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
3/4 100% Toy Story 4 (2019) Depending on which eye is looking at you, Forky is either adorable or horrifying. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Souvenir (2019) ...like watching a friend drown, and being unable to help. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) ...belongs to a lineage of whimsical, rabble-rousing, class-conscious independent cinema. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) ...bloody disgusted about the state of affairs in 2019 America. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/4 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A mostly meaningless film about meaninglessness... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/4 100% Girlfriends (1978) ...an intimate portrait of what it was like to be a woman pushing back against convention in the late 1970s. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/4 98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) ...confirms that Marilyn Monroe should always be thought of as a comedian first. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/4 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) Even at its most mindless this is essential stuff. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 86% All That Jazz (1979) Bob Fosse's half-confession about what a jerk he was to the women in his life... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The best high-school movies really love the kids in them, and that's the case with Booksmart. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
2/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) ...less about Wick and more about the grandiosity of the violence. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 96% Being There (1979) Sellers is funny in every moment; you just have to watch very closely. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
3.5/4 100% Our Time Machine (2019) ...an act of creative defiance in the face of Alzheimer's disease. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 83% Two for the Road (1967) Imagine if Richard Linklater's three Before films were all rolled into one movie... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
3/4 97% Hail Satan? (2019) ...more interested in the prankish politics of The Satanic Temple than theological debate. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 83% High Life (2019) Sex is a curse in Claire Denis' High Life... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 95% Charade (1963) ...not a single thing is taken seriously in Charade. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3.5/4 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) ...a literal pyramid of performance-art positivity. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...provides something truly satisfying: a sense of closure. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) ...documents the personal burden of care on the caregiver. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/4 88% Funny Face (1957) ...works best if you don't think about the nearly 30-year age gap between the romantic leads. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/4 93% On the Town (1949) ...the movie belongs to its women. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/4 84% Her Smell (2019) It's as if Moss is directing the movie through her performance. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Rink (1916) ...the sort of comic clumsiness that only a superb athlete could manage. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 43% Hello, Dolly! (1969) ...fares best with the ensemble dance numbers that elegantly combine group movement and individual footwork. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) ...could have used more octopus percussionists. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Nothing is really new or improved, only amplified. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/4 94% Starfish (2019) ...merges music, memory, dreams, and science fiction in elegantly inventive ways. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
2/4 83% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) ...each set piece is dropped into the film with a thud. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) Another identity-dismembering horror movie from Jordan Peele... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Circus (1928) ...a meta-commentary on Chaplin's own comic genius. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3.5/4 98% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) "Fantasztikus!" - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
3.5/4 96% Opening Night (1977) Rowlands takes the movie by the throat... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 95% Transit (2019) ...reminds us how easily the awful past can be repeated in the present. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
1.5/4 56% Roustabout (1964) Elvis Presley cruises through Roustabout like a predatory shark. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Just when I think my MCU exhaustion is almost complete, Captain Marvel arrives to pull me back in. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 81% The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) Gazzara exudes cool and calm while also stinking of panic. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
3/4 98% Dumbo (1941) ...most interested in capturing the shadings and sounds of sadness. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/4 90% Fyre (2019) "The subject matter is gold." - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
2.5/4 29% Blue Hawaii (1961) ...any problems that arise are easily solved with a ukulele and a song. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
4/4 96% Yi Yi (2000) Yi Yi has space for everyone. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
2/4 93% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) Mental illness as theater. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/4 53% The 'Burbs (1989) ...presents suburban expansion as a cheerier version of manifest destiny. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/4 91% Ordinary People (1980) ...an especially tony Afterschool Special. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/4 89% Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Ann-Margret makes one thing clear every second she's on screen in Bye Bye Birdie: no matter how hokey, forcibly madcap, or just plain dumb the material gets, she's coming out of this thing a star. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3.5/4 87% Faces (1968) ...constantly scratches its own skin. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 92% High Flying Bird (2019) ...it's as if some scenes have dissociative identity disorder. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 88% The Matrix (1999) ...hallucinatory cinema. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) ...crosses the line from exhilaration to exhaustion. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) ...weirdly sexualizes things to undermine everything the original was interested in. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019