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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
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 43% 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 79% 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 14% 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 3, 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 95% 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
2/4 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) It's no secret where the movie goes wrong. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/4 33% My All American (2015) Whether it's because of energy expended on dramatic tangents or because the story's difficult outcome demands a subtler touch, the film doesn't hit the emotional crescendo that Pizzo clearly pictures. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/4 19% Love the Coopers (2015) Enjoy the sense of never quite knowing when the movie is going to stick another pin in its balloon of sincerity, and you'll like the Coopers well enough. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Even with his glossy new look, Charlie Brown remains the Charlie Browniest. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 30% Burnt (2015) The filmmakers ... have a wrongheaded expectation that we'll be endlessly fascinated by this abusive jerk's china-trashing Gordon Ramsay tirades and eventual, too-easy mea culpa. Sorry, not to our taste. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Even with Diesel's oblivious self-miscasting - he's a producer on the film - "Witch Hunter" feels like genre material that might have found a way to work. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 76% Goosebumps (2015) It's the best treat we've gotten this Halloween, and definitely not just a bigger-budgeted version of the "Goosebumps" seen on TV. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 27% Pan (2015) Passable adventure that offers the occasional flash of real cleverness. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 84% The Walk (2015) These dizzying IMAX 3-D visuals truly are big-screen magic, taking us inside Petit's transcendent experience as he navigates his preternatural path, indulges his showman's flair, and - agh! - reclines to commune with the heavens. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 1, 2015
100% Quay (2015) While it doesn't add up to enough to make us as fascinated as Nolan, it may open some eyes to the discipline's abstract possibilities. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 73% Everest (2015) An all-star disaster movie lineup makes a surprising showing in the mountaineering thriller "Everest," combining to deliver the sort of restrained drama you might expect from a much smaller film. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 17, 2015
1.5/4 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) If there's a way to charm us with the approach, Headland (writer of 2014's "About Last Night" update) never really finds it, squandering the appeal of leads Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) The movie may feel tonally consistent with the first, but it's also overlong and thoroughly routine. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 45% Cooties (2015) The filmmakers strive to deliver on their nutty, splattery premise. But they could give us more, and not necessarily of the over-the-top stuff. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 17, 2015
64% The Visit (2015) A relentlessly tense journey into the bizarre, with jolts that linger and some nicely played melancholy. What's more, the movie is often surprisingly, wickedly funny ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 10, 2015
15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) They could have called this one something else entirely - "The Driver," say, or "The Courier" - and the way it sold the movie's uniqueness would have been just as legitimate. Or just as forced. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 3, 2015
1.5/4 33% War Room (2015) The first couple of acts of the Kendricks' latest, "War Room," are so heavy on broad pulpit pounding that it's challenging to get swept along by the story's message. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) The triangle that "Zachariah" sketches among the last three folks on earth is all too human. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 27, 2015
8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) The various shootouts and chases that take place along the way are busy, noisy, and ultimately just as flat as Friend makes his tone. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 20, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) Oh, well - they can always reboot. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 52% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) There's a bright curiosity to the movie that's anything but dry, and the creativity on display is as entertaining and inherently colorful as you'd hope. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 30, 2015
1.5/4 16% Pixels (2015) "Pixels" may feel flatter to kids of the '80s than it does to moviegoers too young to have known Pac-Man from Ant-Man. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 23, 2015
81% Batkid Begins (2015) Nachman, for her part, diligently tries not to lose sight of the child at the center of it all. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 56% Minions (2015) Impressive as it is that the filmmakers get so much comedic mileage out of their characters' half-intelligible prattling, the conventional dialogue is bafflingly flat. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 77% Big Game (2015) Off-kilter as Helander's sensibility continues to be, he's got a passion for popcorn-movie energy that can be contagious - especially when he's not trashing Santa. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 25, 2015
16% Aloft (2015) Llosa's film pushes its enigmatic and quietly brooding qualities to the point that it's inaccessible, despite some mildly intriguing spiritual story elements and skilled performances ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) Melissa McCarthy doesn't just adopt guises to fool the bad guys in "Spy." Part of what makes the action comedy such a loopy blast is the identity shifts she pulls on the audience. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 4, 2015
48% San Andreas (2015) For all the unabashed cliches and straight-faced silliness delivered by Johnson, Paul Giamatti, and their generally capable castmates, they're doing something right. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 66% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Actress-turned-director Elizabeth Banks delivers a comedy that's slightly broader than the first film, and just as infectious. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 14, 2015
58% Maggie (2015) If only freshman director Henry Hobson was even more committed to his intriguing strategy for showcasing his unlikely star, and kept things quiet throughout. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 7, 2015
48% The D Train (2015) Any real resonance gets swallowed up by a story that's excruciatingly uncomfortable rather than genuinely funny. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 7, 2015
55% The Age of Adaline (2015) Leave it to Harrison Ford to pull off a rescue that one of his signature heroes might envy. In a deftly crafted supporting role, Ford does as much as Lively herself to shape Adaline's strange predicament into something genuinely resonant. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 14% Kill Me Three Times (2015) An Australian crime yarn with a solid cast and tone, but not enough freshness - or enough of Pegg's waggishness - to be memorable. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 79% Furious 7 (2015) The movie doesn't hold together as well as the previous chapter, but that's really a function of expanding the cast still further. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 2, 2015
47% Home (2015) Director Tim Johnson ("Over the Hedge") and his animators can't maintain this level of freshness throughout, but that's where Parsons and his goofy charm take over. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) A movie that refuses to recognize when it's going too far, with its wince-eliciting jokes about jailhouse rape in particular. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 28% Insurgent (2015) It's a sequel that sticks to more routine territory of action, angst, and dystopian gloom - mostly a sound approach, thanks to the consistent strength of franchise lead Shailene Woodley and a mix of intended and inadvertent surprises. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 60% Run All Night (2015) The story loses its convincingly scaled sense of jeopardy in the late going, and it ultimately unravels. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 32% Chappie (2015) There are some plot-twisting musings on mortality and the soul that are thoughtful, sure. But they aren't thought through half as fully as Blomkamp's ultraviolent battle choreography. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 5, 2015