Peter Howell

Peter Howell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1729

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Tu Dors Nicole " Tu Dors Nicole accurately recreates that feeling of youth when the summer seemed like it would last forever. As the French say, it's très drôle. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " A real treat for animation fans, although its meditative pace may test the patience of younger viewers. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 93% The Guest (2014) " Nothing can stop the wicked smoulder of Stevens, who makes a smile seem like a weapon of mass destruction. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 79% Fury (2014) " Attention to details give Fury heft and value, as does solid acting, but Ayer seems to lose his resolve in two scenes that are straight out of a Sgt. Fury Marvel Comics episode, or maybe a Hollywood script rewrite. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
1.5/4 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " The latest gaseous emission from the Sparks melodrama machine. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 74% St. Vincent (2014) " A movie with laughter, soul and a twisting path to the heart. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) " Whatever possessed the makers of Dracula Untold to think we'd be interested in a tragically unhip romance that backstories the infamous bloodsucker? " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4/4 89% Mommy (2015) " Defiantly a movie for the here and now, something so immediate, its very form resembles Instagram photos or smartphone videos. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1.5/4 40% Tusk (2014) " "Excess" is Smith's middle name, so the show goes on . . . and on. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/4 85% The Good Lie (2014) " The Good Lie honestly earns its laughter and tears, even if it has to do so by way of some Hollywood window dressing. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " David Fincher's Gone Girl takes a big beach read about a troubled marriage and turns it into a suspenseful screen indictment of modern times. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " The Skeleton Twins is all the better for keeping us guessing as to its intentions, because that makes it more true to life. Sometimes you have to smile through the tears, and vice-versa. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 62% The Equalizer (2014) " We're given precious little story (or back story) from screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), but not much is needed for a tale this primal and an actor this watchable. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 100% Altman " Gives due credit to an inspired and prodigious maverick while also showing how often reckless good luck guided his peripatetic way. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " An unforgettable portrait, set to a dazzling soundtrack of Chopin piano pieces, of the sense of loss we all feel when we are obliged to move into unfamiliar and uncomfortable surroundings. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/4 43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " A large cast that looks great on paper becomes unwieldy on the screen, with talented people struggling to stay with a story and a camera that relentlessly skips from scene to scene. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Drop (2014) " The Drop is steeped in a simmering underworld familiar to fans of late directors Sidney Lumet and Arthur Penn, and stripped of primary colours like their '70s cinema classics. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 47% The Judge (2014) " The Judge could have been just another courtroom procedural with extra family pathos, but it's got a third person with something to prove: director David Dobkin, who is better known for comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/4 81% The One I Love (2014) " Director Charlie McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader raise both smiles and pulses with their impressive feature debut, which never overplays its sneaky hand. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " This overlong adaptation of Gayle Forman's popular young adult novel manages to make the usually effervescent Moretz seem dull. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " The dialogue is believable and funny, even if strays a little too often into the grotesque eating and toilet habits of the late Elvis Presley. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " It's a town of bad women and worse poets, where the fists are hard, the talk is tough but nothing is for real - and nothing doesn't add up to much. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The funniest bits are when the mimicry and the insults converge. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 93% Frank (2014) " Bat-dung crazy, in a good way, Lenny Abrahamson's Frank is the story of a pop star who really lets his art go to his head. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1/4 20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Let's earnestly hope there is no sequel. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " This is what an earthbound Guardians of the Galaxy would be like if every character was Groot, the tree guy. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " Gleeson is the great anchor of the piece, conveying much often without even saying a word. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It must be said that it goes down rather well, although full enjoyment requires that all cynicism be left simmering on the back burner. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1.5/4 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Not much of an effort is made to differentiate the personalities of the turtles, who all frankly look as grotesque as a Terry Gilliam cartoon. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " As usual with Gilliam's films, the production is more delightful to behold than to parse. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The characters are great and the movie is often very funny. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Magical in theme but not effect, Woody Allen's new movie has nothing up its sleeve or on its vaguely engaged mind. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Pure schmaltz masquerading as life wisdom, it pairs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton for no apparent reason other than that they fit the elder baby boomer cohort the film is squarely aimed at. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Hoffman leaves us with a quality film that showcases his tremendous depth and range as an actor. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " You couldn't ask for a better metaphor for hell on Earth than what Bong Joon-ho has wrought with Snowpiercer: constant forward momentum while getting absolutely nowhere, suffering all the while. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best and brainiest blockbuster of the summer, the kind of movie you hope for when you pay your money and buy your popcorn. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 86% Doc Of The Dead " Time for a brainy look at brain-eating zombies, and this one delivers like molars to skull. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " An account that's affectionate but also honest, taking the title and much of the content of Ebert's bestselling 2011 autobiography. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Can a meaningful glance mean as much as a kiss? In this film, it can, and that's enough. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " A romantic comedy about a match neither written nor pictured in heaven. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 86% Borgman (2014) " A creepily comical story about an insistent vagrant turned insidious home occupier. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Just another dumb riff on The Exorcist ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " There is playing to your strengths and there is cringing overkill and with the road comedy Tammy, Melissa McCarthy is getting awfully close to the latter. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2.5/4 68% Me and You (2014) " There's something oddly endearing about Me and You, a minor work from the master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2.5/4 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Swartz might be better served by a sensitive actor's portrayal in a future dramatic biopic. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 26, 2014
0.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " It's long, it's loud and it's really stupid. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/4 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " It's tamer than you would expect - and hope. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The film entertainingly recreates an acclaimed stage show that you can now see for the price of a multiplex ticket rather than a Broadway one. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " This minimalist gem affords a chance to see ex-Twilight star Robert Pattinson at his dramatic best. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " If it seemed Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill couldn't possibly exceed their over-the-top buddy cop antics of 21 Jump Street, you lost that bet. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
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