Rob Larsen

Hollywood Movies

Blockbusters, Award Winners and the Occasional Turkey

Capsule Reviews:

Bottle Rocket, The Others, Waiting for Guffman, The Player, Bonnie and Clyde, Dogtown and Z-Boys

The Tuxedo Review and Jackie Chan interview

Meeting Jackie, honestly, was one of the highlights of my time as a proper film critic. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

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The Royal Tenenbaums Review

(Boston's Weekly Dig)

Rush Hour 2 Review

One of two reviews I wrote for the Boston Metro. Maybe not my favorite work, but definitely my biggest circulation to date. ((Boston Metro)

15 Minutes

I spoke with Director John Herzfeld before writing this review (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Hannibal Review

"Hannibal, the long-awaited sequel to 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, is an almost prototypical Hollywood movie. It's lush, well produced, well-written, acted professionally and a little light intellectually. Where Silence of the Lambs spent much of its time in relatively heady psychological waters, this film plays less to that and instead stays a lot closer to the typical thriller angle. The result is a lesser, but still solid, film..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Thirteen Days

I spoke with actor Bruce Greenwood during his promotional tour for this film. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Review

"Okay, so this isn't the best the Coen Brothers have yet produced and I'd probably stop short of calling it a great movie, but O Brother Where Art Thou is still a lot of fun..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

2001: A Space Odyssey Review

"If you ask me, and since I'm writing a review- someone did, this is one the best films ever made..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Requiem for a Dream Review and Darren Aronofsky interview

I got a one on one with Darren Aronofsky for this one. Another one of the highlights of being a film critic. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows Review

The worst film I saw as a critic, I think. An abomination. (Boston's Weekly Dig)


I spoke to Lee about this film and the review features some of his comments- another one of the highlights. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Boston's Weekly Dig)

The Cell (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Cecil B. Demented

I got to meet and speak with John Waters while he was doing promotion for this film. A very cool experience. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

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X-Men Review

Being the comic book guy that I am, I offer up a comic book guy review of sorts. (Boston's Weekly Dig)

The Night of the Hunter Review

"'The wedding night, the anticipation, the kiss, the knife, BUT ABOVE ALL... THE SUSPENSE!' With a tagline like that it's hard to imagine that this film wasn't a commercial success upon it's release in 1955. Maybe if they'd mentioned how godawful creepy it was people would've better know what to expect..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Me, Myself and Irene Review

"With Me, Myself and Irene, Jim Carrey returns to physical comedy and reunites with the Farrelly Brothers, the folks responsible for Carrey's 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber and 1998's smash hit comedy, There's Something About Mary...'" (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Small Time Crooks Review

"For me it's scary, but if you're under twenty and you don't watch "old" movies, the odds you've seen a great Woody Allen film are close to nil..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Gladiator Review

"This is what the world needs more of; Russell Crowe chopping peoples heads off..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

The Godfather I & II Article

"This isn't really much of a review as I think that it's pretty common knowledge that these films are great." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

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Man on the Moon Review

"Hope no one was expecting a regular, paragraphed, linear, prose-style review of this one. I've evaluated the situation and decided the only way I'm going to get all of my thoughts on this movie onto paper is to just ramble on as it comes to me. There's just no other way..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

Anna and the King Review

"Take award winning actors from two continents (Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster), add lush locations and mix in a well-known story and you should be able to come up with a pretty successful picture. That's the theory at least and on paper it sure looks like a solid plan. Thing is, making movies isn't easy (if it was everybody would be doing it) and a successful formula doesn't always add up to a successful film. Such is the case with Anna and the King." (Boston's Weekly Dig)

The Magnificent Ambersons

My first review for the Dig. (Boston's Weekly Dig)


"I saw this at a screening in L.A. It was a New Line deal so we had to wait for all of the "important " folks to plant their asses in their seats before the show could start. I was, therefore, really itching for the movie to begin. A half an hour after it was supposed to start, it did, and it was worth the wait..."