Tom of Finland Reviews

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June 4, 2020
Finnish actor Pekka Strang, as Tom, gives a quietly moving performance.
May 27, 2020
Propelled by Strang's exceptional performance and some nice touches when it comes to visually illustrating inspiration, Tom of Finland is an above-average examination of an artist.
April 14, 2020
Tom of Finland is a carefully-crafted film that shows how to approach a subject such as this and how to treat any biography subject with respect and reverence while still showing all the angles of the man's life.
April 10, 2020
Director Dome Karukoski brings an oddly tasteful approach... But once Laaksonen achieves success and finds domestic happiness with a ballet dancer, the filmmakers don't have much to say about their subject.
February 6, 2020
Karukoski's sensitive direction, which only occasionally gives way to cloying melodrama, offers a perfect platform for actor Pekka Strang to showcase his impressive range in the lead role.
January 16, 2020
For Tom of Finland, sex is freedom and the artist's empowered gay superheroes perpetually young, never encumbered by performance anxiety or condemnation, frolicking in a dream world expression of a longed-for reality.
September 15, 2019
Upon the Centennial celebration of Finland, award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski presents a moving biopic of one of the country's most beloved sons.
August 14, 2019
It is transgressive, artistically flawless, and hides a huge soul, delicacy and sensitivity. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
A mild mannered biopic rather than a true representation of the artist it depicts, venerating but ultimately neutering its delightfully rebellious subject.
February 28, 2019
Neither a box-ticking biopic nor the sexy romp some publicity implicitly promised, Tom of Finland is a wide-ranging and finely directed drama with opinions to air on Finnish social history and LGBT activism.
October 30, 2018
Tom always saw himself as an artist first and foremost, and thankfully, so does Dome Karukoski's film.
August 29, 2018
Leathermen, homoeroticism, beefcake-three things you should not expect from the film Tom of Finland.
August 22, 2018
As disappointments at the movies go, this one hurts more than most.
August 13, 2018
Karukoski's biopic treats the man in question with respect, keen to introduce him to an audience who may not be familiar with the work he did that changed so many peoples' lives, encouraging them to be who they were and not suffer in silence.
June 7, 2018
Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski lovingly tells the story of iconic Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen...
April 30, 2018
Beautifully shot and punctuated with powerful moments [...] it nicely depicts this unassuming man who changed the world.
April 10, 2018
An affectionate tribute with Pekka Strang just right as the man of few words and many drawings.
March 9, 2018
"Tom of Finland," a fantastic film in more ways than one, peers into another world with honesty and ferocity as well as admiration.
February 22, 2018
Some solid performances and the fierce originality of its subject make this biopic about the eponymous Finnish-born gay male erotic artist worthwhile viewing. Too bad the film itself is all over the map.
January 2, 2018
Karukoski's scenes often have a smoky, sweaty reek that would have amused the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a titan of tang himself... The tensile central performance by Pekka Strang is adroit at capturing the complicated man.
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