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
2.5/4 84% Walkabout (1971) ...seems to take place somewhere between a pleasant dream and a nightmare. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3/4 89% Luca (2021) One of Pixar's smaller, sweeter efforts... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3.5/4 88% Car Wash (1976) ...a 'clown show,' and far smarter than you might think about being one. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3/4 96% In the Heights (2021) Ramos knows how to look into the camera and make you believe that he's your best friend. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3/4 91% Holler (2021) Both Dickensian and dystopian... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
3.5/4 100% Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977) ...a portrait of America at its greediest and most haggard. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3/4 88% Undine (2020) ...pulses with Petzold's unique combination of mystery and intelligence. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/4 94% All Light, Everywhere (2021) A heady, carefully constructed documentary collage... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3.5/4 91% Waiting for Guffman (1996) ...affection, not derision, lead the way. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
3/4 94% 3 Women (1977) Robert Altman demythologizes Ingmar Bergman. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
1/4 74% Cruella (2021) Exhaustingly over-directed... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4/4 81% The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to not only pay expert homage to the film noir genre, but darn near perfect it. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3.5/4 90% Barton Fink (1991) A deep dive into the life of the mind-or at least the minds of Joel and Ethan Coen. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3/4 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) Cruella looms over it all. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) ...mostly about its homegrown characters learning to 'man up.' - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3/4 98% Shiva Baby (2021) ...has a comic claustrophobia that almost makes you choke. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
3.5/4 78% O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) The Good News is something of a siren this movie can't resist. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 83% The Big Lebowski (1998) ...at once the most fun and the least fun of the Coen brothers' films. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/4 97% White Heat (1949) ...a heist movie, a police investigation thriller, a prison drama, and an undercover cop story all at once. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
1.5/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) ...juvenile stuff that gets unnecessarily dark. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
4/4 100% News From Home (1989) ...an audacious, brilliant reinvention of what a movie can be - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet Italianamerican (1974) ...an unfussy, unfiltered document. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/4 90% Sounder (1972) ...depicts its central family's life as one of resilient beauty. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
4/4 94% Fargo (1996) ...where the Coens' craft fully matured. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3.5/4 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) ...a somber, almost defeated work. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3.5/4 62% Shampoo (1975) I don't know if Warren Beatty has ever been funnier. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3/4 60% The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) ...has an unexpected sense of benevolence. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/4 91% Together Together (2021) ...explores something singular and complicated as far as intimacy is concerned. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2.5/4 83% The Lady From Shanghai (1948) ...fetishizes Hayworth and then punishes her for its own obsessions. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
2/4 92% Rocky (1976) Sylvester Stallone struck a deep, lasting chord with this fountainhead of clichés... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
3.5/4 98% Detour (1945) ...a quick, grimy, and above all else guilty picture. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
2.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It was the headbutt that hooked me. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2021
3/4 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) A triumph of design held back by a lackluster story... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
2/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) ...hits enough drama pleasure centers to be suspicious. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
3.5/4 91% Raising Arizona (1987) ...ultimately one of the Coens' kinder (if not gentler) efforts. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
3/4 97% My Octopus Teacher (2020) You're guaranteed to come away with new respect for the octopus as a species... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
2/4 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Kirby's Oscar nomination is undoubtedly of the 'suffer for your award' variety. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
3.5/4 94% Blood Simple (1984) ...good Old Testament stuff. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
2/4 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Day has a startling combination of confidence and corruptibility... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/4 91% Network (1976) "Faye Dunaway devours this movie." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.5/4 100% Laura (1944) ...piles up the intrigue and obsession. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
3.5/4 97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (1947) A breezy film, especially considering the seriousness of its title... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) ...best enjoyed as a party, rather than a plot. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/4 96% Taxi Driver (1976) ...stares Travis Bickle directly in the eyes, then gets swallowed by the gaze. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/4 94% This Gun for Hire (1942) A sparse, harsh noir... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/4 72% Coming to America (1988) ...really shouldn't hold up as well as it does. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/4 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Part poetry slam, part dance performance, part survivalist nightmare... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/4 98% The Father (2021) "... a showcase for Hopkins' extraordinary talent with line readings." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3.5/4 98% Minari (2020) A tender, fictionalized memoir anchored by two stellar performances... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
2.5/4 75% Nixon (1995) ...a pop-psychology portrait of a man who never felt loved, even by those who voted for him. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021