For 290 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: 57
Highest review score: 88 Creed
Lowest review score: 25 Innocence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 290
290 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Just because a Japanese animated film is screening at the Museum of Fine Arts doesn't mean that you can count on Miyazaki-caliber artistry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Instead of all-seeing, it’s more like seen it all before.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Kim doesn't sweat interweaving his story threads in any tightly controlled way. Just when the need-for-speed stuff really starts to gain traction, he'll shift for a surprisingly lengthy stretch to comic relief with the deputies and local wacko Johnny Knoxville.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's dark-comic expansion on his cult Internet shorts, in which he crafts a back story for Santa that's as black as stocking coal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    It’s a brutal bit of screen poetry that’s matched too infrequently by the aching human stories director Fedor Bondarchuk is so anxious to tell.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Elle Fanning is impeccably cast as Jesse, a quiet, sweet-natured ingénue shuttling between sketchy photo shoots and her clichéd newcomer’s digs in a seedy Pasadena motel.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    It makes for a structurally glitchy inspirational exercise whose climax carries all the goosebump-making drama of a Pats preseason game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Returning director Wilson Yip commits to this tone too late, getting lost in tangential conflict and stunt casting — in this corner, Mike Tyson! — at the expense of the drama and even the action.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Stabs at the dramatic don't amount to anything that makes us care, even for Bell, who has been solid on AMC's "The Walking Dead'' and in the chairlift chiller "Frozen.'' But genre fans who have been thirsting for gore via acupuncture needles or a LASIK machine should get their giddy fill.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The movie’s best bits come when Tong’s script eases up on banter and clunky Indy homages and instead simply indulges in random zaniness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The film feels as if it’s drawing its characterizations far more from the appeal of its stars than from any prose.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    For all Kendrick's stolidity, he delivers a couple of wrenchingly tender scenes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Angelo Pizzo knows inspirational sports drama. As the writer of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy,” Pizzo has made a career out of mining the genre and its themes of underdog determination and locker-room brotherhood. But he’s overmatched in his directing debut, the well-intentioned football biopic My All American.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Funny thing, though: The sunnier that Barrymore gets in her scenes with Sandler, the more the iffy elements and leaden bits seem to just melt away.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The actors also acquit themselves well singing the film's numerous tunes. Breslin's voice is pleasantly melodic, while Nivola sounds like someone who's been grinding it out on tour for years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    There are echoes of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” in all of this that are impossible to miss.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The problem with this adaptation of Lawrence Block’s detective yarn isn’t that it casts Neeson in a role we’re seeing him play again and again. It’s that no one else in the movie makes a character feel nearly as broken-in and fully inhabited as he does.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Some of this vigilante-fantasy misbehavior is wickedly funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Hand it to Amanda Seyfried - she seems to have a knack for underplaying unstable characters in a way that lets their nuttiness creep right up on you.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The copious violence, as always, is an assault - even aurally, as every thudding knife strike is made to sound like a boulder dropping on the theater.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Entertainment so generically gentle, it doesn’t compare to last year’s similarly themed, tonally looser “Trolls.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    A story that builds toward Po training an army of his panda brethren fails to deliver exponentially greater fun.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The result is a scattershot comedy that only intermittently nails either tone, finally just bogging down in flatly choreographed mayhem in the late going.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The initial close-up of Thompson - all sourly snaggletoothed and begoggled - is as funny as anything in the original. And just that one quick glimpse would have been perfect.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    What’s ironic — and frustrating — is how precipitously the movie itself eventually goes tumbling down the intelligence scale. In the process, Chiwetel Ejiofor is wasted, along with some potent moments from costars Roberts and Nicole Kidman.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    There are some amusing looks at the elation - and panic - that come with winning big, from the praise-Jesus swooning of Kevin's grandma (underutilized Loretta Devine).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The film is slow going with its mix of stilted political discourse and restless village folk just looking to celebrate life and dance. At times, it’s like “Footloose” gone didactic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    As it stands, The Expendables 2 is lazily satisfied with repeating the first movie's formula, shortcomings and grisly strengths alike.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The dialogue also reflects the material’s stage origins in ways that don’t always translate well.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The riot of color here brings to mind what the makers of “Ice Age” delivered with “Rio,” which in turn reminds us that these animators certainly aren’t just one-trick talents. Could be time for them to show us some new ones.

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