Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Los Angeles Times , Premiere Magazine
Total Reviews:
136

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 89% Bears (2014) " As with all of Disneynature's features, there's astonishing documentary work on display in "Bears" - but a leaner, less conspicuously structured view of the wild might have had even greater impact." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " The story flows, but not always freely, thanks to its manufactured feel." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " At once messy and adrenalizing ..." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 73% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " No matter which variety the film is spotlighting, they have a power to fascinate." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The well-worn plot basics are dressed up nicely by the film's consistently clever humor, as well as a celebrity cameo roster that's stacked even by Muppet standards." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Happily, the fallout results in Peabody, Sherman, and Penny all getting caught up in WABAC-machine zaniness together." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) " It's hardly the contemporary answer to "Battleship Potemkin," but the World War II drama "Stalingrad" does hold the distinction of being the biggest box-office success in Russian cinema history." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " A deep pool of underworld characters and a focus on multicultural tensions in Stockholm lend crime drama some added interest in "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" ..." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 25% Pompeii (2014) " You wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson is a director who might feel disrespected." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Stitches up Aaron Eckhart's chiseled face like a baseball cover, sticks him in a hoodie, and promptly crashes, thanks to a complete inability to resist awful, overdone dialogue and faux-lofty exposition." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " [Hart] at least ... gives a boost to the familiar buddy-cops formula of "Ride Along."" — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Spins its wheels like rodents in a Habitrail." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " A match-up that comes about three decades late." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1.5/4 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " However well-intentioned the movie may be, it spills over with flat cutesy humor, making a slog out of an experience that should be filled with wonder." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " The entertainingly one-note Statham tossed together with chronically versatile James Franco-in a movie scripted by Sylvester Stallone, no less." — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/4 89% Frozen (2013) " You'll be ... blissfully entertained ..." — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " A welcome foray into underexploited territory, conceptually at least." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 69% About Time (2013) " Time travel can be a nifty device for stirring and complicating romantic drama." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 48% Zaytoun (2013) " We've ... got to admit right up front: Part of our interest was simply to see what Stephen Dorff is doing playing an Israeli POW." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " It escalates into a spin through wilder country, and a meditation on bigger themes." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 63% The Summit (2013) " First-time director Nick Ryan isn't entirely up to the challenge in "The Summit," but he does deliver some dramatic and visual highs in the attempt." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 94% Drug War (2013) " Another inkling of the style limitations perhaps most responsible for To's lower visibility stateside compared with, say, his countrymen John Woo and Wong Kar-wai." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " While it's fun to remember '80s popcorn-movie thrills, fully recapturing those thrills might be impossible." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " A conceptual throwback, to days when Roger Corman and other low-budget mavericks gleefully deemed any crazy idea worth tossing into a movie." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " It's another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/4 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " An old-school music video stretched to feature length." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 26, 2013
1/4 31% Adore (2013) " Cast actresses with the skills that Naomi Watts and Robin Wright bring, give their obliviously icky story some arthouse visual lyricism, and you've got "Adore."" — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/4 2% Getaway (2013) " It's hard to remember another action entry that expends so much energy on frenetic blacktop choreography and attention-deficit editing with so little to show for it." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " You hear that we're getting a British political thriller titled "Closed Circuit" and you instantly start to imagine the creepy possibilities." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 27, 2013
2.5/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " The mythology-rooted "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" franchise is fairly engaging stuff, unabashed "Harry Potter" knockoff or no." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " "The Wolverine" dispatches its hero to Japan to grapple with a sinister criminal element and his own virtual immortality. For the uninitiated, the scene shift is surprising - and an effective way of dramatizing and accentuating the hero's dual nature." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 25, 2013
1.5/4 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " Too bad director Robert Schwentke ("RED") and the writing team handling the 3-D screen adaptation don't hold up their end, failing to do much with a premise that felt like it could rate with, say, "Men in Black."" — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 21, 2013
2/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " "RED 2" is a sequel that has some snappy interplay, typically courtesy of Malkovich, but mostly feels like a cast working to manufacture what came naturally the first time." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 67% Turbo (2013) " DreamWorks' 3-D confection ... featuring Ryan Reynolds as a garden-trolling slowpoke who dreams of Indianapolis 500 glory. " — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 17, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " The scope of the 'toon espionage-adventure goings-on is surprisingly limited. But the filmmakers so clearly love working on these characters, their creative joy is infectious." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2.5/4 89% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " Fittingly, there's a lot to try to keep track of in "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay."" — Boston Globe
Posted May 30, 2013
2/4 64% Epic (2013) " [It] is certainly very pretty to look at, and has a general agreeability about it. But the movie would need to engage us far more powerfully for that hyperbolic title to fit." — Boston Globe
Posted May 24, 2013
3/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " For their own part, Vin Diesel and the "F&F" handlers seem eager to assert how they've molded a series of installments into, yep, a saga, complete with expansive, twisty continuity." — Boston Globe
Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 48% Black Rock (2013) " Unexpectedly sturdy in some ways, shaky in others." — Boston Globe
Posted May 16, 2013
2/4 89% In the House (2013) " [A] slyly warped student-and-teacher yarn." — Boston Globe
Posted May 2, 2013
3/4 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Charming enough to satisfy even the trenchant-commentary crowd." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 25, 2013
1/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " An ensemble comedy with a tonal cluelessness as surprising as the name cast that signed on for it anyway." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/4 45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " A portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of "witch trials."" — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " I'm a fan of this movie. It is thrilling, and the 3-D treatment is a nice enhancement." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 4, 2013
28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Good luck recalling any other would-be set pieces a couple of days after you've seen Retaliation." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2.5/4 70% The Croods (2013) " Had the movie figured out a way to stay the less-cliched course, it might have helped the DreamWorks oeuvre take steps toward Pixar's emotional resonance." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 21, 2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Pop jingoism isn't easy to stir once you've established a vibe that's so deflating." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 21, 2013
1.5/4 28% 21 And Over (2013) " Among the ingredients "21" is missing: the infectiously random silliness of a Zach Galifianakis, the smug hunkiness of a Bradley Cooper, and any sort of Vegas-y gloss whatsoever." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2013
2/4 25% Phantom (2013) " The plot is dragged down by a script filled with awkward exposition and blunt audience cues." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven't given it as much thought as Singer." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 28, 2013
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