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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson

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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
85% 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
Posted Jul 21, 2016
93% Stranger Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Stranger Things is scary and cozy, heartening and grim. It's also stylishly shot and scored by a captivating churn of 1980s synth swells. This show is a delight to watch, comforting and compelling and pitched in just the right tone. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Jul 14, 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
Posted Jul 10, 2016
96% The Night Of: Miniseries (TV, 2016) "The Night of... becomes something sharp, wise, and thoroughly compelling. It's a mini-series that's vast and omniscient in scope, but also intimately detailed, a piece of granular, fictionalized sociology that tells a grand and scary story. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Jul 7, 2016
32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "Roland Emmerich's new movie relentlessly coasts on its legacy, not realizing it's in a stall. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Jun 24, 2016
43% 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
Posted Jun 23, 2016
77% 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
Posted Jun 23, 2016
29% 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
Posted Jun 15, 2016
33% 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
Posted Jun 9, 2016
95% UnReal: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "If things go right this year, UnREAL could be on its way to becoming something much grander than simply the summer's most riveting series. For now, it is at least that. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Jun 3, 2016
59% 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
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
Posted May 26, 2016
51% 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
Posted May 26, 2016
47% Bloodline: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "If you're looking for something that rewards a patient binge, Bloodline gets more and more transfixing as it goes, a series of unfortunate events that lulls and persuades with a beachy whisper. I'm into it. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 25, 2016
91% Toni Erdmann "Ade's film is odd and captivating and speaks many truths and boasts probably the best final shot of the festival. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 20, 2016
100% 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
Posted May 20, 2016
91% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) "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
Posted May 20, 2016
94% Aquarius "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
Posted May 20, 2016
96% Paterson "What a pleasure... that Driver not only delivers-giving a quiet, soulful, kindhearted performance that's my favorite thing he's done thus far-but that Jarmusch's film is as wise, winning, and surprisingly moving as it is " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 20, 2016
39% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) "A few sequences in It's Only the End of the World-most of them dreamy, music-video flashbacks-are stunning... But they arrive amidst a hideous clamor of pointless yelling and shoddy character work. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 19, 2016
73% The BFG (2016) "The movie lumbers along a bit plotlessly, struggling to capture any real emotional resonance beyond a general feeling of niceness. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 17, 2016
58% Personal Shopper "Personal Shopper is as cathartic as it is terrifying, as knowing and wise about the weirder mechanics of the grieving process as it is utterly confusing. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 17, 2016
91% Loving (2016) "I left feeling ambivalent. There's much to admire in Nichols's film, but there's not enough to embrace. It's respectable, but it could have been ravishing. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 17, 2016
75% CafĂ© Society (2016) "It's not entirely without resonance. I just wish the film wasn't so fascinated by the least interesting character wandering around this whole crazy scene called life. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 17, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "It's the most lively, engaging Marvel movie since Guardians of the Galaxy, and among the very best of the whole Avengers series. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted May 3, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "It's a bright snapshot, a toothless but amiable comedy anchored by two chunky bits of acting. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 26, 2016
16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "In the hands of first-time feature director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who works with a slapped-together but serviceable screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin, all that silly stuff is plenty entertaining and, in fits and starts, even charming. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 21, 2016
100% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "It is indeed messy, but it's a messiness that finds enough tart, pinging humor-some of it trenchant, some of it knee-slapping silly-to still be well worth a watch. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 14, 2016
67% Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper "There's an air of performance here that wouldn't be a problem if this were an elaborately made home movie, but as a film meant for the public, airing on our most prestigious cable network no less, it comes across a bit indulgent. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 8, 2016
56% The Ranch: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Brash and off-putting, The Ranch is also bizarrely watchable. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 8, 2016
97% Outlander: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "Outlander is a weird show, we've established that. So when I say that Season 2 of Outlander... is just as weird as the show's ever been, read that as high praise. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 8, 2016
72% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "Think of Fear the Walking Dead as a compelling little side narrative, that for its newness and tightly built form is often more exciting than the show that bore it. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Apr 8, 2016
72% The Catch: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) "The Catch is the first Rhimes-involved series that feels truly programmatic, a clone of a clone, though it's still plenty entertaining. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Mar 24, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "[B]efore too long, Snyder has shaken off the self-reflection and returned to ... an empty seriousness where, for a few inspired scenes, some actual thought has flickered tantalizingly. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Mar 23, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "Nichols achieves a lot by working around, and with, a relatively limited budget, the film tingling with a sense of realism as the story propels forward into increasingly otherworldly territory. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Mar 15, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "An overdone finale aside, there's much to enjoy and admire in 10 Cloverfield Lane, from its sharp performances to its economical, acutely realized sense of scale. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Mar 10, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "A small, syncopated movie that immerses, even if it offers only a glance. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Mar 2, 2016
33% Fuller House: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The only way this ugly, dispiriting process stops, or rather the only way to get away from it, is to turn it off and move on to something else. Which, y'know, we already did, I thought, two decades ago. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 25, 2016
79% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) "Director Alice Winocour creates several scenes of unnerving suspense, coiling the film's tension stylishly and quietly. Schoenaerts is great at playing tough and haunted, and he cuts mesmerizing, almost menacing figure here. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 12, 2016
77% Vinyl: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "HBO's panorama of the 1970s music scene works when it's not focused on yet another male mess. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 12, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "A deeply depressing mess of a movie whose antic busyness drains at the center, all snap and energy sucked into a howling void where a decent joke used to be. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 11, 2016
88% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) "Mountains May Depart is a state-approved Chinese film that nonetheless seems to speak plainly and honestly about the confusion and alienation experienced by generations of Chinese people caught up in all this hyper-speed change. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 10, 2016
68% Madoff: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Madoff succeeds where it counts, at least: it gets great stuff out of Dreyfuss, and from Danner, who gives Ruth a boozy tragicomedy that nicely offsets Madoff's wheezy villainy. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 3, 2016
97% The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Alexander and Karaszewski have crafted something with propulsive thematic energy that goes well past basic retelling. They've found a particular nerve in American memory, and they hit it over and over again to different, jangling effect each time. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 3, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Like life, much of what's funny about Hail, Caesar!, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, is also what makes it a little sad. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 3, 2016
88% Southside With You (2016) "Airy and pleasant, a modest film that gets by on charm and aesthetics. We of course know what mighty things await these two young lovebirds, but for its brief spell, Southside With You's first blushes feel plenty big enough. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 2, 2016
96% The Birth of a Nation (2016) "Parker generously calls to all with his rallying cry of a film, a weighty invocation of past bravery that charges its audience with the essential, nation-defining mission of fighting for a better and more just future. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 2, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) "Indignation is a dedicated, unadorned drama of ideas, but Schamus has filled the picture with subtle artistry, from his exacting period detail to his judicious placement of Jay Wadley's looping, foreboding score. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 2, 2016
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "It's wonderful to see Lonergan back at work, illuminating small and unremarkable lives with grace, wisdom, and humanity. He's made what might prove to be the most artful tearjerker of the year. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 2, 2016
79% Tallulah (2016) "Beautifully acted and sensitively written, Heder's film is a wistful pleasure. And there's a really cute baby, too. " ‐ Vanity Fair
Posted Feb 2, 2016
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