Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland (2017)

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tom of Finland honors its subject with an empathetic, even-handed, and above all entertaining look at the pioneering art he produced from private turmoil.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

"Tom of Finland" entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.

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Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com

A heartfelt tribute to the artist. It's also a too-often diffuse one.

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Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly

Though not explicit per se, Tom of Finland is quite visceral; you can practically smell this movie, with many scenes reeking of cigarettes, sweat, and ... And you know whether that's high praise or not.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Glen Weldon
NPR

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.

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Stephen Romei
The Australian

We all think about which films we should see from the current crop. Tom of Finland is perhaps an unusual choice but it's one I'm pleased to have seen.

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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

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 ...

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

While Mr. Laaksonen devoted his life (1920-91) to challenging conventions, the film is committed to honoring them.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Once the movie gets to California, its outlook improves.

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