Tom Meek

Tom Meek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Anchorage Press , Boston Phoenix , Cambridge Day , Charleston City Paper , Film Threat
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
389

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5.5/10 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " There are plenty of fine comedic moments in Better Living, it's just that the deeper exploration of life, expectations of and pursuit of happiness is as rote and exciting as getting a prescription filled." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
6/10 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " As far as history goes, and the box office dictates, there's plenty of room for a sequel. The ending almost commands it. In another eight years, we're likely to see 300: Xerxes, Bigger, Better, More Berserk." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2014
8/10 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Vermeer isn't an uplifting experience per se, but a reflective and profound one that should have viewers thinking outside the box." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6.5/10 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Lepeniotis demonstrates deep artistic vision and a deft hand at pacing. It will be interesting to see what he does next." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 12% Safe Haven (2013) " The groan-worthy denouement washes Haven out into a sudsy sea of shameless melodrama." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/4 25% Fun Size (2012) " This Size doesn't matter." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 31, 2012
2.5/4 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " A love triangle and some Steampunk machinery add interest, and Fung's spunky inventiveness makes this worth seeing." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/4 81% Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) " A condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore's Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 2, 2012
2.5/4 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach..." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 7, 2012
2/4 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " For all its posturing (it's based on the books by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the script) and visual élan, Pirates never really raises anchor." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 25, 2012
3/4 68% God Bless America (2012) " Murray and Barr have fun with the tart dialogue, and despite the flimsy premise and the derivativeness (Goldthwait lifts whole scenes of Taxi Driver), it might be Goldthwait's best film to date." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 96% Undefeated (2012) " It may call to mind The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, but there's no Hollywood glitz in the blighted burg of Manassas." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2.5/4 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " It's not WALL-E, but it does bear the same cross." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 3, 2012
1.5/4 18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) " The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 22, 2012
2.5/4 26% Underworld Awakening (2012) " Brief but bloody and best enjoyed in zombie mode." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
2/4 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " As in a Tyler Perry movie, the obvious issues of race get buried under a litany of life-affirming platitudes." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3/4 56% In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) " Thanks to the cast and chaotic historical backdrop, the horror of hate and war takes on a compelling human face." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 3, 2012
2/4 12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) " Overall, Mike Mitchell's assault will appeal only to the under-10 set and send everyone else running for ear plugs." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 13, 2011
1.5/4 10% Trespass (2011) " Addled by uninspired dialogue and hammy plot twists, it could have used some anti-corporate demonstrators looking for economic parity to add interest." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 12, 2011
1.5/4 17% Shark Night 3D (2011) " How did a fleet of ferocious finned carnivores wind up in a lake, even one that's salt water?" — Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 7, 2011
2/4 47% Chasing Madoff (2011) " Overall, the film offers little insight into Madoff, his shenanigans, or the financial collapse of 2008." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 24, 2011
2.5/4 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) " If you're a lover of the series, this is your summer cherry. If you're a hater or apathetic (I'm apathetic plus), it's first-rate fluff." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 17, 2011
3/4 59% La Rafle (2012) " Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions..." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 20, 2011
3/4 85% Viva Riva! (2011) " Riva's a gritty get-down that'll hit you in the gut." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) " Lasseter should have left this sputtering galumph on the table and pumped the gas into Toy Story 4." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 29, 2011
2/4 82% Trollhunter (2011) " If you just go with it, Troll Hunter may satisfy your taste for cult campiness." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3/4 89% Buck (2011) " Ostensibly, Cindy Meehl's documentary may focus on the exploits of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, but it also relates a tale of perseverance." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 22, 2011
3.5/4 91% City of Life and Death (2011) " The most visceral war film since Saving Private Ryan - a portrait of the hopeless in the grasp of a sadistic oppressor." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/4 59% Forks Over Knives (2011) " Although Fulkerson might have balanced his polemics with some other opinions, Forks over Knives still serves up plenty of food for thought." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011
3/4 —— Saviors in the Night (2012) " Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and uplifting, Saviors is a worthy entry in the Holocaust genre." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011
2.5/4 54% Hesher (2011) " The performances, especially by Wilson and Laurie as the grandmother, keep Susser's earnest effort afloat. Consider it a promise of things to come." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011
2/4 77% Fast Five (2011) " Though the smash-bang chases make for dumb fun, it all mostly cruises in a noisy neutral. And with his film clocking in at over two hours, director Justin Lin might have raised his own speed limit." — Boston Phoenix
Posted May 7, 2011
2/4 38% Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) " It's that time of year again, when the daffodils spring up and Tyler Perry puts on a dress and becomes Madea." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2.5/4 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " Lawrence brings some authenticity to the mini-epic but succumbs to its sentimentality." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/4 11% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) " Not all books should be made into movies, and this is one of them." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 13, 2011
2.5/4 72% Rio (2011) " Love drives this animated 3D flight of fancy from Carlos Saldanha, director of the Ice Age series and a native of the title city." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 13, 2011
17% Miral (2011) " The didactic approach and hodge-podge structure diminish the film's heart and Schnabel's dreamy imagery." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 7, 2011
98% Born To Be Wild (2011) " The spectacle of 3D and the narration of Morgan Freeman make clear the beauty of what is being lost." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 7, 2011
48% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) " The actors make the most of it, and director David Bowers (Astro Boy) keeps the gags coming at an ADD-appeasing pace. What this wimp lacks, however, is heart." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/4 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " The director of 300 and Watchmen has plenty of visual panache, but when it comes to storytelling, he's a bombastic hack." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/4 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " At times, the film dazzles with its almost seamless spectacle, but not as much can be said for the needless backstory preamble and an overindulgent aural overload that drowns out the best scenes." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 18, 2011
2.5/4 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " The 3D IMAX visuals do impress, but the subtext - that if you behave well, the Martians will zap your mother's brain - is a little out of this world." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 10, 2011
1.5/4 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) " John Whitesell, who helmed BM2, keeps the gender-flipping gags firing with a sense of seriousness that seems blind to the inanity of the granny-panty flimsy plot." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 23, 2011
1.5/4 4% The Roommate (2011) " The saddest thing about The Roommate is how the filmmakers exploit the clearly ill Rebecca, turning her into a co-ed version of Jason or Freddy Krueger." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 12, 2011
2.5/4 53% The Mechanic (2011) " Tomb Raider maestro Simon West's remake of the 1972 action thriller can't be bothered with nuance, intrigue, or piquant detail." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 2, 2011
1.5/4 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Such defining efforts as Cocoon and Apollo 13 seem light years away for Ron Howard..." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 20, 2011
2.5/4 38% Casino Jack (2010) " Spacey's bravura performance really sells the story." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 6, 2011
1.5/4 29% The Warrior's Way (2010) " Though the film oozes visual appeal (many action sequences are rendered with comic-book vibrancy), it's short on insight and long on cliché." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 9, 2010
2.5/4 80% Made in Dagenham (2010) " Hawkins, so fantastic in Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, gives another award-worthy performance..." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 23, 2010
2/4 15% Skyline (2010) " The premise of this low-budget sci-fi thriller might be familiar from Signs, War of the Worlds, and Cloverfield, but the lesser acting talent is more in line with Plan 9 from Outer Space." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 17, 2010
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