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- 19% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle does very little, but in this instance, a little is just enough. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
A- 85% Les Misérables (2020) It's a riveting, raw and shocking journey that escalates and evolves along the way, as do the viewer's sympathies toward the different characters. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
C 50% Underwater (2020) ...it gets more ridiculous, convoluted and meaningless the longer it treks on, but...there was some sort of kernel of a good movie buried deep down inside of this thing. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
B 84% Just Mercy (2020) ...outside of one great performance, it's a bit too straight-laced and straight-forward to add anything new. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
B+ 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is a beautiful film, and an important one, held back only by the very gimmick that makes most of it work. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
A 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems is a high-wire act of mood and energy, and it will pummel your senses. It's also one of the best movies of 2019, if you can endure it. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
A 95% Little Women (2019) The magic that Gerwig is able to breathe into Little Women is a tremendous achievement. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
C- 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Shot with a wide lens and from low angles, it swoops, pulls and pushes its way past its characters, sometimes concerned with what they're doing and at other times not so much. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
B 68% Bombshell (2019) Jay Roach's approach to the sexual harassment lawsuit that rocked FOX News is not quite "fair and balanced," but it sure is fun. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
F 20% Cats (2019) Cats is for the dogs, but then again, even most dogs know to avoid the stinky stuff. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) When it comes to a franchise as near-and-dear to our hearts as Star Wars, I think most people will be happy that reward was valued more than risk. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) The flashbacks feel forced and isolated, and I think the film works just fine without them. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
C+ 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This game and franchise was fun while it lasted, and barring some major creative juices being pumped into its system, it deserves to be boxed up and stuck in the attic. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
C 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell the man deserved more, and Richard Jewell the film does too. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
A 84% Waves (2019) Featuring stunning performances and in the hands of a master craftsman, sometimes all you need is a good story, some good actors and a good director to make something great. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach examines with authenticity what a family looks like in the days and years that follow happily ever after. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) It's not sharp enough to be in the awards-season discussion, but Knives Out is a deliciously fun night out at the movies. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B 93% Honey Boy (2019) It's effective, without ever landing as something more. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A- 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) What a gift he was, and how proud he would be to know that this movie exists in this world. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
C+ 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II feels like re-heated Disney leftovers. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B 51% Earthquake Bird (2019) Vikander keeps us involved with a cold, subdued performance where we can tell there is just something...not right...bubbling underneath the surface. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ 81% The Report (2019) Some movies say something, and others have something to say. The Report can be filed as the latter, a film about an important subject that manages to not be an important film. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
A- 96% The Irishman (2019) ...make sure you see this movie when and wherever you can...the size of the screen cannot possibly restrain the massive contribution to cinema that The Irishman makes. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B- 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It's as harmless as they come, and it may not be much of a surprise that the first Disney remake on the new streaming service isn't quite a dog, but it definitely lacks bite. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
D 53% Noelle (2019) Noelle is perhaps the most "woke" Christmas comedy of all-time...but there has rarely been a more sanitized film, even for a Christmas movie. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
B+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) ...deliciously entertaining. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
D 43% Midway (2019) Midway is truly one of the worst movies of the year, and one that will have you searching for an eject button of your own. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
B 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Better, more memorable action might have made this movie a real winner. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 71% The King (2019) Unless you consider yourself a history buff, consider this a royal misstep. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) At a painfully overlong 144 minutes, Motherless Brooklyn will leave you hailing for the nearest NY taxi cab to come and take you far, far away. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) ...it's able to tug at the heartstrings while simultaneously finding humor during one of the worst man-made catastrophes in human history. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The latest film from Bong Joon Ho is funny, thrilling and poignant, and is a must-see for anyone looking to fill out their Best of 2019 scorecards. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
B 91% The Lighthouse (2019) Dafoe not only chews up the scenery around him, he bites down hard on it, chips a tooth, swallows it whole and lets out a massive belch. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) ...it's a great director looking inward, matched with an actor giving it all he's got and going to places we never knew he was capable of. - Movie Show Plus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
A- 97% 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- 26% 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+ 91% 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- 37% 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- 69% 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- 59% 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- 81% 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- 87% 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+ 83% 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 69% 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- 88% 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