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
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The film smirks and winks as if it's in on the fatigue, offering an illusion of cool when at heart it's as slavishly on-message as everything else. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
82% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a shocking piece of filmmaking-unnervingly competent even when the film yaws into silliness, even when it risks tedium. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
46% Murder Mystery (2019) Still, the movie proves a cheery enough diversion, during a summer movie season leaden with underwhelming blockbuster offerings. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) As is true of the best Pixar movies, a carefully teased-out deeper meaning acts in rich concert with the fun and eye-popping stuff. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) [Director F. Gary] Gray does a respectable job (as he always does), but there's not a ton of style or personality livening up MiB: International. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The movie is so eager to get itself over with that its title anti-heroine even seems an afterthought. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) A poignant and carefully realized drama. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) In [writer-director Céline] Sciamma's gifted hands, the film escapes cliché and becomes something glorious - a study of forbidden love that grandly highlights how much has been lost under the crush of hetero patriarchy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A wonder of an allegory. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This curious fairy tale may not be the truth, and it may prattle on too long. But when its stars align, and they let loose with their unmistakable shine, Hollywood movies do seem truly special again. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) At least Pattinson and Dafoe's admirably invested work will linger, two actors losing themselves just a little bit as their characters lose it all. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
90% Rocketman (2019) It's a satisfying and even rousing film at times, but it doesn't provide much enlightenment. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Caleb Landry Jones, as the resident awkward-nerd fanboy, also gets some stuff to play-but otherwise, this richly assembled cast goes to waste. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
81% Furious 7 (2015) Furious 7 is respectful, even solemn, when it needs to be, but is still, thank God, plenty of crazy fun. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
35% Poms (2019) There's a reductive and bland "women be worrying about their appearance" arithmetic happening. And it does a real disservice to the almost heartbreakingly game actors struggling to bring this thing to life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) For an outsider, the whole experience of Detective Pikachu was kind of refreshing, I must say. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame offers a rich assemblage of movement and detail, full of winning digressions and loyalty-rewarding callbacks. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
46% Little (2019) It's a silly, sweet lark that also has a ring of importance. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) The film is awfully smug about its wicked, unthoughtful new direction, which leads to a climax that is downright silly and, it must be said, kind of dull in all its blunt and hurried escalation. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) Glorious moments of flight are made all the more bittersweet by the fact that what surrounds them -meaning, the rest of the movie - is such a glum splotch of nothing, a lazily decorated children's film that seems bored by its own existence. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
94% Us (2019) A frustrating movie, oddly inert despite all its thrashing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel feels as substantial as any of the other stand-alone Marvel Cinematic Universe films, even if it does things at a more relaxed pitch. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Huppert and Jordan are certainly capable of turning up the volume, but for whatever reason they pull back in Greta, getting stuck somewhere between shlockly art and arty schlock. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A cyberpunk epic based on a popular manga with a strong pedigree behind the camera, should be an event movie, advertised and anticipated as one of the big films of the year. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
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
69% 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
90% 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
94% 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
80% 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
56% 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
38% 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
63% 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
46% 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
79% 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
88% 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
60% 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
66% 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