Tom Santilli

Tom Santilli
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tom Santilli is a respected journalist and member of the Critics Choice Association, Detroit Film Critics Society and Online Film Critics Society since 2010. Tom is the Executive Producer and co-host 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, and appears on WXYZ (ABC affiliate) in Detroit as well. 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+ 52% Coming 2 America (2021) Coming 2 America is to Coming to America what MacDowells is to McDonalds. Is it inspired by the original or is it a remixed knock-off? - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
C+ 46% Boogie (2021) Writer/Director Eddie Huang's Boogie suffers not from being a bad movie, but not being unique enough to stand out in a sea of similar films. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
C+ 24% Chaos Walking (2021) Chaos Walking ends up being mildly enjoyable, with the overall aura that it should have been a lot better. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
B+ 76% Boss Level (2021) Boss Level is not based on any particular video game, but it just may be the very best video game movie ever made. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
B+ 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon does a great job of balancing the classic Disney formula while pushing it forward. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
D 25% Tom & Jerry (2020) It's debatable whether the two characters took more abuse 80 years ago in their short films, or by being forced to exist within this pedestrian cash-grab. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
A- 98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Eilish is unique in more ways than one, and she is a captivating - if tortured - soul that never provides a dull moment to the camera. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
C+ 53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) The cumulative performances of Andra Day and Trevante Rhodes are simply not enough to overcome the overall tonal sloppiness. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
C 80% I Care a Lot (2021) ...as the second-half unravels, you realize that it's the viewer who is getting gamed. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
A- 94% Test Pattern (2021) From top to the bottom, Test Pattern is a revelation. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
B 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) In a sea of comedies, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar may not rank very high, but because it's the only comedy to wash up on the beach lately, it feels like a rescue mission. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
C 72% The World to Come (2020) The actors - like the roles they are inhabiting - seem confined...you keep waiting for the fire to ignite on-screen, but the chilliness lingers far too long. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
C 72% The Mauritanian (2021) Starting with a bad accent and going nowhere fast, The Mauritanian feels like it should have been a better movie but never quite achieves its lofty goals. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
B+ 69% Land (2021) Land believes so hard that there is light to be found, and that we need one another to survive, that it seems like the perfect messaging for today's audience. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
A- 98% Minari (2020) With sweeping, mesmerizing cinematography and honest, soulful performances, Minari doesn't just talk about the American Dream, it shows what it looks like to pursue it. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
C+ 61% French Exit (2021) French Exit is interesting in spurts, spurned along by Pfeiffer and Hedges, who is also pitch-perfect throughout. But they're stuck in a film that values style over substance. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
B+ 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It will remind you of other undercover movies, like Donnie Brasco or Serpico, but with a timely twist...featuring bold performances from Daniel Kaluuya and LeKeith Stanfield. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
B+ 100% More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story (2021) More Than Miyagi is a story of inspiration and tragedy, and unlike many other biographies, the viewer leaves this one really knowing its subject more intimately. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
C 47% The Little Things (2021) Denzel Washington. Rami Malek. Jared Leto. What could go wrong? Well, just watch The Little Things and you'll find out. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
C 75% Palmer (2021) Palmer just never takes off, and every beat it hits reeks of melodrama and familiarity. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
A- 87% Supernova (2021) Simple, touching and powerful, Supernova explores the harsh realities of finality, loyalty, love and the explosiveness of human connectivity. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
B 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) The best moments in the film come when the great Andrew Lincoln and Naomi Watts share the screen. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ 92% The White Tiger (2020) Adarsh Gourav is a revelation, and his performance carries the film, even with the help of a remarkable ensemble. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
A- 85% Our Friend (2020) Our Friend is not a movie about dying. If anything, it's a call to celebrate life. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
B+ 92% The Human Factor (2020) The film itself reminds us not only of our own nation's divide, but how we once were looked upon as a super-power of diplomacy and not just military might. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
B 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) Identifying Features feels like a fever-dream, with sequences that feel lifted from a Terrence Malick film. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
B- 35% The Marksman (2021) ...if you've found yourself enjoying other Neeson-led action flicks, The Marksman is a bit better - just by a hair - than many of the others that have proceeded it. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
A- 99% MLK/FBI (2021) ...engaging the audience is a strong suit of Sam Pollard's film-making abilities, as is providing rich context. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
C- 45% Fatale (2020) Fatale has one too many contrivances, one too many convenient plot twists, that by the end none of it seems especially worthy of the trip. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
A- 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) ...watching actress Vanessa Kirby in this...is a riveting experience...a vital watch for anyone looking to fill out their Oscar scorecards. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
A 97% The Dissident (2020) The Dissident will blow you over, and it's the very best documentary film in a year that was full of great ones. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- 98% One Night in Miami (2020) It's conversation-driven and not much to look at other than the four main performances. In this case, that's way more than enough to make this a night you won't easily forget. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A- 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan is just stunning...it's a tour de force performance where you simply cannot take your eyes off of her in every scene that she's in...and she's in nearly every frame. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
D 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The character isn't all that interesting to begin with, they've written her into a corner and...it's as clear as Diana's invisible jet that there's no there here. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
C 46% Monster Hunter (2020) Some may call this dumb fun but I'd key in on the first of these words. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
C+ 79% Greenland (2020) ...a film that you want to escape from, not to. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
A 85% Martin Eden (2020) ...the sort of transcendent, passionate film that will remind you of what made you fall in love with the movies in the first place. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
A- 96% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) I don't know the last time I've truly enjoyed a ride a movie has taken me on more than Beasts Clawing at Straws. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
B 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks alone makes News of the World worth investing in...it's not a journey to nowhere, it's just that we can clearly see the road ahead, and it's not all that trail-blazing. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
A- 95% Soul (2020) ...when compared to other animated films, Soul soars into a different ball park, playing a different sport altogether...it's quite an achievement. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
B+ 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) The Midnight Sky feels different than every other movie this year. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
A- 100% Giving Voice (2020) The real stars of Giving Voice are the young competitors. August Wilson gave voices to a generation of people, who are now in turn keeping Wilson's voice alive. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
D 10% Songbird (2020) This muddled, mess of a horror-thriller seems to be cashing in on COVID-19...There may not be a more irrelevant film this year. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
B 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) ...the film version of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom doesn't do all that much that hadn't been done on stage. This is not a knock. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
A- 88% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Come for Billy Crystal's performance, and stay because you'll just end up wanting to. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
D- 29% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Wild Mountain Thyme feels like it was created by aliens, who had maybe seen one episode of an Irish soap opera and then were tasked with making a film for humans. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
C+ 55% The Prom (2020) The film has its moments, but it lacks the structural rhythm to be considered a good musical, and the depth that would make it a good movie. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
C 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Somewhere on the fringes of this film and outside of its frame and scope is a good crime thriller. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
A 94% Nomadland (2021) Director Chloé Zhao is to be commended for her deft ability to show humanity unabashedly in her work, as well as for her knack of visual storytelling using the simplest means. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
A 96% Sound of Metal (2020) There isn't a phony note in the entirety of Sound of Metal, making it one of the most lyrical, gripping and best films of 2020. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020