For 151 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Russo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 75 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Lowest review score: 25 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 151
  2. Negative: 35 out of 151
151 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    All over the map in the details it throws at us, and the level of immaturity it aims for.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Among the ingredients “21” is missing: the infectiously random silliness of a Zach Galifianakis, the smug hunkiness of a Bradley Cooper, and any sort of Vegas-y gloss whatsoever.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    There is less eye candy than you would expect, and it’s underwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Tom Russo
    Eckhart doesn’t really do any of that classic grunting as Frankenstein 2.0, but maybe he should have.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    Fresh or not, creatively merited or not, here it comes: the third installment of Martin Lawrence's big, dopey franchise.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    By the time the giant, snarling spider shows up - the most boggling of the movie's various "holy schnitzel" touches - parents of the littlest "Hoodwinked" fans may be feeling hoodwinked themselves.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    Never thought we'd say this about a movie, but Bucky Larson probably doesn't wring as much out of recurring bodily-fluid gags as it could.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    The squirminess stands out here because there's so little going on the rest of the time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    The best we get here are modest action diversions.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    Not that there’s all manner of comedy craftsmanship demanding study here, but the movie does seem to be a funny jumble of contradictory impulses.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    Quaint and crass get together — or would that be “bump uglies”? — with awkward, thoroughly flat results in The Big Wedding, an ensemble comedy with a tonal cluelessness as surprising as the name cast that signed on for it anyway.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    In the end, it’s hard to remember another action entry that expends so much energy on frenetic blacktop choreography and attention-deficit editing with so little to show for it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    Just one more touch of “realism” in a sexual melodrama played so straight that it’s nuts.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    This is mythology that’s famously transportive in every sense, but the animators struggle to take us anywhere truly captivating, or even clearly defined.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    None of this is as riotously zany as it wants to be.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Tom Russo
    It’s an idea that could make for decent genre viewing, if only its cast had some range, and its indie reach didn’t exceed its mainstream-polished grasp.

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