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:
1700

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The characters are great and the movie is often very funny." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 53% 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 15% 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 90% 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 91% 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 —— 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 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " A romantic comedy about a match neither written nor pictured in heaven." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 85% Borgman (2014) " A creepily comical story about an insistent vagrant turned insidious home occupier." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 31% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Just another dumb riff on The Exorcist ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 25% 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 91% 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 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " It's tamer than you would expect - and hope." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 54% 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
65% 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
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Taking its cues as much from Star Wars and Game of Thrones as from its own storybook narrative, How to Train Your Dragon 2 breathes fire into a franchise sequel." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
1.5/4 50% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " All Cheerleaders Die began as a lo-fi video feature 13 years ago and weirdly, the inspirational rah-rah seemed to have stopped right there." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Myers makes a pretty good case for the "supermensch" benediction for Gordon." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " It promises something that it doesn't deliver, and insincerity is the last thing you want in a film like this." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " At times, Khondji's golden portraiture can make the characters seem encased in amber. But there's a tremendous payoff for the patient." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A sharp sci-fi thriller that's going to be hard to beat as the summer's best blockbuster." — Toronto Star
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Your mileage may vary depending on your enthusiasm for his smirking frat-boy comedy." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 58% Web Junkie (2019) " Web Junkie could almost be viewed as absurd comedy, if it weren't so grimly serious." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The movie equivalent of a warm blanket." — Toronto Star
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) " Portrait of the artist as a young (and old) gonzo." — Toronto Star
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Trying to figure out Isabelle keeps the viewer engaged, and Vacth's focused acting justifies her being almost continually in the frame." — Toronto Star
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards wants to do more than make our eyes bulge and our popcorn crunch." — Toronto Star
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Fortunately, Rogen and Byrne make for an appealingly frazzled and conflicted couple." — Toronto Star
Posted May 9, 2014
3/4 80% I Used To Be Darker (2013) " Unfolds like a music album, with emotive songs supplying information that doesn't need repeating in the lean screenplay, which the director co-wrote with Amy Belk." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 94% Ida (2014) " [The] screenplay is a model of economy, as precise as the lensing by Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, who often position their subjects at the bottom of the frame, emphasizing personal insignificance within the totalitarian machine." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Most of Under the Skin operates on an almost subconscious level. The truth is out there in Glazer's screenplay, which he co-wrote with Walter Campbell, but it's intuitive rather than didactic." — Toronto Star
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 86% Joe (2014) " A tough rural drama by David Gordon Green that digs deep in all the right ways." — Toronto Star
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " This latest blockbuster assault wins us over, or wears us down, by dint of fine actors who are clearly enjoying themselves, in a film that thankfully doesn't take itself too seriously." — Toronto Star
Posted May 1, 2014
2/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 23% The Other Woman (2014) " The only clich├ęs missing to complete the set are the funny gay friend and the meddling mom, but the studio is probably saving them for The Other Woman 2." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Not much is said, but much is communicated in a blood-soaked film that acts as its own accuser." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 57% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " You've got to take your toque off to a dumb movie that is clever enough to try to rook Ottawa politicians into doing the right thing for the wrong reason." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 —— Meetings With A Young Poet " Meetings With a Young Poet is like an absurd literary cage match where only one of the fighters is participating. The other just sits there looking stunned." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 19% Transcendence (2014) " Includes some genuine chemistry between Depp and Hall, which puts heart and soul into this machine." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Not destined for Costner's personal hall of fame." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " By opening the action up to the entire city for the sequel, there's less claustrophobia but also less excitement." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 —— The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life " It's a short, gentle film but a powerful one, a reminder that we can get past any sorrow." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Dom Hemingway is mainly a one-man show. But it's a hoot to watch Jude Law sink his teeth into such a despicable character ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 77% Bethlehem (2014) " Cinematographer Yaron Scharf shoots Bethlehem like a modern western, every grimace, twitch and drop of sweat playing in stark relief against an implacable landscape that has seen much spilled blood." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 4, 2014
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