Tom Meek

Tom Meek

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Tom Meek's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6/10 16%

Aloft (2015)

"It's more a sensual experience than a narrative, and while the dystopian prophecy boasts a concrete plot -- or two -- Llosa has loftier ambitions." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 21, 2015
6/10 80%

The Sisterhood Of Night (2015)

"At its core, Sisterhood wants to be about reaching out and getting beyond the walls of misperception and miscommunication, but if you play too many shell games, finding that heart goes from being a genuine emotional odyssey to a cheap parlor trick." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.5/10 0%

Muck (2015)

"The gonzo assault becomes an uneven straddle of Evil Dead camp and rote splatter, leaving Muck to hobble along disjointedly like Jamie Lee Curtis' battered heroine as she tries to escape Michael Myers in Halloween." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2015
6.4/10 50%

Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015)

"[Whaley has] given his actress too many dots to connect -- or more than is advisable. No matter though, because Meester, with her natural, easy fit into the role, proves game and goes after those gaps with an indelible marker." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2015
5.9/10 51%

The Humbling (2015)

"There is, needless to say, an overall disconnect between every facet of the story and every other." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2015
8.2/10 99%

Leviathan (2014)

"It's a rigorous and challenging workout for the soul." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2015
6.6/10 77%

Fury (2014)

"Ayer has clocked in a gorgeous-looking effort full of ambition and drive, but overall, Fury becomes overwhelmed by a rudderless weave." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
5.9/10 No Score Yet

Don't Look Back (2014)

"Dickerson, who's been soaking his feet in the milieu, clearly has the skill-set to do more, but that's not going to happen until he stops drawing from the well of ersatz well-trods and breaks open a fresh can of paint." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3.5/4 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Guardians of the Galaxy is full of what made movies fun back when Jaws and Star Wars were igniting the genre. It also may be, or at least is to date, the best Marvel comic to make it to the big screen." ‐ Cambridge Day
Posted Sep 30, 2014
7/10 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"On the whole, The Equalizer never finds any sense of confluence, but in parts it can be thrilling, even rapturously macabre." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
8/10 95%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"Piecing together the myriad and moving vignettes of perseverance and humanity... holds her focus and never succumbs to heavy-handed methods, allowing the participants and events to build the historical experience from the ground up." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2014
6/10 41%

Child Of God (2014)

"For obvious reasons too, it's a tough undertaking to endear sociopaths, serial killers and their ilk as something more, something human." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
6.5/10 19%

And So It Goes (2014)

"It's a clichéd premise no doubt, but thankfully Reiner and cast play up the comedic angle and make what could have been a flat, Lifetime weepy something springy and possessed of an intermittent joy." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7/10 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

"Underwater Dreams unfurls as a cautious American fable of sorts." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
6.5/10 78%

La Bare (2014)

"La Bare is an admirable newbie effort that's unfortunately just skin deep." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
5.5/10 62%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The found footage format becomes cumbersome and feels disingenuous as cameras are diligently placed by those handling them even during dump-and-run moments." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2014
7.5/10 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"The latest Coppola behind the lens has served notice -- it will be interesting to see how she follows up. If pedigree is any indicator, the future holds brightness." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
7/10 83%

Whitewash (2014)

"Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' nuanced character study may run on many different cylinders, but all are tuned to the same end." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2014
5.5/10 63%

13 Sins (2014)

"The material is fairly B-level, and Stamm is pretty blessed to have Webber and Perlman to keep it from falling down a tier." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
5.5/10 20%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"There are plenty of fine comedic moments in Better Living, it's just that the deeper exploration of life, expectations of and pursuit of happiness is as rote and exciting as getting a prescription filled." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
6/10 43%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"As far as history goes, and the box office dictates, there's plenty of room for a sequel. The ending almost commands it. In another eight years, we're likely to see 300: Xerxes, Bigger, Better, More Berserk." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2014
8/10 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Vermeer isn't an uplifting experience per se, but a reflective and profound one that should have viewers thinking outside the box." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
6.5/10 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Lepeniotis demonstrates deep artistic vision and a deft hand at pacing. It will be interesting to see what he does next." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"The groan-worthy denouement washes Haven out into a sudsy sea of shameless melodrama." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/4 25%

