For 106 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Russo's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 75 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
Lowest review score: 25 Adore
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 106
  2. Negative: 24 out of 106
106 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Turbo makes an entertaining go of it by borrowing very liberally from the “Fast & Furious” franchise — Michelle Rodriguez even voices a character — and sticking a slime trail onto “Rocky” for the rest.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Director Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) finds his groove with a succession of flashy 3-D renderings... They’re digitized riffs on the Sarlacc pit from “Star Wars” and the finale of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — but as with the “Potter” cribbing, when it’s done well, it encourages “Percy” audiences to forgive the derivative chunks and thin emotion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    The story and settings hold interest throughout, but at times the very lack of emotional connection that Yeshi laments in his father seems to hinder the film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Snitch gets a decent amount of drama (and action, of course) out of the argument that there’s paying for a crime, and then there’s overpaying.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Hart’s clowning here is that rare case where louder is, in fact, funnier.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Anderson’s stab at rendering the Mount Vesuvius catastrophe with a 3-D “Titanic” gloss.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    A scene between Yoni and Fahed in the pilot’s makeshift holding cell is a microcosm of everything that’s right about the movie, and not quite right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    The film was technically astonishing and yet brazenly simple.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Tom Russo
    Once again, the most resonant drama here is all about conveying a self-loathing born of inescapable circumstances.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    As a combat action spectacle, the movie takes a straightforward, gritty approach that makes for mostly solid viewing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression.
    • 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
    An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    For all Kendrick's stolidity, he delivers a couple of wrenchingly tender scenes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    A sequel seemingly eager to assert that monster mashes are about B-movie chills not "Twilight'' melodrama. Eager to a fault, ultimately.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Some entertaining inventiveness, before nagging limitations finally drag it down.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    It makes you wonder if the series' animators, who took time out for "Rio" just before this, aren't so secretly yearning to sail different creative waters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    The moments that elevate Wrath above the routine are right in line with Liebesman's "Battle: Los Angeles'' high points: frenetically shot u-r-there combat sequences that feel like the real thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Pretty clearly determined to deliver the antidote to Stallone's movie, the filmmakers take their cues from Christopher Nolan's Batman filmscape, dropping Dredd into a fictional concrete sprawl (actually South Africa) that's relentlessly grounded, visually and dramatically. In a generic way, the environment works.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    Compared to the first two movie installments, this one is uncharacteristically scattershot in the life-lessons department.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Russo
    It's a surprise that Stallone is as funny as he is playing a hit man paired with a cop in Bullet to the Head. He's man-cave witty in a way that his "Expendables" movies have strived for but haven't really managed.