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Tom Russo

Tom Russo
Tom Russo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Premiere Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 33% Monster Trucks (2017) Stuffing your digital star under a vehicle's hood and around its undercarriage is a tricky visual sell, and Wedge's team struggles to make it work, save for fleeting bits such as Creech scaling an alley. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) "A Monster Calls" is a portrait of coping that's both fascinating and heartbreaking. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Not as wild as intended, but reasonably diverting just the same. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 70% Sing (2016) Entertainment whose pace and sound, while dizzyingly brisk at points, still accommodates characters and a setting that are terrifically rich ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Seeing Smith go deep opposite Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and Edward Norton should be cause for excitement. It's frustrating that the impressive cast is instead squandered on far-fetched story developments and telegraphed pathos. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/4 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) They're supposed to be living out a night destined to be the stuff of company legend, but audiences will be hard pressed to retain much. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) A dependably entertaining, visually dazzling riff on Polynesian folklore from the animators behind "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The operative word on this one isn't really "seventeen" but "edge." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 48% Almost Christmas (2016) Give [Talbert] a potful of holiday movie clichés and he's good to go. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 75% Trolls (2016) Energetic and vibrant, "Trolls" is hardly the throwback grown-ups might expect to the bad old days of cartoons conceived as toy ads rather than entertainment. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The mystical settings that this "sorcerer supreme" navigates make for exhilarating sensory overload, powerfully expanding on classic visuals from pioneering Marvel artist Steve Ditko. The upshot: The movie develops a distinctively trippy identity. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The cast hardly stretches ... but they all do it agreeably enough to buoy the familiar farcical intrigue being woven by director Greg Mottola. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Competent but routine suspense. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) "Miss Peregrine" proves to be a fantasy that generally favors throwback drama and mystery over contemporary fireworks, bringing to mind the melancholy anachronisms of "Benjamin Button" and the period-set creepiness of "Pan's Labyrinth." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 63% Storks (2016) Storks are known for delivering bundles that are irresistible, exhaustingly active at times, and frequently pretty darn messy. How completely appropriate, then, that Warner Bros.' 3-D animated feature "Storks" delivers the same. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) It might not all flow, but between Winslet and castmate Judy Davis's various spitfire moments and some potent dark turns, there's a fair amount to like. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 22, 2016
1.5/4 15% The Wild Life (2016) The animators are clearly trying to craft something bubbly, but they misguidedly go all in on imitating the contemporary Disney model - or DreamWorks', at least - rather than offering anything different. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 43% The Hollars (2016) If Krasinski relates in any significant way to his character's self-doubt, you wouldn't know it from the movie, on which he does confident double duty as director. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 47% Complete Unknown (2016) The film comes across as an irksome contrivance. What's meant to communicate the mysterious, even taboo allure of playing chameleon instead just leaves us scoffing. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) It's mostly when the younger Scott mines other influences and trends that his work falters, ultimately turning more predictable than he realizes. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) The highlight is Duran and Arcel's bonding in the corner between rounds. We'll take more of this revealing brand of drama anytime. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Alvarez serves up some jaw-droppingly tasteless third-act twists to ensure this all sticks. And that's his big mistake. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/4 81% Equity (2016) Much as the group might want this to be their spin on, say, the accessible juiciness of "Margin Call," they're unfortunately not that dramatically dexterous. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Kids, grown-ups, and CG creations alike deliver polished, even affecting drama. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 82% Indignation (2016) Despite the material's fit, the story's relentlessly downbeat tone is challenging. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) There isn't nearly enough in "Collision Course" that feels ... inspired or energetic. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Saunders, Lumley, and director Mandie Fletcher deftly lampoon vaping, mindfulness, and the trendiness of gender fluidity. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) [Cranston and Leguizamo] give ample reason for a trip to the multiplex, even if director Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer") can't maintain the film's gritty, immersive tone. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Capable, agreeable, and also predictable. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) A New Zealand import with a knack for finding humor in dreary, even ill-advised themes. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) It's a tricky narrative challenge to shift from inherently compelling wildlife scenes to abstract courtroom debate, but the film manages it capably, even spicing things up with one justice's admonition that Wise needs to cut his slavery analogies. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 57% The Neon Demon (2016) After all the earlier trippy languor, Refn suddenly pushes hard to make this a unique statement. Which it is - uniquely repellent. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 78% The Shallows (2016) Yes, there's shameless bikini ogling, but what could have been throwaway exploitation is instead a frequently gripping portrait of dire-straits resourcefulness. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 51% Genius (2016) An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 16, 2016
1.5/4 28% Warcraft (2016) The fear is that Jones's storytelling smarts and aesthetic resourcefulness could wind up sacrificed to the chaos and overblown approach of a generic would-be blockbuster. Unfortunately, fear wins out. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 58% Me Before You (2016) It's intriguing to see the bits of ambitious ethical weightiness mingled with the movie's gloss. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Game over. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) One of the best things about the movie, aside from its screwily positive message, is the blithely freewheeling yet clever way that Rogen and company assemble the story's puzzle pieces. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) First-time writer-director Matt Brown does capable work making "Infinity" another film that manages to tread the territory without getting bogged down. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) It's like an international-relations microcosm imagined by the Coen brothers, down to an occasional sense that the absurdity isn't taking us anywhere. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/4 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) The story loses direction like forest wanderers relying on a bread-crumb trail. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/4 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) For a freshly-shaved-chin wag, "The Next Cut" covers ambitious ground. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 22% The Boss (2016) The loosey-goosey fun might be a bit much at the finish, but it's still a laugh watching McCarthy try to get back on her feet. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) When the action is at its sharpest, such as with Henry's mid-chase leap from a detonating truck onto the back of a motorcycle, it's spectacular. Other times, it can be as wearying as generically hyper-edited Hollywood fare. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/4 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Some elements are even broader while a couple, welcomely, are emotionally truer to life. If you appreciated the first movie's sweetness, then you'll likely be charmed enough. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/4 33% The Bronze (2016) All this plays out with a crudeness ranging from tedious to delirious. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) This setup creates real anticipation about where the story might be headed, at least for those who haven't read Roth's books. Frustratingly, though, the movie devolves into a derivative muddle by the second act. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) An agreeable hodgepodge, at least, one that aims to be not just a breezy mystery, but also a race-and-ethnicity fable. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/4 25% London Has Fallen (2016) While taking the action to an international stage, the lumbering story isn't at all concerned with legit drama, let alone intelligently considering the ramifications of the mayhem it imagines. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1.5/4 70% Snowtime! (2016) Despite a few diverting moments and some ambitiously dramatic themes, this one is simply too uneventful and too populated by thinly sketched characters to keep its target audience engaged. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 18, 2016