Fun Size (2012)

"This Size doesn't matter." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 31, 2012
2.5/4 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

"A love triangle and some Steampunk machinery add interest, and Fung's spunky inventiveness makes this worth seeing." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 24, 2012
3/4 82%

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

"A condemnation of the US health system in general, like Michael Moore's Sicko, sans the self-aggrandizing." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 2, 2012
2.5/4 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 7, 2012
2/4 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"For all its posturing (it's based on the books by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the script) and visual élan, Pirates never really raises anchor." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 25, 2012
3/4 67%

God Bless America (2012)

"Murray and Barr have fun with the tart dialogue, and despite the flimsy premise and the derivativeness (Goldthwait lifts whole scenes of Taxi Driver), it might be Goldthwait's best film to date." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 96%

Undefeated (2012)

"It may call to mind The Blind Side or Remember the Titans, but there's no Hollywood glitz in the blighted burg of Manassas." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2.5/4 53%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"It's not WALL-E, but it does bear the same cross." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 2, 2012
1.5/4 17%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 21, 2012
2.5/4 27%

Underworld Awakening (2012)

"Brief but bloody and best enjoyed in zombie mode." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
2/4 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"As in a Tyler Perry movie, the obvious issues of race get buried under a litany of life-affirming platitudes." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3/4 55%

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

"Thanks to the cast and chaotic historical backdrop, the horror of hate and war takes on a compelling human face." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 3, 2012
2/4 12%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)

"Overall, Mike Mitchell's assault will appeal only to the under-10 set and send everyone else running for ear plugs." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 13, 2011
1.5/4 10%

Trespass (2011)

"Addled by uninspired dialogue and hammy plot twists, it could have used some anti-corporate demonstrators looking for economic parity to add interest." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 12, 2011
1.5/4 18%

Shark Night 3D (2011)

"How did a fleet of ferocious finned carnivores wind up in a lake, even one that's salt water?" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 6, 2011
2/4 46%

Chasing Madoff (2011)

"Overall, the film offers little insight into Madoff, his shenanigans, or the financial collapse of 2008." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 23, 2011
2.5/4 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"If you're a lover of the series, this is your summer cherry. If you're a hater or apathetic (I'm apathetic plus), it's first-rate fluff." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 16, 2011
3/4 56%

La Rafle (2012)

"Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 19, 2011
3/4 86%

Viva Riva! (2011)

"Riva's a gritty get-down that'll hit you in the gut." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 5, 2011
2/4 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Lasseter should have left this sputtering galumph on the table and pumped the gas into Toy Story 4." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 28, 2011
2/4 82%

Trollhunter (2011)

"If you just go with it, Troll Hunter may satisfy your taste for cult campiness." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3/4 89%

Buck (2011)

"Ostensibly, Cindy Meehl's documentary may focus on the exploits of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, but it also relates a tale of perseverance." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 21, 2011
3.5/4 92%

City of Life and Death (2011)

"The most visceral war film since Saving Private Ryan - a portrait of the hopeless in the grasp of a sadistic oppressor." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/4 61%

Forks Over Knives (2011)

"Although Fulkerson might have balanced his polemics with some other opinions, Forks over Knives still serves up plenty of food for thought." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011
3/4 No Score Yet

Saviors in the Night (2012)

"Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and uplifting, Saviors is a worthy entry in the Holocaust genre." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011
2.5/4 53%

Hesher (2011)

"The performances, especially by Wilson and Laurie as the grandmother, keep Susser's earnest effort afloat. Consider it a promise of things to come." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 12, 2011