenes and the more monstrous body horror, is squirm-inducing at points, bolstered by Jed Kurzel’s thundering score. Don’t be fooled by its B-movie trappings: Amid all the carnage, Overlord has more to say than you might think.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The second part in the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off provides twists and glorious visuals, but has too much plot to truly soar. These beasts are overburdened.
  23. Worthy is a marvel, transitioning from pasty wallflower to a glowering, unencumbered threat.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While visually stunning and stocked with enviable onscreen talent, this holiday confection falls flat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Icky and unsettling, this British horror film crawls under your skin.
  24. Feels like the kind of movie that would have been designed for Meryl Streep or Sigourney Weaver back in the day, ragged yet sumptuous, filled with moments for devastating monologues yet never so obvious as to be self-aggrandizing.

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