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 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) "Fairly enjoyable and credit is due to its sterling cast, led by Anthony Hopkins as Heineken ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Valley Below "The walls may be closing in on these people, but we are constantly aware of the vast environment outside, at once threatening and awe-inspiring. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "With the darkest of humour, it graphically illustrates what happens when the stress of 21st century living causes regular citizens to "go postal." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/4 67% Elephant Song "There's no small pleasure in watching Dolan and Greenwood square off against each other ... " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "The Duke of Burgundy is no mere style exercise or slavish homage. Strickland finds both humour and pathos in the situation of Cynthia and Evelyn, who are every bit as trapped as the insects they collect and catalogue. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Monsoon "We meet some interesting characters, including a bookie who takes bets on rain, and travel to fascinating destinations like "Place of the Clouds" at the base of the Himalaya Range, reportedly the world's rainiest spot. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 56% Focus (2015) "We can't say we weren't warned. Will Smith has been telling us not to trust him the entire movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Long on nostalgia, the film does shed further light on the genius of Brian Wilson and the unfair uproar over the Monkees' need for musical backup. Turns out even the Beach Boys required the Wrecking Crew to rock. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
0.5/4 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "An early candidate for worst sequel of 2015 and also worst movie. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "A masterful and heartbreaking account of religion trumping humanity. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "What We Do In the Shadows leaps to the top of the pack, by resolutely sticking to deadpan humour and absurd riffs on the awkwardness of being a vampire in a world made for humans. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Vainly seeking to reach the widest possible audience, the makers of this exercise in banality stripped it of almost anything that could cause offence. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 6% Outcast (2015) "Stunt man Nicholas Powell helms, his directing debut, showing little regard for characters or story. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Watching Jupiter Ascending is like reading a menu of genre munchies at a drive-thru "B" movie burger stand. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "[A] tight anti-thriller, one where the violence of the title is more implied than seen. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
4/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "Andrey Zvyagintsev's Oscar-nominated and vodka-soaked satire of modern Russia, which plays more like tragedy. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 49% Cake (2015) "Unsure of whether it wants to be comedy or tragedy, it meanders along an awkward middle path. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/4 34% Blackhat (2015) "Mann also used to have a much better feel for action, in movies like Heat, Collateral and Manhunter, than he exhibits here. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "The message of American Sniper? There really isn't one, apart from Eastwood's career-long fascination with taciturn men called upon to do a dirty but necessary job well. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1.5/4 9% Taken 3 (2015) "Taken 3 is such a blatant paycheque gig for Liam Neeson, you almost expect him to stop midmovie to deposit his loot into an ATM. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3.5/4 99% Selma (2015) "We see history as it unfolds, not as it has been encased in amber, in a movie that needs to be seen in these anxious days of renewed racial and cultural unrest. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3.5/4 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "Ceylan spins gold in thought and image, set to the mournful strains of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20, with this impeccably acted morality tale of a wealthy man who sins by omission. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/4 52% The Interview (2014) "Te best satire provokes and even outrages, and Rogen, Franco and Goldberg certainly succeed on that score. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2.5/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "This certainly is one driven narrative. Wahlberg reportedly lost 60 lbs. for the role, and his gaunt look makes Jim seem all the more haunted as he repeatedly throws away vast sums on games of chance. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "This "sunshine noir" bakes your brain, in a good way. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "For Jolie, it's all about the suffering, without much meaning. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/4 96% National Gallery (2014) "National Gallery presents the famous art space as almost a living and breathing thing, with all the complications and rough glory that implies. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Keen observer Mike Leigh brings his hawk's eye to a vibrant rendering of J.M.W. Turner, the celebrated British "painter of light." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/4 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Let the dust finally settle on these museum pieces. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "What looked like indulgent folly at the outset now seems closer to epic justification, as Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy draws to a rousing close. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 16, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "A handsome and stirring film of Second World War ingenuity that also succeeds as cracking good entertainment. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 86% Top Five (2014) "Rock is on a roll again. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 93% Copenhagen (2014) "Raso and his actors sensitively handle a topic that could be toxic in the wrong hands; they're all worth watching now and in the future. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) "Everybody has to come a distance to understand Strayed, not least of which is the lady herself, who discovers the simple truth of her marathon march: "How wild it was to let it be." " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/4 18% Serena (2015) "A Depression-era potboiler starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence that never manages to get past the feeling of a calculated Hollywood reunion. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "What Miller and his team have wrought with Foxcatcher is a spellbinding portrait of desire and loneliness, which so often manifests itself in hollow victories and violent acts. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 28, 2014
2/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "It may be a case of damning with faint praise to say that Penguins of Madagascar never really gets a chance to bore, since it never slows down. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2014
1/4 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Director Sean Anders and his three co-writers go out of their way to up the profanity, vulgarity and absurdity of the first film, falling into the classic sequel trap of attempting to dirty-up and double-down on every laugh. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "The Homesman is a western hard and true, one that probably comes closer to depicting the hardships of frontier life than any number of more conventional oaters. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "There's enough here to at least keep fans of the series involved and eagerly awaiting the grand finale. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "I laughed a lot at this movie, possibly even more than I did at the original film, which I enjoyed quite a bit. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "It leaves me almost speechless, slightly mystified, strangely wistful and perhaps with a mild case of eye strain, but delighted nonetheless. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "Stewart lets the truth roll out, the best he can, believing in the sanitizing effect of sunlight and the inevitable fate that awaits all despots. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/4 85% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) "Ultimately Kung Fu Elliot is a case study of how people often live the story they have in their minds, not the one that reality and fate have brought them. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 91% Dear White People (2014) "The message gets a little scattershot and repetitive at times, but he hits his mark more often than not. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/4 98% The Overnighters (2014) "A sobering must-see, The Overnighters speaks to the eternal dilemma of doing the right thing in a community beset by suspicion and fear. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "What Big Hero 6 lacks in originality, it makes up for in charm. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "This is sheer poppycock, of course, but it makes for fine drama, and that's all Cupid and Oscar care about. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "Even a cool cat like Christopher Nolan can cough up a furball - and with his sci-fi adventure Interstellar, it's blockbuster-sized. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "David Cronenberg pans satiric gold from the muck of celebrity ills, in a Tinseltown where reality depends on your dosage. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 92% Force Majeure (2014) "The emotional aftermath and battle of gender expectations threatens to be more devastating than any pounding of powder. " ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Oct 30, 2014
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