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:
1655

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1655
Previous | Next
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 63% Draft Day (2014) " Not destined for Costner's personal hall of fame." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 80% 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 56% 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 79% 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
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Despite the best efforts of Morris, the man comes across as not only shallow, but as a completely empty vessel. It makes for repetitive and depressing viewing." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " We get an idea of what could have been via the colossal illustrated screenplay still lovingly held by Jodorowsky, who is every bit the dreamer in his 80s that he was in his youth." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " Almost unrelenting in its takedown both of an American institution and the country's obsession with victories big and small, Bad Words is more misanthropic fantasy than satiric fiction." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " If nothing else, Noah succeeds as pure spectacle, offering up nightmare sights and sounds of Old Testament reckoning that top anything previously brought to the screen (and that thankfully aren't presented in 3D)." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is a sci-fi thriller that simply shouldn't work as well as it does." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2.5/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " You don't go to a Muppet movie looking for anything other than a few laughs with beloved puppet pals. Mission accomplished - ka-ching! - on that front." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " When you get down to the short strokes, Nymphomania is a very good film that could have been a great one." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Enemy slowly but surely envelops us, like the web of the spider that seems to be crawling from Adam's psyche right into the real world." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 21% Stay (2014) " Be careful what you wish for, and also what you buy into." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Be careful what you wish for, and also what you buy into." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 83% The Husband " McDonald isn't seeking to make explosive drama about a human time bomb, preferring to show the many mood swings of real life." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The entire movie is like a giant, elaborately decorated cake, created by this most exacting of film craftsmen. And how tasty it is!" — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 9, 2014
3/4 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " This is smart dumb comedy, with the main story working an idea that audiences anywhere can get: the fear of change." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Stalingrad largely succeeds in sensory terms but doesn't fare so well in dramatic ones." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Long before Kevin Costner is demanding pasta sauce info at gunpoint from a terrified Italian hostage in 3 Days to Kill, it's obvious no one is following any kind of coherent recipe for this movie." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Miyazaki isn't taking sides, merely observing how the winds of fate often propel us into situations not entirely of our choosing and open to interpretation." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " The drama is deadly but the volcano's a blast, making Pompeii something less than the complete disaster you might expect." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 20, 2014
0.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Enduring this soppy muddle of twinkling stars, fluttering wings, refracted points of light and destiny-led swooners is like being forced to listen at length to a crazy person at a street corner read out old Hallmark greeting cards." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/4 99% Gloria (2014) " Not quite a comedy and not quite a drama, this Chilean film looks at middle age from a refreshingly even-handed perspective, not a wacky or tragic one." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " An auteur like Carlos Reygadas would have taken this in a worthwhile direction, and he did something like this with his significantly artier film Post Tenebras Lux." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " The revamped RoboCop has a lot in common with the Ford Edsel, history's most notorious automotive misfire." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 11, 2014
100% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter " Kumiko's unique vision makes for humour and pathos in David Zellner's film." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " For the most part, it's a hoot. There's more ingenuity packed into one minute of this film than there is in the entire running time of most animated amusements." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " George Clooney - who stars, directs, produces, and co-writes - dearly wishes his labour of love could be more than this, as might we all." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " Take a closer look, as Lofty Nathan does in his freewheeling debut feature... and bike gangs like the 12 O'Clock Boys start to differentiate as more than just a dangerous nuisance." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " You know a movie is in trouble when you spend most of its running time wondering why on Earth the director wanted to make it." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A riotous film that finds depth, clarity and refreshment in even the shallowest of pools." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant isn't the Oscar Wilde children's story, but more an inspired take on it in the kitchen-sink style of a Ken Loach drama." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2/4 27% Devil's Knot (2014) " Atom Egoyan's cool gaze fails to fully serve the boiling narrative of Devil's Knot, a story that seems destined to forever elude a satisfactory resolution." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi works like a master poker player, carefully revealing his cards and building tension with each new bit of information." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
100% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood is a narrative drama, but it unfolds like documentary truth." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor comes on like a raised fist." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 100% Gabrielle (2014) " Archambault's frequent use of music - everything from choral to classical to electropop to samba - helps maintain energy and positive vibes in a film that could easily turn maudlin or didactic." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " With a talent roster this large and a script this pointed, there's not much more director Wells can do than get out of the way - and indeed, that's what he does." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2014
1.5/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " The real terror of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the horrifying thought that Blair Witch disease rages unabated, 15 years after the outbreak began." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " There will one day surely be a great film about Nelson Mandela, one that shows the man in all of his glory as both revolutionary and peacemaker. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom isn't that film." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " If you're down with a character arc that's as short as a crack pipe and equally resistant to temperance, then Martin Scorsese's latest picture is your chance to howl." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " It's one of the year's cleverest films, and also one of the best." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The whims of fate and vagaries of artistic success have never been so clearly defined, or so musically." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/4 94% Her (2014) " A poignant love story that measures the emotional toll of living too deeply within the virtual world." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Anchorman 2 is frequently amusing, with your personal hilarity meter likely to rate it higher if you enjoy seeing beloved characters acting even goofier than before." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Saving Mr. Banks is hard to beat as holiday entertainment. Endure the dull melodrama, and give thanks that the sugar in the rest of the film is doled out by the spoonful, not the shovelful." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/4 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Few films top Woody Allen's Manhattan for capturing New York City's blend of rapture and apprehension. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha comes close." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2013
Showing 1 - 50 of 1655
Previous | Next
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile