Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe , Los Angeles Times , Premiere Magazine
Total Reviews:
144

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " After a fast, funny start, the new sequel, "Johnny English Reborn,'' proves to be more of the same." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 20, 2011
2.5/4 35% The Thing (2011) " Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 13, 2011
2/4 30% Courageous (2011) " It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 3, 2011
1.5/4 4% Abduction (2011) " The movie is a more objective opportunity to assess Lautner's potential as a general-purpose action hero once his emo-goth run wraps. You might not want to go betting on that one." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 26, 2011
1/4 0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) " Swardson and the gang generally opt for silly over edgy and outrageous, but Bucky is just too dashed-off a character for the movie to get by on that." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 10, 2011
1.5/4 22% Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) " Rodriguez's various family-geared movies - notably the "Spy Kids'' series - have been annoying creative clunkers, the one area where doing things his way has seemed like an iffy way." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 22, 2011
2.5/4 80% Life in a Day (2011) " Give Macdonald and crew credit for picking out good, clear, telling contrasts, and not sweating potential heavy-handedness." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 4, 2011
2.5/4 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) " Sweetly, agreeably traditional." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 14, 2011
2/4 8% Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011) " While he's fine playing bemused and beleaguered, Routh can't muster the edginess that Dylan is also meant to have. Diggs looks fabulous, but has his own problems with the dangerous stuff." — Boston Globe
Posted May 2, 2011
1/4 11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011) " In which the animators ditch structural ambition in favor of straight-up action spoofery that's all freneticism and very little cleverness." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2.5/4 71% African Cats (2011) " Under the direction of BBC wildlife documentary alums Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, "Cats'' looks majestic throughout, even if its Big Stories are sometimes forced at the expense of fleeting, fascinating little details." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/4 48% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) " Credit Bowers and company, finally, for making some good calls about where to follow the leads furnished to them by the book and the first movie, and where to get creative." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 24, 2011
2.5/4 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " "Mars'' needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/4 53% The Mechanic (2011) " An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/4 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " It doesn't hurt that Portman and Kutcher really are sexy together." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 20, 2011
2/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 22, 2010
2/4 29% The Warrior's Way (2010) " While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression. You guess he'll be back - hopefully, playing it straight next time." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2.5/4 90% Ahead of Time (2010) " There are points where shots of Gruber's old newspaper clips actually supply clearer information than the narrative (for quick-reading viewers, at any rate)." — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 18, 2010
2.5/4 60% Cherry (2010) " The movie stirs up a thoroughly relatable swirl of youthful tentativeness, raging hormones, and the thrill and angst that come with new independence - all the things running through a good kid's head at 17." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 14, 2010
2.5/4 65% Bunny and the Bull (2011) " Hogg and Farnaby have some very funny interplay, but the dynamics of the characters' friendship are thoroughly familiar." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 30, 2010
3/4 88% The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011) " One anecdote about Savitsky flouting an official demand to remove an offending painting ends with this deftly scoffing voice-over from his stand-in, Ben Kingsley: "Anti-Soviet? Of course. Degenerate? No way."" — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 30, 2010
2.5/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " The effect finally is to neglect, rather than nurture, a story with potential." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 23, 2010
1.5/4 16% Alpha and Omega (2010) " Unfortunately, none of these conflicts or predicaments is particularly compelling, and the unevenness of the visuals doesn't help." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 16, 2010
1.5/4 44% Suck (2010) " [Not] to be confused with the current Twilight-glomming insta-spoof Vampires Suck -- but that doesn't mean it's an altogether sharper comedy, either." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/4 76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " We get a gentler, more wink-inclined Nanny McPhee, not to mention kids whose rambunctiousness seems manufactured rather than entertainingly exaggerated." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/4 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) " White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 19, 2010
3/4 90% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) " Sometimes, apparently, the old saw about the heart wanting what it wants can apply to seniors precisely the same way it does to the young and foolish." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 29, 2010
2/4 61% Breaking Upwards (2010) " Scenes meant to play as breezy and hip are more often just annoying." — Boston Globe
Posted Jul 15, 2010
1/4 30% Survival of the Dead (2010) " Romero's Hatfields-and-McCoys setup feels more random than creative, and the idea that they're all Irish -- or cowboys! -- is more desultory still." — Boston Globe
Posted May 27, 2010
2/4 90% Hausu (House) (1977) " While there's a dweeby midnight-movie inventiveness about the look of all this, there's also an awful lot to forgive artistically (or to drunkenly roll with, as the case may be)." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 29, 2010
2.5/4 57% The Perfect Game (2010) " The climactic drama of the championship game owes largely to the fact that, despite their unprecedented success as a foreign team in the tournament, young Angel Macias and his teammates somehow didn't go down in history, at least not stateside." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 15, 2010
3/4 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " By Odin, they make it work." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 25, 2010
0.5/4 0% Transylmania (2009) " Woefully dull-witted." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 7, 2009
1.5/4 29% Gamer (2009) " The game sequences are all familiar flash, and zero tension." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 8, 2009
2/4 20% H2: Halloween II (2009) " With his new sequel, Zombie spends less time paying tribute and more time getting inventive, with mixed results." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 1, 2009
1.5/4 29% 12 Rounds (2009) " Time for a revenge game cribbed right from the Die Hard series (and directed, hardly coincidentally, by Renny Harlin, who's an awfully long way from Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger here)." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 30, 2009
1/4 6% Babylon A.D. (2008) " When this Vin Diesel vehicle isn't pointlessly frenzied, it's narratively inert, wasting some decent production design, and a French-flavored cast primed for fun." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 2, 2008
3/4 63% Sixty Six (2006) " [Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2.5/4 43% Death Race (2008) " Thanks to its character interplay, the movie doesn't drag despite taking a good 40 minutes to really rev its engines. And the racing that ensues is as loud, fast, hyper-edited, and pulverizingly destructive as the gladiatorially minded would hope." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " The latest example of how the franchise keeps frustratingly spurning the magical simplicity of the original trilogy." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 50% A Four Letter Word (2008) " The film also serves up latte-frothy glimpses of an all-drag bridal shower, an erotic spinning class, and - all of 90 seconds into the proceedings -- naked yoga. Don't forget to bring your wipe-down towel." — Boston Globe
Posted May 16, 2008
2/4 15% The Brothers Solomon (2007) " This new goof might have been funnier still if the premise weren't so derivative, so just been there, done that." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 7, 2007
1/4 25% Halloween (2007) " As a sensory experience, the redo is flat. Even if giving audiences a start were Zombie's strength, fans already know when the scares are coming." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 4, 2007
1/4 34% DOA: Dead or Alive (2007) " Corey Yuen and his writers have adapted their dubiously titled DOA: Dead or Alive from the video game series of the same name -- apparently convinced that the scraps of backstory originally scribbled by the gamers were plenty." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2007
2.5/4 25% Showtime (2002) " [P]artnering Murphy with Robert De Niro for the TV-cops comedy Showtime would seem to be surefire casting. The catch is that they're stuck with a script that prevents them from firing on all cylinders." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 15, 2002
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