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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 39% Life of the Party (2018) [A] thoroughly vanilla comedy, a movie jammed with well-meaning girl power messages but surprisingly little edge.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
2.5/4 77% Little Pink House (2018) Keener's performance keeps the film grounded even as blunt scenes of the opposing camp's machinations flirt with soap opera villainy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/4 71% Kodachrome (2018) Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris do strong work playing harshly estranged, somehow pulling us close to their off-putting characters before forced sentiment in the late going undercuts director Mark Raso's film.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 52% Rampage (2018) The engaging dynamic between our hero and his gargantuan, computer-generated pal is the movie's best surprise, with silly and straight bits both working mostly as intended for director Brad Peyton.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/4 73% Final Portrait (2018) We get a vivid image of Giacometti, but after a time the film leaves us starving for some variety, too.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 83% Blockers (2018) Cannon and her cast keep us laughing enough to hang in for a satisfying takeaway: It's only natural for the 'rents to worry. Sometimes, though, teens know themselves better than their folks suspect.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/4 51% Flower (2018) It's hard to see the point of it all.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) A movie that plays like a lost "Transformers" entry.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) A serviceable thriller that might have been something more.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) More than a pure actors' director, Finley shows himself to be a theater product with a strikingly clear cinematic vision.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/4 47% Red Sparrow (2018) J. Law's spy game feels genuinely unpredictable, and not only as a career move.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/4 82% Game Night (2018) Shouldn't a movie called "Game Night" be entertaining?‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 35% Nostalgia (2018) The film can be naggingly vague and patchily written where precision seems called for, but the familiar procession keenly digging into the wistful material does hold interest.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Even though this thoroughly contemporary adaptation frequently tramples the gentle whimsy of Potter's creation like so many bunnies overrunning a vegetable garden, it's also irresistibly entertaining.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2/4 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) If only the story line and setting were equal to the more compelling bits of character interplay.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) Intriguingly, the filmmakers and their Chris Hemsworth-led ensemble are most concerned with the uneasy strategic and cross-cultural connections forged between US special forces and Afghan militia in their mutual fight against the Taliban.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) Neeson engages in some electrifying close-quarters brawling, and preposterous bits are offset by unanticipated slyness, from our glimpse of a "You Could Be Home Right Now" billboard to some hilarious anti-Wall Street shade-throwing.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) [Rebel Wilson's] sassy fightin' moves during a gleefully preposterous hostage rescue jumpstart "Pitch Perfect 3" when even the trilogy capper's signature a cappella sometimes can't.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Director Jake Kasdan coaxes crisp interplay from all four leads, getting more from Johnson and Hart's scenes together than Central Intelligence did.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
2.5/4 71% Ferdinand (2017) The good news is that while the movie is susceptible to some pandering, it also takes the story's charming core elements and gives them a contemporary luster.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
2.5/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Watching Stevens and company, it's hard to resist the breezy, broadly played appeal of Dickens's creative epiphanies and tortured brainstorming sessions.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2/4 19% 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 87% 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 62% 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 40% 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 52% 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 32% 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 80% 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 81% 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 76% 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 59% 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 55% 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 64% 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 18% 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 80% 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 65% 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 36% 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 49% 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 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 38% 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