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+ 88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) It's both inspiring and a cautionary tale, filled with drama, intrigue, hubris, comedy and tragedy. It's an American story, and a wild one at that. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
D 24% Men in Black International (2019) One of those memory-erasing flashes would be nice right about now, please. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 81% Late Night (2019) There's a great movie in here somewhere, but "Late Night" needs another pass through the writer's room before going to air. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Jarmusch tacks on some commentary about how maybe we're the zombies, drifting aimlessly through our lives. It would have more impact if it didn't feel like he phoned this one in from the land of the undead. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C+ 46% The Tomorrow Man (2019) An apocalyptic septuagenarian romance that leads with its heart rather than its head, "The Tomorrow Man" is warm in spots but never quite comes together. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B+ 91% I Am Mother (2019) Sputore, working with spare elements, heightens tensions at every turn, and gets the most out of his dynamic, all-female cast. "I Am Mother" is a knockout. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The sequel to 2016's animated hit is even thinner on plot than the first one, whose title promised a look behind the scenes and inside the minds of cats and dogs. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
D+ 24% Dark Phoenix (2019) The final battle takes place aboard a moving train that feels like it's headed nowhere. At this point, it's a perfect metaphor for the "X-Men" series. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
B 90% The Souvenir (2019) "The Souvenir" is an oddly alluring piece of filmmaking, rich and quiet and sneakily affecting. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 100% General Magic (2019) "General Magic" shows how it may have never happened had the startup's timing not been a little bit off. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) The easy thing to do is hone an impression, but Egerton digs in deeper and finds the man inside the costume. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B- 78% Photograph (2019) "Photograph" has a ways to go to sell its central love story. But Batra's touch is so tender that "Photograph" builds a sweetness that overcompensates for its shortcomings. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 93% Rafiki (2019) It's a film that is rushing with energy and life. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 75% Lost & Found (2019) "Lost & Found" is so slight it's barely there. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A couple takes a plunge into farming and doesn't look back in "The Biggest Little Farm," a heartwarming documentary that nevertheless keeps some key facts too close to its vest. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B 72% All Is True (2019) But mostly what "All is True" does is give viewers is a fresh look at Shakespeare, behind the guise, flaws and all. And if ever there was a man for that job, it's Branagh. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 74% The Perfection (2019) It's not just that Shepard sends viewers on a wild ride, it's that he doesn't tell them what kind of ride they're on until it's already in full swing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is genuine enough that it doesn't sacrifice its emotional honesty for the gratification of its characters; it would feel disingenuous if everyone's arcs were wrapped up neatly, and "Booksmart" is too smart for that. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) The few light laughs aren't enough to justify awakening the Genie. But he's out, and it's too late now to stuff him back in the lamp. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C 67% The White Crow (2019) Fiennes' drab biopic of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev drains the color from his life, and comes across as cold as a Soviet winter. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 61% Trial by Fire (2019) O'Connell and Dern, meanwhile, find the common ground in their characters that keeps "Trial by Fire" simmering. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 94% See You Yesterday (2019) The teenagers speak with authentic voices, and Bristol builds a believable world for them (they conduct their science experiments inside Sebastian's grandmother's garage) without bogging them down in science. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C+ 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) The sun, the moon, the stars and all sorts of cosmic gobbledygook are thrown into "The Sun is Also a Star," a love story that shows how difficult it is to manufacture fate on screen. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) That makes this quintessentially Los Angeles tale a frustrating viewing experience, but its open-endedness will help it rally a cult-like following of believers. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C- 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) This is the type of movie where all characters are either "good" or "bad," nothing in between, and the only emotions are "happy" and "sad." It's as if it was written from the emotional mindset of a dog. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B+ 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [I]t's a fun, entertaining romp that knows it's ridiculous from the moment that Wick takes out a towering 7-footer (the Philadelphia 76ers' Boban Marjanović) by beating him to death in a library with a book. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C 15% The Hustle (2019) Who's conning who here? In "The Hustle," everyone's a sucker, most of all the audience. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C 44% The Chaperone (2019) "The Chaperone" is like telling the Tiger Woods story by choosing to focus on his first caddy. Sure, it's a way in, but unless that caddy has a really good story, what are we doing here? - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 97% Hail Satan? (2019) Director Penny Lane frames her smart, level-headed documentary as a discussion about the Satanic Temple and its fight for religious equality. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C 51% Tolkien (2019) Director Dome Karukoski treats Tolkien and his story with reverence, and Hoult plays him with handsome rigidity. But neither the story nor portrayal ever come to life. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Oil and water. Toothpaste and orange juice. Good decisions and Florida. Some things just don't go together, and you can add Ryan Reynolds' voice and Pikachu to that list. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C- 34% Poms (2019) Look, films need conflict, otherwise there's nothing for the characters to do. "Poms" never comes up with anything worthwhile to fight against, let alone cheer. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) [I]t's funny, uproariously so at times, and funny forgives a lot. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
A 84% Her Smell (2019) You won't forget it. You can't forget it. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C- 31% Red Joan (2019) This period drama is stuffy and slow, told in a clumsy way to justify Dench's casting and presence, and is still a waste of her time. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
D 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Here [Berlinger] travels a path that is ill-advised at best, irresponsible at worst. It's vile, indeed. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B- 31% The Intruder (2019) Yes, "The Intruder" is formulaic and you've seen versions of it before. But the game cast and opportunities for interactivity - this is a movie that invites you to shout at the screen - make it a fun if predictable ride. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C 29% UglyDolls (2019) For a movie about supposed ugliness, "UglyDolls" works overtime to be pretty. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) At the heart of Wild Nights with Emily is a real love for Dickinson's work and an attempt to properly re-contextualize her story. That, in itself, is noble. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B- 76% Family (2019) Family successfully milks laughs from its contrived premise, and its game cast help it rise above its conventional roots. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
C 72% Stockholm (2019) For a movie that claims up front to be based "on an absurd but true story," Stockholm sure could use some absurdity coursing through its veins. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Endgame" contemplates big-picture themes within a superhero framework and delivers a hugely entertaining ride worthy of its monumental buildup. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C+ 79% Fast Color (2019) "Fast Color's" ruminative pacing is often dull, and the lack of conflict and suspense undercut the film's noble intentions and unique storytelling approach. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
D+ 50% Stuck (2019) "Stuck" is public transit at its worst. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
C- 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) "La Llorona" is another lame trip down a long, darkened hallway where the anticipation of the scare is always more frightening than the scare itself. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
C+ 72% Teen Spirit (2019) The debut film from writer-director Max Minghella... understands the transcendent power of a great pop song, but not how to harness that same energy in storytelling. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) "Penguins" is a charmer. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C No Score Yet Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story (2019) Day struggles to find a theme to hold "Tough Guy" together. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
D 17% Hellboy (2019) Like two giant horns protruding from your noggin, "Hellboy" is one hell of a headache. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
A 93% Diane (2019) "Diane" is a sharp, attuned, quiet stunner that underplays at every turn. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019