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 95% 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
3.5/4 100% 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 97% Dumbo (1941) ...most interested in capturing the shadings and sounds of sadness. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/4 91% 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 92% 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 86% Faces (1968) ...constantly scratches its own skin. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 93% 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 86% 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
1.5/4 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) ...wields its mockery with the subtlety of a power tool. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
1.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) ...much of this is cringe-inducing from the vantage point of 2018. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 87% Miss Bala (2012) The costumes are the key. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
1.5/4 66% Vice (2018) ...Michael Moore fan fiction. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 37% Glass (2019) ...has a refreshing, lo-fi superhero sensibility. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
2.5/4 77% Split (2017) There's something exciting about a filmmaker scribbling away at a movie comic in his own corner... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
1/4 27% The Week Of (2018) Kudos, I guess, to Steve Buscemi for continuing to show up and really commit to these Sandler Netflix sillies. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/4 98% Thunder Road (2018) A jarring lead performance anchors Thunder Road... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) ...has a cleverness that withers into something more wearying. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If you're going to take on an iconic role like Mary Poppins, it doesn't pay to be timid. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
1.5/4 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) The real crime in Holmes & Watson is the waste of the supporting cast. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) ...exhilaratingly reminds us that the appeal of superheroism is (multi) universal. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
1.5/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) ...noir as costume party. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) ...a wrenchingly beautiful film, and an enraging one in its own way. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 93% Support the Girls (2018) An amusing and heartfelt exercise in boots-on-the-ground feminism... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) ...as if a mid-century work of Italian neorealism took a nap in a field and had a dream. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) ...suggests that in everyday domestic chores, strange and beautiful miracles are being performed. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) ...definitely goes after your heartstrings, yet earns any tears it gets. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) It's easy to say that The Favourite is Lanthimos' Barry Lyndon, but it's also accurate. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
1.5/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) ...at least the songs are the real deal. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
3.5/4 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A very particular sort of camera is at work in Hale County This Morning, This Evening. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/4 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) It takes guts to lob something like this into our vigilantly woke popular culture... - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3.5/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) ...a mysterious character study that grows into a somber, generational portrait. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
3/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) There are laughs aplenty in this lawless, arbitrary Old West, but a feel-good yarn it ain't. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Summer Stock (1950) ...has a certain looseness compared to other MGM musicals. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) ...works as a consideration of corruption on a larger, societal scale. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) ...isn't the best film of 2018, but I'm not sure I could have made it through the year without it. - LarsenOnFilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018