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Tom of Finland Reviews

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.
December 14, 2017
In a subtle but wily performance, Strang never loses sight of his character's innate sense of resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2017
In the end, the overarching theme of "Tom of Finland" is the power of art, even - or maybe especially - so-called deviant art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
"Tom of Finland" entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.
October 18, 2017
Tom of Finland is a good, strong movie, but never threatens to be great. One salivates at the adventurous directions the film could have explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 ...
October 13, 2017
A heartfelt tribute to the artist. It's also a too-often diffuse one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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.
October 12, 2017
While Mr. Laaksonen devoted his life (1920-91) to challenging conventions, the film is committed to honoring them.
October 11, 2017
With the arrival of AIDS, everything changes and the film at last finds its theme. The gleeful tone of defiance embodied in Laaksonen's drawings can now be read as an eloquent reply to the puritanical backlash that comes in the wake of the epidemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
August 13, 2017
An interesting film rather than an engrossing one ... it's hard not to wish it was a little more energised by its subject's enduringly transgressive spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 10, 2017
This should be arresting. It should be gripping, complicated, provocative and difficult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2017
A decent, worthy, lugubrious biopic: exactly the adjectives one wouldn't choose for the art of its subject and protagonist.
August 10, 2017
Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2017
Not exactly a deep dive into a lesser-chronicled chapter of 20th century history ... but a worthwhile portrait of a fascinating and hugely influential artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
February 12, 2017
Karukoski's film at least honors its subject's work in some key respects: It's handsome, smoothly executed and eager to entertain.