For 276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Russo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 88 Creed
Lowest review score: 25 London Has Fallen
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Pixels may feel flatter to kids of the ’80s than it does to moviegoers too young to have known Pac-Man from Ant-Man.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Alba, meanwhile, is again ridiculously shoehorned into a comedy gig, although she does have an amusing opening bit spying while nine months pregnant. If only diaper bomb gags weren't the inevitable follow-up.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Monster Trucks might not be a complete lemon, but it’s hardly cherry.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    It’s tough to stay focused on the provocative bits when soapy talk of teenage yearning and angst keep making us snicker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The cast does capable work, but you’ll wish the movie concentrated more on the comedy, which has some zing, rather than the straighter elements, which quickly start to drag.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    If only there were more genuine rah-rah fun involved, instead of just endless, thudding, seen-it-all-before mayhem.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    There’s nary an honorable death that resonates, although we do get some creative visual perspectives on enthusiastically digitized brutality. But wasn’t the game good for that already?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The repartee, as ever, is weak. Even with all the extra layers of digital detail, it’s still tough to keep these four straight. And the CG characters’ slimy rendering and motion-capture expressiveness could go down with “The Polar Express” as a study in inadvertent, technologically misguided screen creepiness. Wackier would have been OK, guys — it’s the Ninja Turtles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    As tiresome as the relentless, indulgent inscrutability and lack of story momentum can be, it says something for the movie’s visceral power that there isn’t an urge to quit on it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The plot doesn’t take clever turns, the visual thrills aren’t all that thrilling, and you’re ultimately left to get your heist-movie kicks elsewhere.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    This last angle had us thinking back to “Risky Business,” as did the Chicago setting and the reveling gone off the rails. Here, though, there’s no edge to the wildness, nothing memorable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Eckhart doesn’t really do any of that classic grunting as Frankenstein 2.0, but maybe he should have.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Despite a few diverting moments and some ambitiously dramatic themes, this one is simply too uneventful and too populated by thinly sketched characters to keep its target audience engaged.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The film’s lone strength is the fleeting dramatic scenes offering a little back story — and pathos — on Rafe’s home life with his sweetly understanding single mom (Lauren Graham, who you’d guess wouldn’t have bothered otherwise).
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Audiences are going to want to brace themselves, too – for a movie that refuses to recognize when it’s going too far, with its wince-eliciting jokes about jailhouse rape in particular.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Funny about retribution, though - it's a tricky thing to make time for when you've still got mutant zombie hordes after you. The real premise turns out to be a busy rehash of the first movie's story line.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    How funny that Pryce, a tweedy Brit playing a bad guy, should be the one person doing anything remotely heroic for this dud.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Unfortunately, Mann also leans on ill-fitting story elements that he might easily and smartly have avoided, and the movie’s rhythms and credibility pay for it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The movie grows easier to like in the later, straighter going, as it stops pushing so aggressively to be naughty and lets its characters try on some introspection.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Boston University product Gary Fleder (“Kiss the Girls”) directs the action with grungy efficiency, and the movie does hook us with a certain lurid anticipation of just how far things might escalate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Writer-director Boaz Yakin delivers his conflicting elements mostly as intended, and with obvious ambition. But he fails to take care of certain fundamentals - most problematically, coaxing out the emotion he's seeking from Statham and young newcomer Catherine Chan.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    After a fast, funny start, the new sequel, Johnny English Reborn, proves to be more of the same.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The Wild Life, while pleasant, is just too flat to meet the challenge.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    The script’s messy seams also show in the parade of sidekicks that passes through Kaulder’s door as a new threat develops.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Home “again”? It seems that first-timer Meyers-Shyer isn’t setting so much as a piggy toe beyond familiar territory, and this listless rom-com shows it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Compared with last time, the returning team of director Steve Pink and writer Josh Heald practically doodle the gang’s motivations and worse, their surroundings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    This chronicle of an ’80s high school cross country coach leading a team of Mexican farm laborers’ kids to competitive glory may be based on a true story, but the forced drama doesn’t help it to feel that way.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Alpha and Omega is sweet, if not fresh.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    However well-intentioned the movie may be, it spills over with flat cutesy humor, making a slog out of an experience that should be filled with wonder.

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