Adam Graham

Adam Graham
Adam Graham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Detroit News
Publications: Detroit News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 85% Downton Abbey (2019) For period junkies, it's as rousing as "John Wick" is for action fans. Given the material, a rowdy cheer seems inappropriate, so a polite round of applause will do. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
B 89% The Raft (2019) [A]n enlightening documentary that shows how one man was driven mad by his quest for answers to the mysteries of human behavior. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- 79% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) [T]here are enough big laughs packed into this scattershot adventure - structured around Zach Galifianakis' painfully awkward celebrity sit-downs - to warrant a viewing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 81% Official Secrets (2019) Like the whistleblower at its center, "Official Secrets" has backbone and conviction, something we could use more of today. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" doesn't dig as deep into the particulars of its maneuvering as it could, but it leaves its mark as a forceful piece of girl power. Don't hate the players when the game's this much fun. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C- 26% The Goldfinch (2019) For a work inspired by a classic painting, this dense mishmash of genres and styles is as lifeless as a photocopy. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 59% Satanic Panic (2019) It won't convert any non-believers, but this horror comedy is self-aware enough to deliver the right mixture of laughs, gross-outs and demon-tinged ridiculousness to please its intended audience of gorehounds and genre geeks. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [W]hat should be an old-school audience pleaser winds up being a much more complicated film that is often at odds with itself. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C 63% It Chapter Two (2019) "It" never decides which fears to take at face value and which exist only in the subconscious, and winds up confused as a result. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C 44% After the Wedding (2019) Character judgments aside, "After the Wedding" wants emotional fireworks but comes up with duds. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C- 19% Killerman (2019) Bits with killer dogs, a machete and a late-inning plot revelation do little to recoup what was lost, and what could have been a tight crime thriller drags to the nearly two-hour mark. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
A- 86% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" dials into unadulterated rage, while also telling a story of tolerance and understanding. It's a balancing act Kent manages gracefully, and "The Nightingale" is a story that's not easy to shake. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C- 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) "Don't Let Go" was reportedly significantly recut since premiering at Sundance earlier this year, but the edits can't save a project that was doomed from the start. Someone's crystal ball is cloudy. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
B 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) LaBeouf's dangerous, rough-hewn charm gives Tyler a compelling edge; he remains one of the most commanding actors of his generation, and he's reason enough to buy into the tale. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
A- 99% One Child Nation (2019) [A] houghtful and sobering dissection of the human toll of government rule. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
C+ 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It's a throwback piece of entertainment, but in the way it evaporates as soon as it ends, it's also a throwaway. By the time it's over, it's already fallen from your memory. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
B+ 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Throughout, Crosby is true to himself, even if that means coming to terms with being insufferable. Remember My Name is a portrait of an artist in reflection, and it's a hard, sobering look in the mirror. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
C- 88% Ready or Not (2019) "Ready or Not" attempts to critique the super rich and the anxieties of marriage but winds up drowning in its own pool of blood. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B 79% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" is held together by its three lead performances, especially Tremblay, who helps guide the script over its sometimes wonky plotting. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ 93% Luce (2019) This is a powerful film that shows how far some will go to protect the reality they choose to believe. It gets into your head and stays there. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
D 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The Arctic journey at least allows for some splendid-looking scenery, but otherwise "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is baffling in its lack of coherence and direction. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A lesser film would have put more focus on Bruce himself, but Chadha wisely makes "Blinded by the Light" Javed's story. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
C+ 59% Brian Banks (2019) [A] well-intentioned film crippled by its dramatic structure. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C 21% The Kitchen (2019) An uneven mob movie with wild shifts in tone, "The Kitchen" never finds its footing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) As is, this tale of friendship and companionship between man and man's best friend is bogged down in weepy cliches ripped straight from the Art of Making the Audience Cry handbook. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Alvin Schwartz' popular series of children's horror books comes to life in "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a fun, lively adaptation that pays due homage to the original and manages to keenly balance laughs and scares. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A straightforward approach to a "Dora" movie would have played to a limited audience. This "Dora" is out to win over a much bigger audience, and what Dora sets her mind to, she achieves. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C 27% Otherhood (2019) Co-writer and director Cindy Chupack, a former producer on "Sex and the City," fashions "Otherhood" as a modern ode to friendship and motherhood, but its gimmicks get in the way of its intentions. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [A]n enlightening documentary about the creative process and the nature of the artistic spirit. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
D 16% A Score to Settle (2019) Director Shawn Ku manages to capture a few moments that will make the latest Nic Cage supercut of the actor's bizarre on-screen moments. Otherwise this tale barely treads water, and all but sinks with its ridiculous third act twist. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) After all the chaos and confusion, all you're left with is a headache. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) "The Red Sea Diving Resort" is "inspired by true events," we're told early on, but it can't help but come off like a cheesy movie. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
A 98% Maiden (2019) "Maiden" makes sense of her journey and tells a story whose tidal waves were felt far beyond the deck of her ship. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 99% The Farewell (2019) This smart film deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, and manages to be heartfelt without being cloying or sentimental. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The maverick director uses this tale of California dreams, both developing and dashed, to pay homage to the Hollywood of yore, play around with fact and fiction and rewrite history the way he sees fit. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) If offbeat is the goal, Stearns earns his black belt. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B+ 53% The Lion King (2019) It's a remake with roar. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
C 59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) There are bigger incongruities around the corner... that bury the film's credibility. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
C No Score Yet Miss Arizona (2019) "Miss Arizona" depends on the group of women bonding, but writer-director Autumn McAlpin's script doesn't believably sell the situations that lead to their connection. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B- 42% Stuber (2019) "Stuber" doesn't earn a 5-star rating, but it gets to where it needs to go. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ 67% The Quiet One (2019) Once the quiet one, always the quiet one. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
A- 93% Wild Rose (2019) "Wild Rose" is singing a different tune. Just don't be surprised when it winds up getting stuck in your head. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
A- 83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" gets it right. This twisted daylit nightmare is a masterpiece of mood, all the more disturbing since it's set entirely underneath the bright, beating sun. Anyone can be scared of the dark. Ari Aster makes you scared of the light. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's the closest to "The Matrix" the MCU has ever come, and "Far From Home" is the first Marvel film to hold a mirror up to the audience watching in theaters. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
B 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "Echo in the Canyon" tells a story about a very specific time and place in music, and Young lets the music do the talking for him. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
B 86% Pavarotti (2019) "Pavarotti" paints a simple picture of a complicated man, but it hits the high notes: the performances, the cheers, the adulation. Consider it a greatest hits. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
C+ 63% Yesterday (2019) Give "Yesterday" credit for taking a sideways approach to honoring the Beatles. But this Boomer fantasy only pretends to dive into a true appreciation of what made the group a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
C 64% Child's Play (2019) "Child's Play" is good humored and gratuitously gory but feels rushed, and oddly contained to its small world. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
B 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) It's a mostly effective thrill ride of lo-fi scares, and the script early on dispenses with the most obvious question: Why not just throw Annabelle away, or destroy her? That would only make things worse, the Warrens explain. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
B 36% Anna (2019) [Besson is] riffing on spy movies and their inherent double crosses and triple crosses, stopping just short of parody but letting the audience in on the trick. And thanks to Besson and a willing cast, the trick's a pretty good one. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019