Tom Clift

Tom Clift

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Tom Clift's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia), Moviedex, Concrete Playground, Junkee, Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Demolition (2016)

"Demolition unfolds with all the narrative and intellectual nuance of a bulldozer being driven through a house. Which, incidentally, is something else we get to see happen in this terrible, terrible film." ‐ Junkee
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"With snappy dialogue aplenty, the work of the cast is paramount, and thankfully the whole team knocks it out of the park." ‐ Junkee
Posted Jun 24, 2016

Down Under (2016)

"It's one of the savviest Australian comedies in years. Which isn't to say that it isn't also incredibly stupid, because it most definitely is. And that's the entire point." ‐ Junkee
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/5 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Rarely has a film captured the terror of imminent bloodshed with this kind of frenzied, animalistic intensity." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted May 26, 2016
3.5/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

"While the film's gnawing brand of terror may not be particularly immediate, its lingering effects are also far less easily dispelled." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 26, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"A mystery, a farce, a treatise on religion and a sly interrogation of cinemas so-called golden age masquerading as the ultimate Hollywood love letter." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"In an era of increasingly reluctant and angst-riddled crusaders, [Deadpool] makes being a superhero look fun." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 14, 2016
4/5 65%

Nasty Baby (2015)

"Timely social satire of the most scathing and cynical kind." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 94%

Room (2015)

"Despite its grim subject matter, Room never wallows in darkness, but instead stares defiantly into the light. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 1, 2016
2/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"Without characters to latch on to, or much in the way of deeper thematic content, the novelty of Inarritu's formal work eventually begins to wear off." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 12, 2016
4.5/5 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"Mixes the meta elements of his recent output with the shrewd social commentary of his pre-arrest work, all buoyed by a cheekiness that makes it accessible to audiences beyond the arthouse." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/5 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"It is perhaps the most compelling film yet made about the global economic downturn and the everyday people whose lives it tore apart." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Nov 25, 2015
4.5/5 41%

Love (2015)

"See Love. See it in 3D. For the craft, and for the arguments you'll have with people once it's over." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Oct 26, 2015
4.5/5 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"One of the most cinematic Shakespeare adaptations ever put to compelling in its moments without dialogue as it is when the characters are speaking." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Oct 5, 2015
4/5 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"A loud, stylish, ultra high-energy romp...both uproariously funny and unexpectedly poignant." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Sep 18, 2015
4/5 94%

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

"If even half of what is alleged in [Going Clear] is true, then it's not just an incredible doco, but a first-rate horror movie as well." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4.5/5 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"Plenty of Pixar movies have the capacity to make people cry, but Inside Out is about *why* we cry." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jun 20, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Spy (2015)

"For the most part the humour is fairly broad and sweary...still, as with Feig's previous films, the material is elevated considerably by the performances." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted May 23, 2015
4/5 95%

Wild Tales (2015)

"One of the most deliriously savage black comedies to hit cinemas in sharp as a corkscrew and every bit as twisted." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted May 17, 2015
3.5/5 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"An intriguing piece of understated science fiction." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 88%

The Tribe (2015)

"A stark and strangely mesmerising take on contemporary silent cinema... for anyone interested in the language of filmmaking itself, The Tribe is a movie that demands to be seen" ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Apr 27, 2015
3.5/5 100%

Banksy Does New York (2014)

"How much you like the movie will largely depend on how much you like the art. For the record, we like it quite a bit." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Apr 26, 2015
5/5 89%

Mommy (2015)

"Dolan fully embraces his melodramatic tendencies...this is a gaudy, exuberant film, as messy as it is astounding." ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3.5/5 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"Kind of like the Avengers, only more racially diverse, and marginally less bound by the laws of physics or common sense." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Apr 1, 2015
2.5/5 96%

'71 (2015)

"Never quite comes together as a compelling whole." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 22, 2015
4/5 65%

That Sugar Film (2015)

