The Lonely Film Critic

The Lonely Film Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tomas Trussow
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Tomas Trussow Fellowes giftwraps the heartbeat of his beloved show and presents it to [fans] intact, including all the glamour and beauty of the sets and costumes. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Tomas Trussow I find it difficult to be too hard on a film that is so irrevocably buoyed by its lead performance, and such is the case with Judy, a film which wouldn't have passed muster without its star. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Tomas Trussow This is very tricky subject matter to begin with, and so I can't help but applaud Colaizzo's efforts in tackling them. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Tomas Trussow It is a premise in search of an argument, and, finding none, is content to get by on empty commotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4.5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Tomas Trussow Sciamma's control of the auditory aspects of her film yields an ending that will stagger anyone with a full heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Bacurau (2019) Tomas Trussow There is so much else to commend: the well-calibrated sound design that heightens tension without overwhelming the action, as well as the brutal way our Westernized systems of entertainment are pointed right back at us. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 Waves (2019) Tomas Trussow [Waves] comes across as Shults wrangling desperately for approval from the younger generations -- so much so that is heart is more with his future success than the fictional lives he's depicting. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 The Whistlers (2019) Tomas Trussow Like the chummy tone that he employs with his upbeat needle drops, [Porumboiu's] winks and nods are there to keep the modern cineaste happy that they're watching something that is so diverting. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Zombi Child (2019) Tomas Trussow Zombi Child fascinates because it is at once textually rich and ambivalent, and one, moreover, that amputates itself to contain its violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3.5/5 Synonyms (2018) Tomas Trussow What are the synonyms for tragedy? Misfortune. Woe. Struggle. Calamity. Humiliation. Hardship. Adversity. Words that, like this film, swarm into your consciousness and pick you apart with every rounded vowel and palatal consonant. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/5 () Tomas Trussow Workforce is one of those unassuming works that manages to creep up on you, sending a powerful wallop through your insides as more and more of its surprises are revealed. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Tomas Trussow Its brisk and lively qualities make the movie a pleasurable experience, and when coupled with the non-traditional casting ... one can see value in a venture like this -- even if there isn't much else to justify an umpteenth Dickens adaptation. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 Synchronic (2019) Tomas Trussow As well-versed as [Moorhead and Benson] may be in the sci-fi lexicon, they now need to begin weaving an original vision that takes their knowledge to higher levels, transcending their derivative qualities rather than capitulating to them. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
4/5 () Tomas Trussow Kurosawa navigates both the absurdities and nightmares of Yoko's stay in Uzbekistan with a fantastic sense of detail. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 The Truth (2019) Tomas Trussow None of the cast can save what is otherwise a banal and uninspired screenplay that feels like a lesser patchwork of ideas stitched together out of other, more superior sources. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 Proxima (2019) Tomas Trussow It's a film somewhat at odds with our times, belatedly validating the capabilities of women in male-driven, scientific fields when those capabilities were never in question to begin with. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Martin Eden (2019) Tomas Trussow There is too much here to admire and celebrate, not least of which is the assuredness of Marcello's vision and his boldness in trying to keep the potentialities of cinema thriving. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 () Tomas Trussow I Am Woman is conventional to a fault, recounting Reddy's musical trajectory with a rote complacency, never endeavouring to locate interesting swells in her personal narrative that could justify the effort. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 () Tomas Trussow In its Anderssonian way, it probes the frustrations of life with the most astute sensibility, recognizing that intermingled among the disappointments are cores of beauty and laughter that will, in time, keep the pain at bay. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Sibyl (2019) Tomas Trussow It may look like a slight work from a distance, but ... its boldness leaps out with almost disarming immediacy. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger (2019) Tomas Trussow Obomsawin pays [Jordan] moving tribute for paving the way for other children like him to receive the services they deserve, capping off another strong entry in her rich filmmaking career with the perfect grace note. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Tomas Trussow There is grace enough here for all viewers to walk away full in heart and soul, cradled by the exquisite turns of both Manville and Neeson. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 () Tomas Trussow Crisply photographed and tautly conveyed, White Lie is another strong example of Canadian filmmaking at its very finest. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Atlantics (2019) Tomas Trussow Diop's film is itself a vessel of generations of storied traditions. Like an old folk tale, it is told plainly and without prevarication, making simple linkages as the story unwinds until it ends on a note of bittersweet romance. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Tomas Trussow A Hidden Life stands firmly on its own accord, burnished with tremendous gravity and purpose. