Russ Simmons

Russ Simmons
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Russ Simmons is a two-time winner of the National Entertainment Journalism Award for "Best TV Movie Critic." His reviews have appeared in print, broadcast and online outlets for over 20 years. Russ is a long-time member of the Critics' Choice Association and the Kansas City Film Critics' Circle, the nation's second oldest critics group.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 38% Joe Bell (2021) "Joe Bell" never rings true. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 38% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) "Snake Eyes" is two-thirds of a pretty good movie, but the plot and action become so absurd in the final third that the whole enterprise goes off the rails. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
1/5 49% Old (2021) "Old" just feels, well...old. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 19% Die in a Gunfight (2021) Diego Boneta and Alexandra Daddario star in this cynical romance that has flashes of inspired decadence but is a bit too self-satisfyingly hip for its own good. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Deep (2021) "Deep" is a horror film for the TikTok generation. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) "I Carry You With Me" is a very low-key and dreamlike love story. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 97% Pig (2021) "Pig" flies its oddball flag with honor. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 53% First Date (2021) "First Date" becomes a bit repetitious, but fans of decadent drive-in fodder will find much to like. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2021
4/5 81% Black Widow (2021) "Black Widow" has bite. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2021
2/5 48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Though harmless, "The Boss Baby: Family Business" is the cinematic equivalent of a candy-fueled sugar rush. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
4/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Great music smartly presented. When it comes to the "Summer of Soul," what's not to like? - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
3/5 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) The trappings are familiar, but "The Tomorrow War" is a fun popcorn movie thanks to great special effects, a likable lead and sharp pacing. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
2/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) Creaky dialogue and sketchy special effects make "The Ice Road" a route to avoid. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
3/5 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Alternately shocking and inspiring, it's an involving, eye-opening showbiz documentary. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
3/5 47% False Positive (2021) Although the climax leaves much to be desired, for horror fans, "False Positive" offers true creepiness. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
3/5 59% F9 (2021) Just forget the laws of physics, throw logic out the window and go with the action flow. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
3/5 66% Fatherhood (2021) There's a lot that seems derivative in the familiar beats of the plot, but an appealing cast and the film's tender nature enable it to gloss over some of its flaws. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) If your idea of a good time is a high body count, sarcastic banter and a script that bludgeons you with F-bombs, then "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" may be the movie for you. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 90% Luca (2021) "Luca" is a minor charmer. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/5 53% Queen Bees (2021) The cast gets A's, but "Queen Bees" gets a C-. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/5 27% Awake (2021) If you're suffering from insomnia, watching "Awake" just might provide the cure. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/5 64% Chasing Wonders (2021) While very sweet and lovingly filmed, "Chasing Wonders" never quite hits the emotional soft spot it was aiming for. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 48% Spirit Untamed (2021) While harmless, "Spirit Untamed" is for undemanding youngsters only. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 20% Endangered Species (2021) In this movie, logic is the endangered species. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) Thank goodness for Thompson. Her presence makes "Cruella" a Disneyfied version of "The Devil Wears Prada." - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
3/5 70% Blue Miracle (2021) Yes, it's very predictable, but this likable family-friendly fishing movie just might hook you. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) "A Quiet Place: Part II" sounds like a winner to me. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
2/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The whole affair is silly, illogical and lacks obligatory humor. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) "Dream Horse" is an odds-on favorite. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) "Spiral" adds little to the genre in spite of its attempts at social relevance. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) "Oxygen" is an appropriately breathless thriller. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) Hitchcock would have approved. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/5 96% The Human Factor (2020) "The Human Factor" is an instructive behind-the-scenes look at a seemingly intractable problem. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 68% Monster (2019) "Monster" is a respectable and somber critique of our imperfect justice system. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 47% Here Today (2021) The stars are appealing, and the movie has a warm heart even though the schmaltz is laid on a bit too thickly. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 100% YouthMin: A Mockumentary (2021) It doesn't all work, but it's a genial indie that could provide inspiration to budding filmmakers who need an example of what can be done on a meager budget. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 40% Things Heard & Seen (2021) The filmmakers create an eerie atmosphere that carries the movie even as it goes a bit off the rails in the finale. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 52% Four Good Days (2021) The cast is fine, but the film is a one-note affair that lacks a dramatic arc. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) It's a goofy but entertaining family feature infused with a surprising amount of heart. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) "Without Remorse" is a rousing, high voltage thriller. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 91% Together Together (2021) While it's very low key and doesn't all ring true, "Together Together" is warm little movie about two lonely souls whose complicated relationship develops in an unconventional way. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
2/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) If you're a "Mortal Kombat" fan, your best bet is to stick to the video game. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
3/5 78% In The Earth (2021) It's smart and well-crafted, but "In the Earth" is an uneasy and awkward blend of art house horror and grisly midnight movie schlock. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
0/5 5% Vanquish (2021) Absurd and sleazy, "Vanquish" manages to vanquish two hours of your time and innumerable brain cells. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2/5 26% Voyagers (2021) While the premise is intriguing, the characters are dull and the movie itself starts to feel like an 80-year voyage. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) While uneven, "Concrete Cowboy" is an engaging tale that benefits greatly from its singular cast and setting. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3/5 21% Thunder Force (2021) In many ways, the force with "Thunder Force" is very weak, but its stars find a way to inject the comic into this dotty comic book movie. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
0/5 25% The Unholy (2021) It may be far too early to speculate about what the worst movie of the year will be, but "The Unholy" is probably a viable candidate. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
3/5 62% French Exit (2021) The tone of this film is inconsistent and its charm ephemeral. But it's got Michelle Pfeiffer, and that may be enough for some. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) For maximum enjoyment, try to channel your inner 7-year-old and just go along for the goofy ride. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021