Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " You have to admire Wendy's determination to keep forging ahead, little by little, despite the seriously disappointing setbacks that keep coming her way. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 23, 2008
2/4 25% Bedtime Stories (2008) " For parents who aren't Sandler fans, Bedtime Stories may seem like just another dumb comedy that their kids will drag them to over the holidays. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 23, 2008
2/4 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) " Caught between the need to bring the material up to date and the pressure to recycle familiar elements from the original, even when they don't seem to fit. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 16, 2008
3/4 89% Bolt (2008) " Funny, charming, and a feast for the eyes. It is also quite probably the best animated film made by Disney in years. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 20, 2008
2.5/4 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) " Definitely not a film for the ages, and you might not even remember it by the end of the year, but as it is, it's a reasonably pleasant, amusing and diverting bit of animation. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 7, 2008
2.5/4 63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) " It prompts us to admit, however sadly, that childlike innocence is not sufficient in a world like ours%u2014that we need to be wise as serpents even as we remain innocent as doves. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3.5/4 93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) " There is something infectious and unique about Poppy's joy, and Leigh seems to have caught the bug. Poppy can't make everyone happy, but for many of us, she'll do all right. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2/4 No Score Yet Billy: The Early Years (2008) " Hammer does a credible Graham impression, but if the script isn't up to snuff, none of the other stuff matters. And this particular screenplay is nowhere close to that. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 10, 2008
2/4 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " If you have a taste for this sort of nonsense, then all this hyper-implausibility is actually kind of fun. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 29, 2008
3/4 40% Fireproof (2008) " After a shaky start and a steady middle, the film ends on a genuinely moving note; the folks at Sherwood Baptist Church have made their most impressive movie yet. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 29, 2008
2.5/4 68% Save Me (1993) " Where other films would have demonized Christians outright, Save Me presents a world where gays and Christians can go their separate ways while wishing each other well. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 5, 2008
2.5/4 83% Tropic Thunder (2008) " A bizarre little film that manages to be both an exercise in tasteless humor and a commentary on Hollywood's tastelessness. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) " The noisier and bloodier it gets, the more you notice how uninspired the movie is. If you're high, this might not be a problem. But for the rest of us, it's a bit of a drag. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 8, 2008
2.5/4 38% Swing Vote (2008) " Near the end, Bud admits that his situation used to be funny, but now it isn't any more. The same, alas, can be said of the movie as a whole. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 1, 2008
1.5/4 34% Space Chimps (2008) " The movie is so routine that you welcome offbeat things like an alien who makes incredibly high-pitched noises. It's the sort of thing that might jolt you out of your sleep. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/4 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) " At times, Journey has an enjoyably stupid feel. At other times, it's simply stupid. But it does have one thing going for it: being released in 3D in many theaters. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 11, 2008
3/4 72% Wanted (2008) " The plot has its share of holes, but for those who like shutting off their brains but discovering they might be thinking deeply anyway, Wanted is a worthy diversion. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 10, 2008
2/4 38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) " Any positive messages are practically drowned out by the film's relentless crude humor, much of which is too dumb to be all that funny. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2.5/4 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) " In steering the film closer to his own vision, director Adamson steers it away from C.S. Lewis's, and so it loses some of the book's core spiritual themes. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 18, 2008
3.5/4 100% Unsettled (2008) " Unsettled raises all sorts of messy but important questions%u2014and it does so by immersing the viewer in the personal experiences of others in a most compassionate way. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 9, 2008
2.5/4 79% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) " The wounds of Abu Ghraib are still so fresh, we may not be ready to transcend them just yet. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 25, 2008
2.5/4 64% The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) " All of this is packaged fairly entertainingly, and the action sequences are a marvel to behold, expertly combining physical stunts with computerized effects. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " Raunchy humor and genuine emotion typical of Apatow's films, but it lacks the moralizing and social commentary found in 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 18, 2008
3/4 36% Street Kings (2008) " While it is not quite of the same caliber as L. A. Confidential and Dark Blue, it works well enough as a standard meat-and-potatoes example of its genre. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 11, 2008
