Richard Lawson

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For 159 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Richard Lawson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Phantom Thread
Lowest review score: 10 Justice League
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 159
159 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    The High Note isn’t an ecstatic, tenuously held burst; instead, it’s a mellow pleasure, sleekly directed by Ganatra, who turns Flora Greeson’s occasionally programmatic script into something of smooth, sensual warmth. It is, above all else, an inviting opportunity for two likable actors, Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, to simply exist on screen together, fluid in their casual appeal and gracefully bringing a sappy, aspirational story to mostly credible life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    You can’t taste all the miraculous food the sorry men of The Trip to Greece are served. But you can, at least, relate to the feeling the film evokes. It’s the wonder of new experience giving even further gravity to all that’s come along and happened before—and will, on some dusty day in some impossible future, hopefully happen again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Richard Lawson
    With more patience, and a little rigor, Military Wives could have been a massive crowd-pleaser. As is, it’s only fleetingly charming.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Richard Lawson
    Scoob! is a dumb movie, full of creaky topical references and jokes that are above kids’ heads but below adults’. It’s also pretty boring, because it makes no real effort to give the plot any sort of cinematic build.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 35 Richard Lawson
    There is, alas, nothing enriching about Capone. It offers none of the robust competence these dwindling-culture times are running low on. Perhaps more dismayingly, it’s not even entertaining. The film’s arresting oddity is fleeting, and then we’re just made to sit with it for another humid 90 minutes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Lawson
    As a dancer to Hargrave’s violent tune, Hemsworth acquits himself beautifully—he gets a grim and maybe irresponsible assignment done quite well.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Richard Lawson
    We can feel a richer idea tingling just beneath Sea Fever’s skin. But Hardiman never roots it out, opting instead for a restraint that is often admirable, but also dampens the film’s potential power.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Lawson
    All of this is not bad, exactly; it just takes no time to be good. World Tour is barely a movie. It’s a jumble of half-length animated music videos stitched together with the thinnest of throughlines.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Richard Lawson
    It’s a solid nature movie, not quite factual enough to be a true work of scientific observation, but engaging and persuasively conservationist in its subtle way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Richard Lawson
    While Michael Fimognari’s film does have some heart-fluttery moments—chiefly the first reappearance of heartthrob Peter (Noah Centineo), framed in a doorway and blessed with a nice winter jacket and a crooked smile—what’s more arresting is its gentle wisdom about all the stuff that happens after the swoon.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Richard Lawson
    It handles a tricky topic with so much persuasively unadorned compassion that it has the genuine potential to change hearts and minds about one of the country’s most contentious battles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Lawson
    There’s something sweetly clumsy about how Stargirl invites us back in time, to twenty years ago, when such a made-up person might have surprised and delighted us. Stargirl is a strange but not unwelcome reminder of that fact. How quaint of us. How quirky, really.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Lawson
    The film is sturdy, galvanizing, the sort of movie that might help rouse people out of despair and into the good fight. The spirit of revolution—righteously angry yet full of bonhomie, demanding but generous in its reach—is alive and well in the film. As, one hopes, it is everywhere else.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Richard Lawson
    With The Way Back, O’Connor works so hard to avoid sports movie cliché that he pares the film down to something unsustainably lean. Without Affleck’s gravity, The Way Back would just drift away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Lawson
    Rarely in Big Time Adolescence does anything feel canned or beyond the realm of the credible. All the characters in the film seem to have inner lives; we believe that they exist past the confines of the film. It’s a pleasure to be in their warm and appealing company, even as the proceedings take a turn for the mildly dire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Richard Lawson
    The Invisible Man loses its personality as it tumbles into the third act, and with it goes a lot of the emotional fiber Moss has worked so hard to spin into something rich and memorable. She still holds her own as the movie crumbles around her, but her performance deserves better than what Whannell ultimately gives her.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    It’s a freeing movie, not without its flaws and missteps, but wonderfully alive with all the looseness of new possibility.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Richard Lawson
    The Father is an act of understanding, radical in its toughness and its generous artistry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Lawson
    Promising Young Woman is not always surefooted in its style or substance, but Mulligan is consistently riveting throughout.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Richard Lawson
    Shirley is a relentless film, ceaselessly in motion. Its actors, then, must go chasing after it, with Moss leading the fearless charge. She brilliantly maneuvers the film, moving in fluid response to Decker’s stimuli.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Richard Lawson
    Colangelo grapples with all that is unfixed in this story with wise consideration. Worth finds its ultimate value in accepting what the film, and we, cannot ever determine for certain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Richard Lawson
    The film looks away from that pure artistry too often, turning instead to its limited, and far less satisfying, view of Swift’s complicated star profile.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 65 Richard Lawson
    Downhill is a clever movie when it could have been profound, had, perhaps, Faxon and Rash been willing—or capable—of digging deeper.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Richard Lawson
    Though premised on the slight pretenses of Twitter, the world of Bravo’s film is no fictionalized, seedily appealing underbelly. It’s simply America: often frightful, sometimes grimly amusing, and ever rattling along in its entropy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Richard Lawson
    The Gentlemen is a homecoming film, reuniting Ritchie with his once-signature style of narrative jumble and jocular menace. Watching it, I felt the calm of familiarity wash over me, the dim feeling like I’d somehow folded back into a time simpler only for having already happened.
    • Vanity Fair
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Lawson
    Technically speaking, Dolittle is a film made for children. So we should probably mostly view it through that lens. In that regard, the movie is perfectly okay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    We’re served both the galvanization and the despair, the victories eked out bit by painful bit and the looming defeat, as an implacable monolith dismisses puny mortal concerns like so many gnats. It’s tough stuff, but it’s worthy stuff too.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Lawson
    It’s an ugly stray who smells bad and should not be invited into your home, certainly. And yet it is its own kind of living creature, worthy of at least some basic compassion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Richard Lawson
    It’s a turgid rush toward a conclusion I don’t think anyone wanted, not the people upset about whatever they’re upset about with The Last Jedi (I feel like it has something to do with Luke being depressed, and with women having any real agency in this story) nor any of the more chill franchise devotees who just want to see something engaging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Richard Lawson
    1917 is a rattling wonder of form, an audacious undertaking that nonetheless bobbles or cheats on a few occasions.

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