Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Vanity Fair

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Antlers (2021) Thematically overstuffed, Antlers has barely any room left to do any real thinking. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2021
87% The Harder They Fall (2021) Everyone, really, is in fine form, grooving on the nifty gait and rhythm of [Jeymes] Samuel's filmmaking. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2021
86% The Last Duel (2021) The Last Duel is a surprising jumble, a motley assemblage of tones that often work in perverse harmony. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
95% Mass (2021) Thoughtful and harrowing, Mass is a difficult wonder. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
10% Diana: The Musical (2021) A shellacked lump of product born solely of cold, money-minded cynicism. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2021
73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) The creeping darkness of Many Saints of Newark has an effective build, an unnerving, pathetic portrait of past rot that would really only shift in clothing choices and locations to become the present tense of The Sopranos. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
61% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) It is mostly noisy and flimsy and without purpose, a hasty response to the original's unexpected success and little else. Naturally a third film is advertised at the end. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
84% No Time To Die (2021) What follows those bursts of typically Bondian elan is ponderously weighted and thinly plotted... Leave this somber serialization to other franchises and let 007 get back to business-which should, ideally, be a pleasure. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2021
98% The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) It's an efficient little film, despite its fussy aesthetics... But it's veteran stage performer Kathryn Hunter, as all three of the Weird Sisters (or is there just one?), who conjures the play's horror most persuasively. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) She's a thrill to watch, and I hope Chastain doesn't have to wait another ten years until she can do something this grand and captivating again. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
73% Last Night in Soho (2021) Perhaps the film's thematic intentions are noble. But its execution is glib, never finding the right balance between compassion and leering. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
90% The Humans (2021) Karam makes an auspicious directorial debut, one that captures all the tense, rattling mood of his stage horror while giving it a new, decidedly cinematic shape. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) The better version of Dear Evan Hansen would use its grim story as the means to explore the false cheer and heavily synthetic inspiration content of so much contemporary online life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
91% C'mon C'mon (2021) Heartfelt and wise... - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
93% King Richard (2021) King Richard is perfectly timed; his performance is a sterling reminder of Smith's singular charge, seizing upon a mighty challenge with thrilling recommitment. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
83% Dune (2021) In all its marvel, Dune forgets to do basic things like give us someone or something to root for, or feel for, or think about for longer than the stretch of the film. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
91% The Power of the Dog (2021) The film's secrets are revealed while new ones bloom into being. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) The movie prefers to tell rather than show, making for an incomplete fusion of social commentary and gothic scares. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) The film doesn't do much to distinguish itself, or to retain audience interest. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
80% Free Guy (2021) Free Guy has moments of dizzying action and offers up some intriguing sci-fi speculation, but it is decidedly not a cool movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
90% The Suicide Squad (2021) Maybe it is its own triumph to have at least stretched a rigid medium into new shapes for a little while. The Suicide Squad can't hold the pose for long, but while it does, it's an enjoyable flex. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
88% The Green Knight (2021) It's an elusive film, in its plotting and allusions, but is still potent and immediate, as resonant as any of our own late-night quests toward the far reaches of our self-conception. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) The experience the film more accurately simulates is the standing in line: all that tedious waiting in the heat for the fun to start. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
89% Red Rocket (2021) Red Rocket is yet another example of Baker's keen handling of actors, professionals and not. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
80% Aline (2020) The film accesses what lies at the heart of Dion as a public figure: she's a bit of a weirdo, goofy and corny and gaudy and fabulous. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
74% The French Dispatch (2021) Anderson, who lives in Paris, is presumably writing a mash note to his adopted country. But he's doing it in such a shallow, generalized way that it almost plays as a troll instead. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
100% The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) (2021) The film has a lilting, lively rhythm; the glimpses we see of months and years in Julie's life ably provide a whole picture. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
85% Benedetta (2021) I think the film is at its most salient when it is depicting, with terror and awe, the doomsday scramble: petty humans brandishing their faith and their imagined might as protection against the creeping end of things. They're awfully familiar. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
74% Stillwater (2021) From one vantage point, Stillwater may just be a sentimental and lurid riff on the infamous Amanda Knox case. But I think McCarthy has something bigger in mind, which he pokes at intriguingly throughout his movie's considerable sprawl. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
71% Annette (2021) It's a dull and long - really long - piece of preening self-regard, all arriving at a pat, obvious point that does not justify nor further clarify all the visual and aural indulgence. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Divorced of its duties to superhero lore, Black Widow would still be a sufficiently deft spy caper, confidently crafted and worthy on its own terms. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
59% F9 (2021) The chases and fight scenes are fun, if repetitive, and each member of the diverse and affable cast gets a little bit of business to do... But F9's attempts at classical drama, all its reckoning with dynastic sin, do weigh the thing down quite a bit. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
91% Luca (2021) The film is lovely and funny, but it operates on a more minor key than some of Pixar's true classics. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A lopsided film, one whose returns ever diminish toward another sudden ending. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Perhaps the biggest question of Cruella is not how she got the way she got, but who this movie is for. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) Basking in the film's ceaseless swirl is as intoxicating a moviegoing experience as one could want these days, a burst of communal joy (and sorrow) that serves as an effusive welcome back to the world. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
67% Army Of The Dead (2021) On the whole, the film is sharply cast with a group of actors we haven't seen in a zillion things and who distinguish themselves well. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
26% The Woman in the Window (2021) It's a boondoggle we probably should have seen coming. But maybe we can all be forgiven for some desperate magical thinking during our long time of confinement, gazing outside and looking for something, anything, that might make life a bit more exciting. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) It's all pleasingly robust and cinematic, if fleeting. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) All of Jordan's persuasive appeal has been muted to nothing in service of the movie's macho-stoic aspirations. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) It serves two masters poorly, operating as both junky fan-service and alienating introduction to those looking to try out a new universe. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) McCarthy is a gifted actor, who manages to imbue these high-concept flights with a certain weary humanism. But she's definitely at her best in other projects. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
25% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers could have gone on such a bigger trip. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Director Adam Wingard mostly just throws a lot of eye-popping stuff up on the screen and lets us enjoy it -though there is structure, at least in terms of how legible the battle scenes are. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
83% Nobody (2021) The film is not a bold refutation or reinvention of anything, but Nobody does - ironically enough - find some new life in its genre, mostly by honing it down to its most agile and clever. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Watching Snyder's intermittently rewarding epic - if nothing else a spectacle of completed vision - stirred up surprising emotions. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
75% The World to Come (2021) The film offers a small bit of emotional rescue at its very end-a graceful tribute to the escapes of memory and fantasy-but by then the dourness of its conclusions has blotted out any rounder sense of meaning. There is not much world to come, after all - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya's chords of loss and melancholy blend well with its more fanciful elements, all given vibrant body in achingly gorgeous animation. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) This is big, infuriating subject matter, and a writer as sharp and fiery as Parks is a good fit to cover it. But somewhere in the process of this film, she and Daniels get lost. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) It's fascinating, as it often is, to watch populist filmmakers go for prestige glory - but that curiosity only carries us so far into Cherry's 141-minute run. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021