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
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
3.5/5 I Killed My Mother (2009) Tomas Trussow The art of film is not there to soften the pain of abuse and cool the raging quarrels between mother and son. Exposing its ugliness and intensity is the very thing that allows for cathartic closure. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
2/5 Poms (2019) Tomas Trussow What irks me most about this film is that, while it's premised on empowering elderly women to overcome the barriers of age and physical frailty, it's not especially interested in granting them complete autonomy. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 Hotel (2004) Tomas Trussow Hotel succeeds in bringing a distinctive sense of menace behind every shadow and closed door, burrowing into the deepest realms of our subconscious and making us think twice about our next hotel booking, lest it be our last. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
3.5/5 Smithereens (1982) Tomas Trussow Despite being a downer of a story, Smithereens casts a beguiling spell as an everlasting record of the shifting punk scene in America. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Tomas Trussow Rainy day or no, this is a film that can be enjoyed anytime one is inclined towards something dark and unsettling. Close the drapes, light a candle, and go wild. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 Moses and Aaron (1975) Tomas Trussow This is something akin to counter-opera, which takes the fundamental signifiers and repurposes them in revolutionary ways. What this begets is both alienating and enlightening. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Murder by Contract (1958) Tomas Trussow Murder by Contract is a svelte, plucky noir that feels like a spiritual sequel of sorts to Carol Reed's The Third Man. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
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