Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, 2021’s “Cherry” follows a young man named Cherry (Tom Holland) as he grows from student to army medic during the Iraq War. When he returns home, Cherry finds himself faced with debilitating PTSD, driving him – and his wife Emily (Ciara Bravo) – to drug addiction. Soon, Cherry is resorting to bank robberies to fund her and Emily’s addiction. It is based on the 2018 autofiction novel of the same title by Nico Walker with a screenplay adapted by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg (via IMDb).
One of the reasons “Cherry” may have flown under the radar is the fact that it was poorly received by critics, as it currently only holds a 37% score on Tomatometer. rotten tomatoes. Many reviews have focused on a disconnected story and lack of focus, with many reviewers noting that the runtime is much longer than the narrative needs. That said, Holland’s performance was widely considered the best part of the movie. Summarizing much of this, Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: “Tom Holland is not a bad actor, and in ‘Cherry’ he proves his skills.” Unfortunately, Gleiberman notes that the story isn’t strong enough for his efforts to carry significant weight.
On the other side of the coin, “Cherry” was much more well received by audiences – it holds an audience score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.