Peter Howell

Peter Howell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Peter Howell's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 94% Man from Reno (2015) "A story that yields its secrets slowly but sinuously, making the most of its language and cultural differences. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 95% Best Of Enemies (2015) "The idea may not seem so radical, in this day and age of reality TV excess and internet outrage: giving a national broadcast forum to two highly opinionated intellectuals to argue about politics. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "At age 53, Tom Cruise is still a credible action hero. But this time, Rebecca Ferguson really gives him a run for his money, and his heart. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) "The film is all the more potent for its restraint, as constant on the mind as the cicadas that sound throughout the unyielding night. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 18% Pixels (2015) "While the concept is a cut above the usual Sandler swill, the comedy isn't. The script might as well have been penned by the same clueless aliens doing the invading. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 58% Southpaw (2015) "This isn't great cinema, but it's satisfying movie-making, with nothing more on its mind than telling a heart-tugging story. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 37% Irrational Man (2015) "A tired exercise in existentialism that apes but doesn't improve upon the writer/director's better work. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 82% 1001 Grams (2015) "Gorgeous cinematography balances impeccable acting and directing for a romantic trifle that delights with design more than content. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 97% Amy (2015) "Kapadia's illuminating, compassionate and tragic doc goes way up and way, way down with the gone-too-soon Amy Winehouse. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 20% Self/less (2015) "Any hope Reynolds had of reviving his stardom with Self/less is as fruitless as thinking a person can swap bodies without consequence. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 74% Big Game (2015) "The story penned by Helander with Petri Jokiranta goes heavy on the hokum, not to mention the CGI fireworks, but a dialled-down Jackson and a fired-up Tommila make for an entertaining pair. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "It's great fun to watch, with even President Barack Obama getting in on the act, and Batman Begins can be enjoyed entirely on this basis. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The only one really having a good time is Schwarzenegger, who grins like a Cheshire cyborg even when nothing's funny, least of all the impending destruction of humanity. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "If the suggestive use of spray cream whips you into a froth, boy, do these lads have a movie for you. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/4 81% The Overnight (2015) "Attitudes are adjusted along with clothing, with all four main actors happily delivering more than Brice's uneven script and sitcomish directing asks of them. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 86% Eden (2015) "Eden finds paradise where it counts: right between the ears. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "If you didn't see and laugh at the first Ted, and maybe also at MacFarlane's button-pushing TV series Family Guy, then another movie deserves your entertainment dollars. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 89% Dope (2015) "A narrative as freewheeling as this one might ordinarily daze and confuse. But Malcolm makes for such a forceful character, it's easy to go along with whatever direction he's headed in. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "The magnificent head trip that is Inside Out does more than take us inside a young girl's mind. It also restores Pixar's lost magic. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 91% Slow West (2015) "There's more to the story than meets the bull's eye in Slow West, a brainy and genre-defying western by newcomer John Maclean. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World ... hits all the expected beats of heroism, action and dinosaur dining. The tourists are delicious, and there are so many more to snack on this time! " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Pigeon is a film designed to confound and provoke, sometimes to wearying effect. But it's riveting in its deadpan depictions of drained existence. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/4 48% Live From New York! (2015) "The doc is more of a sampler of 40 years of SNL than a full serving, and everybody gets awfully close to taking themselves too seriously. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "[It] has to be seen to be believed. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 8, 2015
2.5/4 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "This prequel to the shriek hell, directed and scripted by series writer/actor Leigh Whannell, manages to avoid the Curse of the Triple Cash Grab. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "It offers a glimpse into the making of immortal pop tunes, songs of love and longing that are all the more astonishing considering the mental anguish their creator was enduring. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 95% Spy (2015) "One part parody, one part thriller, one part lethal satire of movie sexism. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "When you think about it, is there anybody else you'd want looking out for you in times of trouble than Johnson? " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
1.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) "A delayed and dismal attempt to marry screwball comedy with socially aware drama. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/4 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Morgen teases out aspects of Cobain's life that had been largely overlooked, in particular his intense ambition to succeed and his huge fear of humiliation if he didn't. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Varoom, varoom! " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "If there's any sexist cliché or sitcom groaner missed by the guilty parties behind this cop-and-robber coupling, it's not for want of trying. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "There is much pleasure in watching these fine actors navigate rough emotional waters, each conveying as much in sidewise glances as they do in direct discourse. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "An entertaining package of characters and ideas that manages to be a whole lot more than the first film while also being a little bit less. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 29, 2015
2.5/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "The awfulness and futility of war are seared onto the screen, in images that are often hard to look at. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 69% The Salvation (2015) "Wild West vengeance gets a terrific homage and a bloody reckoning in this oater excursion ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 29% Lost River (2015) "Designed to daze and confuse, and succeeding, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a stunner in visual terms alone. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina packs a scientist's brain inside a thrill seeker's body, much like the nubile robot within it. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
0.5/4 6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "Caddyshack 2. Exorcist 2. Speed 2. To this small sample of the ever-expanding list of wretched movie sequels, add Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, a gobsmackingly witless excuse for entertainment. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 32% Cut Bank (2015) "Deficient in charisma, Hemsworth lacks both the grit and grin that his complicated role demands. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The film is at times too much in awe of its subject, failing to seriously address oft-expressed criticism that Salgado is a voyeur of global pain. But he's willing to get his hands dirty for real change. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "It's about all women, and the conflicting dual roles they are expected to play in life, more so than men: nurturer/fighter, mother/lover, submissive/dominant and so on. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "It runs a long 128 minutes. You have to wade through not just puddles of tears, but also piles of BS. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "A remarkably satisfying and entertaining action movie, one of the best in the series. Put your brain in neutral and enjoy the ride. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1.5/4 16% Last Knights (2015) "Morgan Freeman thunders and Clive Owen glowers, but there's little that can be done to save this muddled medieval adventure from itself. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014) "It often looks like an accident in a film lab, although the sound is great, especially with guest vocalists Kelis, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Beth Ditto (The Gossip). " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/4 83% While We're Young (2015) "While We're Young pairs two New York couples, one middle-aged and anxious and the other millennial and carefree. Both are in for a satirical skewering, but also - and here's a change for Baumbach - something close to a hug. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Man On The Moon "The Last Man on the Moon alternates between archival footage and current interviews, the latter tinged with nostalgia and regret. But Craig avoids either lionizing or reducing his subject. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "It Follows manages to bend the rules of fateful juvenile sexuality, and does so in a manner that genuinely tingles the spine and disturbs the mind. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/4 65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "The Riot Club comes with the dubious ambition of instructing us as to the evil ways of spoiled British toffs, as if that were needed. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
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