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
A- 98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is the feel-good comedy of the year about the making of Dolemite, and although it's a hard-R-rating, it had me smiling from start to finish. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
C- 24% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is too focused on tricks to deliver any real treats. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 94% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) in this epilogue, Gilligan reinforces the main theme of the show, that any of us "normal" people don't quite know what we're capable of, until our own survival is on the line. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B 93% Monos (2019) Some context would have been nice, but Monos delivers as a jolt to the senses, putting us right there with this group of indoctrinated soldiers that know no other way of life. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
C- 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) ...it comes across clearly as a short-story...there just isn't enough depth or purpose in any of its characters or ideas to make it feel like a fully-fleshed-out movie. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
A- 68% Joker (2019) There is an Arthur Fleck in all of us. And that thought may just be subconsciously more than many movie-goers can bear. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 83% Judy (2019) Judy, on the strength of Zellweger's performance surely, but also of its own merits, sings a beautiful song about a tragic life. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A- 62% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) In the Shadow of the Moon is smart sci-fi, and overall one of the best things you'll find on Netflix this or any other weekend. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B- 83% Abominable (2019) ...a nice film for the whole family to enjoy, but one that seems a bit hesitant to really shoot for the top of the proverbial mountain. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
C- 84% Ad Astra (2019) We're not sure if there is life out there in the universe, but if there is, you won't find it in Ad Astra. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A- 88% Hustlers (2019) It's a movie about figuring out how the world works, and getting in on the game. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C+ 82% Official Secrets (2019) More effective stories deal with people that feel real, and Official Secrets never quite proves itself authentic. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 70% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) It only goes to angers you...especially when you realize that we're nowhere near real, tangible change, and like these poor chickens, we're being herded towards the slaughter. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
A- 87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) You have two choices: You can fall in love with Linda Ronstadt all over again, or you can fall in love with her for the first time. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) ...this slow-building drama never quite finds the wind beneath its wings. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C 63% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter Two is all bark and no bite, featuring a ridiculous antagonist that perfectly matches the preposterous universe it inhabits. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
A 86% The Nightingale (2019) ...a powerful journey, one that challenges the viewer not only to stick with it past that first half-hour, but to try to get it out of your head weeks later. Good luck w that. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C+ 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) ...it might have been a successful mind-bender had it cleaned up its own logic. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C- 43% After the Wedding (2019) Dripping with melodrama, After the Wedding doesn't quite work on any level, and the twists constantly make you realize that you are watching a movie. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
B+ 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) It's a comprehensive, well-done and joyful doc that celebrates a classic, and tries to bring context to why it's so beloved, across cultures, classes, ages and even languages. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) ...once the credits roll you won't feel very good about having spent the last 90 minutes with these characters and receiving such little pay-off. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
D 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The only thing left to fall is the public's interest in this banal franchise. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C+ 89% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not ultimately doesn't know what it wants to be. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C+ 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) A more effective version of this film might have featured Young, Stills & Nash as they tell stories about Crosby, instead of showing how Crosby sees himself. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C+ 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) It just feels like this is a journey that we've already been on numerous times, and even Linklater isn't able to spark fire. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 92% Luce (2019) Luce keeps things tight, almost to a fault, and let's the audience make up its mind. Either that, or it was too timid to take a stand and actually say something. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B- 79% Good Boys (2019) Comedies should always be judged by how funny they are, and this one just barely meets the height requirement. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There may never be a more accomplished cast of actors ever assembled, and that's a testament to the fact that when it comes to Quentin Tarantino, no stunt-double is required. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
A- 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Alice might not have set out to make history, but she sure as hell didn't deserve to be forgotten by it. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
A 99% The Farewell (2019) ...isn't that the best you can ask of a film, for it to be enjoyable and thought-provoking? The Farewell checks both boxes. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 98% Maiden (2019) ,,,the one rub I had with Maiden is that the film treats them in the same manner as those it criticizes, focusing on the fact that they are women above all else. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
A- 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer/Director Riley Stearns shows that he has a few tricks up his sleeve, and that he's not afraid to pull any punches. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
D+ 44% Supervized (2019) This is a crude, R-rated farce full of promise, but Supervised is one word that doesn't seem to have been applied to the script. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
A- 53% The Lion King (2019) Yes, it IS possible to love The Lion King & wonder why they didn't leave well enough alone...if Disney is going to remake their classics, this is how it should be done. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
D 41% Point Blank (2019) Point Blank has no point, and this one is as blank as they come. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 42% Stuber (2019) I feel like people won't mind Stuber, if you can take that as a positive review. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
A- 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man may be far away from NYC in this adventure, but never has his story hit closer to home. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
A- 83% Midsommar (2019) As disturbing as it is, it's impossible not to watch Midsommar and revel in its madness. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
B 62% Yesterday (2019) To any potential haters, I say, just let it be. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
B+ 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in the Canyon is a great trip down memory lane, and a rockin' exploration of the folk rock explosion. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Joe Talbot directs this personal tale like a man who has never seen another movie in his life. The result is breathtakingly fresh at times, and equally frustrating at others. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Woody learns that everything eventually must end...everything apparently except the Toy Story movies. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
C 79% Late Night (2019) There isn't a believable character on-screen, male or female. It's enough to make you want to change the channel. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- 23% Men in Black International (2019) Overall, fans of the series may find this one enjoyable, but seeing this franchise on-screen one more time didn't revitalize it as I'm sure was the intention of the studio. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
D 45% Murder Mystery (2019) Adam Sandler's recent Netflix special, 100% Fresh, is maybe the funniest thing you'll see all year. But his rotten streak gets reset with this flat, lifeless dud. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) What's there to say about a movie like this? Kids will like it, adults probably won't. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
A- 91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Depending on how you frame the story, or who's telling it...John DeLorean is a villain, a hero, a crook & a savior. In other words, he's the perfect subject for a movie. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
C+ 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Lithgow and Danner are great to watch and have undeniably kooky chemistry, but the script ends up failing them in the end. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
C+ 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The X-Men, at their best, are all about internal struggle, not external. Dark Phoenix exists on the outside, a solid action piece that is as hollow as they come. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) A fairly average entry into the genre elevated to "must-see" status because of a hilarious extended cameo...and an original song that is my current vote for Best Song of 2019. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019