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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Showing 51 - 100 of 1992
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " An indie Amadeus...it's the career-best performances by Simmons and Teller...that make Whiplash unforgettable. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/4 93% Birdman (2014) " The crackpot Birdman on some level tells a relatable story of one person's attempt to get, for once, something right, while functioning as a useful cultural critique of the disconcerting inextricability of commerce from art on stages and screens. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 98% Citizenfour (2014) " A film every single American and, indeed, every world citizen should see and contemplate. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) " Runs on clichés and ultimately earns more credit for what it doesn't do...than for what it does. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2.5/4 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Rather than a fiercely intelligent, live-wire exposé, the well-intentioned picture comes across as weak-tea drama that never fully justifies its docudramatic form. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Once the chaotic adult-fairy-tale elements override Fincher's otherwise meticulous style, one suspects this tawdry tale of marital fury signifies nothing more than a nihilistic view of heterosexual marriage. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 92% Pride (2014) " Pays heartwarming testament to the flexibility of solidarity. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) " How relevant or relatable viewers will find all this is questionable, but fans of the actors will take true pleasure in their tart verbal sparring... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " What’s best about A Walk Among the Tombstones is atmospheric...What’s worst about the film is its sense of generic luridness... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) " The star makes the film something like a guilty pleasure, but he and touches like the film-opening Mark Twain quotation form little more than a gilded cover wrapped around pure pulp. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Comedy sequel The Trip to Italy is almost exactly like its predecessor The Trip, and for the most part, that's a good thing. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2014
3.5/4 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " The film may seem to be doing very little, but it evinces great sensitivity...as it explores a universal theme of dealing with life's unexpected derailments and trying to get back on track. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2014
2.5/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " We've seen the 'Full eyes, clear hearts, can't lose' ethic before on screen, and more winningly dramatized, but When the Game Stands Tall does a good, and family-friendly, job of encapsulating Ladouceur's 'winning' approach... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2014
2/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c'mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2014
3/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Wiig and Hader's shared history beautifully informs their entirely credible screen relationship, which can be as testy as it is loving, as distressingly haunted as it is funny... " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Wait—is this a lesbian dolphin dating movie? " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " One could wish the picture were less thematically anemic...but there's something to be said for the nifty concept and pure adrenaline, when it kicks in. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/4 29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " Technically qualifies as a true-crime tale, and seems to exist mostly out of a sense of marketable prurience: hallmarks of Lifetime's infamous cable movies. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 5, 2014
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 98% 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 66% 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 33% 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 36% 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 22% 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 21% 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 68% 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 51% 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 91% 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 88% 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 23% 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 17% Sex Tape (2014) " A sometimes amusing R-rated comedy that never quite hits the spot. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 46% 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 No Score Yet 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 23% 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 90% 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 85% 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 No Score Yet 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% Live Die Repeat: 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 49% 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
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