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Tom of Finland Reviews

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August 22, 2018
As disappointments at the movies go, this one hurts more than most.
October 26, 2017
To present Tom Of Finland's life in the format of a prestige biopic feels like a poor fit, to say the least.
December 17, 2017
Touko Laaksonen sketched out an enduring legacy with his homoerotic images of hyper-masculine men. So, why then is Dome Karukoski's depiction of Laaksonen's rise from closeted pornographer to celebrated artist so flaccid?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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October 12, 2017
A decorous restraint pervades Tom of Finland - which, given its subject matter, can't help but seem puzzling; Karukoski never manages to capture the hedonistic excess of Laaksonen's art.
April 10, 2020
Director Dome Karukoski brings an oddly tasteful approach... But once Laaksonen achieves success and finds domestic happiness with a ballet dancer, the filmmakers don't have much to say about their subject.
October 11, 2017
A formless look at Tom's life that seeks to celebrate him uncritically as a hero with a pill of a sister and a sweet boyfriend who just wants to hold his hand in public sometimes. Sex and desire go missing here, to a large extent.
December 17, 2017
the filmmakers give an honest and informative view of a man whose life-long work helped many find themselves in their LGBT universe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2017
While Mr. Laaksonen devoted his life (1920-91) to challenging conventions, the film is committed to honoring them.
October 17, 2017
Why does Tom of Finland play like an over-cited term paper? The film is jammed with incident and detail but there's little flow to the storytelling ...
August 10, 2017
This should be arresting. It should be gripping, complicated, provocative and difficult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2017
A heartfelt tribute to the artist. It's also a too-often diffuse one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 4, 2020
Finnish actor Pekka Strang, as Tom, gives a quietly moving performance.
April 13, 2020
Tom of Finland is a carefully-crafted film that shows how to approach a subject such as this and how to treat any biography subject with respect and reverence while still showing all the angles of the man's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 3, 2019
A mild mannered biopic rather than a true representation of the artist it depicts, venerating but ultimately neutering its delightfully rebellious subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 13, 2019
It is transgressive, artistically flawless, and hides a huge soul, delicacy and sensitivity. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 28, 2019
Neither a box-ticking biopic nor the sexy romp some publicity implicitly promised, Tom of Finland is a wide-ranging and finely directed drama with opinions to air on Finnish social history and LGBT activism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2018
Tom always saw himself as an artist first and foremost, and thankfully, so does Dome Karukoski's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 15, 2019
Upon the Centennial celebration of Finland, award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski presents a moving biopic of one of the country's most beloved sons.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 29, 2018
Leathermen, homoeroticism, beefcake-three things you should not expect from the film Tom of Finland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
May 27, 2020
Propelled by Strang's exceptional performance and some nice touches when it comes to visually illustrating inspiration, Tom of Finland is an above-average examination of an artist.
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