Tom Long

Tom Long
Tom Long's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Detroit News Santa Cruz Sentinel

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 95% Ága (2019) There is a balance of isolation and expanse in the film "Aga" that cannot be feigned, a sense of the enormity of existence measured against the fragile nature of single lives. The result is both wondrous and chilling. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) "Adopt a Highway" is a warm, compassionate film in which Ethan Hawke spends much of his time talking honestly to a baby. Something about that offers a few rays of hope for cinema. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
B+ 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) A well-made account of both the man's achievements and his jerkiness. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
B 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) But as this arresting film makes clear, that marvelous clarion voice lives on. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 60% Them That Follow (2019) "Them That Follow" is the sort of perfectly acceptable film that nevertheless leaves you wondering how great it could have been. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
90% Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Directed by Chris Rock it finds Schumer in fine raunchy form... It is predictably hilarious. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) [A] documentary that more than makes the case for Alice. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
B 50% Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017) She's absolutely as funny as she was two years ago, which was pretty darn funny...but the humor - most of it revolving around sex, body issues and relationships - feels dated. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
B 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) If the film is both linear... and plainly adoring, it also gives you ample reason for that adoration. You certainly end up admiring Toni Morrison, but also aching to know a bit more about her. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
B- 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) As a gangster morality tale "Ash" is pretty mild; as a picture of China and Qiao's struggle it's much better. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) A two-hour movie is no match for a 13-hour season, but damn it's nice to get dirty with these people again. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
C- 81% Hesburgh (2019) [T]his film offers little insight into whatever battles - internal or external - Hesburgh must have fought. It's far too busy polishing that halo. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
B 94% Styx (2019) "Styx" mixes the inherent danger of man versus nature with man's callous indifference to man, managing to be both eternal and contemporary in its concerns. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
A- 78% Never Look Away (2019) You won't look away. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
D 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) [I]t's not near as much fun as the title might imply. In fact, you get the feeling the title was slapped on the movie after someone realized how thoroughly awful it was. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
69% The Stuff (1985) The Stuff probably won't make anybody's list of best films of the year, but it is an inspired, goofy, fast-moving piece of sci fi silliness, probably destined to become a cult favorite. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
41% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (1985) Need a tough guy? Call the "Commando." Forget "Remo." - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet 9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985) I wasn't really aware that movies this bad actually made it to our local theaters. But they do, and I have the bruises both mental and physical to prove it. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
20% Godzilla 1985 (1985) "Godzilla -- I was hoping I would never hear that name again," says the prime minister of Japan. Now I know what he meant. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
11% Warning Sign (1985) The film is fast-paced, predictable, and ultimately mediocre, but at least it helps breed some healthy paranoia. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
No Score Yet American Ninja (1985) American Ninja was still a compltely awful movie. But educational in its own awful way. Now when I see my next ninja movie I'll have something to compare it to. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
64% Executive Decision (1996) Executive Decision is indeed fun to watch if you like bang-bang thrillers. It's nowhere near as inventive and mad as John Woo's recent Broken Arrow, and it rather pointedly. But it has just enough of its own personality. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B+ 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) "The Guilty" is a nerve-wracking exercise in tension that also manages to reveal itself in layers, leaving assumptions dashed on the floor. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda fills the film with grace notes, humor and fine observations, circling and filling out each character while leaning more on innocence than corruption. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
45% The Great White Hype (1996) A knock out, no question. - Santa Cruz Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
C 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Pain, it turns out, can be unbearably dull. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
C 36% Viper Club (2018) There are a number of interesting things going on in "Viper Club." Unfortunately, too few of them are happening on screen. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
C+ 93% Araby (Arábia) (2018) It's doubtlessly true, relentlessly dreary and certainly part of the modern conversation. The question is: Does it add anything to that conversation? - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
A+ 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) This is cinema most fine. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
C 80% In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) (2018) "In the Last Days of the City" may be a purposely amorphous portrait of a city in flux, but it's also somewhat anxiously, irritatingly overloaded. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
A 99% Selma (2014) Even if DuVernay stumbles a bit when it comes to political sausage-making (really, who knows?), the film is dramatically tight and emotionally true. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
C- 73% Assassination Nation (2018) From privacy and fame to sex, hacking scandals and Instagram, "Assassination Nation" takes on a laundry list of hot topics and rolls its eyes at all of them. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B+ 88% Love, Gilda (2018) Talk about a brief, shining light that lingers on. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
D+ 40% Arizona (2018) This 85-minute, "Ten Little Indian"-style comedy-horror mash-up is basically a cameo-studded muddle that may have looked good on paper, but movie screens aren't made of paper. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B 99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" doesn't even have to try to make the case for McQueen's brilliance. It's all there, right on the screen; this dude was artistically bonkers in all the right ways. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) You've seen it all before. But you haven't seen, and should, "Hot Summer Nights." - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
B+ 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Zooms in on the nature versus nurture question that has entranced, irritated and boggled humans for centuries. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B+ 95% RBG (2018) One thing's for sure: She's still standing. May she stay strong. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
A 88% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) "In Syria" is a finely made film - brisk, well-acted and filled with tension and mean twists. But it's also a wake-up call and a cry for help. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
A 88% Vazante (2018) An epic of desperation, clotted emotions, racism and innocence destroyed, "Vazante" is chillingly beautiful and thoroughly awful, stuffed with grief and tragedy while wrestling with the dynamics of power. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
A 98% In Between (2018) There are no easy resolutions here, but Hamoud makes clear that these women - troubled though they may be - will stand strong and defiant and together. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
B+ 100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) In the end "Miss Kiet's Children" offers hope and promise. After all, if these kids can thrive, all kids should be able to. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ No Score Yet Mister Rogers: It's You I Like (2018) It's an inspiring and revealing look back at how simultaneously low-fi and high-minded "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) As a group, these short films sing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B+ 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) As a group, these short films sing. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B+ 100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) "I've Gotta Be Me" showcases Davis's vast talents, but it also shines a light on his need for acceptance, his inability to curb indulgences, the groundbreaking aspects of his career and his hunger for applause. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
B 84% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Leuenberger brings a vulnerability and defiance to Nora that elevates the film past dogma or sentimentality. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B+ 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A documentary that follows Lamarr's tumultuous life, tracking a life in which her beauty served to obscure her brains, although her brains persevered. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
A- 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) This coming-of-age love story is all texture, tone and nuance...Luca Guadagnino has made a lovely cinematic feather. And it floats down beautifully, riding a soft breeze of melancholy and grace. - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
B- 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Blues musicians in Finland. Who know there was such a thing? - Detroit News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017