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Tomas Trussow There is something of Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque in the way things transpire: a free revelry in what is base, taboo and profane, right down to the coded foreplay within Pattinson and Dafoe's later interactions. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 Jallikattu (2019) Tomas Trussow What the film lacks is enough discipline to keep the viewer emotionally immersed with the same visceral intensity as its formal tumult. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Tomas Trussow The source is an intelligent and probing work, and those qualities are translated here to the cinematic form without hindrance. It made me think and squirm and sweat in my seat, and I'd much rather do that than fall asleep, wouldn't you? EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Tomas Trussow Without Debicki, this wouldn't have worked, and it's with much gratitude that I write that her presence made all the difference for me. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
1.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Tomas Trussow You sit there feeling like a park ranger under the influence of hallucinogens, gripped by unending discomfort as the film's contradictory existence balloons out of proportion. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Tomas Trussow No longer the apprentice, [Hogg] can now command the volley of memory and find her conquering peace. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
4/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Tomas Trussow The Beach Bum, with its special brand of picaresque imprecision, is a work that asks us to continue writing Moondog's poetry of life because it's a life that roars with an open heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Tomas Trussow [Tarantino] is a man looking back at his world, and to look back you must needs close your eyes, concentrate, and conjure. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
4.5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Tomas Trussow I've never seen fifty-year-old archival footage look this good, and the way Miller edits it together makes it even better. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Tomas Trussow It's overly simplistic to the point of utter banality. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
5/5 On Dangerous Ground (1951) Tomas Trussow There is a certain kind of beauty that expresses so much in such a short space that no words can capture its essence. All I know is that it stirred the deepest reaches of my soul. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Knife + Heart (2018) Tomas Trussow Yann Gonzalez wants the giallo to make a modern comeback, and honestly? EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 Hotel by the River (2018) Tomas Trussow A tremendous framework of presence and perspicuity from the great master of South Korean cinema. There's no reason to miss it. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 Hellzapoppin' (1941) Tomas Trussow Almost eighty years on, and it's still a hoot to behold. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4.5/5 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Tomas Trussow Growing up and leaving our childhoods behind is such a furious tangle of triumph and heartbreak, and this seemingly innocuous story about a capricious teacher and her doting girls captures it all so succinctly, and so beautifully. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Desert Hearts (1985) Tomas Trussow All these years later, in an age where LGBTQIA+ stories are being normalized more and more in the mainstream, Desert Hearts still retains its power because its edges remain so daring. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Tomas Trussow At the very least, I didn't regret watching it or hoping for my own swift death before the end credits rolled. Considering the glut of disposable direct-to-VOD projects being released in today's market, I'll take it as a small win. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Tomas Trussow Egerton, Bell, the music, the camp, the spectacle, the costumes -- all strengths. The structure and the nuance regarding Elton's sexuality needed more finetuning, however. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 The Browning Version (1951) Tomas Trussow When you have Michael Redgrave giving one of the best performances in cinematic history on top of it all, there's not much else left to say other than: bravo. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Tomas Trussow This is not the unmitigated disaster most people were preparing themselves for. It is, by and large, an entertaining companion to the original animated film, with Ritchie elevating the material just enough to make the effort worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4.5/5 Ballad of a Soldier (1959) Tomas Trussow It is, to me, one of the most beautifully realized meditations on war "time" that I've seen, finding in it a truth and poetic vision in which almost every element works seamlessly in tandem. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 Greta (2018) Tomas Trussow Oh, Greta ... You are not that ill-fated glass of Chablis, promising a lot and then disappointing. You are more like a Chopin concerto that fills the room and makes you dance (with a hypodermic syringe). EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Tomas Trussow It's replete with so much contradictory tension and accomplishes its goals though unconventional means, all the while maintaining the façade of a bitingly smart high school buddy comedy. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) Tomas Trussow In its seemingly humble way, it's trying to build a truth that can be universally processed, and for that it continues to stand on its own. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Black Mother (2018) Tomas Trussow It's [Allah's] love for his country drawn on the tapestry of moving images and poetic soundscapes. It has the power to hush both Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans like myself into silence. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019