Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10% Replicas (2019) REPLICAS can't decide which note it wants to play, so it slams on them all in random order. REPLICAS exists as the kind of movie that raises lots of interesting - if oft-asked - questions and then immediately ditches them.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) THE FAVOURITE is a wonderfully nasty treat. ‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
59% Vox Lux (2018) Honestly, in writing the review, I came to like the film more. That said, I do still feel it is deeply flawed. The two excellent performances at its center often feel like they are competing for the spotlight with the movie's shortcomings.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
64% Vice (2018) The compelling human moments, like those involving Cheney's protection of Mary and his eventual retraction of that, are often overshadowed by the overly busy choice McKay keeps making.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
53% Escape Room (2019) A decently clever movie that loses confidence in itself the moment it most needs it. As a result, it knocks down the house of cards it had, heretofore, adequately stacked.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
89% Annihilation (2018) No film this year burrowed deeper into my consciousness this year than ANNIHILATION. Top that truly mindbender of a plot with excellent acting, beautiful visuals, and an awesome score and you have film at the height of its power.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
94% Support the Girls (2018) There was perhaps no other movie this year that better lived up to Roger Ebert's assertion that one of the powers of cinema lay in its ability to be an "empathy machine".‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) No movie [this year] delivered spectacle better or more consistently for its running time.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) From a narrative standpoint, the Ryan Coogler-directed film is head and shoulders above its predecessors. ‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A triumph on a visual, sound, music, and storytelling level. It might just be the closest we have ever come to a perfect comic book adaptation on the big screen.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
64% Aquaman (2018) Obviously, there are some negatives here. Still, AQUAMAN is a hard movie not to recommend. It is often funny, has a good heart, and its star proves incredibly endearing.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
91% Widows (2018) On issues of race, politics, gentrification, gender roles, and relationships, it seems to have plenty to say. More often than not, it says it smartly and without bashing you over the head with its ideas.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) The combined charismas of Taron Egerton and Jaime Foxx are not enough to ignite the heart of this movie. If you know either or both of those actors, you know how deadly that means the script was.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) OVERLORD is a goopy, oozy delight.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) The whole deal with the Grinch is he is supposed to be, if you'll forgive me, a seemingly irredeemable bastard. He literally lacks the capacity for any kind of love. If he's just kind of a crabby neighbor everything is less impressive in juxtaposition.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It is odd how out of date Lisbeth Salander already feels. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER's WEB seems so much older and stodgier than Fincher's 2011 effort or the Swedish adaptation of the entire original trilogy.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The women of the movie fare better. In smaller parts, Vera Farmiga as Hart's wife Lee, Molly Ephraim as campaign worker (and composite character) Irene Kelly, and Ari Graynor as Washington Post reporter Ann Devroy do so much more with less.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) CRIMES is the kind of film where good performances end up getting swept up and away by the swirling maelstrom of the plot.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) I don't know how this happened, but...INSTANT FAMILY is good. It's honest, it's funny, and it resists the temptation to drown the proceedings in sentimentality. Look, I'm as stunned as you.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) There are a lot of great things about CREED II. It's a meditation on the fathers that never showed up, those too lost in their own success to truly be present, those too deep in their own shame to provide comfort. It is not exactly new but still well done‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) GAME NIGHT invests fully in the chemistry and charisma of its actors. The players (no pun intended) do not let them down.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) A pleasantly sweet story about a teen coming out that feels for all the world like many other pleasantly sweet stories about teens.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) Overall, TOMB RAIDER is mediocre effort, but it does show that Vikander can deliver the goods if the direction and script can give her enough support.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Brighter, funnier, and more action-oriented than its predecessor, PACIFIC RIM UPRISING is a marked improvement over the first installment.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) READY PLAYER ONE proves a canny surprise. It is rare that movies triumph over their source material, but this is one such case.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) BLOCKERS is deft, quick witted, and funny. There are good to great performances from stem to stern. This is one to see in theatres with a big audience and let yourself get swept up in the energy.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) TRUTH OR DARE fails to capture neither the cheese nor the mounting anxiety of its party game namesake.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) It should have been a dumb delight; instead it is a bit of a dumb drag.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It isn't bad and certainly not as anti-woman or body shaming as people feared, but it just can't get out of its own way a lot of the time.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
26% Traffik (2018) Holy Hell Did I Ever Hate TRAFFIK ‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) The film casts a disturbing, hypnotic spell viewers will find hard to shake.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
85% Love After Love (2018) In the end, however, LOVE AFTER LOVE is the kind of movie I respect but don't really enjoy. Grief can be numbing and LOVE AFTER is after a time as well.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
53% Bad Samaritan (2018) A machine built for screaming speed and excitement that only ever just cruises through the suburbs at half speed.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) DISOBEDIENCE is a quiet tale rife with emotions that are screaming from every hard smile and each upturned gaze. Sad, lonely, claustrophobic and yet ultimately hopeful‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
20% Terminal (2018) It's all noise, complicating without complexity. It is all setting, little heart. Without Robbie's live wire act, I doubt the film would have a pulse at all.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
93% Beast (2018) The kind of cinematic experience that burrows into you.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
44% In Darkness (2018) I found a lot to love with IN DARKNESS.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) ADRIFT ended up just feeling small.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Quick-witted, well-paced, and every dollar spent is on the screen.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It is a feel-good hangout where you can just sit back and let the vibes wash over you.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) It is a pulpy action drama with charismatic actors taking the affair seriously.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
57% Tag (2018) I only wish the movie had better utilized the talented women and better realized the serious moments. Nonetheless, because I can't resist this pun, TAG is certainly a game I'd recommend joining.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
0% Gotti (2018) Deciding what GOTTI's biggest misdeed, though? Easy. Being deadly dull.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
48% Superfly (2018) SUPERFLY turns out to not be very good. Despite boasting a director whose name screams, "TOO MUCH STYLE," the film looks generic as can be.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) FALLEN KINGDOM Brings Action, Forgets Characters, Awe‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) The movie makes a mess of what could have been a truly excellent tale.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
54% The First Purge (2018) THE FIRST PURGE's invocation of white supremacists, a government that isn't just pro-rich but virulently anti-poor, and a too easily complicit news media still makes the skin crawl.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) SORRY TO BOTHER YOU Challenges, Unnerves, and Delivers‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) It delivers a thrill or two, perhaps a chuckle, but you'll have forgotten three minutes after you leave the multiplex.‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Even though the ending means I cannot call it perfect, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is the kind of documentary that stays on the brain - and in the heart - long after the credits roll‐ Comicsverse
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018