Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson
Richard Lawson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Vanity Fair
Publications: Vanity Fair

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% 1917 (2019) It's a staggering piece of filmmaking, admirable both for its complexity and its control. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
96% Little Women (2019) It's often a lovely experience, to sit with Gerwig's ardor, to feel the warming beam of her cast radiating off the screen. I left the theater with eyes brimming. I only wish that the film's spell was cast a bit less briskly... - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
93% Dark Waters (2019) A movie with a story as urgent as this needn't look lovely, and yet Dark Waters often does, finding beautiful patterns and motifs in the quotidian stuff of folders and desk lamps and stacks of paper. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
78% Frozen II (2019) Unnecessary isn't always a bad thing; plenty of fun or otherwise enriching stuff doesn't need to exist. But a dire case of cynical sequelitis plagues Frozen 2. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
53% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks's film has an offbeat sense of humor; its rhythms are weird, the volume surprisingly muted for a movie from the director behind two Pitch Perfect films. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) It's a very nice movie, chipper and sweet and homey while still pitched with a modern sensibility. But that's not enough-none of those qualities resonate without a richer sense of soul or purpose, of which Last Christmas is direly devoid. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Lying underneath the emotional context is a perfectly serviceable action movie. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) In its earnest evocation of so many horrors - and of so many hard-won triumphs against poisoned power structures - the movie does have a salient weight to it. I just don't know if this is the right vessel for all that heaviness. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Its old action-movie trappings, the quaintness of it, cannot be reconciled with its ultra contemporary execution. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lucy presents Portman with another juicy assignment. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) I found myself reluctantly taken by the movie, and the way Scorsese uses it to maybe, just a little bit, atone for some of his own past blitheness about violence. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) I'm aware that any veneration of dynastic wealth is to be carefully scrutinized if not rejected outright. But all that tea and manners has a perversely soothing effect. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Bad Education (2019) A tidy and engrossing corruption drama. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) Just Mercy pays noble credit to a specifically remarkable man. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) [The Meddler] was [director Lorene] Scafaria's last effort behind the camera, and while it's a more than worthy showcase for her abundant talent, Hustlers rockets past it with mesmerizing exuberance. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) The film rolls and bounces with giddy elation, Johnson and his troupe of actors clearly enjoying themselves as they entertain. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch is better than I expected it would be. And yet in clearing that bar, it bares open all the possibility that it could have been even more. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) There's something indulgent about its many digressions, a dinner party guest yammering on and on rather than getting to the point. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
70% The King (2019) Chalamet does robust work, straightening his lanky posture as he goes, rising up into the role like a man ascendant. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
69% Joker (2019) I've not always gotten along with Phoenix's mannered, muscle-strained approach to his craft, but here he makes a compelling case for going full-tilt. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Pitt's gravitational pull does a lot of work for Gray's film, which struggles to breathe in the deliberate airlessness of its design. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is enriching for all its weary insight, for the intricate ways it maps two personalities and locates them in the world. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen offers nothing redeeming to cling close to our chests, nothing warming nor interesting nor worth investing in. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) What results from all that unseemly effort is a movie that is, in fits and starts, a visceral jolt, but otherwise irritates in all its antic gesture. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The film smirks and winks as if it's in on the fatigue, offering an illusion of cool when at heart it's as slavishly on-message as everything else. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a shocking piece of filmmaking-unnervingly competent even when the film yaws into silliness, even when it risks tedium. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Still, the movie proves a cheery enough diversion, during a summer movie season leaden with underwhelming blockbuster offerings. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As is true of the best Pixar movies, a carefully teased-out deeper meaning acts in rich concert with the fun and eye-popping stuff. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) [Director F. Gary] Gray does a respectable job (as he always does), but there's not a ton of style or personality livening up MiB: International. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The movie is so eager to get itself over with that its title anti-heroine even seems an afterthought. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) A poignant and carefully realized drama. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) In [writer-director Céline] Sciamma's gifted hands, the film escapes cliché and becomes something glorious - a study of forbidden love that grandly highlights how much has been lost under the crush of hetero patriarchy. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A wonder of an allegory. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This curious fairy tale may not be the truth, and it may prattle on too long. But when its stars align, and they let loose with their unmistakable shine, Hollywood movies do seem truly special again. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) At least Pattinson and Dafoe's admirably invested work will linger, two actors losing themselves just a little bit as their characters lose it all. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) It's a satisfying and even rousing film at times, but it doesn't provide much enlightenment. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Caleb Landry Jones, as the resident awkward-nerd fanboy, also gets some stuff to play-but otherwise, this richly assembled cast goes to waste. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
81% Furious 7 (2015) Furious 7 is respectful, even solemn, when it needs to be, but is still, thank God, plenty of crazy fun. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
34% Poms (2019) There's a reductive and bland "women be worrying about their appearance" arithmetic happening. And it does a real disservice to the almost heartbreakingly game actors struggling to bring this thing to life. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) For an outsider, the whole experience of Detective Pikachu was kind of refreshing, I must say. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame offers a rich assemblage of movement and detail, full of winning digressions and loyalty-rewarding callbacks. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
47% Little (2019) It's a silly, sweet lark that also has a ring of importance. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) The film is awfully smug about its wicked, unthoughtful new direction, which leads to a climax that is downright silly and, it must be said, kind of dull in all its blunt and hurried escalation. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Glorious moments of flight are made all the more bittersweet by the fact that what surrounds them -meaning, the rest of the movie - is such a glum splotch of nothing, a lazily decorated children's film that seems bored by its own existence. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
93% Us (2019) A frustrating movie, oddly inert despite all its thrashing. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel feels as substantial as any of the other stand-alone Marvel Cinematic Universe films, even if it does things at a more relaxed pitch. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Huppert and Jordan are certainly capable of turning up the volume, but for whatever reason they pull back in Greta, getting stuck somewhere between shlockly art and arty schlock. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) A cyberpunk epic based on a popular manga with a strong pedigree behind the camera, should be an event movie, advertised and anticipated as one of the big films of the year. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) [I]t's a soothing enough balm for those of us getting a little annoyed and itchy as we wait for our own happy ending, already decades overdue. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit isn't good, really, but it's an engrossing kind of misfire, far more intriguing for its experiments in style than for being yet another movie about a taciturn Neeson taking names. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019