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 82% of the time.

Biography:
Since 1987, Peter "Groucho" Canavese has been writing film reviews and articles in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Peter authors and maintains an exhaustive website called GrouchoReviews and is the chief film critic for monthly ON Magazine (since 1995), and Celluloid Dreams, a weekly radio show devoted to film (Celluloid Dreams runs on KSJS—90.5 FM—every Monday at 5pm). Since 2009, he has regularly contributed film reviews to Palo Alto Weekly. His reviews have also appeared in the San Jose Mercury News (1991-1994), in Bay Area weekly Alternate101 (2007-2008), and on Portland's 1190 KEX drive-time show Mark & Dave (2008).
Favorites:
Citizen Kane, Brazil, Duck Soup, Ikiru, North by Northwest, 8 1/2
Publications:
Groucho Reviews , ON Magazine , Palo Alto Weekly
Total Reviews:
1924
Total QuickRatings:
3
Location:
San Jose, CA

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3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " The resulting mystery-play-goes-mystery-movie allegory may have a heavy hand, but it also has its finger on the pulse of the struggles facing the [Catholic] Church and the emotional needs of its drifting parishioners." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Cinematic poetry...As that greatest of screen rarities—a potentially mainstream experimental film—the writer-director earns a bit of slack in gratitude for the strange and wonderful gift Boyhood is..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 65% Lucy (2014) " Besson reminds us how limber he can be...The material is always cheeky in its sense of humor and stylistic and cultural allusions...and frequently, if not fundamentally, provocative..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " It's a bit like watching old friends drunkenly mud wrestle: it's good to see them, but not like this." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 32% The Giver (2014) " Too bad that this junior version of Fahrenheit 451 turned out drippy...It's odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion, and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 13, 2014
1.5/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " It's ironic but true that Twister remains more palatable by being a consciously entertaining action fantasy, a cinematic roller-coaster, rather than a hellish 'you are there' safari tour through death and destruction." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " To be fair, this isn't War and Peace. It's a movie with a nunchuk-wielding reptile standing over six feet tall, drooling over pizza, and making boner jokes about Megan Fox." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " This GMO hybrid of foodie drama, culture-clash comedy, travelogue, and romance gently establishes, in middlebrow just-go-with-it fashion, the tone of a fable. " — Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " While it's not unpleasant, this Magic disappointingly fails to capture the imagination." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 84% Operation Petticoat (1959) " Hasn't aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards' film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. [Blu-ray]" — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3.5/4 88% Radio Days (1987) " [A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. [Blu-ray]" — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/4 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. [Blu-ray]" — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-'em-up. [Blu-ray]" — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3.5/4 95% An Adventure in Space and Time " Thrilling—you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!—and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it's difficult to imagine a better treatment." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 24% Third Person (2014) " The tasteful austerity of style and solid performances can't overcome a script that largely stands between emotional humanity and the viewer." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " A movie-movie, with edgy cred and a vivid dystopian vision that, while ostensibly futuristic, speaks harshly to the class divide already defining us." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 19% Sex Tape (2014) " A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Were you to sit down and write a movie with the instruction that it be funny, sad, and inspirational, you're likely to come up with better ideas than...this tepid Generation X version of a James L. Brooks film." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/4 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " It's more than a movie; it's a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/4 —— A Hard Day's Night - 50th Anniversary (2014) " It's more than a movie; it's a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 4, 2014
2/4 24% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy delivers another all-in performance, but so much so as to be more sad than funny much of the time." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3.5/4 90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Like Bill Condon's seriocomic film Kinsey, Masters of Sex takes a sociohistorical perspective on a subject of inherent fascination to us all. " — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Robespierre has conceived something you don't see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out...But [it's] one of those pictures that's just good enough that you dearly wish it were better." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul...literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the [Four Seasons]'s story has an anemic complexion." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " While delivering the epic goods, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise continues to keep its eye on helping kids become better people, and that's a cause worth fighting for." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Purposely blurs the lines between the actors and their characters for 'meta' gags, but it doesn't change what the movie is: just another dumb sequel." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/4 —— Two Rode Together (1961) " Ford may have made it for a quick buck—or perhaps as a favor to Columbia chief Harry Cohn—but the impact of the resulting film is far more that of a provocative drama than a tossed-off oater." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A fairly eye-popping futuristic war story with a clever (to a point) structure." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " Almost certainly wouldn't have been made were it not for Angelina Jolie, whose extraordinarily striking presence recalls the Old Hollywood potency of Garbo. If only the film around Jolie were worthy of her." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Within spitting distance of good...lesser than the sum of its parts due to deficits of ambition, invention and commitment." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " Evans can't compete with more or less obvious influences like Oldboy and Infernal Affairs, but he's certainly no slouch in the sadism department, making his films in some ways exhilarating but also wearying, for better and worse." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 27, 2014
1.5/4 14% Blended (2014) " Purees your brain for two hours...proudly and pointedly credited as 'A Frank Coraci Movie'-not a film, y'hear? Nerd-os, go home!" — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " What makes [it] more than just a thrilling science-fiction actioner is the past-present poignancy allowed by time travel and astral projection, indulging everyone's fantasy of telling a younger self what he or she needs to hear." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 21, 2014
3/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " Coppola shows genuine interest in emotional detail, and it accumulates into a depth of real feeling." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 16, 2014
2.5/4 83% Belle (2014) " In its broad strokes, Belle captures the intrigue of the real Dido, subject of a famously captivating portrait that is more fascinating and extraordinary than the film positioned around it." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " All about the riff... larky and goofy, and if you can meet Neighbors in that place (and assuming you have a tolerance for raunchy, R-rated comedy), you can get a nice buzz off of it." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro's romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus." — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Succeeds in being a largely well-produced comic-book movie extravaganza, but its weighty baggage may leave audiences wishing it had traveled light. " — Groucho Reviews
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Even a science dunce will walk away with a basic understanding of the project and a strong impression of the community around this important research...a film about the idealistic pursuit of knowledge..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " If this is girl power, we're experiencing rolling blackouts." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " A throwback to the fear-mongering science fiction of the past...the lab-bound likes of The Andromeda Strain and Demon Seed, circa the paranoid '70s." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn't fly far from the nest...[it's the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, 'Poisonous Love,' that is the picture's hands-down highlight." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " This combo of 'inside football' and Capra-corn fable of being one's own man in the face of total opposition...amounts to a corporate training film full of Trump-card koans..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 14, 2014
2.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Though Captain America: The Winter Soldier never strays far from preposterousness, the picture's real-world implications give its high-flying action at least a tug of gravity." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) " Doesn't seem to know what to do with itself once it gets where it's going...And yet, it's hard to throw on the trash heap, because Jason Bateman. " — Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/4 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) " The play of light and dark elements in what's arguably Akira Kurosawa's most broadly appealing and entertaining picture...explores a dichotomy of the idiocy of greed and the rewards of sacrifice. [Criterion Blu-ray]" — Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/4 91% My Life in Pink (Ma Vie en Rose) (1997) " About the unimaginative struggle to maintain conventional respectability, and the transgender child who is having none of it..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The state of the Muppet union remains strong...self-reference sits comfortably along hip pop-cultural references for the 'rents: stylish parodies and retro musical numbers along with vintage Muppet gags..." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The picture belongs to world-class actor Khan. I'll wager right now that there won't be a better performance all year, though it's not the type to win awards." — Groucho Reviews
Posted Mar 15, 2014
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