Tom Long

Tom Long

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 90% Ex Machina (2015) " "Ex Machina" takes its time, wrestling with questions of responsibility, morality and compassion while getting ever weirder. At its heart is Ava, played with a fine blend of innocence and quiet panic by Vikander. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B+ 60% The Water Diviner (2015) " The film feels purposeful and true. Good job, mate. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B 90% Manos Sucias " A tough little movie set in the waters and coastal jungles of Colombia, "Manos Sucias" dashes naive hope with cold, brutal reality. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 24, 2015
C 50% The Messengers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The CW has given birth to good series late in the year before, but The Messengers seems far-fetched, even by its standards. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 17, 2015
C 47% True Story (2015) " Jones delivers her moral righteousness with a passion the rest of the film lacks. Otherwise, this is just the story of an awful human and the dupe who loved him. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) " The great joy of the film, whether you know piano or not, is watching Bernstein teach. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B No Score Yet Burroughs " There is probably a better, more complete film to be made about Burroughs someday, but it will likely contain parts of this film that are irreplaceable. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 78% Danny Collins (2015) " Danny Collins is the cinematic equivalent of a well-sung easy rock tune, enjoyably light and bouncy, with some darker notes hidden within the chords. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 9, 2015
A 97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) " The butchery, perversions, sudden pivots and unexpected deaths that jolt the many stories running side by side are all back. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B- 86% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " Aside from an eye-opening investigation of useless and harmful flame repellents pumped into furniture, it sticks to climate change without broadening its scope to other examples of corporate spinning, which must be plentiful. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 3, 2015
C 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " File this one under "odd and interesting but ... " " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 3, 2015
C+ 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " "Woman in Gold" may be a bit obvious, but it's still a story worth telling. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B- 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " Ultimately the movie is wearying, but then it's likely supposed to be. If Viviane's going through the wringer, you're going through the wringer too. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B+ 96% It Follows (2015) " "It Follows" is the creepiest movie in years. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B- 29% Get Hard (2015) " Will you laugh? Absolutely. Could this have been a better film? Definitely. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B 76% Deli Man (2015) " "Deli Man" is a delicious little concoction, a consideration of the history of the Jewish delicatessen and how it reflects Jewish culture in America. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B- 31% Insurgent (2015) " The action sequences are well done, some of the visuals are spectacular, and at it's heart Insurgent is wrestling with some very basic questions about ambition and human interaction. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 19, 2015
B 91% iZombie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Occasionally gory and suffused with black humor, there's still a sunny sincerity to the show. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B 76% Beloved Sisters (2015) " It's epic stuff, and at 170 minutes it's a commitment. Schiller seems to be blazing a trail for German ├╝ber-confidence, seeing his modern man as the grand product of all that's been right with history. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B+ 85% Cinderella (2015) " "Cinderella" feels real enough to be sincerely touching at the same time it's visually inventive enough to be magical. We've all seen this story, true; but we haven't seen it told this effectively. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 13, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The American version of The Returned is well on its way to being every bit as good as the French original. It may even improve on certain aspects of the show, we'll have to wait and see. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 9, 2015
B+ 77% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) " Authenticity is the warm blood that pumps through "Stop the Pounding Heart," a low key but mesmerizing look at adolescent awakening in a fundamentalist family. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 6, 2015
C- 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " There's a stretched and buffoonish quality to the aptly named "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" that detracts from any sincere sentiment or wisdom the film hopes to impart. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 6, 2015
B+ 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " Maybe it's something in the water Down Under, but these fellows have managed to concoct a whole new perspective on fangsters. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 6, 2015
A- 96% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) " It's a bubbling cauldron of newfound freedom and energy coming to life, an inspiring reminder of what people of a like mind and heart can accomplish. "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" is a thing of beauty indeed. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 6, 2015
