Richard Lawson

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For 216 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Lawson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Minari
Lowest review score: 10 Music
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 216
216 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Lawson
    The movie is a pallid, dull slog of bad acting and worse storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Richard Lawson
    It’s all pleasingly robust and cinematic, if fleeting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Richard Lawson
    The real trouble of the film is that it is stuck, like a spirit, between spaces. It’s cramped in the liminal room between “prestige horror” and something more slick, squalid, and satisfying. The balance is off, for which a strong cast—Rhea Seehorn is particularly sharp as a colleague of George’s—and stately aesthetics can’t make up.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Lawson
    Best to move past Without Remorse. assured that Jordan will find another, more fitting star vehicle for himself. Maybe one that’s a bit hipper to the mores and styles of the present day, and is more willing to let its lead express something beyond the wordless violence of so much canned fury.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Richard Lawson
    Mortal Kombat is a disjointed, halfhearted trip to the past, where things probably should have been left finished for good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 45 Richard Lawson
    The film is mostly just a rehash of Lord of the Flies set in space. It turns down all the expected corridors and leaves most of its chilling implications unexplored.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    Godzilla vs. Kong competently, efficiently does its job, which is really all you can ask of the fourth movie in a rickety franchise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    The film is a winning reminder of the pleasures of the midrange movie, one stylish enough to feel distinct but not too caught up in an effort to sell some startling, singular vision. It’s proudly genre and fills its allotted space with humor and detail.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 55 Richard Lawson
    Watching Snyder’s intermittently rewarding epic—if nothing else a spectacle of completed vision—stirred up surprising emotions. Not about what happens to the people (and aliens) in the film, but about what happened to its maker, and to the course of human events while Justice League 2.0 wrestled its way into being.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    It’s a fun movie, packed with escapades and just-shy-of-cloying cutesy humor, but there is a resonant depth, too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Richard Lawson
    In Day’s magnetism, the film does enough justice to Holiday’s memory that its shagginess is almost forgiven. The rest of the orchestra could use a tune up, but Day, at least, makes for an exciting solo act.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Lawson
    The film offers a small bit of emotional rescue at its very end—a graceful tribute to the escapes of memory and fantasy—but by then the dourness of its conclusions has blotted out any rounder sense of meaning.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Richard Lawson
    As it unspools, Minari becomes a study in sober compassion. Chung has worked through the conflicts of his upbringing—his father’s stubbornness, the family’s rural isolation—and arrived at the grace of understanding, and all the forgiveness, regret, and affection that comes with that.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Lawson
    There’s a sort of bell curve of tolerance; the film begins loud and over-egged, gradually settles into a sad and gnarly bildungsroman, and then burns itself out with an operatic finale. It’s an exhausting experience, which I realize may be the point.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Lawson
    Pike has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the performance, but don’t let that turn you off. She is, once again, a stealthy marvel in this movie, cruel and clever. The rest of the film might not meet the heights of its star, but it is still a sleek and compelling standout in an erratic season, anchored by one of the great performances of the year (so far, anyway).
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Lawson
    Ziegler has been handed a cursed, impossible task, forced to act so far outside of herself—with seemingly little of the right guidance coming from the grownups in the room—that Music becomes something ghastly. It often feels like a movie made decades ago, one of those smarmily well-intentioned Hollywood exercises in issue-peddling that demands the gratitude of an entire community of people.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    The Map of Tiny Perfect Things knows its limits. It’s careful about when to be twee, when to strive for profundity, and when to hold back. The film has an agreeably modest scale, despite its lofty considerations of physics and the makeup of existence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    Judas and the Black Messiah is missing that deeper personal aspect, some sense of the emotional force yoking O’Neal and Hampton together, dragging them toward ruin. The film is resonant regardless. Still, there’s such an opportunity presented here—to see these two sterling actors really working in harmony—that goes frustratingly unseized. As is, Judas and the Black Messiah is richer and more engaging than a standard biopic, but is not quite the Shakespearean tragedy of double allegiances and backstabbing that it could have been.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Lawson
    The film doesn’t actually show character growth so much as it tells you it’s happening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Lawson
    Supernova, despite a title that suggests a bright and glorious burst of energy, is a ponderous movie, a story about the end of life so determined to be taken gravely that it doesn’t let anything actually live. It’s abstractly tragic, about a vague idea of something rather than anything or anyone specific. Dementia is scary and sad. That’s about as particular as Supernova gets.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Lawson
    The Little Things is somehow both lazy and overly adorned, a lugubrious movie that spends all its indulgence on the easiest, most obvious of tropes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Richard Lawson
    Locked Down is a grating yank into a nasty headspace, a pompous sort of fury. There is no empathy for the common cause of quarantine in the film, only spittle and outrage and corny existential angst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    The ending of the film stuck with me for days, pushing me into a kind of melancholy existential funk that proved distressingly hard to shake.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Lawson
    The pleasure of Let Them All Talk is in how it expands on the premise of an older lady hang movie, burrowing into darker corners and pausing to consider the ambient hum of life tumbling along. It’s a fun movie. It may also be profound.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Richard Lawson
    In its best stretches—the first hour of the film, let’s say—WW84 sweetly revels in its old-school trappings, its hokey mystery, its goofy villain, its resourceful hero. The film is light on its feet, colorful and playful in a way not seen elsewhere in the DC Universe.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Lawson
    The Prom is a shellacked lump of Hollywood product, all canned fabulousness—including Corden’s noxious mugging—and none of the difficult, awe-inspiring technicality that makes musical performance truly snap and sing with theater’s scrappy magic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Richard Lawson
    There are enough surprising one-liners and asides to make this romantic comedy actually funny, rather than something to mildly chuckle at on the way to the kissing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Richard Lawson
    Mangrove is not a lecture, or a polemic. There’s a gracefulness to McQueen’s technique that gives the film a poetic lilt; even when the worst things are happening, or the biggest speeches are being made in court, McQueen manages to avoid the starchy stuff of so many political and legal dramas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Richard Lawson
    Freaky is a pure pleasure, an absurd thriller that cuts through descending autumn gloom with a surprisingly bespoke prop knife.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Richard Lawson
    Hillbilly Elegy is both witless cosplay and a failure to interrogate any of the book’s controversial insinuations. I can’t imagine the film will satisfy those who agree with Vance or those who want to tangle with him—let alone those just looking for an engrossing family saga.

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