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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
52% Maleficent (2014) Maleficent makes two fatal mistakes, the first being a problem of narrative.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
77% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) What lingers of Mary Poppins Returns is Blunt's winningly efficient performance.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
74% Aquaman (2018) Wan has taken a seemingly impossible task and imbued it with clarity and personality.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
66% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
38% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
58% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
63% Suspiria (2018) It titillates and startles and, perhaps most disturbingly, inspires.‐ Vanity Fair
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
68% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
74% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
28% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
29% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
30% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
80% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
97% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Not a single bit lands in The Happytime Murders.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
82% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
84% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is breathless fun -- rather weightless, too.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg is bad, but only rarely in the fun way.‐ Vanity Fair
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
71% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
91% 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
57% 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
68% 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
48% 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
56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) 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
61% 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 (2019) 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
74% El 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
86% 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
88% 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