B- 95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " This show fits perfectly into the network's mystery/cop-heavy schedule and audiences should be able to blur right through it comfortably. As comfortable blurs go, Battle Creek is indeed a success. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Mar 2, 2015
C- 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Heineken may be weighed down by the predictable reality of actual events. Or it just may be lacking in electricity and depth. Either way, it's lacking. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B+ 94% Bad Hair (2014) " There's a sense of being trapped that permeates "Bad Hair" - trapped in your own flesh, trapped in circumstances, trapped in the family you're born into. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B 96% Red Army (2015) " On the surface it's the story of one particular hockey player, but it reflects so much more. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 27, 2015
100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) " It's just the most solid piece of work on broadcast TV. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 23, 2015
A+ 96% Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) " Near flawless in execution while filled with rarely seen intelligence and complexity. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 23, 2015
C- 35% Backstrom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Backstrom isn't just far-fetched; at times it's downright silly. And clumsy. And painfully obvious. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 23, 2015
B+ 100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Saul is a tangential prequel to Breaking Bad... Saul is also the story of a man slipping over to the dark side, filled with comical touches, not-so-comical brutality and oddball complications. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 23, 2015
C- 58% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " Red Band Society is proof positive that even in this golden age of programming, TV knows no shame. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 23, 2015
B 79% McFarland USA (2015) " Yes, it's a bit corny and convenient at times, but there's an admiration here for hard work, ambition and battling adversity that overrides cynicism. "McFarland, USA" is a good film about good people; nothing wrong with that. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 20, 2015
B+ 99% Leviathan (2014) " Yes, this could happen anywhere, but you get the feeling it happens often in Russia. The only real hope here is that a movie this hard on the motherland could be made there. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 20, 2015
A 99% Timbuktu (2015) " This is the clash of ancient and modern, of rulers and ruled, of rabid dogma and the joys of daily life. It is a portrait of the ugly folly of imposed ideology, a too-common condition for far too many. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Feb 20, 2015
A 91% Mommy (2015) " "Mommy" is a shockingly honest, nerve-wracking and dazzling piece of cinema. If this doesn't rattle your soul, you don't have one. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 30, 2015
B 82% Black Sea (2015) " In the end, "Black Sea" is a taut warning about the evil allure of greed. It also makes clear why vacationing on submarines has never caught on. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 30, 2015
C- 37% Black or White (2015) " "Black or White" stumbles even as it tries to move forward. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 30, 2015
B+ 49% Cake (2015) " 'Cake' is delicious stuff - low key but affecting, funny while tragic, quirky but never so bizarre it loses you. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 23, 2015
B+ 73% American Sniper (2015) " The fluidity and tension of the battle scenes is breathtaking, Eastwood at his cinematic best. But it's the ever-tightening knot inside of Kyle the director really wants to understand. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B+ 98% Paddington (2015) " 'Paddington' is an absolute delight, visually inventive, thoroughly goofy and goosed by a mix of dry British wit and pratfall shenanigans. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B 52% Little Accidents (2015) " Nothing feels forced in this movie, which is testament to Colangelo's skill as well as the cast's. You believe the coal dust on these people; you grieve for their secrets. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 16, 2015
D 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " Some storylines conclude, some collide, others dissipate. But the film's main crime is this: It's boring. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 9, 2015
B 98% The Overnighters (2014) " It develops into a study of obsession, hypocrisy, righteousness and self-doubt, questioning motive and then gob-smacking the audience with the wholly unexpected. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 5, 2015
C+ 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " 'Love is Strange' takes something so right and leaves it hanging all wrong. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " It's a film about drive, about imagination, and how brilliance thrives outside the mainstream. These are common enough themes given uncommon purchase in a film about a man who likely saved millions of lives by never fitting in. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A- 95% Whiplash (2014) " 'Whiplash' is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Jan 4, 2015
B 64% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Black Sails is mostly a boys' tale told for adult boys, all huffing and puffing and heaving ho. But isn't that what pirate stories always were? So sail on, mateys. " ‐ Detroit News
Posted Dec 29, 2014
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