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What the critics said about Tom Holland's Cherry

Read what the critics have to say about Cherry, an intense new drama starring Tom Holland.

Current occupant of the Spider-Man suit Tom Holland re-teams with seasoned MCU directors the Russo brothers for new movie Cherry, an intense drama out now in theatres and launching on Apple TV+ next month.

The film sees Holland play a medic who returns home from serving in Iraq battling PTSD, which leads to him spiralling into drug addiction and robbery to fund the habit.

Scroll on to find out what the critics had to say about Cherry!

The Times

On a wilder ride with Tom Holland: "A sprawling, operatic movie that situates at its heart Holland playing a disaffected college drop-out turned army medic turned heroin addict in an ostensibly abrasive role (swearing, vomiting, masturbating) from which he emerges with his reputation profoundly enhanced.... as a first step towards a mature screen career, it is beyond impressive."


Tom Holland Acts Methodically in an Overblown Dud From the Russo Brothers: "There's hardly a moment in "Cherry" that's believable, but the film's true crime is that there's hardly a moment in it that's enjoyable either. The only emotion the movie conveys is being full of itself."

The New York Times

A Very Different Tangled Web for Tom Holland: "Whether they're comfortable owning up to it or not, the Russos are better moviemakers than their Marvel movies (the most recent of which was the gargantuan hit Avengers: Endgame) allow them to be. They demonstrate that here. Holland, also a veteran of the superhero mode of cinema (he's Spider-Man these days) shows performing chops that web-slinging doesn't often let him flex."

The Hollywood Reporter

Way overripe: "The Russos are so enamored with the aestheticized squalor of their punishing saga that despite the capable cast, the film keeps you at an indifferent distance from its characters. At every single point of the narrative, the visual impact takes precedence over emotional involvement, quite literally going for operatic effect with bursts of Puccini and Verdi. Rare moments of intimacy are smothered in artifice."


Cherry reunites Tom Holland and the Russo brothers on a not-so-super movie: "There's a strong sense of this being the kind of movie that directors and actors seek out after an Endgame-like success, testing the parameters of their craft and appeal in a venue as far from superhero escapism as they can get. Yet if Cherry offered a liberating creative stretch for its principals, it's less of one for its audience - notable for its ambitions and to chart Holland's maturation as an actor, but ultimately, a potent shot of star power that doesn't quite get under your skin."

Entertainment Weekly

Tom Holland drug drama Cherry can't shake its clichés: "As the story pings and ricochets through the last increasingly unhinged hour of its 140-minute run time, the chaos feels like a fitting parallel, maybe, for its protagonist's state of mind. For all the frenzied action of the final scenes though, there's an airless, overwrought sense of diminishing returns; and that's a comedown we've seen too many times before."

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