Peter Canavese

Peter Canavese
""I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." —Groucho Marx in Duck Soup "

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " Pure, uncut comic-book fantasy...Whedon tames the beast into something spectacularly epic, if a bit exhausting: bursting with destructive mayhem but grounded by interesting character beats, rife with dark implications but seasoned with good humor. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Grief of Others " While the subject matter...amounts to standard fare, audiences can all the more appreciate the thoughtful rigor applied by a team of artists working from page to screen. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) " Has a smattering of effective moments and a creepy cinematographic look to it, but the sequel's redundancy to its predecessor and pulseless feints at tapping into human emotion leech the suspense out of the picture. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 50% True Story (2015) " Does a lot of its work with its tongue-in-cheek title, a meta commentary on the not-so-broad spectrum of liar, actor, fiction writer, filmmaker and journalist. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 93% Monkey Kingdom (2015) " Assess to what extent we're witnessing man-ufactured monkey life...[or] just pay no attention to the men and women behind the curtain and simply enjoy the underwater photography of monkeys swimming. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 53% Woman in Gold (2015) " Corny, commercial, predictably platitudinous, and tear-jerkingly weepy...also an inevitably thought-provoking dramatization of facing the 'ghosts' of the past on an individual level and a national one. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 84% While We're Young (2015) " The obvious shots at hipster scenes...eventually sour into a complex critique of modern ambition in a changing cultural landscape. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1/4 28% The Longest Ride (2015) " A Nicholas Sparks movie is like cinematic Jello. It sells well, the number one ingredient is sugar, and there's always room for it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1.5/4 18% Serena (2015) " Winds up sawing logs...instead of locating hard truths of the human condition, Serena lumbers through the motions. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 46% Home (2015) " Another conspicuously packaged product seemingly designed to wear down an audience more than entertain it. While wee ones won't notice, they probably won't remember Home by the time the car ride gets them back to the real thing. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 95% Wild Tales (2015) " Like Tarantino's films, Wild Tales will rub some the wrong way by taking glee in the violence that comes from our worst selves, but the catharses have a positive social function...there's no doubt Szifron intends cautionary Tales. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) " Taps a fresh vein of humor to transfuse the horrific and the mundane. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Shows little strain in maintaining its cute factor, thanks to the drily winning personalities of the likes of Smith, Dench, Nighy, and the comic ebullience of Patel. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2.5/4 84% Cinderella (2015) " A lavish, classy affair...But while long on beauty, Branagh's film falls short on whimsy...[and] the film's most affecting emotional moments...stand apart from the story's central conflict. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 97% '71 (2015) " Lean, mean...Director Yann Demange and screenwriter Gregory Burke (the prominent Scottish playwright of Black Watch) twist the knife by serving Gary with constant reminders of boyish innocence corrupted... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2.5/4 71% The DUFF (2015) " Will...[strike a chord] with teen girls, if they can get past the casting of the healthy, but hardly plus-sized Whitman, as well as the changes made to sanitize the book... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 23, 2015
2/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) " What could be an inspirational teacher-student, coach-player story keeps playing the race card of simple non-whites not being able to see their own way to prosperity without a guiding white light, who in turn learns from their unsophisticated purity. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 23, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Absolutely ludicrous, dramatically clumsy, fifty shades of wrong, but...If audiences can cool their loins long enough, they may have a productive think about the nature of their desires... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2.5/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " Doubles down on glib ultraviolence while pressing buttons of class-consciousness and teasing out pop-culture allusions and self-aware witticisms. But this time, the postmodernism feels played out. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " An unsettling examination of moral drift, over a year in the life of a man and a generation in the life of a country. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2.5/4 89% Still Alice (2015) " Still still hums with humanity in the person of Moore, whose towering performance shows a staggering technical proficiency while never losing a whit of emotional resonance. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " Cotillard's heartbreakingly raw work carries the day, as she fleshes out both Sandra's suffering and emotional endurance on a journey of discovery that the latter, not the former, defines her. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2.5/4 37% Black or White (2015) " Sorting through prejudices and nuances of racial perception occasionally takes Black or White into intriguing territory...[more often] a rather mushily obvious, TV-movie-style courtroom drama built on straw-man arguments. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2/4 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " A nominal theme—complete with theme song—of teamwork. But really, Sponge Out of Water is about little more than fast food and ice cream, with the same promise of empty calories. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) " To the extent we still demand rich characters and sensible plotting, the Wachowskis' latest is a few planets short of a galaxy. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
