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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
31% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) In the end, we escaped mostly unscathed, if a little bored. Which is maybe the best we could have hoped for. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
93% Widows (2018) Widows is rife with pertinent detail, doled out sharply by McQueen. He's not a subtle filmmaker, exactly, but his indicating has a gracefulness to it. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
100% Gloria Bell (2018) Lelio weaves some casual visual poetry into the film, bursts of color and motion that briefly hint at something surreal just on this film's margins. He mostly relies on Moore, though. With good reason! ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
95% A Star Is Born (2018) When it hits its highest, most resonant notes, Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star Is Born achieves a triumphant, romantic ache that is often just what we want to experience at the movies.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
96% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It's weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
86% First Man (2018) All that gloom gradually smothers the film, with each shot of Armstrong staring, pained, at the moon (we get it; that's where he's going) further diluting the movie's pull.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
86% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased is still a respectable effort, serious and sober, about a very real, very bad practice. The film's heart is firmly in the right place. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
100% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo doesn't explore this history too deeply, but it does at least offer an evocative glimpse of what forces, both of nature and nurture, might conspire to produce such high-stakes daring.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
98% Roma (2018) So full of dazzlingly intricate visual poetry, so teeming with sensory spirit, that trying to review it is a bit like trying to review all of life. Which may sound a bit grandiose, but Cuarón's magnum opus provokes such turgid sentiment. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
91% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The cat-and-mouse of Lowery's film is just reason enough to contemplate the shuffling everydayness of life, of how we are ever aware of its finality while also tending to, seeking out, and appreciating the little joys, mercies, and adventures of it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Not a single bit lands in The Happytime Murders.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
81% Juliet, Naked (2018) The best word for the movie might be agreeable. It's easy to glide along on its good-natured path.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) There are many big competitors to be fended off, but Close-so full of fury in The Wife-might have the competitive edge this year. Whatever happens, it will be thrill to watch.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is breathless fun -- rather weightless, too.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg is bad, but only rarely in the fun way.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
70% Christopher Robin (2018) There is undeniably one truly great something in the film. Someone go plead Jim Cummings's case to the Academy, for real.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I went into the movie a bit of a skeptic-about jukebox musicals, about unnecessary sequels, especially ones without the original's main star-but left entirely won over, cheered and a little teary.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) McQuarrie's film is the most fun you're likely to have at the movies this season, a riot mounted with precision, a melee in which every punch and crunch is considered.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) It's chiefly a diversion put on for the sake of air-conditioning, an inelegant but efficient excuse to leave the swelter of our lives behind for a little under two hours.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It seems pretty nice. Would that we could wrestle the rest of the world down to that same agreeable scale.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) But the real star of this thing is [Kiersey] Clemons, so natural and expressive, whether speaking or singing.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is that kind of full-bodied picture, engaging and inventive and rendered with muscle.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
58% Hotel Artemis (2018) For the most part, warts and all, this is a movie I haven't seen before. What a shame that there probably won't be a sequel.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 is fun...That said, I do wish Ocean's 8 were a little more than fun. ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
49% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) But at least Fallen Kingdom considers the idea of letting go, making it a more thoughtful and interesting film than its immediate predecessor.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Turns out it wasn't Fifty Shades of Grey that gave these women their mojo. It was, of course, in them-and in us!-all along.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
60% Under the Silver Lake (2018) Really, though, Under the Silver Lake's most easily definable problem is a simple one: it's a little dull.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
53% The House That Jack Built (2018) I'm glad that von Trier is continuing his self-examination. But I don't think I want to hear from him again until he's had an actual breakthrough.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Still, the film is an arresting and ambitious portrait of a nation how it is now, and how it so recently was.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
86% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The movie is compelling in the moment but seems irresponsible with any afterthought.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman's joke is an indictment of complacency, particularly that of white liberals who'd rather not confront the distressing fact that not much has changed in 40 years, beyond a re-styling of old, old ideology.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
82% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018) A chewy, handsomely staged novel of a movie, Sorry Angel (whose much better French title translates to Pleasure, Love, and Run Fast) contains moments of piercing intelligence and heartbreaking beauty.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
89% Rafiki (2018) If the film is uneven-with such an exuberant beginning and disappointingly rote climax-that may simply be because [director Wanuri] Kahiu wanted to communicate as many truths of her home country as she could.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
75% Sauvage (2018) Nevertheless, the film achieves a sort of grace, in moments of sweetness and stillness, when the fullness of Leo's being-be it ravaged and weary-is palpable and, finally, undeniable.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
58% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018) The film is too laden with its own riches, a festival jewel that glares instead of gleams.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
86% Tully (2018) I've seen the film twice now, and while I enjoyed it the first time, on second viewing I found it nearly profound.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) What lies beyond it, I'm sure we'll know soon enough. For now, I'm enjoying Marvel's version of denouement-excessive and inevitable.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
53% Rampage (2018) we get a [Dwayne] Johnson performance that's about as bored as we are watching the movie.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Chappaquiddick isn't a harangue against Kennedy, but it does take a hard look at a man who was a revered stalwart of the Democratic party. The film works best as a character study, a profile of moral crisis, rather than any sort of true-crime exposé.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) Though it tells an emotional story about identity and coming out, it's an easygoing movie, glossy and kind and cozily corny. And yet, for me, it was also a fraught experience, both pained and giddy, cheering and dismaying. It's a lot, this little movie.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Maybe A Wrinkle in Time will sufficiently captivate kids, in which case it's mostly done its job. My old eyes were mostly tired.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) Both cloying and clever, gassy and game-faced, these Academy Awards did the best they could to address difficult things, short of canceling the whole thing and airing some kind of P.S.A...it was good to at least see the Academy thinking things through.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) My point is, Red Sparrow is perfectly O.K., a handsomely mounted espionage drama that never really gets the blood up but proves to be passable, if graphic, entertainment here in the doldrums of late winter.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Without a baseline assumption of canned male toughness and bravado, the characters in Annihilation are freer to have more a more interesting dynamic-their steeliness and sorrow, their fear and flintiness, intriguingly commingle and inform one another.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
84% Game Night (2018) It's a good time, but it maybe could have been a great one.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Despite familiar action-scene wobbliness, it's easily the most engaging Marvel film in a long while. Because-finally!-it has something new to say. More like this please, Marvel. Oh, and, of course: Wakanda forever.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
98% Eighth Grade (2018) ... a simultaneously harrowing and sweet look at early adolescence.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
89% Skate Kitchen (2018) ... cool, fun tribute to a group of real-life skater teens.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a terrifically unsettling look at the howling despair of grief, combined with that good, old-fashioned fear of what demons we may have inherited from our parents.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) [Director Debra Granik] made a film of grace and power, a story of people lost and found in America that often shows us at our noble and humble best. How rare and refreshing that is these days.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018