"a lively and eye-opening documentary on a subject that needs as much attention as it can get...That Sugar Film attacks its subject from every conceivable angle." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 22, 2015
3.5/5 32%

Chappie (2015)

"Three films into his career, Blomkamp has proven himself as a storyteller with a lot on his mind." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 15, 2015
4/5 86%

Top Five (2014)

"The writing here feels like vintage Rock: free-flowing, profane and absolutely hilarious." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/5 77%

Rosewater (2014)

"A powerful true tale told with grace and endless compassion." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1.5/5 79%

WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015)

"Enthusiasm alone doesn't excuse derivative storytelling. Nor does it make the film's casual racism and leering misogyny any less unpleasant to watch." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3.5/5 51%

The Interview (2014)

"A ridiculous, juvenile, funny-ish dick-and-fart comedy that should be taken seriously by absolutely no one." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 8, 2015
3.5/5 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

"Vaughn shoots the film with the giddiness of a 12-year-old, one who just stepped out of his very first spy movie with dreams of saving the world." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Feb 2, 2015
3.5/5 88%

Still Alice (2015)

" Sensitive, compassionate storytelling." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2.5/5 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"Tales of wartime valour have been done to death, and frankly Unbroken brings nothing new to the table." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/5 100%

Sepideh (2013)

"Reveals in stark, day-to-day exchanges the inequality faced by women living in conservative Iran. And yet somehow, the film leaves you feeling inspired." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 11, 2015
2.5/5 72%

The Salvation (2015)

"Why doesn't it work? Perhaps it's the feeling that Levring is ticking boxes, trying to include all the typical hallmarks of a Western without ever giving them the time to properly develop." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 11, 2015
1/5 11%

Taken 3 (2015)

"Flailing handheld camerawork, frantic over-editing and claustrophobic close-ups make it basically impossible to distinguish Mills from his enemies, or to decipher the geography of a given scene. " ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 5, 2015

Life Itself (2014)

"Ebert had a way of finding the good in things. Friends. Family. The joy of going to the movies. In capturing his passion and generosity of spirit, this doco earns two thumbs up." ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 4, 2015
1.5/5 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

"Contains no shortage of great actors, none of whom can do anything to distract from the film's horribly awkward pacing or the apparent visual indifference of its director." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 78%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"You may not have heard of this Hollywood legend, but you definitely know a few of his famous friends." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4.5/5 95%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"Sexy, scary and fearlessly subversive." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/5 67%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"Andre 3000 makes an A-grade Hendrix, but this biopic sees the legend's legacy fall into a bit of a haze." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3/5 97%

Keep On Keepin' On (2014)

"This infectious jazz doco will leave you feeling a little more content than Whiplash." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4/5 78%

St. Vincent (2014)

"[Murray] proves he's lost none of his caustic charm. In St Vincent he's vinegar, adding just enough acidity to a screenplay that without him would have been sickeningly sweet." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Dec 22, 2014
1.5/5 34%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

"Not even the proven chemistry of its cast can redeem this formulaic comedy con-job, one that's totally unworthy of your time and, perhaps more importantly, your money" ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet

Love Is Now (2014)

"A simple and surprisingly affecting love story set against the stunning summery glow of rural New South Wales." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2.5/5 73%

The Congress (2014)

"With more disciplined writing and editing, Folman's cartoon menagerie could have resembled a masterpiece. As it stands, it's an admirable and thought-provoking failure." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Nov 30, 2014
3/5 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"Shows a more optimistic side of the filmmaker than audiences may have come to expect" ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Nov 25, 2014
4/5 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Glides out of the darkness and seizes you by the throat." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Nov 23, 2014
3/5 100%

Rock The Casbah (2013)

"Heavily indebted to the collected works of Jane Austen...distinguishes itself via a purposeful sense of cultural specificity within a more broadly relatable story." ‐ Concrete Playground
Posted Nov 21, 2014
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