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- 43% The Dirt (2019) A bit of introspection would heighten the experience and deepen the characters, but Tremaine leans on familiar themes of tribal unity to glaze over the thinner sections of the script. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Russian Five (2019) It's a story fans already know well, but "The Russian Five" lays it out in a compelling, easily digestible fashion. And it shows how without a major assist from Russia, Detroit would have never become Hockeytown. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 94% Us (2019) "Us" will pin you to your seat and leave you stiff with fear. The mystery it weaves, however, doesn't yield any immediately satisfying answers, only more questions. But at least it gets you thinking, and these days, that's plenty. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
A- 94% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore digs in and finds the intricacies in her character. She's not showy, but she turns in an honest, understated performance that all comes together in a joyous, melancholy, liberating dance set to Laura Branigan's "Gloria." - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) That doesn't dampen the work of Richardson and Sprouse, or the romance at the film's center. "Five Feet Apart" works hard for its tears. But it's the honesty of the performances that makes it worth the investment. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The film's glorious cinematography (hat tip to David Gallego) compliments the directors' vision, making "Birds of Passage" a film that flies as high as its ambition. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 88% Giant Little Ones (2019) [An] emotionally honest and heartfelt look at figuring out one's path through the difficult journey of adolescence. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) People go to horror films to scream and squirm and have a good time. "Horror Noire" shows that to many, horror films are more than just blood and guts. It's a matter of life and death. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C 44% The Wedding Guest (2019) Dev Patel is uncharacteristically icy and mournful as a hired kidnapper in "The Wedding Guest," but there's little in this flat thriller to warrant accepting its invitation. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C 71% Climax (2019) In "Enter the Void," he used this effect to mirror the experience of a hallucination. But here, it seems the bad boy is running out of tricks, and he's hammering your skull just to prove he can keep doing it. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 54% Yardie (2019) While "Yardie" hits familiar beats, viewers get the sense they're on Elba's turf. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C 42% The Kid (2019) "The Kid" manages some picturesque shots of Western landscapes, and Hawke, who has hit a career stride in recent years, wouldn't know how to turn in a bad performance if he tried. But there's not enough here to make this journey worth taking. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B 100% A Tuba to Cuba (2019) "Musical conversation cancels out complication," one musician says in the film, and "A Tuba to Cuba" is a testament to that statement. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
D 46% I'm Not Here (2019) The period details aren't convincing in any of the film's eras, and the ambiguous finish is more harmful than hopeful to viewers looking for an ending to this sad bastard story. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C 78% Captain Marvel (2019) In the grand scheme of the Marvel Universe, however, "Captain Marvel" feels like a supporting player, not a featured attraction. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ 73% Triple Frontier (2019) It would be easy for Chandor and Boal to take "Triple Frontier" down an obvious path, but the direction they choose is more complex, morally damning, and affecting. "Triple Frontier" is a smart heist movie with a conscience and a soul. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C 55% Greta (2019) If "Greta" is satire, Huppert seems to understand so better than Moretz; the fact that they're consistently on different pages renders "Greta" a major mess, but it's also what could extend its shelf-life well past its sell-by date. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B 71% Lords of Chaos (2019) Åkerlund stages the film's violence with an unsettling, unflinching reality, to drive home the difference between entertainment and the real world. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
C 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A great finish can save an otherwise ho-hum movie, just as a flat ending can undo an otherwise strong one. "Everybody Knows" is an example of the latter. It's disappointing for everybody involved. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A 99% Apollo 11 (2019) It's a glorious ode to where we've been, and it makes you question how far we've come today. Not bad for a bunch of 50-year-old home movies. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The "How to Train Your Dragon" movies are respected - the first two garnered nominations for Best Animated Feature - but this third chapter doesn't garner more than a polite appreciation. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Co-writer and director Nadine Labaki shoots "Capernaum" with a fluent, documentary-like realism. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) A solid cast and Merchant's respectful approach elevates the material to the top rope, but it's rising star Pugh who hits her finisher. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
F 40% Donnybrook (2019) There are no winners here, only losers. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't it Romantic" earns its place in the pantheon of rom-coms it loves to parody. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B- 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) In all the world-jumping and talk of quantum physics, a bit of the fun of the original film is lost. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
B+ 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Watching "Alita: Battle Angel," the eye-popping, groundbreaking, visually dazzling stunner from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron, you can feel the ground beneath you shifting. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C- 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) "Lego 2" is like stepping on a Lego. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 93% High Flying Bird (2019) It's a slick story with a slick look to match. He shoots, he scores. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C- 13% Berlin, I Love You (2019) A love letter to a city should at least be so in love with its location that it sweeps you off your feet and makes you want to go there. "Berlin" fails to make a proper case for Berlin. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's a delirious ride, full of fun and darkly comic moments, and its just the spike Neeson needs as his badass persona had seemingly run its course. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) It's a true act of revival. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
A- 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) "Cold War" captivates and transcends barriers of language and culture. It's a gorgeous tale as rocky as it is romantic. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) "Velvet Buzzsaw" has fun sending up the pretentiousness of the art world and its collective clamoring to discover the Next Big Thing, but it loses its bite as it morphs into a directionless horror romp. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
D- 19% Serenity (2019) A lot of things have to go wrong for a film to misfire the way "Serenity" does, and all of them happen here. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) [Cornish] wisely speaks the language of children without talking down to them. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) "Stan & Ollie" has plenty to say about the things that bring us together, and the things that keep us together. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
D+ 73% Destroyer (2018) Kidman is one of our great screen actresses, but here she destroys everything in her path. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
B 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) There is a timely element to "Sparrow Creek" that speaks to our current moment and mood in this country, but the simple, effective nature of Dunham's sharp storytelling makes him a talent to watch going forward. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) "Glass," it turns out, is broken. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
D 29% The 6th Friend (2016) A flat horror thriller that takes way too long to get to its (severely lacking) horror or thrills, "The 6th Friend" is dead on arrival. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C- 10% Replicas (2019) "Replicas" is not without its laughs, even if they're at the expense of the film. For a bad movie, you could do a lot worse. Boot the mapping service, baby. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
D+ 81% Ben is Back (2018) "Ben is Back" is one of those awards season films that looks on paper to be a slam dunk: Mother and child relationship, drugs and drama is a cocktail for Oscar gold. In this case, the dunk is a dud. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C 41% The Upside (2019) The clichés are stacked up like skyscrapers in "The Upside," the affable and soft-peddled story of a billionaire quadriplegic and the street-smart ex-con who teaches him how to live. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) As a trailblazing figure, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves a knockout biopic about her life. Instead she gets... a serviceable, but by no means extraordinary origin story of a pre-Supreme Court RBG as she begins to shape her legacy. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
D+ 48% Escape Room (2019) It's like the filmmakers themselves were locked in an escape room with no way out. At least, in the end, it's true to the film's premise. "Escape Room" is trapped. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) An intoxicating, intimate work from a born filmmaker, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is an elegant poem of a film. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
A 66% Vice (2018) It's an ugly story of corruption... And it works, both as a comedy and a scathing indictment of Cheney. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
D 62% Bird Box (2018) "Bird Box" winds up resembling M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous "The Happening," so maybe Malorie has it right: It's better not to look. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
C 44% Second Act (2018) Eating a wad of raw cookie dough is satisfying, but it might also make you sick. That's how "Second Act" is. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018