For 278 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 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 278
278 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    A narrative feature can do what the documentary couldn’t: re-create the tightrope act in full, glorious motion, rather than editing together surreptitiously snapped photos. These dizzying IMAX 3-D visuals truly are big-screen magic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    It’s also a movie that further establishes Vaughn as one of the edgier and more underrated genre voices of the moment, and that makes us wonder why Colin Firth hasn’t indulged in an action sideline all along.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The motley crew’s repartee makes for comedy that’s surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Polished? Not exactly. Poignant? Definitely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    A Monster Calls is a portrait of coping that’s both fascinating and heartbreaking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    In The Desert of Forbidden Art, documentarians Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev offer some background on the late Savitsky, a painter who initially collected ethnic folk art quashed by the Stalin regime.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Director Tomm Moore (the 2009 Oscar contender “The Secret of Kells”) crafts a traditionally rendered feature whose doe-eyed characters faintly echo Miyazaki yet offer a beauty all their own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    For audiences with an extremely high tolerance for brutally fetishized shootouts and bloodletting, this continuation of Reeves’s potential-filled reluctant hit man saga is electrifying, both visually and in its cracked narrative ambitions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The movie is sufficiently in touch with current comic books that it’s keen to explore Batman’s psychology — breezily, but still.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Monkeys end up supplying the movie’s real drama. While parentally overlooked mischief-maker Tao Tao gets up to the requisite, well, monkey business, he’s also witness to a stunning snatch-and-fly attack by an opportunistic goshawk. It might not be nature on demand, but it’s some scene.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The film is also packed with enough sharply scripted screwiness from Adam's roommate (Jake Johnson), Emma's roomie (Greta Gerwig), and others to keep viewer impatience to a minimum.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Polar chaos notwithstanding, “Fate” delivers action with more consistent visual precision than in the last couple of films, as newly enlisted director F. Gary Gray accesses the flair he brought to 2003’s “The Italian Job.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The loosey-goosey fun might be a bit much at the finish, but it’s still a laugh watching McCarthy try to get back on her feet.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Green and his cast deliver a wonderful surprise. Echo himself, a generically precious alien, is the least of it. The funny, moving, authentic bond among the kids in the movie is the unadvertised draw.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    It’s like an international-relations microcosm imagined by the Coen brothers, down to an occasional sense that the absurdity isn’t taking us anywhere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The result is entertainment whose pace and sound, while dizzyingly brisk at points, still accommodates characters and a setting that are terrifically rich — a menagerie more fully, memorably realized than “Zootopia.”
    • 21 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Wirkola tears through Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with such giddy abandon, it ends up being splattery fanboy fun. Preposterous, clearly, but fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Krasinski infuses The Hollars with familiar wry humor, but he also delivers a film that’s unexpectedly rich with sweetly moving moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    This isn't just physical love, warts and all, but warts, liver spots, saggy parts, and all. Still, the thing that ultimately keeps your head turned is how persuasively filmmaker Andreas Dresen ("Summer in Berlin'') argues that desire can create just as much emotional tumult in golden years as in youth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The movie bogs down only toward the finish, when it turns into a metahuman free-for-all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Even with his glossy new look, Charlie Brown remains the Charlie Browniest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    In short, the film owns its immaturity. And the argument it appealingly offers in defense is that it’s healthy, even vital, to be able to laugh at scatological silliness, adults included.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    If you're an "Escape From New York" fan, you might have wondered about those rumors about a possible remake...Well, wonder no more. Producer Luc Besson's action factory has beaten everyone to it, stylishly. They're just calling the thing Lockout, and setting it in outer space.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    A giant chef character is an icky bit of inspiration (complete with booger humor to soothe any shell-shocked young’uns in the audience), and the monsters are key to an epic-scale third act. If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven’t given it as much thought as Singer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Stay patient through those Seinfeldian stretches in which Martin isn’t so much acting as performing, and you’ll be treated to the bonus of some surprising emotional depth and poignancy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    It’s vintage Shyamalan, with a twist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    A lean indie horror flick that manages to creep us out even before getting to the part that’s meant to be truly unsettling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    They even make the requisite cameo by Marvel founding father Stan Lee feel profanely inspired. Not your usual Marvel superhero scene? In this case, that’s a good thing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, director Ash Brannon (“Surf’s Up”), and crew combine these ingredients into something that’s uniquely likable, and even unique-looking at times.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Russo
    The well-worn plot basics are dressed up nicely by the film’s consistently clever humor, as well as a celebrity cameo roster that’s stacked even by Muppet standards.

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