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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Vanity Fair

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Logan (2017) Mangold gives our grumpy old friend quite a send-off, a blood-drenched stab-a-thon that frequently hits bone.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
78% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) It's quite something to watch, and watch it you should. Be warned, though, that Beatriz at Dinner is a bit of a bummer. But there's still something cathartic about it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
92% A Ghost Story (2017) The film does, with great artistry and sincerity, the kind work of saying what so many of us have been thinking. It's our common late-night worries made manifest, then carried beyond our imagination.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) A swirling wonder, a film about coming of age, about the secrets of youth, the magic of summer, the beauty of Italy.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
75% Split (2017) Those final 30 or so seconds do a lot of work to cover up what is otherwise a mostly engaging piece of hokum, a grim kidnapping tale that makes a silly hash of psychology.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) Live by Night is by no means a wash of a film. But there's a clunking in the machinery.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% Fences (2016) [Washington] tells a big story that is comfortably, convincingly set in a humble backyard -- albeit a backyard cluttered with the heavy stone of human drama.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) I still kinda dig this weird, embarrassing movie. It's got good actors in it -- everyone is great, really -- it looks real nice, and I'm brave enough to admit that, yes, reader, I got a little teary in parts.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards with a sharp script by Tony Gilroy and Chris Weitz, is a bracing and dizzying marvel, propulsively pitched and even, I dare say, moving.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
95% Moana (2016) Moana will be a big, happy hit, and I'll forever want to live in its glorious and vibrant environs. But hard as she may paddle, Moana can't quite get past the cluttered reef of merch and other branded interests that keeps her film penned in.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A clever and poignant character study whose navel-gazing scope belies some big truths, The Edge of Seventeen is one of my favorite films of 2016. And it's exactly the kind of movie I wish I'd had in my own Nadine years.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts is forlorn and captivating, a rare blending of cheery, witty entertainment with a troubled worldview.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) By the time Hacksaw Ridge reaches its necessary messianic finish, it's hard to not be moved by the boggling heroism of this dutiful man.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
55% Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016) [Moore is] an excellent weaver of outrages and injustices, cruel ironies and boggling oversights, when given the space to build a tapestry. That sprawl and style is missed in TrumpLand, which has a hasty, scattered feel to it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant mulls autism and a little art, and there's a sentimental pull that, I will admit, got me, just a bit, right at the very end.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) In the end, the film uncomplicates its once-interesting characters, either exonerating them or distilling their villainy into something rather banal.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Berg's cornier tendencies win out at the very end of the film, slightly marring what is otherwise a crisp, admirably unadorned movie. Despite those bobbles, though, Deepwater Horizon immediately enters the canon of great disaster films.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton's artistry has been so misplaced for so long that it's just really nice to thoroughly enjoy a movie of his again.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
60% Strange Weather (2016) The writing is weird, and never all that natural, but Hunter and Coon still glow, and in that glowing, they sell it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
No Score Yet The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2016) Leveaux's film occasionally risks stuffiness, but he cuts that with a few truly sexy sex scenes, and enough tension and intrigue to deliver a satisfying, cathartic payoff.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
86% Handsome Devil (2016) Butler tells a perky and entertaining little story, albeit one we've seen some version of many times before.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) By the end, A Monster Calls certainly provokes some tears, but they're coaxed out by a manipulative hand. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
42% Brimstone (2017) Even when the film is horrible to look at, it's beautiful, a strange and grim portrait of an annihilating American frontier.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
86% Lion (2016) It's an earnest but not cloying film, one that seems wise about the world and its alternately grim and encouraging complexity.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) What a vibrant, lively, yet understated joy Queen of Katwe is.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) I'd still urge those curious about Snowden and what he did to watch Citizenfour and read The Guardian's striking reporting on his massive disclosure. But as a straightforward, accessible overview, Snowden sturdily does its part for the cause.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) It's a character study that projects its subject's inner turmoil onto the whole map of the movie. A final cliché: it's as if we're inside Jackie's head. It's a thrill to have Portman give us a tour.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
50% All I See Is You (2017) It's introspective and deliberate, a movie that gets to its point slowly, all its meandering and scene-setting doing the good work of priming us for a grim little payoff.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
79% Colossal (2017) Throughout all this, Hathaway is outstanding. She's funny and poignant, the perfect kind of underdog champion. It's my favorite performance of hers since, gosh, I don't know when.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) A triptych illustrating the tidal ebb and flow of identity, Jenkins's film is awash in dreaminess, while still examining the life of one young man with piercing clarity.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival has the heft of a literary airport novel, with enough poetry and pathos to elevate it above Michael Crichton.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) La La Land begins with such an ecstatic rush of joy -- and ends with such a gloriously bittersweet flourish -- that you kinda can't blame the film for sagging a bit in the middle.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The Light Between Oceans seemingly yearns to be a lush, ravishing prestige drama. But it also doesn't seem to know what to do with the, y'know, drama.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur is made with enough conviction and thoughtfulness that its messiness, its grandstanding, its occasional bouts of clumsiness can't crack its admirably sturdy foundation.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) A film of uncommon warmth, decency, and humanity.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) David Ayer's super-villain team-up is dull, uninspired, and perhaps worst of all, forgettable.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Beyond, which sees the previous two Trek films' director, J.J. Abrams, handing the reins to Fast and Furious franchise favorite Justin Lin (don't worry, there are still lens flares), has a plucky, engaging panache.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) It spends so much time doing battle with its legacy that it forgets to be its own movie, putting a talented cast to waste and marking another disappointment in this dreadful summer movie season.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Roland Emmerich's new movie relentlessly coasts on its legacy, not realizing it's in a stall.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) I don't feel qualified, as a non-historian, to weigh Free State of Jones's merits in terms of accuracy or fairness. But as a moviegoer, the film teases a rich and varied meal -- only to ultimately give us the same old meat and potatoes.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) Think of the film instead as the jellyfish that Nancy encounters in one fraught scene: lightweight, translucent, by turns graceful and awkward. And occasionally capable of a surprisingly potent jolt.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Having sat through this baffling movie's grueling two hours, I can't in good conscience even recommend it to Warcraft devotees. There's nothing here for anyone --neither man nor orc.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The worst thing about Now You See Me 2 may be its name: the film itself is a game, goofy improvement on the original.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) Sharrack picks the perfect wistful final shot, Craig Armstrong's score swells with ache and possibility, and everything is bathed in the golden light of bittersweet resolve. It's potent stuff.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) I love these conflicted misfits, even when they're fighting a supreme being who seems imported from a far inferior, less interesting world.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) I don't necessarily trust The Neon Demon, and am uncertain it's a force for good in the world. But its slow-burn, glam sleaze builds gradually to a payoff that's as memorable as anything I've seen at Cannes. Which has to count for something.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade's film is odd and captivating and speaks many truths and boasts probably the best final shot of the festival.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) Starred Up director David Mackenzie helms with muscle and panache, in both bracing action scenes and quieter moments of introspection, all framed gorgeously by cinematographer Giles Nuttgens.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) An intelligent, funny erotic thriller, The Handmaiden seems destined for some kind of American remake... that isn't likely to live up to Park's invention, wit, and daring. See this one first, if you can.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) An engrossing, intimate character study that manages to encompass plenty of universal truths, Aquarius is a look at the end of things that is vibrant and bursting with life.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016