Gerald Peary

Gerald Peary

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Arts Fuse , Boston Phoenix , TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
247

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3 stars 91% Frank (2014) " If Van Gogh had picked up an acoustic car, he'd be Frank, the eponymous rocker in this idiosyncratic Irish film from the talented Gaelic filmmaker, Lenny Abrahamson." — Arts Fuse
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3 stars 93% Closed Curtain (2014) " Under house arrest,Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely concedes that, at times during his incarceration, he's worn down, tempted to end it all." — Arts Fuse
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3 stars 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " A slight slacker comedy derivative of American indies but made by a youth-friendly German director of talent." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3 stars 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall takes viewers on a brisk, amusing promenade through Vidal's enviable life: wealthy, globe-hopping, pals of the talented and famous." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 29, 2014
3 stars 61% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The Grand Seduction has mawkish moments, and it's way long. But it's still a very sweet movie, skillfully made and charmingly told." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 26, 2014
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " [This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3 stars 94% The Normal Heart (2014) " A pretty decent adaptation of the 1985 stage script, with some good things added, including an effective pre-credit section set on Fire Island in 1982." — Arts Fuse
Posted May 26, 2014
2 stars 89% Locke (2014) " That solo time in the car, predictably, gets trying to watch." — Arts Fuse
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5 stars —— All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State " This rousing partisan documentary resurrects the late Ann Richards, and it's showing on HBO in a Lone Star election year. The Republicans better worry about Texans seeing it." — Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3.5/5 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " Among the best features to come recently out of Eastern Europe, featuring the tough-minded cinematography of Romania's Oleg Matu, who shot 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3 stars 81% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " It would take a series of spoilers to explain who might have killed whom in "The Galapagos Affair." See the movie and find out, and revel in the grim gallows humor. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3 stars 94% Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Silicon Valley is sharp nerd fun for both the computer lingo-savvy and for the non-Tweet, non-Facebook crowd such as out-of-it me. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3.5 stars 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " I hoped the film was a front for a citizen's arrest: Donald Rumsfeld shipped off to the Hague. Still, the movie is as insanely entertaining as a Mad Hatter's tea party. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5 stars 89% Le Week-End (2014) " "Le Week-End" soars because of the glorious leads, reliable Jim Broadbent, veteran of Mike Leigh movies, and Lindsay Duncan, acclaimed on the British stage." — Arts Fuse
Posted Mar 29, 2014
2 stars 64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The first few episodes of HBO's "Doll & Em" operate as fairly funny show-biz satire, but the series takes a nosedive into turgid melodrama. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Mar 23, 2014
3.5 stars 81% If You Build It (2014) " This stirring, wonderful documentary follows two idealistic, tenacious young architects arriving in the deep South to teach rural high school kids to design and build. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3 stars 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " This death trip homoerotic thriller, influenced by Hitchcock, is powerful, weird, and intoxicating - until its final scenes." — Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 23, 2014
3.5 stars 99% Gloria (2014) " "Gloria" explores better than any movie I've seen how, when middle-aged divorcees become a couple, they are still affected by their relationship with their ex-spouses and children." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5 stars 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Dickens's love is touching in a Chekhovian way.It can only bring sorrow, as it is not returned by the young woman he covets. That's the gutsy decision of the filmmakers." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 18, 2014
2 stars 84% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite the charismatic leads, True Detective is searching for a rhythm, with very awkward jumps in time. Nic Pizzolatto's scripts are painfully overwritten. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3.5 stars 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia shows the new China as a venal,impossibly corrupt place where the downtrodden millions are almost as maltreated, and just as hopeless, as sufferers under Mao." — Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 79% Quartet (2013) " Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 22, 2013
2.5 stars 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A watchable if not particularily compelling tale of the never-ending woes of the protagonist, a walking basket case of self-destruction.The Coens are trying to say what? " — Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 20, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off." — Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 16, 2013
92% Le Joli Mai (1963) " Dare I say so about a film by the much-admired Marker? It's only mildly interesting. Quite a disappointment considering that it's out of circulation for half a century." — Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 8, 2013
3.5 stars 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The rightist, racist government is opposed on the island by a Blue State coalition of women (young, old, and punk),an African-American geek, and liberated white males. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5 stars 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " A decent film, but hardly the breakthrough anti-slavery masterpiece many have claimed. It's difficult to stay in the brutal reality with A-list movie stars around every bend." — Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 17, 2013
3 stars 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " The first part is directed in the most conventional way. In the better second half, the Belgian leads dig deeply into their characters, sing bluegrass wonderfully."" — Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3.5 stars 34% The Counselor (2013) " This is one fine neo-noir, expertly directed by Ridley Scott with a host of superlative star turns, and an arresting, challenging screenplay by Cormac McCarthy " — Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 2, 2013
3 stars 80% I Used To Be Darker (2013) " This delicate, compassionate film has an emotional impact.It unfolds the austere European way, without the heavy baggage of backstory. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2.5 stars 97% Gravity (2013) " Alfonso CuarĂ³n is among the world's finest, most versatile filmmakers, and someone who hasn't yet directed a dud. Gravity is quite OK too, but in the second tier of his work." — Arts Fuse
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2 stars 93% Mother Of George (2013) " Mother of George might work better with an operatic score, for all its brooding, pain, and masochism.Arias, anyone?" — Arts Fuse
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3 stars 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " Director-writer Alexandre Moors, a Parisian living in New York, builds a credible narrative story of the killer team in the months before their death spree." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3 stars 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " The absorbing day-by-day of the Pussy Riot trial, and an intimate meeting with three Pussy Riot women unmasked." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 25, 2013
2.5 stars 76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Christopher Guest cuts his molars on TV with a program that rarely tries to be more than fairly amusing, mildly ambitious. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3 stars 80% Glickman " The rousing story of Marty Glickman,who invented,in the 1940s and 1950s, the modern style of sports broadcasting." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 25, 2013
3.5 stars 70% Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (1967) " The Vietnam War comes back vividly, frighteningly in this collaborative work from distinguished filmmakers" — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 25, 2013
1.5 stars 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " Oy gevalt!What a disappoinment!" — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 21, 2013
2.5 stars 68% Terraferma (2013) " It's well-meaning, properly on the side of human rights, but also schematic and thematically heavy-handed." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 21, 2013
2 stars 74% The Wall (2013) " Has any movie ever had so much gab on the soundtrack? Every confession, every philosophical tidbit of the movie's tormented female protagonist. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 21, 2013
3.5 stars —— Ricky on Leacock (2012) " A hedonist and humanist, admired filmmaker Ricky Leacock was curious about everyone." — Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 16, 2013
1.5 stars 65% A Fierce Green Fire (2013) " I agree totally with its politics while abhorring its unimaginative political correctness. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3 stars 94% Blancanieves (2013) " "Blancanieves" is not as charming as "The Artist," but it's more sincerely a work of true silent cinema." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4 stars 45% To The Wonder (2013) " To The Wonder - the best American feature by far of 2013: beautiful, compassionate, tragic, transcendent." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2 89% In the House (2013) " In the House is sometimes ingenious, but all the main characters are cold, arrogant, and off-putting." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2.5 50% Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013) " Nobody is easier on Bert Stern than the filmmaker, four decades his junior, and his long-time squeeze. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Assayas's splendid autobiographical feature is about a young man who refuses to turn his back on the radicalism of the '60s" — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " The filmmakers, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, seem not at all intimidated by Henry James's formidable prose." — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
2 90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " The filmmaker is annoyingly passive and star-struck,as Ricky Jay, speaks only to his chosen agenda. " — Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 16, 2013
3 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work," — Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 16, 2013
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