Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Josh Larsen is the former movie critic for a group of Chicago-area newspapers and current co-host of Filmspotting. You can read his work at LarsenOnFilm.com.
Official Websites: larsenonfilm.com/index.php

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 100% Poetry (2011) Yun gives us a lifetime in a few hours. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/4 89% The Turin Horse (2012) ...austerely captures humanity's basic struggle, while recognizing in that struggle a certain dignity. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/4 94% Weathering with You (2020) ...an exercise in artistic prowess that reminds us how little power over the weather we actually have. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) ...aims for a very precise tone. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3.5/4 95% Atlantics (2019) ...a spooky thrill. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) I wanted out, even as I couldn't look away. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) ...thrums with a spiritual vigor. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) With Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars limps to a close, but there's still good in it. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 82% Queen & Slim (2019) The style is arresting and the leads are strong, but the story runs out of steam. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/4 77% Frozen II (2019) ...a torturously convoluted extension of an already complicated narrative. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/4 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Should a painting capture its subject or liberate her? - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% Black Mother (2019) It's as if Allah's subjects are soaking up the power of being seen. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Deception-or, rather, misperception-is built into the film's very form - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/4 90% 1917 (2020) ...emphasizes space and distance in a way that's undeniably immersive. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2.5/4 93% Light from Light (2019) ...a quiet, intimate ghost story, in which there may not, in fact, be a ghost. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) ...manages a way around the Laurie conundrum. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) ...benefits from surprising, almost surreal moments. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) ...has an ugly honesty you'll rarely find outside of the films of John Cassavetes. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 91% Burning Cane (2019) ...tries to reconcile what is heard and experienced in church with what is seen and felt when Sunday service is over. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) ...a mesmerizing mood piece about personal alienation and national dislocation. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) ...feels like a zany prank being pulled on a dictatorial teacher by the smartest kid in the room. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) ...a wake for a genre-Scorsese's personal type of guilt-soaked, blood-spattered, Catholic gangster films in particular. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) ...a cinematic sailor's yarn you won't soon forget. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 94% Our Time Will Come (2017) A stately, handsome World War II drama... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 94% Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979) ...shows signs of the distinct, fertile imagination that would flower in masterpieces like Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
2.5/4 73% Gangs of New York (2002) Martin Scorsese's Les Miserables. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) ...one of Almodovar's least exuberant productions - and one of his best. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) ...like Shoplifters' ugly twin brother, who's kept hidden in the basement. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
1/4 87% American Beauty (1999) ...a particularly embittered entry in the suburban satire genre. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) "The movie's morality lies in its form." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 69% Joker (2019) "...a provocatively toxic time capsule for an era of misguided rage." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 75% Let the Bullets Fly (2012) ...a face-off as farce. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/4 97% Mean Streets (1973) The birth of Martin Scorsese, as most moviegoers have come to think of him. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 96% Little Woods (2019) A predictable narrative given rich contours... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) "...zooms further in the more it zooms out." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2.5/4 82% Fast Color (2019) A subdued take on the superhero film... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
1.5/4 83% Babes in Arms (1939) Garland is the clear bright spot. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) ...raises compelling questions.. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/4 80% Late Night (2019) The material just isn't there. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
1/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) ...could have been called Jump Scares: The Movie. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 73% The Pirate (1948) Judy Garland at her sexiest and most comedic, all at once. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/4 100% The Harvey Girls (1946) A Western fantasia... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 100% For Me and My Gal (1942) ...has real affection for the vaudeville world it depicts. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 88% The Scarlet Empress (1934) ...a costume-drama farce full of overly heated performances set against a macabre, nightmarish production design. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 99% Honeyland (2019) ...depicts a balance between humanity and the natural world that feels all but lost in this modern age. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ...manages two stellar sequences that are raw and truthful enough to salvage the movie. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/4 96% Shanghai Express (1932) ...a career in a close-up. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/4 100% Morocco (1930) Dietrich gives a grand performance that's gradually diluted by the narrative. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 87% The Nightingale (2019) ...works best as a ghost story." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/4 95% Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930) ...part exploitation piece, part morality tale. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019