Richard Lawson

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) [I]t's a soothing enough balm for those of us getting a little annoyed and itchy as we wait for our own happy ending, already decades overdue. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
73% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit isn't good, really, but it's an engrossing kind of misfire, far more intriguing for its experiments in style than for being yet another movie about a taciturn Neeson taking names. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) It sings the most when Davidson is on-screen, shuffling around with his lanky gait, screwing things up with the best of intentions. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% The Farewell (2019) [Director Lulu] Wang movingly tells not just a story about the negotiations of familial love, but also of the immigrant experience, of revisiting one's homeland to, in some senses, say goodbye to it. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
88% The Souvenir (2019) All of The Souvenir's brief, lilting tesserae coalesce into a richly affecting whole, an elegy for a lost love and a humble appreciation of, and reconciliation with, one's own early fumblings into adult life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
93% The Report (2019) Just last month, a movie called Vice tried to reduce the overreaching sins of the second Bush administration into something snappy and digestible... The Report is a sturdy testament to getting your story straight before adding embellishments. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
77% Late Night (2019) It's such a thorough, and thoroughly winning, performance that I was left wondering why Emma Thompson hasn't been the star of every other movie for the last 25 years. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
62% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) A triumph of sorts for Efron... But it's also a bit of a problem, a further indictment of our serial killer-sick culture that the film, directed by documentarian Joe Berlinger, doesn't reckon with enough. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
37% Glass (2019) I left Glass feeling less annoyed by Shyamalan doing his thing than I may have in the past. It's actually a little fun to have him around again, demanding our awe. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
62% Bird Box (2018) All that said, given that it's on Netflix and won't cost subscribers any more than they've already paid for the service, I can't really say that Bird Box isn't worth a look. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
45% Second Act (2018) It's a Jennifer Lopez vehicle, and thus still worth a look. But Second Act's second act proves pretty hard to follow. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Vice gives little reason for us to laugh-or to do much of anything else but roll our eyes. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
54% Maleficent (2014) Maleficent makes two fatal mistakes, the first being a problem of narrative. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) What lingers of Mary Poppins Returns is Blunt's winningly efficient performance. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) Wan has taken a seemingly impossible task and imbued it with clarity and personality. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) I report with uneasy surprise that, in that regard, Mary Queen of Scots, from theater director Josie Rourke, earns its spot on the royal register. But this should be the last one! Seriously this time. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Written by Johnston and former TV recapper Pamela Ribon, the film has a witty logic that's just bendable enough. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) I suppose I'm obligated to mention that Grindelwald is played by Johnny Depp, whom the dutiful film crew was conscientious enough to shake awake just before Yates called "action." They really needn't have bothered. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Those awkward moments aside, At Eternity's Gate is an interesting version of, if not biography, certainly portraiture. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Álvarez is stymied by the story's dueling impulses; the techno thriller and the twisted family drama are awkwardly fused so each side gets short shrift. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman has still made an interesting film. It's just that, from this vantage point, everyone in it seems snared in such obvious entropy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) As conflicts around the world continue to displace and murder millions, and some of us in far safer imperialist climes sit and wonder what's to be done, A Private War gives testament to the power of Marie Colvin's troubled, remarkable life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) It titillates and startles and, perhaps most disturbingly, inspires. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) It's a tale we've seen plenty of times before, told deliberately and tastefully, giving no glimmers of idiosyncrasy or, frankly, personality. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a bracing thing to watch. Yet [director Marielle] Heller also knows just when to soften her touch; one leaves Can You Ever Forgive Me? feeling more consoled than depressed. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The actual source of what pushes Nic to destructive behavior may not be distinctly known, something to be found and rooted out, but Beautiful Boy still finds a crucial specificity in his struggle to tread water. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It manages to be both overwrought and under-developed, disappointing less for what it is than for what it could have been. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
29% Venom (2018) True faith can't help but be sincere, and so Venom, for all of its winking, seems genuinely in awe of its monster, too. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
28% Night School (2018) Let me just rain on your parade upfront, to get it out of the way: Night School is not the big Girls Trip follow-up film for Tiffany Haddish that you might have been hoping for. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
29% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
100% Gloria Bell (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
81% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
92% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) Not a single bit lands in The Happytime Murders. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
83% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is breathless fun -- rather weightless, too. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) The Meg is bad, but only rarely in the fun way. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
73% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
81% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) But the real star of this thing is [Kiersey] Clemons, so natural and expressive, whether speaking or singing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018