For 75 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Josh Larsen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Pinocchio
Lowest review score: 25 The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 75
  2. Negative: 7 out of 75
75 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    An amusing and heartfelt exercise in boots-on-the-ground feminism, Support the Girls takes place in an unlikely location for such an endeavor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    It’s as if a mid-century work of Italian neorealism took a nap in a field and had a dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    A very particular sort of camera is at work in Hale County This Morning, This Evening. It peers from unconventional angles, lingers on images longer than they at first seem to deserve, and generally offers a perspective that is at once unremarkable, given the everyday subject matter, and revealing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Josh Larsen
    Vox Lux has such snarky contempt for pop music—or at least the star-making machinery that governs it—that you wonder why writer-director Brady Corbet bothered to make an entire movie about the subject.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    As for the actors, Weisz gets to showcase her skill for subterfuge, while Stone reveals new levels of manipulation and deceit. But it’s the lesser-known Colman, as Queen Anne, who ultimately wrests control of the film.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    Shoplifters definitely goes after your heartstrings, yet especially after some third-act revelations put this family in a larger social context, the movie earns any tears it gets.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Josh Larsen
    The only thing I can imagine anyone offering in complaint about Roma is that the movie delivers an uncomplicated depiction of a secular saint. That’s true, to an extent, and yet it’s also what I love about this full-hearted, exquisitely crafted, deeply grateful film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    It will restore your faith in grace, goodness, and maybe—just maybe—even in humanity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    There is a soft sadness that permeates the film and steadily spreads, until it gradually devours each of the main characters. It may devour you.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    At it best, I Feel Pretty works as shameless fierce send-up of contemporary beauty standards.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    There are laughs aplenty in this lawless, arbitrary, mythological Old West, but a feel-good yarn it ain’t.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    Widows largely works...not as a character study but as a consideration of corruption on a larger, societal scale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    This is Mulligan’s show. Her risky, raw performance is the life force of an otherwise muted film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Larsen
    The first Suspiria is a psychedelic sensory experience, but it didn’t really mean much. The remake, written by David Kajganich and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), tries to bring too much meaning to its horror conceit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    Hahn and Giamatti make for a great movie couple, in that the very way they stand near each other makes you believe they’ve already been through better and worse.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    Directed by Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me? has its funny moments—Richard E. Grant proves to be a sublime comic partner as Jack Hock, a fellow alcoholic who gets roped into Lee’s scheme—but mostly the movie is immensely sad, the story of a woman who deep down desires companionship but just isn’t wired to accept it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Larsen
    There are two curious elements to The Land of Steady Habits: writer-director Nicole Holofcener centering a film around a male protagonist; and Ben Mendelsohn giving a regular-guy, mildly comic performance. I wish both experiments had paid off a bit more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    Watching Hold the Dark isn’t quite as interesting as ruminating on it afterwards, which is probably both a critique and a compliment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Josh Larsen
    The film clumsily stumbles into feminist significance in its final moments, without having laid much groundwork for it beforehand.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench has more ambition than its talent can possibly live up to, but it’s an invigorating experience nonetheless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    Gosling excels at an open sort of stoicism, a way of keeping us at a distance on the surface while also giving us a peek inside. And so he’s a good fit for this take on Armstrong.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    There’s joy in watching Cooper, for the most part, actually pull this off—including the gamble of casting an acting novice in the crucial title role.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Josh Larsen
    I’m all for scaring kids at the movies, and even allowing dark magic to be a part of that. (I’m a fan of The Witches, after all.) But the indiscriminate application of intense horror tropes here feels both clumsy and inconsiderate. Kids deserve both more, and less.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Josh Larsen
    It’s all immensely entertaining, revealing, and moving—especially the occasional silences, when they sit comfortably together and the shared years fill the open space.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Larsen
    The horror comedy Slice has so many amusing, eyebrow-raising elements that at the very least it entertains as a curiosity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Josh Larsen
    Holbrook—a Garrett Hedlund-Charlie Hunnam hybrid—at least delivers the tough-guy one-liners Black specializes in with the right combination of sincerity and bemusement (even better is Sterling K. Brown as a government agent). But in the mouths of pretty much everyone else in the cast—including Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, and Keegan-Michael Key—the dialogue falls flat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Larsen
    I’m convinced more of Hawke’s passion for the man than his place in music history.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Josh Larsen
    The Happytime Murders is at its best not when it’s at its most “adult,” but when the filmmakers find new, surprising ways to employ their puppeteering creativity in the real world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    On the surface a sports documentary about the titular tennis legend, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection is also a call to watch things more closely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Larsen
    This is a movie that’s honest about night coming on, but it also reminds us of the small things that will get you through that night, until the morning dawns.

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