Richard Larson

Richard Larson
Richard Larson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody mistakenly believes that simply trudging through a workmanlike overview of Freddie Mercury's life will allow it to arrive at something approaching intimacy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Perhaps the film's failure to surprise in the end is a result of leaning too heavily on a toolbox not yet translated into the language of cinematic form. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski's film turns the act of survival into a powerful statement of defiance against the vagaries of the unknown. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) Greg Berlanti's charmingly heartfelt film is a remarkably successful attempt to give shape to the experience of the closet by drawing an incredibly intimate portrait of a teenage boy about to leave it behind. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
1.5/4 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Women deserve a better vehicle for demonstrating the power of female solidarity than this empty money grab. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/4 72% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast actually delivers a remarkably optimistic balm to a festering, existential wound. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2017
1.5/4 20% The Bye Bye Man (2017) Stacy Title's film ends up succeeding most deftly as an advertisement for on-campus housing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/4 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) It abandons its subtlety and sense of mystery en route to becoming a typically moralistic screed about the preservation of the nuclear family, alongside an obvious but never-quite-resolved cautionary tale about the importance of conservation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
2/4 44% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The juxtaposition of courtship and violence is the film's one true coup, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies still mistakes weaponry for agency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
1.5/4 10% Stonewall (2015) At its worst, the film dangerously repackages the queer experience using language invented by those originally deployed to break it apart. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
3/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Even stronger than its predecessor, which didn't quite go as far in terms of representing these young women in a wider context. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2015
3/4 60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) These films, and Tolkien's entire oeuvre, are most affecting in their depictions of friendship, and the performances here represent platonic male intimacy in convincing, often moving ways. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) As a metaphor for the way we respond to the media, and the way our politics are funneled through the media lens, the film succeeds most when it revels in ambiguity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
2.5/4 64% The Maze Runner (2014) A curious blend of our newly acquired taste for dystopia alongside a healthy sprinkling of Lord of the Flies, the film offers familiar pleasures without prompting the sense of having already been here before. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2014
1/4 36% If I Stay (2014) The film, based on the novel by Gayle Forman, is an almost deliberate confirmation of Alison Bechdel's claim that women in film are so often shown only in relation to men. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Francis Lawrence imbues the source material with visceral pleasure in well-wrought scenes vacillating between elaborate spectacle, breathtaking terror, and--occasionally--surprising beauty. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) This is a film which takes classic source material and imbues it on screen with a sense of wonder commensurate to its prior form, perhaps offering an even more visceral impression of the possibilities inherent to this beautiful, tragic world. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2013
3/4 81% Warm Bodies (2013) It flouts convention in a number of ways in service of its genre-mash-up agenda while still contributing something original to the tradition of the zombie film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2013
3/4 46% The Tall Man (2012) Pascal Laugier's film illustrates the problem of class mobility with a dark, troubling premise that holds a harsh light up to our own assumptions and expectations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/4 79% Brave (2012) Pixar's latest ultimately offers nothing more than a caricature of a well-worn conceit. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2012
84% The Hunger Games (2012) Ross offers something in his film adaptation of the novel that Collins, writing with Katniss's voice, never could: the experience of watching the Hunger Games, rather than being a contestant in them. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2012
.5/4 7% New Year's Eve (2011) The half-hearted presence of these actors is the ultimate metaphor for the current tragedy facing the creative class. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2011
1/4 29% The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) While we all have our variable thresholds for niche entertainments, there's usually a support group in a church basement somewhere willing to offer at least a sense of community. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2011
2/4 74% Stake Land (2011) You might be left cold at the end of Stake Land when the question of what this particular variant is going to do differently is answered with a half-hearted shrug. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2011
2/4 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) Red Riding Hood is sort of like a hook-up that you remember more or less fondly but still would never tell your friends about. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2011
1/4 20% Beastly (2011) This is Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation; they've paid for abs and sparkles, and they insist on getting their money's worth. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2011
1.5/4 33% I Am Number Four (2011) I Am Number Four is a promise that the freaks will outlast the popular kids and that the aliens among us, the people with all the problems, are the ones who will still be around for the sequel. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2011
2.5/4 29% The Virginity Hit (2010) Hilariously chronicles the missteps and triumphs-and everything in between-of four teenage guys in their efforts to get laid for the first time. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2010