3.5/4 94% Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (1992) " Though the story touches on politics and even profundities of the human experience, Miyazaki's light touch and overriding sense of fun promise that children of all ages will give themselves over... [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
3.5/4 98% 101 Dalmatians (1961) " Then and now, Disney fans of all ages have thrilled to the animation-ambitious sight of the titular pack, and chilled at the villainy of mad diva Cruella De Vil. [Blu-ray] " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Feb 10, 2015
2/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " Iraq warrior biopic American Sniper, about the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, affords Eastwood another opportunity to wrestle with the way of the gun, but one that gets mired in military hero worship. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 11, 2015
2.5/4 53% The Interview (2014) " Determinedly silly...[but the] undisciplined frat-bro comedy's accumulation of innuendos, boner jokes, gay jokes, and gags that tread through racist and misogynist territory works out to less than the sum of the juvenile parts. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " Revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through the space with a documentarian's eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art history and puts him back in the world. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3.5/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) " The plot is a sideshow to Inherent Vice's luxuriant atmosphere, cracked sense of humor, and idiosyncratic characterization. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3/4 99% Selma (2015) " Selma is wet paint Americans (especially young ones) had probably best watch dry, as we remember the past and contemplate where the country goes from here. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Mutlilayered...Though any film adaptation of a classic musical is bound to be a mixed bag, Sondheim fans have dodged another bullet here with this impressive transplant, one that retains the play's complicated moral character along with most of its music. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " Ultimately the lesson of Unbroken seems to be this: Louis Zamperini suffered horribly for America, so the least you can do is watch this movie about it. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 46% The Gambler (2014) " The extent to which The Gambler may intentionally or unintentionally glamorize or romanticize gambling does raise concerns, but...[the film] remains a study in the self-destructive personality. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Burton pokes fun at Keane's art, but he kids because he loves, and Big Eyes productively asks the question of whether the paintings are art or kitsch (probable answer: both). " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Serviceably dramatizes an important historical story while giving rising star Cumberbatch suitably juicy material. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2.5/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " Narratively bereft...thematically redundant...[but] fans of the series and fanboy grumblers may have to agree that The Battle of the Five Armies is often entertaining. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 16, 2014
2.5/4 87% Top Five (2014) " When it comes to comedy, funny always wins, and Chris Rock's third directorial effort does run on engagingly amusing riffs. But Top Five also steers hard into undisciplined storytelling... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/4 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " A biblical epic in 2014 is a strange beast indeed, walking a fine line in the hopes of pleasing both the faithful...and those audiences more accustomed to secular myths. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 9, 2014
2/4 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) " Will probably divert kids with ease, given its manic exertion and pace...[but] we find out the hard way that these waddlers are better in small doses. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Quietly but firmly interprets the disturbing story of millionaire John du Pont through bifocal lenses of American dreaming and the sexual fantasies made accessible by wealth. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) " A satisfying excursion, a secular but spiritual journey of self-discovery. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Dec 8, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " We're meant to feel the weight of Katniss' situation, and we do, but the picture can also fairly be called leaden... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2014
3/4 69% Laggies (2014) " While the borderline silly material could easily have sunk like a lead balloon, Shelton and her actors sprinkle enough pixie dust to make Laggies fly. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2.5/4 72% Interstellar (2014) " Love is what's really between the stars, y'all. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2/4 65% The Notebook (2014) " Are you a nihilist? Trouble finding a way to bring satisfaction to a Friday night in the void of meaningless suffering that is your universe? Well, do I have the movie for you. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) " The stealth allegory of the insidious nature of gossip as a tool of domination, and the scathing class satire of misbegotten and socially unjust personal goals, carry a productive sting that should leave kids smarting but a bit wiser... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 92% Dear White People (2014) " This intelligent, funny, articulately hyper-verbal campus comedy-drama...serves up tart satire... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 77% Fury (2014) " A throwback combat movie that offers tanks for the memories, along with vivid performances. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
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