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Tom Long
Tom Long's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Detroit News

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 80% The Amazing Nina Simone (2015) Was she driven to madness or driven by madness? There's no easy answer, of course, but it's a question worth more exploration.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
B+ 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) Ethically challenging and occasionally brutal, "A War" explores the dicey nature of decisions made in the heat of battle and the grim consequences that may follow.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2016
B 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) Jennings' portrayal isn't as flashy as Smith's - the things she can do with just a glance - but the balance they achieve is absolutely glorious.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 96% Son of Saul (2015) Brutal and brilliant, "Son of Saul" may be the most harrowing film ever made about the Holocaust, which should give you an idea of how hard it is to watch.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
A 81% The Revenant (2015) "The Revenant" is both draining and rewarding, and its power lingers long after its last gasp.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
C+ 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) This is an impressive ensemble, and Tarantino has a true gift for dialogue and story twists, but in the end, all that talent seems to have been spent on pretty empty notions.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
B+ 60% Joy (2015) It's all about Joy overcoming obstacles on her way to the American Dream and Lawrence imbues her with strength and resolve. The result is joyous indeed.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
B+ 94% Carol (2015) Will love conquer all? Probably not. The bigger question is whether it will endure. The lush, beautifully acted and shot "Carol" answers this with a sweet smile.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
B 60% Concussion (2015) Just in time for the NFL playoffs, here comes "Concussion," a movie that will hopefully give many serious pause about our nation's most popular sport.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
A+ 74% Youth (2015) Sumptuous, sincere and built on aging bones, "Youth" is a wonder of a film, a look back at life's sprawling possibilities, dark corners and aspirations.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
B+ 88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Short manages to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. But its ominous revelations linger long after it's over.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
B+ 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Yes, it helps that the core group of original actors has returned, but it's more the energy, humor and simplicity of direction that has been recaptured. It's the overall vibe.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2015
B 80% Macbeth (2015) "MacBeth" is serious business indeed, and in the hands of director Justin Kurzel, it becomes bloody serious business. Very bloody serious business.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
C+ 78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) The show certainly has plenty of diverse star power - Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and Michael Cera also appear along the way - but its shaggy approach wears thin until Cyrus shows up. Then again, save the best gift for last.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
B- 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Outrageous, gaudy, clumsy, preachy, bawdy, bizarre and certainly topical, Spike Lee's "Chi-raq" is a political protest and a pop-culture explosion.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
B 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) OK, it's not pushing the boundaries of storytelling, but it certainly does the job.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
B 95% Creed (2015) Reprising the role that made him famous, Stallone turns in an award-worthy performance in the Rocky reboot Creed. He doesn't overplay things; he's downright humble and, let's face it, kind of adorable.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
C+ 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Even though there are some very good bits floating about, it gets to be too much of a crazy thing.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Explosive, mostly true to the text, complex and chock full of action, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" should more than satisfy the franchise's many fans.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
C 33% By The Sea (2015) The point to all this seems to be life is cruel and people are jerks, but sometimes very good-looking jerks. Deep.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
B 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) The romance feels a bit like filler, but the twists are heady. And Roberts, bearing no hint of youth or glamour, brings a stark power to her supporting role that resembles nothing she's done before.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
B 95% The Wonders (2015) It offers a slice of family life - tumultuous, conflicted, yet bound by circumstance and history - that is thoroughly unique and awfully colorful.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
B 41% Shelter (2015) Both actors bring confused dignity and downright anguish to their roles, and if Bettany eventually begins piling the woes on a bit heavy, they make you believe that as dark as things get, they're still more than possible.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
C 71% Heneral Luna (2015) From an American perspective, "Heneral Luna" may not be much of a film, but it's a fascinating artifact.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
B 73% The Keeping Room (2015) Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
B- 65% Spectre (2015) For the most part, it's efficient-enough Bond fare - overlong car chases, beautiful women in eternal danger, crazy stunts, suave cool under fire. Nice fitting suits.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
B- 86% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) This film was never released in theaters - it was obviously way too far out and ragged for its own good. But it works nicely as a warped time capsule harkening back to strange days.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
B 100% Rebels of the Neon God (2015) We've seen these kids before, but we've never seen them quite like this.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
C 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) What should have been a fairly direct look at a culture hiding from itself becomes an overdone, angst-everywhere exercise.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
B- 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Offers some nice behind-the-scenes glimpses of how political sausage is made just as America's political sausage is sizzling on the fire.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
B 81% The New Girlfriend (2015) A swirl of gender confusion, "The New Girlfriend" tosses all the he/she/we question marks it can find in a tale of contemporary confused sexuality.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
C+ 79% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Time Out of Mind" is consciously disoriented and slow, to its own ultimate detriment.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
B 73% He Named Me Malala (2015) While Malala's saintly status is front and center, there are lingering, disquieting and incomplete issues all over the place.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
B+ 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) The tension never lets up.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
C+ 76% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Considering it's a crass film timed for the Halloween crowd, "A Christmas Horror Story" is pretty much as horrible as it's supposed to be.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
B+ 90% Coming Home (2015) A modern yet timeless tragedy that's desperate, sad and rich with devotion.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
C+ 79% Northern Soul (2015) The first feature from writer-director Elaine Constantine, herself a Northern soul veteran, the film follows a fairly familiar innocent-led-astray storyline.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
B 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) It's obvious where "Sleeping with Other People" is going; the fun is in getting there.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
B+ 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) It's a one-of-a-kind film about a one-of-a-kind screen legend, a man who transformed acting without ever really knowing what he thought of it.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
C 33% This Is Happening (2015) "This is Happening" leans too much on ungrounded comic antics for the performers to be completely successful, but they give it their all.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
B 61% The Intern (2015) "The Intern" may be predictable, but it's far from empty.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
D+ 11% Pay the Ghost (2015) Fine, sure, "Pay the Ghost" if you have to. But do not pay good American money to see the movie of the same name.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
B- 94% Rosenwald (2015) "Rosenwald" offers a compelling story of a man who obviously believed that giving is living.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
B 64% The Man Who Saved the World (2015) The mix of the intensely personal with the global keeps "The Man Who Saved the World" from feeling too politically preachy.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
C- 10% Stonewall (2015) There may be a good movie to be made about the Stonewall riots, which triggered much of the gay power movement in 1970, but "Stonewall" isn't it.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
C+ 74% Black Mass (2015) With all the talent on board here, expectations go beyond creepiness; unfortunately creepiness is about as far as the movie ultimately goes.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
C- 48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) This story was better off back in the maze.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
B 85% Meet The Patels (2015) It's a delight of a film, but it also examines problems of assimilation, culture clash, modern romance and the value (or prison) of tradition. Which is quite a bit of stuff for a movie that's just plain fun to watch.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
D 33% Some Kind of Hate (2015) The message here is clear: Bullies are bad and so are razor-wielding ghosts. Almost as bad as this movie.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
B- 64% The Visit (2015) There's undeniable fun in watching a couple of veteran actors get strange with two newcomers. "The Visit" may be worth one.‐ Detroit News
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015