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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
53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) ... a squicky melange of sloppy plot mechanics and potentially problematic stuff... ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
92% Molly's Game (2017) Sorkin has made a canny, disjointed thriller of process and exposition, a sort of Goodfellas riff with a nerdy twist.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
100% Disobedience (2017) Worth a ponder. It's not earth-shaking cinema, but it does move the bed a few inches.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
53% Roman J. Israel, Esq (2017) Its depiction of weary activism, both lost and renewed, is well-suited to our dark times.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
32% Home Again (2017) But there's very little that belongs to the young in Home Again. The film instead seems like a sacrificial offering, dressed up in the old ways and carefully placed at the feet of an elder, in the hopes that it will please them. I sure hope it does.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
48% The Glass Castle (2017) The Glass Castle is a slapdash construction, all shards crudely fused together. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) It's all too easy to spot where the edges have been sanded, you can trace the scars where things have been rashly excised. If you close your eyes, you can almost see that more ideal movie, its fuller form, robust, gripping, and, yes, shining.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is easygoing entertainment that, on occasion, gently brushes up against its stiffer real-world framing. I'm not sure the film is as successful in doing that as Magic Mike is, but it still makes for an intriguingly toned film.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) Detroit is such a gripping and ultimately shattering piece of cinema that it merits seeing-albeit with a skeptical eye.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) There's an increasingly perfunctory quality to the film as it goes on. Besson exhausts his neato pictures and is left to limply entertain us with the noodliest of plots.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) In a summer starved for quality comedy, Girls Trip is a welcome blast.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
39% The Yellow Birds (2017) A lyrical and bitterly sad drama about boys ruined by war, Alexandre Moors's film succeeds on style while falling short on plot.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
86% Wind River (2017) Despite some clumsy flaws, Sheridan's stories have a somber gravitational pull. And with Wind River, he shows that he can probably handle them himself from now on.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
100% Thoroughbred (2017) Thoroughbred is light on story, and could probably use a little padding out... but it nonetheless impresses with its mordant humor and grim, gliding style.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) It's the kind of big, meaty storytelling that can feel awfully invigorating amidst a sea of wispier indie fare.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
69% To the Bone (2017) [A] personal, finely realized comedy-drama.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) We should praise Caesar, and all the other apes, as often as we can. Theirs is a moving story told with skill and sincerity, rarer commodities than we humans would like to admit.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Homecoming's sweet-natured hero and its ragtag group of cheery kids project a radiant optimism.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
89% It Comes At Night (2017) To my mind, It Comes at Night traffics in a fatally depthless cruelty.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins has succeeded where DC had thus far failed, and in that sense, Wonder Woman should be (and is being) hailed as a triumph.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola has made a swift, gorgeous chamber thriller, an efficient and refreshingly straightforward film that crackles with wicked humor.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
97% 120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) (2017) It's a vital contribution to queer and political cinema, a testament to crusaders of recent history whose nobility does not preclude their complicated and individual humanity.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
88% Good Time (2017) The film is a nice resume line for all involved, a technical feat that announces the arrival of talents both new and newly recontextualized. If only all that solid stuff had a stronger gravity to it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
64% Happy End (2017) It's fascinating to grapple with Happy End, a sly and elusive film that features some of the most innovative, and unsettling, depictions of social media I've yet seen on screen.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The film's desolate and mannered tone proves more frustrating than it does provocative.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
85% Okja (2017) Okja is a buoyant, messy delight of a film, clever and rousing and full-hearted. I laughed; I cried; I chose to forego meat at lunch.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
73% Wonderstruck (2017) Carter Burwell's utterly captivating, wholly necessary score. It's the true star of Wonderstruck, a strange and varied piece of work, swells of orchestral strings giving way to electric guitar, alternately soaring and lilting.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) While it is a bit of deus ex(calibur) machina, it's still satisfying, like finally figuring out that intricate combo move in Street Fighter or whatever. At its best, King Arthur conjures up those base and visceral pleasures.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) Snatched begins as an amiable, amusing story about rekindling a familial bond. Then, alas, the movie decides it needs to get to its plot, which is a dull kidnapping farce that comes laden with some cultural ugliness.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Gunn has made an invigorating, overstuffed light show that hones itself into something rather striking by the end. And, yes, Baby Groot is pretty cute.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It's still a whirling good time. But maybe the next film should pare things back, return to those simpler pleasures: cars and Coronas, the baking California heat, a simple backyard cookout.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gray's film is breathtaking in its scope, but all the more remarkable for how intimate it feels, how oddly relatable.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
88% Their Finest (2017) I think there is something genuine and thoughtful and non-aggrandizing about Their Finest, a humble movie that nonetheless hits some big chords-ones we've heard many times before, sure, but only rarely played so deftly, so gently.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
67% Life (2017) Life is tense and unnerving and a total bummer. But it's still worth it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
74% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Director Ritesh Batra (best known for The Lunchbox) does a remarkable job of making the movie's mystery seem much more transgressive than it is, and he is aided by an outstanding performance from Jim Broadbent.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Peele has made a movie about the black experience in white America that does not appease or accommodate, that enjoys itself while still speaking to a troubling and pervasive truth.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
93% 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
98% 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
74% 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
35% 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
94% 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
14% 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
96% 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