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

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 59% 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- 75% 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 71% 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 65% 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 99% 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- 21% 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+ 92% 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 72% 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+ 40% 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 80% 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- 47% 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 62% 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- 94% 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+ 78% 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+ 62% 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 26% 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 94% 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- 80% 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
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife starts slow, but the performances bring you in. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A 90% A Private War (2018) "A Private War" is not only one of the best films of 2018, it's one of the most important films given what's going on in our country. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) It may seem like the over-statement of the century, but you can put "Widows" in the same category of "Heat" and "The Town," as one of the best heist movies ever made. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) ...the real crime here is that we all deserve better...from this franchise, from J.K. Rowling, and just in general. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B- 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) ...a movie that feels serviceable if not remarkable. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B- 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a solid movie that never quite becomes a thought-provoking one. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) On the spectrum of Queen, this is no "Bohemian Rhapsody" masterpiece, but it's not quite "I'm In Love With My Car." - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
B+ 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy may be the saddest film of the year, but it is an essential watch...an eye-opening exploration of what true love really means when it's a matter of life and death. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 77% Mid90s (2018) Few films achieve this level of rawness and it's a testament to Jonah Hill that he is able to create such a nostalgic, realistic vibe. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
C+ 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Hunter Killer had the target locked in its sights, but it ends up sinking itself, with a story that just doesn't hold water. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B+ 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Maggie Smith, wow is she hilarious! If anything, you'll wonder how she hasn't been given more comedic roles. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 98% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo is great to look at, and creates a thrilling experience which is rare for a documentary. But beyond that, it...celebrates a guy who isn't all that easy to root for. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
D 61% The Oath (2018) Unfortunately for us, what could have been a biting, dark political comedy is instead one of the worst films of the year. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) ...any fan of slasher films, the original film, or horror in general, should find this to be much more treat than trick. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) ...this is a human story, much more focused on the "small step for man" and less on the "giant leap for mankind." - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
C- 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's not quite clear who this movie is for, what it is, or what it was even trying to be. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
B 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man and the Gun won't stand-out among other films this year, but it will be remembered fondly, much like its star and subject. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
B- 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) ...has a coolness factor that will remind you of a Tarantino movie, but that's not really a good thing when you realize that Tarantino would have probably done it better. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
A 97% The Hate U Give (2018) ...despite the long running time, there isn't one minute that feels unnecessary. - AXS.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018