Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Los Angeles Times , Premiere Magazine
Total Reviews:
144

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " The young cast's interaction is terrific. You might come for the turn-on-your-heartlight riff, but you'll stay for the connection the boys share." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Nothing in this likable sequel flies quite so high as those aerial shots." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 49% Maleficent (2014) " While this is Jolie's show, obviously - and she's terrifically arch - the surprising dearth of other compelling characters doesn't offer much distraction when things get off track." — Boston Globe
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) " The sunnier that Barrymore gets in her scenes with Sandler, the more the iffy elements and leaden bits seem to just melt away. Blend in more of that spirit, and their latest pairing might rate better." — Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 31% God's Pocket (2014) " A fair amount of the film leaves you wondering about the categorizations it's courted as a dark comedy. If the tag legitimately applies, then it takes Slattery a while to find his footing, if he ever really does." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " This latest bid to Hollywoodize a uniquely Japanese icon is an uneven spectacle that can't sustain its solid first-half character moments. But the movie can also flash a surprising, often clever sense of legacy ..." — Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " The enterprise, while gently reverent, looks and feels as shaky as it sounds, tonally as flat as Kansas farmland." — Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " There's not enough of Belle's artistry here, given that part of the remake mandate presumably was to deliver something even bigger and better." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 91% 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 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " At once messy and adrenalizing ..." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 76% 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 79% 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
47% 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 29% 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 10% The Nut Job (2014) " Spins its wheels like rodents in a Habitrail." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) " A match-up that comes about three decades late." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1.5/4 24% 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 35% 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 61% 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 90% 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
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