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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
88% 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
67% 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
50% 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
61% 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
50% 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 (2018) 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
80% The 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
81% 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
82% 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
83% 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
48% 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
87% 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
83% 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
52% 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
80% 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
40% 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
83% 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
90% 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
93% 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
70% 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
98% 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
56% 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
87% The Post (2018) Spielberg's film is rousing and cannily made.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
85% 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
57% 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
87% 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
31% 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