Peter Galvin

Peter Galvin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
FILMINK (Australia) , sbs.com.au
Total Reviews:
79

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 59% 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 —— 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 64% 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 " 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 36% 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
4/5 96% 13 Assassins (2011) " The sense of loss, of waste, for a society, a culture, is just heartbreaking. That feeling is something special in a 21st century action picture." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2/5 36% One Day (2011) " It's a profoundly moving book. Still, the movie is strangely remote, and straining for tears." — sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3.5/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " This is paced like a drama, not a popcorn movie; it's full of quiet moments of reflection and it takes its time in laying some very clever subplots that pay off brilliantly." — sbs.com.au
Posted Aug 4, 2011
2/5 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " The effects and 3D have already received a lot of advanced praise; it sounds like I'm a spoil-sport but the CGI action has a glossy sheen that appears synthetic -- it's dazzling, but it feels, well, untrue, as in you experience it as an effect." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 30, 2011
3/5 82% Super 8 (2011) " The performances are all fine, the scares are good, and it looks and sounds like a cross between E.T. and Lost. Still, what's best about it is the way it taps the power of movies and stories. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 9, 2011
2.5/5 88% Cane Toads: The Conquest (2012) " Conquest doesn't feel like it's nearly as much fun as its predecessor." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) " Insidious is very much a 21st century modern horror movie, which is to say it's more interested in tricks and scares than 'horror'." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 12, 2011
3/5 57% The Lost Bladesman (Guan yun chang) " The Lost Bladesman starts off big and rather cool and ends up an intimate epic hot and heavy with spent passions and an aura of sadness that's unexpectedly moving." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3/5 77% Thor (2011) " It seems grandiose to talk of emotional authenticity in the case of a movie like Thor but the actors actually seem involved in the characters and the story. You don't feel like they're laughing on the inside. It's involving and that's always fun." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 21, 2011
2/5 51% Brighton Rock (2011) " Joffe has adapted an ambitious work but his film doesn't capture the depth and longing in Greene's story." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/5 89% Scheherazade Tell Me a Story (2011) " Read in terms of a pure melodrama the movie is wrenching." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 13, 2011
3/5 84% My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011) " It's got a fable-like, fairytale ambience that's just this side of corny, but that kind of hope is very seductive." — sbs.com.au
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2/5 67% The Company Men (2011) " The Company Men is full of thin slivers of irony that passes for deep thinking." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 9, 2011
2/5 21% The Rite (2011) " The Rite is devoted alright -- to exorcising all thought with an arsenal of would-be scare tactics." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 9, 2011
2/5 67% Conviction (2010) " It's a painful film, but not for the best reasons." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 24, 2011
2.5/5 55% Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) " Rest assured the ending here is very 21st century: cheap, predictable, and witless. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 18, 2011
2/5 56% Unknown (2011) " Unknown is, reduced to essentials, a flat-out garden variety spy movie where no thoughtful subtext or conscious may intrude." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 18, 2011
3/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " Hereafter is worth taking seriously because, finally, it's about taking care to live decently -- not piously, or proudly, but honestly, in the here and now." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/5 66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " The characters are silly, self-centred and mindless in their pursuit of satisfaction and, of course, that's absolutely forgivable since it's all too human. But Frears seems to want to 'say something' about modern sexuality in an age of cyber bullying." — sbs.com.au
Posted Feb 3, 2011
2.5/5 80% Catfish (2010) " The trouble is the filmmakers seem to be stylists and opportunists; Catfish has the slick gloss of hipster media magazine journalism. Its deeper questions are never probed." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 20, 2011
91% The Fighter (2010) " The details are so peculiar, the film has a strange and vital ambience of its own." — sbs.com.au
Posted Jan 20, 2011
4/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " There's a certain kind of cinema that produces an effect in the viewer that's close to embarrassment. Not because its shoddy, boring or stupid but because it seems so true to our waking existence." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 23, 2010
3/5 73% Megamind (2010) " The movie around Ferrell's performance isn't nearly as good as he is." — sbs.com.au
Posted Dec 8, 2010
3/5 83% Copacabana (2010) " Shot in grim, flat tones that's more in keeping with the style of the so-called 'mumble-core' indie genre, Copacabana is actually very smart and very funny in a brittle kind of way. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 26, 2010
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