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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
2/4 17% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Anders strings together mayhem-filled moments that just aren't the howlers that they're clearly scripted to be, never mind the fatherly foursome's chemistry, or the tobacco-stained guffaws Gibson keeps busting out to sell these bits.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) As a steady stream of random wit and bawdiness, it's a good time. But as a story ostensibly escalating toward the titular cataclysm - Norse mythology's take on doomsday - "Ragnarok" feels too episodic, a scattered trifle passed off as epic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 77% Thank You for Your Service (2017) If the fallout from selfless heroism is tough ground to navigate, the Iraq War drama "Thank You for Your Service" boasts experienced guides in Miles Teller and writer-director Jason Hall.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) This absorbing film gets the message across without sensationalism, delivering a straightforward portrait of regular working men toiling at an uncommonly risky job.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/4 59% The Foreigner (2017) This narrative splice job simply doesn't hold together. Call it a taut mess or a hot mess, take your pick.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/4 42% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Absorbing drama ought to be the one thing that Kate Winslet and Idris Elba have in plentiful supply in "The Mountain Between Us." Instead, this thinly scripted survival story is as fluffy as the countless acres of powder that the two struggle to traverse.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) With its inventively nutso action, youthful vibe, and subversive topicality, the "Kingsman" franchise feels more relevant than even Daniel Craig's James Bond. Screen espionage doesn't come any hipper these days.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/4 34% American Assassin (2017) "American Assasinine" is frequently more like it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/4 31% Home Again (2017) It's disappointingly flavorless comedy from a filmmaker who might have delivered something more subversive, and turned any sniping about nepotism into buzz about her future.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/4 85% It (2017) The kids' gradual discovery of the clown's lethal doings is tense enough, but again, all the red-nose-and-fangs stuff isn't as absorbing as the ode-to-pubescence dynamic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 37% Leap! (2017) While the debut release from the Weinstein Company's new 'toon venture sets its dancing against some spectacular backdrops, there are nagging issues with spotty character animation and endlessly predictable storytelling.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2.5/4 78% Dave Made a Maze (2017) You won't come to "Dave" for the unpolished interplay, but you'll surely stay for its preposterously elaborate kid-crafty sets.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
2.5/4 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) The approach can be a reach, but on the whole it works better than you might guess.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 77% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Friedel conveys an awful lot simply with his eyes as Elser, projecting lusty soulfulness in happier times, sorrow over the Nazis' rise to power, and stunned disbelief at his plot's failure.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Whenever the dialogue goes flat, look for a cut to Gru's Minions, randomly but amusingly jamming to everything from jailhouse rock to Gilbert & Sullivan.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) An effectively disorienting undersea aesthetic and some inspired late jolts and chills can't fully counterbalance the schlock that keeps dragging this one down.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 63% Dean (2017) Stay patient through those Seinfeldian stretches in which Martin isn't so much acting as performing, and you'll be treated to the bonus of some surprising emotional depth and poignancy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/4 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) The youthfully attuned spirit of the storytelling gives it an authenticity recalling classic "Peanuts" cartoons, right down to the off-key singing.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/4 19% Baywatch (2017) Which is it, "Baywatch" team - winkingly sly, or flat-out silly?‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3/4 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Kinney and Bowers succeed in their effort to deliver their material's earnest themes with new clarity and resonance.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 81% Chuck (2017) Wepner's descent through a had-it-coming divorce, drugs, and prison isn't so much harrowing as just dispiriting.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 67% The Wall (2017) Cena both looks the part and acts it, and gets to spout the movie's best bit of amusingly macho, off-color grousing about the heat.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 37% Snatched (2017) It's enormous fun seeing Hawn up to her old tricks - at 71! - even if they're tweaked to help sell someone else's brand of comedy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 83% Disneynature Born In China (2017) John Krasinski gamely slips into children's library storyteller mode as the film's narrator, his wide-eyed delivery easily pictured as he covers an adult panda's dietary particulars ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/4 50% The Promise (2017) Even when showing atrocity up close, "The Promise" rarely makes us feel as if we're doing anything more than watching from a distance.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Even amid the nonsense, the movie capably sells its all-about-family theme, narratively and otherwise.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/4 73% Gifted (2017) The emotionally absorbing story of a grade-school math prodigy caught in a messy custody dispute.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Setting a quick montage to Eiffel 65's dance hit "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" might be the most inspired touch of all.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Director Tom McGrath and team deliver some keen observations on growing-family dynamics and a number of laughs, but they run out of story a while before putting this one to bed.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 64% Before I Fall (2017) It says something about Deutch's appeal that she does manage to pull the story from the vexing hole it digs itself into.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 25% Table 19 (2017) One big adult paean to that old adolescent screen staple, from the unlikely bonding to the way-'80s music to the wacky tobacky scene. And we're still suckers for it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 93% Logan (2017) Jackman and Stewart's fond, easy dynamic helps to balance some very provocative brutality, as the movie pushes Wolverine's berserk nature to graphic new extremes.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 46% Rock Dog (2017) It's one randomly diverting flourish after the next as Bodi makes the journey from his cloistered home to the big city and potential ax-shredding stardom.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
2/4 26% Fist Fight (2017) The humdrum run-up to the main event feels every bit like director Richie Keen and the writers picturing how funny an intra-faculty beatdown would be, then fumbling their way backward from there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It might not be "Matrix" territory, exactly, but with "John Wick: Chapter 2," genre fans finally get the sort of expanded Keanuverse they were craving.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Bat-mythology has rarely been riffed on as comprehensively, or with such goofy randomness.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 87% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) A lean indie horror flick that manages to creep us out even before getting to the part that's meant to be truly unsettling.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2.5/4 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) It's a weepie that can be tough to resist.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/4 53% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) The globetrotting adventure yarn extensively, and energetically, riffs on Indiana Jones's signature moments. You'll wish that its storytelling polish matched its enthusiasm.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
1.5/4 31% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/4 40% Why Him? (2016) Not as wild as intended, but reasonably diverting just the same.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/4 73% Sing (2016) Entertainment whose pace and sound, while dizzyingly brisk at points, still accommodates characters and a setting that are terrifically rich ...‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 14% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1.5/4 41% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 96% Moana (2016) A dependably entertaining, visually dazzling riff on Polynesian folklore from the animators behind "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin."‐ Boston Globe
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 51% Almost Christmas (2016) Give [Talbert] a potful of holiday movie clichés and he's good to go.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 89% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016