Tom Meek

Tom Meek
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tom Meek is a writer living in Cambridge. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, Cambridge Day, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and teachers writing and journalism in the Boston Area.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) You can hear every ache in the sound of silence. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 67% Ammonite (2020) The key to Lee's success here, however, is his casting. These are two of the most interesting actresses of our time. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 90% The Climb (2020) The Climb is a quick, nasty burn with some clever twists. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 85% Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975) Kitschy, creepy and pretty much the film...that announced Cronenberg as a cutting-edge horror force... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 87% A History of Violence (2005) The cast is excellent, especially Harris, steely-eyed and snaky, with William Hurt and Maria Bello... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/4 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Brandon Cronenberg, son of creep-master auteur David, sets out on his own with this stynear-future hit-person thriller... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 97% Sweetgrass (2009) Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's hypnotic look at Montana mountaintop shepherding is Wiseman-esque in its observant, non-intrusive style. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 100% City Hall (2020) City Hall captures all that we are, were and can be, though it's an eerie pre-Covid snapshot of our fair Hub. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Cut and Chop (2020) It feels like an eerie Halloween short stretched on too long. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/4 99% Totally Under Control (2020) Totally Under Control is a get-out-the-vote push and a must-see for the undecided. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2.5/4 96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) A fitting but straight-ahead celebration of the career of John Lewis... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 47% Zardoz (1974) A sci-fi curio...a more gonzo version of Logan's Run - with Connery in thigh-high boots and a "Borat"-esque G-string - as a futuristic savage turned enforcer by the elites in power... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
2.5/4 100% IRL (2019) Ricardo Perez-Selsky's dark indie rom-com, written by and starring Chase Hinton, tells the saga of a struggling L.A. artist trying to find love online. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Something of a first-world dilemma on paper, but wholly relatable in execution. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) Jennifer Kent is maestro of moody ambiance and emotional turmoil... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
100% La Haine (1996) The young men may be cut from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds (Jewish, Black and Arab) but are united in their impoverished station and palpable frustration. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) A gorgeous, reflective wonderment about the mysterious doings of octopi. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 100% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) Beasts is a frenetic and stylistic burn, with much credit due to Do-yeon for her fiery X-factor. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 79% Let Him Go (2020) Writer-director Thomas Bezucha rekindles the essence of a B-noir potboiler with the fast, efficient and lean in execution Let Him Go... which gets a big boost from some knockout performances -- in the end, the main reason to see the film. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/4 55% Come Play (2020) It doesn't all pull together. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) It's a fairly straight-ahead archive reassemble, but haunting and powerful in its timeliness and the realization that the asks back then still have not been answered. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2.5/4 69% Free Fire (2017) Ben Wheatley's plucky black comedy about an arms deal gone awry just might be the most gonzo crime movie set in Boston - and it wasn't even shot here. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/4 76% The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Actor Steve McQueen's iconic charisma is usually enough to carry any film, and he's well matched here with Faye Dunaway... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 55% The Antenna (Bina) (2020) Orçun Behram's moody and eerie thriller is a stylistic winner, but is the atmosphere worthy of its narrative? - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 26% Gun Shy (2000) Sandra Bullock brings her sassy, bubbly schtick as a costar... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/4 88% Control (2007) Riley should have been nominated for an Oscar; his work here is on par with that year's er, Daniel Day Lewis... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) A heartfelt documentary about the life and times of the singer-songwriter who rose to fame on the indelible ballad "Cat's in the Cradle." - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/4 83% Baby Frankenstein (2018) Trite, cheesy stuff that's more of an "ET" puppy dog wag than a lurching monster horror fest. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The real revelation here is Bakalova as Borat's daughter, seamless in her audacious pranking. With Baron Cohen there's always a puckish nod and wink in his eye; with Bakalova, it's smooth and natural, with nothing contrived. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3/4 100% White Riot (2019) Great footage and a great early look at The Clash on the verge of stardom (so good live). Given where we are, it's also a bit of the past commenting on the now. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
1.5/4 40% Honest Thief (2020) [Honest Thief] feels like a B-minus version of a Taken entry. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2.5/4 41% Rebecca (2020) Wheatley, adroit at dread and a master of dark, atmospheric effect, applies these talents to awkward effect here, with some working seamlessly and others lifting you out of the tale. It's shot gorgeously by Laurie Rose. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/4 30% American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) Here the franchise flips the POV to the feminine but checks all the formulaic boxes... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 99% Time (2020) ... the focus on family, Fox's relentless drive and passion, and the final frames pack a gut punch. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 51% Hubie Halloween (2020) Adam Sandler regresses from a major step up (his career turn in "Uncut Gems") in a classic Sandler-esque doo-wah that's meager at best. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/4 74% Black Box (2020) Feels like an episode of "Black Mirror" - but not as well crafted. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) It's a solid first effort that goes on a bit too long (over two hours) when more rapid jabs in a smaller ring would pack more of a punch. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4 68% Once Upon a River (2020) The tale ultimately morphs into one of human bonding and self discovery. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) The film details the complex relationship between journalist and government, political pressure and accountability. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) For folks longing for a classic Woody Allen film, this is as about as close to the spot as it's been in years, maybe even a decade. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/4 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) The film's a love letter, a means of coping and an opportunity for some good father-daughter bonding. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4 77% The Virgin Suicides (2000) Sofia Coppola's directorial debut is a dark, gauzy adaptation...The laconic style of the film purposefully and poetically echoes the emotionally troubled tide that grips the sisters. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 79% Don Jon (2013) Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is blessed with a tremendous female ensemble (Brie Larson, Julianne Moore and Scarlett Johansson) that lifts it higher than its thin rom-com premise. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/4 43% LX 2048 (2020) Provocative in the issues it floats, but D'Arcy's Bird is no Joseph K.; he's more of a blustering Karen. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/4 95% Lost In Translation (2003) Murray, playing an extension of himself, fills the role with ease, and Johansson is right in step with him. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2.5/4 50% Cruising (1980) ...it's a straight-up thriller, and it works in that regard and as just a peek into another world. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4 84% North Dallas Forty (1979) A scathing yet comical take on the big business of football. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/4 69% The Glorias (2020) A total meandering mess of a movie with killer talent and admirable intent... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/4 19% Ava (2020) A bland thriller with a killer cast... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/4 96% Medium Cool (1969) A plucky, hybrid film... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020