Peter Howell

Peter Howell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% 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 48% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "The two actors carp and quip well together, enough to carry us through a plot with few surprises. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Sep 2, 2015
3/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "It's a movie that makes thoughtful drama out of the essential insanity of celebrity journalism, wherein a star proclaims humility while a scribbler promises idolatry. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 43% We Are Your Friends (2015) "The cast is uniformly good, especially Efron and Bentley as collaborators on the dance floor but rivals in the bedroom. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 41% No Escape (2015) "In terms of pure popcorn escapism, No Escape delivers from the get-go, cutting to the chase without belabouring the character details. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3/4 96% We Come as Friends (2015) "We Come as Friends aims a cinéma vérité lens on a place where many promises are made, but few are kept. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 86% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) "The film is reminiscent of Catfish in its essential circumstances of love and online deception, but it goes far deeper into how virtual lies cause tangible problems. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 70% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Zeroes in on the essential contradictions of the Apple co-founder. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "Who's human and who's not consumes much of the running time of rote actioner Hitman: Agent 47, which vainly attempts to revive a forgotten video-game spinoff starring Timothy Olyphant. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 49% American Ultra (2015) "American Ultra has its moments, but it's mostly a waste of good weed and better actors. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 82% Mistress America (2015) "Mistress America is the kind of screwball comedy Ernst Lubitsch or Preston Sturges would have loved, and there's no finer praise than that. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Expect to feel uncomfortable watching Diary of a Teenage Girl, which is precisely the point of this finely etched debut feature by writer/director Marielle Heller. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "This is like an Austin Powers movie directed by Wes Anderson, although Ritchie's personal style is very much in evidence. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/4 50% Boulevard (2015) "While it's all too clear that Nolan is unhappy - he also has an ailing dad to care for - the thoughts inside his head remain stubbornly opaque. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 86% How To Change The World (2015) "Almost a "found footage" movie, it makes excellent use of 1,500 archived 16 mm reels supplemented with fresh interviews and some animation. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Gift (2015) "This indie pulse-raiser is more of a stealth shocker than an overt one, even if the twisted payoff is telegraphed to anyone paying attention. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Worth watching, and rocking to. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "The fatal flaw is that it squanders more time fashioning these familiar Marvel Comics heroes than it does motivating them. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 6, 2015
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 94% 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 97% 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 17% 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 60% 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 40% 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 75% 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 80% 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 65% 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 82% 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 82% 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 88% 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 49% 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
85% 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 93% 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 97% 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 97% 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 84% 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
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