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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
82% 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
100% Eighth Grade (2018) ... a simultaneously harrowing and sweet look at early adolescence.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% Skate Kitchen (2018) ... cool, fun tribute to a group of real-life skater teens.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% 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
91% Blindspotting (2018) Still, Blindspotting, which was the heralded opening-night film at the festival, has an undeniable presence.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
82% Monsters and Men (2018) ... Monsters and Men gestures to the vast scope of what's really being spoken about here, and yet still maintains its arresting immediacy, its particular beauty.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
68% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie isn't a bad film, but it doesn't accomplish all that it wants to-and all I wanted it to.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Colette (2018) Colette isn't intense on process, but it does illustrate well what might motivate a writer, how her unique spirit is stoked and developed.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% The Tale (2018) [Jennifer] Fox has done something courageous and generous, offering up the complexities of her story, all her pain and growth, to, yes, say "me too." But also, maybe, to show others how they may assess and tend to the wounds of their own pasts.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) All my general affection for a musical trying to make it in the world can't quite cover up the stink of what I think is lying at the heart of this film.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
77% All the Money in the World (2017) Scott has made simply a competent thriller that dazzles only in the ingeniousness of its lightning-quick and proficient re-staging.... The annihilating indifference of the 1 percent will just have to wait until next year.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) ... Phantom Thread is something else, quite welcomely.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Force is, to me, still silly Star Wars mumbo jumbo, but Johnson finds a way to underscore it with humanity, with a classical Greek rumble of true pathos.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Spielberg's film is rousing and cannily made.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) The film has a crisp British comportment-a dutiful, cheerio resolve-that serves it quite well.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro has said that this film is a long-gestating labor of love, a devotion that shows in every frame. It's so carefully done, but still thumps with a genuine, visceral heartbeat.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) The film is, plainly stated, terrible, and I'm sorry that everyone wasted their time and money making it-and that people are being asked to waste their time and money seeing it.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) ... Christie's characters deserve a Poirot who knows when to step back and just quietly watch.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is, instead, episodic and rambling, a ruminative look back at a crucial, defining period in its creator's life.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
83% My Friend Dahmer (2017) ... an eerie and effective portrait of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer in his beyond-troubled teen years, a quick hop into the mind of a loner kid who was about to become a monster.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ... the movie is fun enough, and Waititi shows enough moxie and goofy wit throughout... ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) What's getting in the way is Allen's stilted, hoary script... ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) ... a squicky melange of sloppy plot mechanics and potentially problematic stuff... ‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
82% Molly's Game (2018) 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
93% Disobedience (2018) 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
51% 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
50% 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
84% 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
49% 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
90% 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
87% 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
84% Thoroughbreds (2018) 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
96% 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
66% 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
88% 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
99% BPM (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
92% 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
70% 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
79% 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