Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Los Angeles Times , Premiere Magazine
Total Reviews:
157

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
73% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Some angst away from the dolphin tank feels like padding, but there's enough bona fide narrative to please tomorrow's marine biologists and their parents." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 12, 2014
82% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) " It might not be quite the "adventure film" that the press materials promise, but it's a diverting enough variation on familiar environmental-crisis studies." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) " This is a portrait of Ellis the high-living character, certainly, but also Ellis the racial and cultural trailblazer." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
76% The Congress (2014) " A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
14% Innocence (2014) " It's an idea that could make for decent genre viewing, if only its cast had some range, and its indie reach didn't exceed its mainstream-polished grasp." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1.5/4 63% Life Of Crime (2014) " The cast does capable work, but you'll wish the movie concentrated more on the comedy, which has some zing, rather than the straighter elements, which quickly start to drag." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " It's as if the filmmakers somehow think they've got the relaxed narrative confines of "Friday Night Lights" the TV series to play with, rather than "Friday Night Lights" the movie. The game plan is flawed." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 46% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " As usual with "Sin City," much of the vibe is about echoing genre touchstones, while the look isn't quite like anything else the digital age has seen." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " None of this is as riotously zany as it wants to be." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " "The Expendables 3" gets the franchise back on track." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it's still tough to keep these four straight." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) " "Calvary" is often wound tightest in the most unexpected places." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The motley crew's repartee makes for comedy that's surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 48% 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 48% 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 34% 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 73% 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 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 48% 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 79% 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
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 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 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 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
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