Peter Galvin

Peter Galvin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Peter Galvin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia), sbs.com.au

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 86% Inception (2010) "What's exciting about the movie has nothing to do with content, or a coherent style; it has to do with watching a master crafts person conjure tricks with the best the modern movie tool box has to offer. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3.5/5 97% Black Souls (2015) "Black Souls, a crime melodrama from Italy in the official festival competition, is a dark journey indeed -- but it does open with one corker of a gag. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/5 92% Grandma (2015) "Grandma is Lily Tomlin in her first lead role since Big Business in 1988 and that's recommendation enough. It's a mix of the erudite, the tough and the goofy. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 60% Pasolini "Chief amongst the films principal virtues is Willem Dafoe who plays Pasolini with the quiet dignity of an aristocrat straight out of some lost Visconti epic. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 19% Aloha (2015) "I actually enjoyed the sprawling messiness of it. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/5 33% Poltergeist (2015) "Remakes aren't always a bad idea. Even a creative re-think isn't out of order. But Poltergeist 2015 doesn't seem to have anything on its mind and what it does say isn't very interesting. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Miller remains a supreme master of action. With his splendid tech cohorts, the action here is immersive and high impact; it has a nasty, believable edge. It plays well, real... when characters are close to die, we feel it. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 77% Talaash (2012) "The great pleasure of the film is watching how Reema Kagti and co-writer Zoya Akhtar slowly pull the many strands of the action together. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 80% Rowdy Rathore (2012) "The very funny and charming Sonakshi Sinha, by the way, plays Shiva's romantic interest. But the love story seems much less important than the mayhem. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/5 25% Manny Lewis "It's often funny, episodic and threatens to go to dark places before settling into something that's sweet and wholesome. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 85% A Canterbury Tale (1949) "It's a wonderful film; bizarre, and pulsing with a weird sexual undertow, it abounds with mysticism, beautiful images and a plot that's as compelling as it is daffy. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Don't imagine a conventional crime melodrama. Its pleasures I found to be cerebral rather than kinetic and visceral. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) "For all its evasions, short cuts, and mismanaged ideas, Selma can't be dismissed. Its modest achievements engross. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "We feel Kyle's detachment and disorientation (and Cooper is excellent) because Eastwood, working with his long-time collaborators, have punished us with the best action scenes of his career. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2.5/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "O'Connell is such a plank of stoicism I never thought he was at risk of breaking. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 92% Frank (2014) "The film's desire to reduce its cultural and artistic conflicts to simple one-on-one propositions gives the film a know-it-all air of superiority, likes it's the worst kind of rock snob journalism. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3.5/5 91% Locke (2014) "The thriller feel is aided and abetted by the fact that Knight traps us inside the world of a guy who is himself trapped. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) "Linklater here is full of optimism, as always, but he remains a doggedly unsentimental realist. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 2, 2015
2.5/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "St.Vincent flies by and moment-to-moment it has that buoyant bubbling feel of good stand-up, but none of it sinks in. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 29, 2014
2.5/5 80% The One I Love (2014) "It's proof positive of how really good Moss and Duplass are here once you realise that in terms of technique that haven't been asked much more than to re-act deadpan and endure ever so long pauses no matter how stupid it all gets. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) "In the end, it's not a movie of character but plot. Its excitement is waiting for the next elaborate move and waiting to see how it plays out. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 65% The French Minister (2014) "I think what I liked best is the way that Tavernier makes the film about Arthur's sentimental education and the universal tendency to dismiss politics as a triumph of style over substance. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 22% Devil's Knot (2014) "In its way, this is the most terrifying horror movie I've seen in a long time; the woods where the kids die are like something out of Evil Dead. I was left angry and wrung out. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 72% Léon: The Professional (1994) "No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson's skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top). " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "This is a near perfect object of 21st century film-technique, the kind of gee-wow-gotcha movie-skill unallied to such apparently insignificant values as story, believability or anything resembling recognisable human behaviour. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 100% Utopia "Despite its flaws in conception and coverage, this is an angry and sorrowful film about an important subject and it's typical of Pilger. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) "A potent mix of uplift and corn. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4.5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) "This is living history as a surreal pageant. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Mt. Zion "Mt. Zion, a likeable drama from writer director Tearepa Kahi, cleaves closely to this ancient coming-of-age parable about how the quest for showbiz success can corrupt the innocent. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 90% The Immortal Story (1968) "The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3/5 90% Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir "What rises to the surface and sparkles are Polanski's gifts as a raconteur, his fierce intelligence and his guile. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2.5/5 65% 2 Days in New York (2012) "Episodic and sluggishly paced, 2 Days in New York has no drive and no story tension and for some that won't matter since the film's manic energy seems to derive from the fact that everyone here talks fast and loud and often... " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 22, 2012
3/5 63% Dead Europe "Dark, and emotionally claustrophobic, Dead Europe is tough to sit through. Talky and severe, it is a puzzle film, a movie where one is asked to work hard at deciphering its strangeness. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4/5 71% Hail "It's stark, unpleasant and beautiful at once. I don't think I've seen anything quite like Hail. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2.5/5 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) "It feels less like a film and more like a teaser with an abundance of incidental pleasures. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) "Aside from Letts scathing one-liners the best reason to see the film is McConaughey. His Killer Joe is a quite brilliant variation on cool villainy. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2.5/5 26% Kath & Kimderella (2012) "It feels slow, slack and aimless and it seems to last forever. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 57% Love (2011) "Love is beautiful and lovely and as remote as a distant star. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 30, 2012
3/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) "The action - foot chases, gun battles, and one lengthy episode on motorbikes in the choked streets of Manila - is really, really good. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/5 34% Swerve (2013) "In the end, Swerve, doesn't seem to be about anything other than its own mechanics. And that gets tedious very quick. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 8, 2012
2.5/5 57% The Dictator (2012) "The Dictator is very funny. But with Baron Cohen and his work, the laughs were part of a bigger project. Now it seems to be the only point. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 17, 2012
3/5 86% Careless Love "A small film made on a low budget in a style reminiscent of similarly scaled Euro and American pictures, Duigan shoots the action straightforwardly; there's nothing fancy here " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 17, 2012
3.5/5 65% Trishna (2012) "Watching it unwind is one of Trishna's great pleasures. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted May 10, 2012
63% Café de Flore (2012) "Playful, painful, willfully strange, deeply emotional and deliberately, delightfully obscure at times, Café de Flore, from French-Canadian writer-director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.), is a puzzle-film par excellence. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2.5/5 59% Any Questions for Ben? "It's full of the kind of fake insights and sanctimonious crap to be found in magazine self-help columns. Pity, because that's a real fun killer. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2.5/5 50% Fighting Fear "The film has no real intimacy -- which makes us all outsiders -- and no apparent goal beyond cheering these guys on. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2.5/5 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) "Lugubrious, bumbling and sit-com predictable, Our Idiot Brother has a couple of good ideas, no style, an episodic structure and some charming incidental pleasures, not the least of which are the performances, which are good. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 3, 2011
2.5/5 83% Caught Inside (2012) "On one level, it's pure visceral filmmaker, a necessary bloodletting, and yet, it feels a little phoney and not quite right. By movie's end, the characters no longer feel real -- they're just figures, playing a movie game. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/5 81% Higher Ground (2011) "Farmiga has etched something deeply personal and idiosyncratic here: a movie about a character who is simply trying to understand herself and her world -- and that opens up a lot of angst and conflict. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 5, 2011
2.5/5 80% God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011) "Produced by Jack, Ozzy's son, the project has a poignancy that it doesn't have as a movie experience. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 15, 2011
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