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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 82% 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 46% 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 66% 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 64% 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 53% 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 66% 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 22% 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 92% 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 39% 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 27% 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 91% 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 90% 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 86% 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 32% 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 50% 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 32% 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 12% 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 49% 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 90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Competent but routine suspense.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 63% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
1.5/4 15% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 44% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 47% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 40% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Kids, grown-ups, and CG creations alike deliver polished, even affecting drama.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 82% Indignation (2016) Despite the material's fit, the story's relentlessly downbeat tone is challenging.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) There isn't nearly enough in "Collision Course" that feels ... inspired or energetic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Saunders, Lumley, and director Mandie Fletcher deftly lampoon vaping, mindfulness, and the trendiness of gender fluidity.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2.5/4 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Capable, agreeable, and also predictable.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) A New Zealand import with a knack for finding humor in dreary, even ill-advised themes.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 57% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 78% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 51% Genius (2016) An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016