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
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Tomas Trussow We can't in all good conscience treat cinematic representations of historical traumas as mere generic exercises in form. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 Guava Island (2019) Tomas Trussow It has a mark of gratuity to it that feels somewhat unearned. But nor is it disposable, for the craft is still gorgeously rendered. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
3.5/5 Giant Little Ones (2018) Tomas Trussow Giant Little Ones is like a wake-up call and booster shot of empathetic engagement wrapped into one engaging film. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Tomas Trussow It's trying to emulate a sense of showmanship that, in reality, it doesn't have. It's a proverbial hall of mirrors, only refracting a simulacrum of awe. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 The Upside (2018) Tomas Trussow The careers of Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman will not be remembered for anything they do in this film, for they're never allowed to go out of their comfort zones. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Ready Player One (2018) Tomas Trussow It's a repetition of the old bugaboos we know so well, packaged in a slick, CGI-heavy wrapping that is not as interesting as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Tomas Trussow On its own, its cuteness is contagious, and the animation work splendid. [But] I'd be remiss if I ignored its rampant pro-consumerist bent. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Tomas Trussow Take it from me: watch the documentary and animated shorts and leave most of these alone. This is unquestionably an off year for this category and certainly not representative of its greatest abilities. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Tomas Trussow The film works its way to [become] a metempsychosic event, bearing the soul of the original Marvel vision and finally taking it to the greatest of heights. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Border (2018) Tomas Trussow There's something about its aura that keeps drawing me in, even though I take issue with how it handles its sensitive subject matter. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 Free Solo (2018) Tomas Trussow It's very nearly transcendent watching this gangly little man conquer the natural world and make his mark on the historical record. I don't know if I'll ever have the privilege to see something like this again, and for that I am grateful this exists. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
3.5/5 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Tomas Trussow When you account for their faults, this is still an illuminating group of topical films that speak to the world we live in at this moment, where issues of racism, health care, immigration and extremist politics remain as prevalent as ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Tomas Trussow A relatively strong set of nominees that, while high on themes of melancholy and familial displacement, are able to capture their resounding sentiments quite well. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 Of Fathers and Sons (2017) Tomas Trussow At its heart, this film perceptively asks us to hold our vitriol for a short while, and to see what the face of jihadist fundamentalism really looks like. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
2.5/5 Mirai no Mirai (2018) Tomas Trussow Beautiful [animation] work that stands out on its own, and worthy of an Oscar nomination. When surrounded by everything else, however, it becomes an exception to an otherwise disappointing whole. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 RBG (2018) Tomas Trussow While I admit RBG is highly entertaining and teeming with warmth for its subject, it's also one of those documentaries that turns a Wikipedia entry into an audiovisual presentation. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Tomas Trussow With McCraney as the brains behind this, Soderbergh's iPhone brings the endeavour home with consummate form, and what results is sheer class. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tomas Trussow Velvet Buzzsaw, though a fitful B-movie that wants to do too much, does act as a kind of supernatural reclamation of the Artist. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Tomas Trussow It comes off as hagiographic, tamping down van Gogh's dark side so that he can fill out the "tortured artist" trope to the letter. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 Les garçons sauvages (2017) Tomas Trussow Mandico leaves nothing on the table here, and for that I must give him credit. It doesn't all work, but when it does, it's something to behold. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
3.5/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Tomas Trussow I'm very fond of the first Incredibles film, and by and large, its sequel is a welcome return. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Tomas Trussow This pulpy nonsense goes down easier than a gin martini. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
1/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Tomas Trussow Beautiful Boy unfortunately falls victim to the Hollywood machine's sterility, leaning on artistic embellishments to make its case without making a strong case for those embellishments. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
3/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Tomas Trussow Because this version is so indebted to the nostalgia associated with the original, to the point where it literally borrows its structure, I can't fathom why I'd want to return to it when the 1964 film is right there. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Skate Kitchen (2018) Tomas Trussow Like executing a gravity-defying trick, you can't overthink things ... This film, unfortunately, doesn't land the trick. Nor does it fall too hard, though. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 24 Frames (2017) Tomas Trussow [Kiarostami's] love for cinema was still as vibrant and adventurous as ever, and in a way, this film is how he is passing the torch to us. Training our eye, making us look, experimenting with technology and form -- it's all there. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Tomas Trussow Tom Cruise has never flirted with death so closely before. This film makes all his prior stunts look like cakewalks. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
