Adam Graham

Adam Graham
Adam Graham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Detroit News
Publications: Detroit News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 80% Copshop (2021) It's an exercise in style and slickness, a director greasing his wheels to keep from going rusty. It's built for a good time, not a long time, and it achieves its goals. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
D 72% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) A self-conscious shoulder shrug of an in-joke that isn't designed to be taken seriously by anyone. Mission accomplished. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
C 75% Blue Bayou (2021) The well-intentioned but emotionally overwrought "Blue Bayou" takes an underexplored issue - the deportation of immigrant adoptees - and lays the melodrama on so thick that it's suffocating to the senses. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
C 53% Cry Macho (2021) Eastwood's grit is still intact but here it's in serviceof a so-so story full ofunearned emotions. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
B 76% Malignant (2021) Wan, untethered and having a blast, uses all sorts of funhouse tricks with his camera, giving "Malignant" the feel of a ghoulish merry-go-round. By the time it stops, you'll be ready to take another spin. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
C 41% Kate (2021) At this point "Kate" feels like a routine exercise in the overworked assassin genre. Been there, killed that. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
C 86% The Card Counter (2021) Schrader's noble intent doesn't conflate with what comes across on screen. As a gambling drama it's underplayed, and as a character study it's as obtuse as its lead character. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
C 47% Queenpins (2021) Gaudet andPullapilly frame the film as a story of two girlbosses getting theirs, but against whom or what doesn't concern them, nor does the why of their decisions or actions. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
B- 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) "Shang-Chi" holds his own, but he doesn't leave you wanting more. It feels like a one-and-done while we get back to the main attraction. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
C 30% He's All That (2021) "He's All That" has the emotional depth of a TikTok video, and doesn't linger in the mind any more than a viral dance craze. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
C 71% Together (2021) This kind of storytelling device might work well on stage in a small, intimate theater, but on film it comes off as awkward and unwelcome. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
C 84% Candyman (2021) "Candyman" lacks a center as well as grounding. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
C 44% Flag Day (2021) Like Penn's character, "Flag Day" never quite pulls through; as much as you want to believe in it, it winds up a disappointment. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
C 37% Reminiscence (2021) In "Reminiscence," the past is always a little too present. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
B+ 86% The Night House (2021) The things that go bump in the night are only the beginning of the scares in "The Night House," where what lingers in the mind is far more terrifying. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
B 61% The Protégé (2021) It's Keaton's show, and he kicks "The Protégé" up a notch and shows why in a world of students, he's a teacher. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
C+ 80% Free Guy (2021) It's overly busy and spreads itself thin in trying to bridge multiple worlds, which aren't linked by a consistent tone. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
C- 46% Beckett (2021) At least with all that running, Beckett gets his steps in. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
A 96% CODA (2021) "CODA" is sweet, heartfelt, eye-opening and uplifting. It's a big hug of a movie, and we could all use a hug right now. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
B 67% Respect (2021) As Franklin, Hudson burrows into the vulnerability of the singer, and later the strength that allows her to become a force of nature. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
B 70% Annette (2021) Carax blurs the lines between reality and fiction to the point where it's unclear what is honest and what is make-believe. But just try taking your eyes off it. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
B 88% Nine Days (2021) Oda believes in his own vision, and he has the confidence to carry it through; it's the type of movie that has so much earnestness baked into its DNA that it could easily fall apart, but in his hands it never does. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
B- 91% The Suicide Squad (2021) Gunn comes in locked and loaded, and he pushes the envelope with everything he couldn't do in Disney's Marvel universe. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
A- 88% The Green Knight (2021) Lowery dives all the way in and viewers are rewarded with a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the soul. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
B 75% Stillwater (2021) The path to getting there isn't always a smooth one, but "Stillwater" manages to run deep. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
C 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) At Disneyland it may be smooth sailing, but on screen, "Jungle Cruise" proves a rocky ride. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
B 57% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) The luxe period fashions in the '60s story are lavish and rich, while the modern day romance crackles with playful energy. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
B+ 93% Val (2021) Both heartbreaking and life-affirming, "Val" paints a unique portrait of a unique talent. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
C 38% Joe Bell (2021) "Joe Bell" is based on a true story, and is a well-intentioned tale about the need for acceptance and tolerance. If only its execution was as clear as its message. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
C 37% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) This one belongs back in the toy box. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
C+ 50% Old (2021) There's a reason it's not called "New." - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
B 79% Black Widow (2021) The world's biggest franchise should makes these kinds of side trips more often. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
B- 88% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Yet "1994" set a high bar that "1978" can't quite reach. It's a slow ride that should have been a cherry bomb. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
C- 50% The Forever Purge (2021) "The Purge" movies still want you to believe they stand for something, but they're just cheap window dressing on conventional genre tales, this one a race to the border. Anyone else feeling Purged out? - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
B 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) As a historical document, "Summer of Soul" is stunning; as a documentary, it has some bumps. But the music is always there to take you home. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
B+ 83% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) It's more of a spiritual successor to "Scream" than most of its sequels; from beyond, Wes Craven is smiling. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
B 88% Zola (2021) Yet as an extravagant, not-meant-to-be-taken-as-gospel yarn, it's like a rollicking group chat brought to life, and it makes one hell of a story. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
A- 91% No Sudden Move (2020) "No Sudden Move" offers a look at a city in a period of transition and what that transition does to everyone around it. The big beats crackle, the smaller ones hang around like an aftershock. Don't be surprised if it ends up knocking you out. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
C 47% False Positive (2021) There's a lot to wrestle with in "False Positive," but many of its issues seems to be that it's still be wrestling with itself. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
D+ 51% Good on Paper (2021) As a stand-up routine it may have worked, but some material is best left to the stage. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
C+ 59% F9 (2021) The franchise is now showing signs of engine trouble. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
C 64% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) "12 Mighty Orphans" tries so hard to be inspirational that it trips itself up on its way out to the field. Great story, but the telling is second-string. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
B+ 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Director Mariem Pérez Riera never gets in the way of her subject and lets viewers feel Moreno's spirit, her vibrancy and her energy. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
C 91% Luca (2021) From any other company, "Luca" would be underwhelming and easily forgettable. Coming from Pixar, however, long the gold standard in animation, it's a disappointment, another sign the studio's stamp is not what it once was. Toss this one back in the water. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
D 27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) As a result, "Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" comes off just as smug and crass as its characters. Cancel the hit. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B+ 66% Fatherhood (2021) It's sentimental but not sappy, with a strong, assured performance at its center. "Fatherhood" is a testament to fatherhood, held together with heart and by Hart. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B 16% Infinite (2021) Maybe "Infinite" isn't crazy, it's just misunderstood. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
B 91% Holler (2021) Barden's central performance is as tough and honest as the film calls for, and even if a closing riff feels slightly borrowed from "Good Will Hunting," "Holler" is a solid entry in the Midwest Desolation canon. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
C 53% Queen Bees (2021) A middling comedy that plays like it was underwritten by the Retirement Community Association of America, if there were such a thing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
B+ 94% In the Heights (2021) It's about families and sharing and generational roots, and making a better life for those who come after you. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021