Tom Santilli

Tom Santilli
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tom Santilli is a respected journalist and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Detroit Film Critics Society and Online Film Critics Society since 2010. Tom is the national film critic for AXS.com, and serves as executive producer and co-star of the syndicated TV show, "Movie Show Plus," which has been on the air for 15+ years in the Metro-Detroit market and Mid-West. Tom also appears weekly on the FOX affiliate in Detroit, on the TV show "CriticLEE Speaking" with host Lee Thomas. A blurb from his review of David Chase's film, "Not Fade Away," appears on the front cover of the DVD/Blu-Ray release. Tom graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts. His contributions to movie criticism led him to be chosen for a national campaign by National CineMedia, where he was featured in movie theaters across the country as one of America's "Top Upcoming Movie Critics." Twitter: @tomsantilli
Publications: AXS.com, Movie Show Plus

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 96% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...while End Game is a crowd-pleaser through and through, what wasn't expected was for this last chapter to pack such an emotional wallop. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C 70% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit would have benefited greatly from adding some interesting background color, instead of solely focusing on the cold character at center-stage. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) You don't go into a movie called Penguins expecting much more than, well, penguins. In that regard, you get exactly what is billed (or beaked?). - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
D 14% Hellboy (2019) ...the violence in this version of Hellboy is so needless that it just makes you shake your head and wonder who - in hell - this movie is even for. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace perfectly captures a moment in time that will never be duplicated, highlighted by a singular talent who truly was touched by God. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
A- 94% The Mustang (2019) Quiet but compelling, The Mustang is a character-study that gallops confidently on a journey through the human spirit of a broken man. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Hotel Mumbai is impactful and haunting, a movie that you can't unsee no matter how hard you try. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ 56% The Highwaymen (2019) Some might call this the "less interesting" Bonnie and Clyde story, but with two veteran actors leading the charge, The Highwaymen becomes intriguing all on its own. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B 47% Dumbo (2019) ...there is a lot that doesn't work in the new Dumbo, but there is just enough balance to keep this high-wire act from falling flat. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Russian Five (2019) ...this movie brings back all of the excitement, all of the pride, all of the love, that was felt for this team and this city, not all that long ago. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
A- 39% The Dirt (2019) Raw, abrasive and as in-your-face as the band it's depicting...it's a rockin' good time. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
C+ 94% Us (2019) It is possible to love Jordan Peele, think he is our modern-day Alfred Hitchcock-in-the-making, and still admit that Us isn't all that it should be. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
C+ 72% Climax (2019) A good film that feels like a bad film. It's a film worth seeing, and then never seeing again. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
A 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) ...a slice of life drama about discovery, acceptance and understanding...and it's probably the best film of the year that you won't have seen. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) The performances almost make the journey bearable. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
A 98% Apollo 11 (2019) This documentary will fill you with a sense of wonderment, more than any superhero movie ever could. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C+ 41% The Kid (2019) The Kid ends up shooting itself in the foot with a screenplay mired in clichés, and none of the characters or performances seems to gel. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- 71% Triple Frontier (2019) We've all seen movies that seem like this one, yet every time we think we know where this is going, it goes in a completely different & often exhilarating direction. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) This is more of the same, and frankly, it's getting boring. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
D 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's always disappointing to watch a comedy that is based around the idea that the main actor is ugly...or otherwise unattractive. Most of Wilson's comedy pulls from this. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
A 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is one of the best films of 2019...this is what going to the movies is all about. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
C- 73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) A guy kills Hitler, then Bigfoot. Tell me again why we should care? - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B 46% What Men Want (2019) [Taraji P. Henson] provides an emotional center to a film that is sure to be pleasing...for both men, and women. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
D 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Also in need of escape? Anyone trapped in a theater who paid money to watch this awful dreck. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C+ 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Not only are things no longer "awesome," they're all the way down to just "meh." - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
D 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Gilroy seems to have a lot to say about art, criticism, ego and false praise, but Velvet Buzzsaw is all over the canvas...The result is just drab. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) ...a shocking and brutal jolt of history, the importance of which cannot be denied. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The brisk pace and short run-time of Cold War add to the fleeting nature of the love story at its center, and each scene feels necessary. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- 19% Serenity (2019) Serenity tries to reel you in, but this one is just dead in the water. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) While it may feel a bit too light and slight at times, Stan & Ollie is a fitting tribute to the classic comedians, but it's also a timeless tale of friendship and love. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) There's a gritty noir feel to The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, a film that deals in shade and shadows. But in the end, this was fifty shades of meh. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 74% Destroyer (2018) Looks aside, the narrative is all over the place, and with no redeeming qualities to be found, and no characters to root for, what's the point? - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) It'd be nice to report that Glass is over-flowing with promise, or that Shyamalan has once again found his groove, but the truth is that Glass is...bone-dry. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C+ 41% The Upside (2019) There are positives in The Upside, but not enough to outweigh the negatives. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 81% Ben is Back (2018) Ben is Back is worth watching maybe after you've seen Beautiful Boy...they really feel like the same story, viewed at different points along the way. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 48% Escape Room (2019) This is a movie that is all journey, no destination...But there's no escaping the fact that it knows what it is. And that's an accessible, PG-13-rated thriller. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
C+ 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) For a woman so tough...this movie about her is quite plain Jane...it unravels without much gumption, and doesn't quite do Ruth Bader Ginsburg...justice. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
C 63% Bird Box (2018) Sandra Bullock is always likable and effective, but she's surrounded by several one-dimensional fellow survivors, none of whom act or think like real human beings. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
A 66% Vice (2018) Vice is one of the best films of 2018, mainly because of McKay's style. Stealing from his subject, McKay realizes that the spin is sometimes more important than the story. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk keeps [James Baldwin's] voice alive, given a tender touch by Barry Jenkins, but spoken loud and clear. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ...the overriding message of the film is just to live a little bit, and as the film unfolded...I found myself giving in to the magic of Mary Poppins. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The late Stan Lee would be proud. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is one of the more surprising December entries this season. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- 96% Roma (2018) ...the vast majority of movie-goers will not find Roma accessible at all...another "critic" movie that applauds abstract art and serves in-part as Cuaron hero-worship. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
D 27% Mortal Engines (2018) First-time director (but long-time special-effects person) Christian Rivers is too focused on technical wizardry, and the result is headache-inducing chaos. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite as a film meanders a bit and isn't nearly as perfect as its cast, but the performances endure. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B+ 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Deadpool 2 works surprisingly well as a PG-13 film, although Deadpool is best when he is left to be his sarcastic, vulgar self. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
B- 59% The Front Runner (2018) There are clear signs that this should have been a better film. Even still, it's an effective look at the love-hate relationship between politics and journalists. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
A- 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is a crowd-pleaser through-and-through...but some might find its depictions a bit too watered-down, its story a bit too tidy. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C+ 84% Creed II (2018) Eight movies in, and you'd think there'd be some better, fleshed-out characters populating this universe. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018