1.5/4 8% 10,000 B.C. (2008) " It promises spectacle and action but fails to deliver all that much of either, and ends up being so dull it can't even be enjoyed for its camp value. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/4 16% Jumper (2008) " The film . . . ends up promising more than it can deliver. For all its epic locations, Jumper remains pretty small-scale. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2.5/4 74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) " The film does affirm the basic message of the best kind of fairy tale: as with water, so with other things: there is more to this world than what we see on the surface. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) " You will probably want to spend some time with Wikipedia after watching this film, and you may never look at famous monuments and presidential furniture in quite the same way again " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/4 66% The Kite Runner (2007) " There is a compelling movie in this somewhere, but the film as made lacks a certain momentum. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 83% Atonement (2007) " It taises important questions about the relationship between honesty and kindness, and ends on a powerful note that asks whether there can ever be true mercy without, well, truth. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) " The Golden Compass wraps things up in less than two hours -- zipping from one plot point to the next -- and it feels rather rushed as a result. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 6, 2007
3.5/4 94% Juno (2007) " Juno has an implicit pro-life sensibility: Life is life, and deserves to be nurtured, even -- if not especially -- when everything around it is broken. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Dec 5, 2007
2/4 37% August Rush (2007) " A light, fanciful touch at times bolsters its "fairy tale" feel, but at times the story incorporates just enough "realistic" elements to drag the whole thing back down to earth. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 21, 2007
1.5/4 27% Lions for Lambs (2007) " If there was ever a film that not only preached to the choir but threatened to put it to sleep, this is it. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 33% Martian Child (2007) " The film feels lazily conventional. There are truths to be had here, but much of the film still rings false. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3.5/4 81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) " The film encourages us to look beyond the surface when we are dealing with people, and it just might be one of the more heart-warming and redemptive movies this year. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2.5/4 14% The Ten Commandments (2007) " As a straightforward introducition to the biblical story, it is arguably better than some of the splashier or more sensational movies out there. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) " The Golden Age recycles much of the same basic material without offering any real insight into the woman or the times in which she lived " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2/4 29% The Game Plan (2007) " As comedies go, The Game Plan is srictly by the playbook, but Johnson is game for anything, and he does a fine job of entertaining the child in all of us. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 29, 2007
1.5/4 13% Mr. Woodcock (2007) " If this film were one of his students, Mr. Woodcock would have every reason to tell it to take another lap. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 14, 2007
2/4 16% The Last Legion (2007) " This movie, for all its quasi-realism, is never as inspiring, interesting, or disturbing as the stories to which it points. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2007
2/4 19% The Invasion (2007) " The bigger problem with this film is that it simply isn't very scary. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2007
3/4 94% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) " That rare threequel that stands up quite well to the movies that came before it, and it is easily one of the most satisfying action movies of the summer. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Aug 4, 2007
1.5/4 7% License to Wed (2007) " If ever there was a ceremony or ritual that needed to be called off, it is the one that begins with the act of buying a ticket for this movie. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 11, 2007
2/4 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) " A dark, grim, serious film, with little of the joy or whimsy that animated the first four movies. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jul 11, 2007
3/4 79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " Winterbottom's films are often shot in a gritty, realistic fashion, and A Mighty Heart, much of which was shot on location in Pakistan, is no exception. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 78% Surf's Up (2007) " Penguin lovers, rejoice. Your favorite flightless fowl have returned in what just might be one of the more innovative animated films to grace the multiplex in recent years. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 20, 2007
1.5/4 20% The Invisible (2007) " Some of the key players tend to be either off-putting or unconvincing. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 30, 2007
2.5/4 28% Next (2007) " While some moviegoers will want to talk about some of the really cool concepts the film explores, others will want to rip the movie apart. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1.5/4 11% Pathfinder (2007) " Once the actual fighting begins, the film turns dull and lifeless. From beginning to end, the film plods when it should pulse. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 16, 2007
2/4 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) " There is a strong sense around Meet the Robinsons that the folks at Disney are trying to find their bearings. Which leaves the film itself looking kind of lost. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Apr 4, 2007
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