Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 19, 2016
2.5/4 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Competent but routine suspense." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 19, 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 28, 2016
3/4 64%

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 21, 2016
2.5/4 54%

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 21, 2016
1.5/4 13%

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 7, 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 48%

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 39%

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 44%

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 10, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Kids, grown-ups, and CG creations alike deliver polished, even affecting drama." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/4 81%

Indignation (2016)

"Despite the material's fit, the story's relentlessly downbeat tone is challenging." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 13%

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 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Capable, agreeable, and also predictable." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/4 98%

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 54%

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 77%

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 49%

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 62%

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 71%

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 29%

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 13%

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 26%

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
3/4 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Imagine Spider-Man with legitimately funny quips, waaay less angst, and a bug-eyed getup that's lethally accessorized." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2.5/4 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"OK, so it's not Olivier or Colin Firth material. But writer-director Burr Steers delivers a screen mash-up that's generally done in the right, warped spirit." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 12%

The Choice (2016)

"The film disappointingly, even lazily, shies away from being anything more than you'd expect." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/4 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"The whole fightin'-bear jamboree is agreeable enough, but it takes some of the spotlight away from Black being Black, and doesn't jibe with messages about having a sense of self, of what makes you you." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/4 80%

Ip Man 3 (2016)

"Be open to the film's emotion. It packs a bigger punch than anything else here." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1.5/4 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"You'll be more than ready to wave goodbye." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/4 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"You'll have to be satisfied with a modest assortment of energetically comic moments here, because the story sure isn't a reason to catch this encore, and neither are who-asked-for-'em cast additions such as Ken Jeong." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2.5/4 9%

Point Break (2015)

"For all the adrenalizing positives in this reworked "Point Break," inadvertent silliness remains." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 2, 2016
2.5/4 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"Consider it a predictable movie with flashes of unpredictability." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1.5/4 16%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

"There really doesn't seem to be any reason for this listless Chipmunks installment - the fourth in their continuing big-screen revival, if you're counting." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Creed (2015)

"Despite getting laid out in excruciatingly graphic detail, the kid somehow comes roaring back, not so much struggling to his feet as leaping. Which is exactly what this energetic, hugely entertaining film does for the four-decades-old franchise." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2015
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