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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
99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Sweet, aesthetically breathtaking ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1.5/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Compared with last time, the returning team of director Steve Pink and writer Josh Heald practically doodle the gang's motivations and worse, their surroundings. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/4 80% McFarland USA (2015) Kevin Costner's signature knack for sports movies does little to buoy a stilted culture-clash dynamic. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a youth-quaking riff bursting with affection for vintage 007 action and urbanity, yet one that feels wholly organic in the way it goes about selling this appreciation to a younger crowd. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 12, 2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Maybe we shouldn't have expected too much from "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 14% The Loft (2015) There's no redeeming this softcore nonsense, which plays like a script that Storage Wars stumbled across in Joe Eszterhas's old locker. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 5, 2015
80% Black Sea (2015) A contemporary submarine thriller that serves the genre well. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 30, 2015
1.5/4 34% Blackhat (2015) There might be catharsis in it for, say, someone who's fallen victim to identity theft, but it's a pretty cozy vision of cyberspace. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/4 48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Assuming Wilson isn't being eyed as Stiller's replacement (or are we starting rumors?), it's satisfying to see this series ultimately shake off the relic dust and bow out with energy. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Beyond some imagery, we don't get much that's bigger or better than on TV. Nothing narratively richer, certainly. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 25, 2014
2.5/4 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) A new misadventure whose negligibly refined formula somehow ends up being more consistently entertaining. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 25, 2014
2/4 82% Beyond the Lights (2014) The movie has a soapy impulse that it would have done well to resist, given the occasional surprising strength of its more unvarnished elements. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/4 93% Diplomacy (2014) Tere's a fair amount of talking in circles, even with the film's brisk running time. The dialogue also reflects the material's stage origins in ways that don't always translate well. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) A rousing movie that's satisfyingly infused with traditional Disney sentiment, however calculated its aims might sound. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) It's all sharp stuff from Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, and Reeves finds decently tailored material in their mix of busy physicality, spare drama, and wickedly dry humor. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 23, 2014
82% The Book of Life (2014) Other aspects of the story might be conventional, but the atmospheric visuals aren't. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 16, 2014
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) What the filmmakers come up with is a modestly likable mix of zany and gently warmhearted, even if they overdo both elements at times. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 9, 2014
78% Kill the Messenger (2014) It's an engrossing portrait not only of government intrigue and crusading after the truth, but of media and their tangled motivations. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 9, 2014
46% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) As tiresome as the relentless, indulgent inscrutability and lack of story momentum can be, it says something for the movie's visceral power that there isn't an urge to quit on it. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 18, 2014
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Teaming a tarnished hero with violated bad guys is a compelling idea, and ought to make for more sparks than we get here. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 18, 2014
67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Some angst away from the dolphin tank feels like padding, but there's enough bona fide narrative to please tomorrow's marine biologists and their parents. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 12, 2014
83% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) It might not be quite the "adventure film" that the press materials promise, but it's a diverting enough variation on familiar environmental-crisis studies. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 11, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) This is a portrait of Ellis the high-living character, certainly, but also Ellis the racial and cultural trailblazer. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
73% The Congress (2014) A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
13% Innocence (2014) It's an idea that could make for decent genre viewing, if only its cast had some range, and its indie reach didn't exceed its mainstream-polished grasp. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1.5/4 65% Life Of Crime (2014) The cast does capable work, but you'll wish the movie concentrated more on the comedy, which has some zing, rather than the straighter elements, which quickly start to drag. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) It's as if the filmmakers somehow think they've got the relaxed narrative confines of "Friday Night Lights" the TV series to play with, rather than "Friday Night Lights" the movie. The game plan is flawed. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) As usual with "Sin City," much of the vibe is about echoing genre touchstones, while the look isn't quite like anything else the digital age has seen. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 19% Let's Be Cops (2014) None of this is as riotously zany as it wants to be. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) "The Expendables 3" gets the franchise back on track. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it's still tough to keep these four straight. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) "Calvary" is often wound tightest in the most unexpected places. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) The motley crew's repartee makes for comedy that's surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) The young cast's interaction is terrific. You might come for the turn-on-your-heartlight riff, but you'll stay for the connection the boys share. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Nothing in this likable sequel flies quite so high as those aerial shots. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 50% Maleficent (2014) While this is Jolie's show, obviously - and she's terrifically arch - the surprising dearth of other compelling characters doesn't offer much distraction when things get off track. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) The sunnier that Barrymore gets in her scenes with Sandler, the more the iffy elements and leaden bits seem to just melt away. Blend in more of that spirit, and their latest pairing might rate better. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 37% God's Pocket (2014) A fair amount of the film leaves you wondering about the categorizations it's courted as a dark comedy. If the tag legitimately applies, then it takes Slattery a while to find his footing, if he ever really does. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) This latest bid to Hollywoodize a uniquely Japanese icon is an uneven spectacle that can't sustain its solid first-half character moments. But the movie can also flash a surprising, often clever sense of legacy ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 15, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) The enterprise, while gently reverent, looks and feels as shaky as it sounds, tonally as flat as Kansas farmland. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 27% Brick Mansions (2014) There's not enough of Belle's artistry here, given that part of the remake mandate presumably was to deliver something even bigger and better. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 89% Bears (2014) As with all of Disneynature's features, there's astonishing documentary work on display in "Bears" - but a leaner, less conspicuously structured view of the wild might have had even greater impact. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 46% Rio 2 (2014) The story flows, but not always freely, thanks to its manufactured feel. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) At once messy and adrenalizing ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) No matter which variety the film is spotlighting, they have a power to fascinate. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) The well-worn plot basics are dressed up nicely by the film's consistently clever humor, as well as a celebrity cameo roster that's stacked even by Muppet standards. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 80% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Happily, the fallout results in Peabody, Sherman, and Penny all getting caught up in WABAC-machine zaniness together. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2014
49% Stalingrad (2014) It's hardly the contemporary answer to "Battleship Potemkin," but the World War II drama "Stalingrad" does hold the distinction of being the biggest box-office success in Russian cinema history. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) A deep pool of underworld characters and a focus on multicultural tensions in Stockholm lend crime drama some added interest in "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" ... ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 27% Pompeii (2014) You wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson is a director who might feel disrespected. ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 20, 2014