4/5 Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) Tomas Trussow [Wilkerson] cannot undo his great-grandfather's evil, or posthumously indict him for murder ... All he can do is fight through the shame of his bloodline and tell his story, with the hope that someone listens and learns. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 Vice (2018) Tomas Trussow If there's any real reason to watch Vice, it's to see how it reaches for the stars and ends up being something of a noble failure. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Tomas Trussow The ensemble is one of the best of the year ... They all embody this story's particular horrors, hang-ups, and larks without missing any beats, shifting with ample dexterity. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/5 Sollers Point (2017) Tomas Trussow What is striking is that, the more the action is delineated, the sadder the film becomes, because none of it is good for Keith. Anything remotely eventful only drives him further and further backwards. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2018
3/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Tomas Trussow The African-American perspective that runs so powerfully through this work is the essential component that gives it its battle cry. Norma Rae gets its shoutout, but that was then. Sorry to Bother You and the saga of Cassius Green is our now. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
4/5 Leave No Trace (2018) Tomas Trussow With harmonious felicity, Foster and McKenzie trace Granik's story like a twig parting sand. She couldn't have asked for a better duo. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 Western (2017) Tomas Trussow Two hours is a long time to tell a story as unadorned as this one, but Valeska Grisebach packs a surprising amount of tension in unexpected corners. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 Upgrade (2018) Tomas Trussow It's not exactly sophisticated aesthetically or thematically, being another skeptical morality play on the dangers of biotechnological advancements that seek to erase our humanity, but Upgrade is quite a likable bit of pulp. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017) Tomas Trussow Lovers of anime are going to love this, and they have every reason to do so. This one packs a chockful of laughs in many places, and it's one of the more inventive animated films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 We the Animals (2018) Tomas Trussow We the Animals is the promising start [Zagar] was looking for. I think he has a lot to be proud of. Everyone involved in this production does. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 Green Book (2018) Tomas Trussow Sidelining Shirley even further when he was already so isolated in real life means that the film is not really doing him the honor it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4.5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Tomas Trussow [Happy as Lazzaro] is a true standout: a Super 16mm fugue state that is both elegy and lament for a world that once valued selfless deeds and the humanistic interaction between fellow men above self-preservation and eternal mistrust. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2018
4/5 The Guilty (2018) Tomas Trussow The unknown and unseen are continually being plumbed in the world outside the dispatch centre, and you wish you could see its open secrets ... It's as though you're wearing a blindfold and don't know where to tread. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Tomas Trussow There is no doubt Liu achieves something liberating and empowering here. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/5 Searching (2018) Tomas Trussow CTRL+ALT+DEL this nonsense and find a film that knows how to treat you respectfully. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Tomas Trussow Hearts Beat Loud is a cozy and warm pleasure. Very low-stakes, unencumbered by twisty plotting, and breezily musical at heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Tomas Trussow Beauty does not skip over Hale County, [Ross] seems to say. It flows right through it, tasting of the remarkable and the yet-to-come. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
1.5/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Tomas Trussow This film is nothing but window dressing, arranging and rearranging the legend of Freddie Mercury so that it becomes an even larger myth. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
4.5/5 Blindspotting (2018) Tomas Trussow [Carlos López Estrada] punctuates Blindspotting with the well-timed syncopations of an impassioned rap performance, finding grooves in which to place the collective anger and hurt of a race and let it spark. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Tomas Trussow It's a slippery text, this one. Commendable in some areas, but suspicious in others. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
4.5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Tomas Trussow The vast expanse of the Wild West does not prevent those who pass on from being forgotten, and the way their marks are left inscribed within this mythos makes this a film of great philosophical import. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 Cam (2018) Tomas Trussow Cam ... [does] not vilify cam models who choose this line of work. It is, rather, more interested in how the mechanics of camming ... can have detrimental effects if not monitored properly. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 Shirkers (2018) Tomas Trussow By making this documentary, piling it with her delightful idiosyncrasies, and reckoning with her dream-thief, [Tan] has finally toppled the structure that had kept her down. A new, confident, and triumphant artist has emerged. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018