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
3/5 22% The Starling (2021) McCarthy utilizes both her considerable comic and dramatic chops to help keep "The Starling" grounded, even if it never quite takes flight. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/5 33% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) While it doesn't deserve the drubbing it's getting from many critics, "Dear Evan Hansen" is, at best, a well-meaning curiosity. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
3/5 64% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) This conventional film only skims the surface and doesn't provide much insight into Tammy Faye's inner life. But it's got Chastain, and that's enough to merit a "Hallelujah." - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
3/5 97% Come From Away (2021) "Come From Away" is a warm salute to the kindness and generosity of these stalwart, selfless Canadians. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2021
4/5 97% The Lost Leonardo (2021) "The Lost Leonardo" is an eye-opening investigative exposé. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
2/5 42% Kate (2021) The body count is high, and the believability is low. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/5 47% Queenpins (2021) "Queenpins" may be ethically indifferent, but it's an entertaining lark. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/5 80% Worth (2021) "Worth" is an intelligent and empathetic drama that's definitely worth your time. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
3/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) "Shang-Chi" is a diverting popcorn movie that should provide Marvel fans with the action fix they yearn for. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
2/5 60% Vacation Friends (2021) "Vacation Friends" is shameless, goofy and forgettable. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 80% No Man of God (2021) Luke Kirby and Elijah Wood are fine as Bundy and Hagmaier and the movie is a respectable effort even though it comes off a bit more like a filmed stage play than a movie. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 84% Candyman (2021) "Candyman" has some social context to go along with the chills, skewering gentrification along with a heap of human bodies. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
2/5 19% Sweet Girl (2021) "Sweet Girl" is a perfect example of a movie that thinks it's clever but is just too clumsy for its own good. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
2/5 86% The Night House (2021) "The Night House" commits the cardinal sin for a horror movie: It's dull. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 62% The Protégé (2021) There's nothing here that we haven't seen before, but " The Protégé " is a tolerable time-waster for action addicts. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 46% Beckett (2021) "Beckett" stretches credibility to the limit but is an entertaining and zippy action flick. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 96% CODA (2021) While it's predictable and a bit earthy for a PG-13 movie, "CODA" is a sweet-natured and touching drama with terrific performances. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/5 80% Free Guy (2021) Reynolds' charisma and a buoyant tone help make up for some over-the-top silliness. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/5 88% Nine Days (2021) While it's slow moving and its reach exceeds its grasp, "Nine Days" is nonetheless a thought-provoking film about the value of life's individual moments. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
3/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) Irreverent and funny in a midnight movie way, "Suicide Squad" is a shameless guilty pleasure. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
2/5 59% The Last Mercenary (2021) There's nothing original in this goofy spoof but "The Last Mercenary" may provide a few nostalgic laughs for undemanding JCVD fans. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 75% Stillwater (2021) Filmmaker Tom McCarthy's work is smart, sincere, and empathetic. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Thanks to its stars, "Jungle Cruise" is a pleasantly forgettable voyage. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 38% Joe Bell (2021) "Joe Bell" never rings true. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 37% 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 50% Old (2021) "Old" just feels, well...old. - KKFI-FM (Kansas City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 17% 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 97% 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 96% 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 79% 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 52% 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 48% 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 27% 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 91% 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 49% 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 19% 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