Tom Shales

Tom Shales
Tom Shales's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Path to War (2002) From whatever angle you approach it, though, "Path to War" is a tremendous achievement -- not as a history lesson but as a profoundly emotional experience. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
93% James Dean (2001) Re-creates Dean's life and times with what might be called stunning adequacy... Franco's performance is easily the best thing in the movie, conveying Dean's essence and angst without ever becoming a mere impersonation. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
57% The Rat Pack (1998) Watching it is like having a hangover without the fun of getting happily plastered in the first place. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
29% The Tommyknockers (1993) There's probably enough random mayhem in the miniseries to keep some viewers watching, but perhaps even the King faithful will yearn for some little hint of substance to tie it together. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
52% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) "The Langoliers" may not give you shrieking nightmares, but it does seem good for at least a dose of squirmy insomnia. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
40% Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed (2005) The 75-minute ordeal is an ego trip of the first magnitude, or maybe the last magnitude, with Ullman delivering her autobiography in songs and sketches and not-so-snappy patter. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Never Scared (2004) You emerge not only entertained but also under the pleasant delusion that there's still hope in the world -- as long as there's still Rock in the world. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
27% Xanadu (1980) "Xanadu" cannot possibly be described as a good movie, but it can be recommended to those who can tolerate large amounts of intravenous marzipan. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
38% Legend (1985) Legend may turn out to be legendary, but not in the way the filmmakers intended. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) Winfrey does try to offer TV entertainment of value and with values. But her latest ABC movie, "Their Eyes Were Watching God," is almost comically predictable... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet The West of the Imagination (1991) All its good intentions notwithstanding, The West of the Imagination... blows cold, though not for lack of hot air. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
88% Grey Gardens (2009) Grey Gardens is tragicomedy of a very rare and rarefied kind -- priceless, precious and, thanks largely to Lange, potentially unforgettable. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Meteor (2009) The film goes beyond mere mediocrity to a gratuitous, mean-spirited ugliness that makes watching it not a campy hoot but a near-sickening ordeal. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
No Score Yet Warm Springs (2005) Funny thing: Even if Branagh never "becomes" FDR in the fullest and most satisfying sense, his performance takes hold of your imagination and makes the misgivings almost irrelevant. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
57% Taking Chance (2009) Taking Chance gives us all the opportunity to render honor. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
22% Alice (2008) In pursuit of political correctness we get an Alice who beats up a knife-toting pirate after first warning him, "Don't even think about it, buddy!" - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2013
79% Recount (2008) An electrifying slapstick tragedy about a mad moment in American politics, a moment that must never happen again but easily could. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2008
88% Live from Baghdad (2002) As a movie, Live From Baghdad constitutes another first-class production from HBO. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2003