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
C- 58% Aladdin (2019) This is something that no one wished for. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 98% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart is hilarious, and flows with a special kind of energy and confidence, and despite utilizing an established premise, is anything but by-the-book. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 73% All Is True (2019) ...it ends up being much ado about nothing. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The world of John Wick exponentially expands in its 3rd chapter, but the more we learn about this organized criminal underworld the less interesting it, and our hero, becomes. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Yes, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a bit too long, but in many ways it is a far superior than its predecessor. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
C 86% John Wick (2014) John Wick is the sort of mindless movie that you get when you give two long-time stunt men (David Leitch and Chad Stahelski) the directorial reins. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 61% Trial by Fire (2019) While this type of movie seems like a dime-a-dozen, and is filled with several courtroom drama clichés, it's at least done well. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
A- 94% See You Yesterday (2019) It's a special movie that I hope doesn't get shuffled off of your movie playlist, and it's also one of the best time-travel films in a long time. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
C- 15% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle looks to con you out of your movie-going dollars...don't fall for it. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C+ 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) I actually found the Pokémon to be interesting, but just felt like there was so much more that could have been explored. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C- 34% Poms (2019) This is a movie that wants to celebrate life itself, but doesn't inspire in any discernible way. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
D 69% Wine Country (2019) There are sporadic bits of humor, but mainly the whole movie just feels like one big inside joke...one that isn't all that funny. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot isn't a great movie by a long shot, but it is funny - and smart - enough, to keep you in the game. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked...is not quite as captivating as its subject, but it's a compelling glimpse into the mind of madness. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
A 100% Knock Down the House (2019) ...a hundred documentaries have to be made for one of them to really affect change. I'm hoping that Knock Down the House is that one. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C- 75% Family (2019) Nothing really comes together, nothing really works in the dysfunctional Family. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
C 72% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm is brought to life with some inspired performances, but it ultimately fails to hold the audience captive. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B+ 95% 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 72% 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 16% 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 76% 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+ 57% 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+ 100% 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+ 71% 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+ 54% 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+ 45% 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 68% 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 45% 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+ 85% 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 74% 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 73% 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- 38% 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