Geoff Pevere

Geoff Pevere

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
838

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The best way to watch this movie is as an account of an eccentric visionary maverick who could not be stopped or influenced by reason ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 83% The Husband " This is the kind of thoughtful, confident and seamlessly integrated filmmaking that comes from an uncommon fusion of artist and subject ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Enemy operates on a level of carefully calibrated unease, where the very elusiveness of motivation and logic is exploited for purposes of sustained cinematic disorientation." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/4 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/4 22% Son Of God (2014) " By playing it so safely reverential, Son of God tends to plod its way to Calvary, begging to be discussed among Bible study groups and positively name-checked in the Sunday sermons." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " The 2014 model of About Last Night... it beefs up the girl-side element of the story, incorporates considerably more frank sex talk, and generally provides its cast with a lot more meat to chew on and spit back out." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3.5/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini's La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/4 80% Whitewash (2014) " Whitewash is a small but sparkling gem on ice." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " The sensation of being pinned down and shot apart is so harrowingly conveyed by Peter Berg's fact-based war movie Lone Survivor that one almost forgives the movie's failure to be quite as persuasive in almost every other respect." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 98% Blackfish (2013) " Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 1, 2014
1.5/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " In adapting Mitty's tale to the 21st century, actor-director Ben Stiller proves Thurber -- a dyed-in-the-wool cynic -- is still too thorny a sensibility for the popcorn crowd." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2/4 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " The Last Days on Mars ultimately confirms what science has already spent billions of dollars establishing: There's just no life here." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3.5/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " Lee's is more of a hard-edged, hammer-and-nail noir than Park's existential horror, and it's far less concerned with the internal state of Joe's mind than the external havoc it creates." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the narrative and thematic liberties traditionally granted the middle chapter in a trilogy and drives the stakes up sharply." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Refreshingly free of digital apocalyptics and unnervingly prone to random violence." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " A movie that does to your emotions exactly what one player does to another on the big Christmas game day: slams them to the ground and stomps them silly." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " A sharply observed, post-economic crash comedy-drama that boasts a formidable performance by Cate Blanchett and addresses such pertinent real-world concerns as class, gender and corporate criminality in urban America." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/4 —— All the Wrong Reasons " The result teeters uncomfortably between dead-end-job slacker comedy and high soap, but it shows enough potential to bode well for Milani's future." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 2% Getaway (2013) " By the time the movie actually arrives at its finest moment - a nearly two-minute single shot from the Mustang's hood as it chases the villain's van through dense traffic - you've become so numb to speed and sensation that you may barely notice." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3/4 95% A Hijacking (2013) " A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " Stirring, heartbreaking and thoroughly infuriating ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
94% A Band Called Death (2013) " An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " It restores the tarnished lustre to this most fan-beloved of Marvel characters by doing precisely what Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's near-sacred 1982 run did: It pumps some feeling into the guy along with his muscles and steel talons." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Consistently funny and fascinating." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2.5/4 92% Casting By (2013) " Something of an elegy for a lost era, when talent, even at its rawest, stood far above prettiness as the primary reason for getting the part." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/4 14% Syrup (2013) " It's tempting to say that Aram Rappaport's Syrup sticks, but it's also true." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3/4 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " Ultimately, the most frightening lesson the film teaches is just how dysfunctionally impervious to defeat the so-called war on drugs is ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2.5/4 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) " The foundation of a much better movie is buried somewhere beneath the debris that's too quickly piled on to The Kings of Summer ..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 7, 2013
56% American Mary (2013) " This is truly a cut above." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2/4 50% The Lesser Blessed (2013) " Part of the long march of misunderstood movie adolescents that leads from the frozen Canadian North straight down to James Dean's Los Angeles in Rebel Without a Cause." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 —— Old Stock " Old Stock is an amiably warm celebration. Wear it like one of Stock's sweater vests and stand for the national anthem." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) " After Earth at least looks distinctive, and the movie's overall atmosphere of close-quarter jungle delirium is enhanced by the cramped, earth-toned interiors of spaceships, off-world colony condos and crashed cockpits." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 31, 2013
1/4 —— Please Kill Mr. Know It All (2013) " The ride gets bumpy almost immediately ... and the scenery is as familiar as what you might see driving to a job you've had for more years than you care to remember." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/4 —— Slaughter Nick for President " [An] odyssey of belated, documentary-boosted pop-culture reclamation." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 10, 2013
90% Portrait of Wally (2012) " An account of greed, betrayal, culpability and self-serving moral relativism." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 6, 2013
3/4 93% Still Mine (2013) " Still Mine is a measured but considerably moving celebration of things hand-crafted, traditional and built to last." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 3, 2013
1.5/4 71% My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013) " Almost entirely devoid of reasons to keep watching, unless of course you're curious about the sex-ed applications of a cantaloupe." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3/4 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Upstream Color is a deliberate exercise in swooning obscurity. You either go with its considerable sensory powers or you scratch a groove on your head." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/4 100% Tatsumi (2012) " Western viewers might liken it to Disney meets The Dark Knight." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/4 50% Pusher (2012) " Just stick to the original: Fate is always more fetching than formula." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 9, 2012
2/4 65% Antiviral (2013) " A virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " A let's-put-on-a-show story so steeped in backlot Hollywood convention it almost embarrasses itself, with the difference being it really doesn't care." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/4 87% Arbitrage (2012) " Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/4 55% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) " Boasts almost the same degree of intellectual heft, moral nuance and philosophical rigour as a sitcom." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 31, 2012
3/4 96% BirdWatchers - La terra degli uomini rossi (2008) " Bechis, a former political exile from Argentina with a clear anti-colonialist bent, may be angered by the Guarani's plight, but his movie - like these people - is contemplative, patient and forcefully determined." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 3, 2011
3.5/4 91% Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) " It's the coolness of Gibney's account of the possibly systematic sabotaging of Spitzer's career, perpetrated by a strangely camera-friendly cast of enemies-cum-conspirators, that makes it such transfixing viewing." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/4 67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story (2010) " I doubt there's much here any die-hard fan doesn't already know, but having it retold from the perspective of a struggling, respect-hungry community merely makes the metaphoric affinities of the game that much more persuasive." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) " A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop is a tipsy wedding of low hijinks and tiptoe-tense suspense stretches." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 82% Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2011) " [A] lavish, lovely and rather earnestly dull tribute of a movie." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 1, 2010
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