Thomas Peyser

Thomas Peyser

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Biography:
Thomas Peyser has twice been honored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In 2007 he received an award for best arts criticism in the United States and Canada, and in 2008 he placed third in the same category. His articles and reviews have been featured on Arts & Letters Daily and have appeared in such publications as Reason, Contemporary Literature, and American Literary History. He is the author of two books: W.W. and Utopia and Cosmopolis.
Publications:
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Total Reviews:
126

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
98% The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) " A great and disturbing film." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 7, 2009
83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) " Michael Moore's fierce and funny Fahrenheit 9/11 is not so much a documentary as a mythology, reducing geopolitical complexities to a neat, tawdry narrative." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 3, 2009
94% Juno (2007) " Little Miss Rain Clouds" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 3, 2009
79% The Aristocrats (2005) " A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 3, 2009
23% Balls of Fury (2007) " [Is it] good? Heavens, no. But it has its seedy charms." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 3, 2009
92% Frost/Nixon (2008) " The director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind serves up a merely pleasing, vaguely edifying tale of penitence and redemption, or something like that." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Feb 18, 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " These practiced charmers wring every effect they can think of from the corny material thrown their way." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jan 27, 2009
62% Valkyrie (2008) " Claus's Eleven" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jan 13, 2009
27% Seven Pounds (2008) " Operates on an emotional level so crude that the sacrificial act at its heart appears not only kitschy, but also repellent%u2014not to mention icky." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 28, 2008
55% Australia (2008) " By the end, your wonderment at Luhrmann's inextinguishable enthusiasm for hokum starts to break you down and win you over." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 10, 2008
88% Bolt (2008) " Perfectly acceptable children's fare." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 4, 2008
93% Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) " Cheerleaders for melancholy have often linked it with profundity. But it's Leigh's achievement to show that happiness, too, can have its depths, and even its darkness." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Nov 13, 2008
85% Rachel Getting Married (2008) " Has an improvised, documentary feel that jibes beautifully with the characters' own, often fumbling attempts to find the right form for their affections." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 30, 2008
59% Flash of Genius (2008) " A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 17, 2008
74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) " MP3some" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 1, 2008
9% Bangkok Dangerous (2008) " A perfectly uninvolving tale of errors acknowledged and manhood proved." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Sep 17, 2008
14% Mirrors (2008) " Sutherland does a passable job of clenching his jaw grimly %u2014 lest it, too, be torn from his skull, perhaps." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 27, 2008
63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) " I cannot think of another screen adaptation that treats its source with similar indifference, almost contempt." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 24, 2008
68% Pineapple Express (2008) " Long on concept and short on most everything else except kinetic energy." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 13, 2008
77% L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)(Euro Pudding)(The Spanish Apartment) (2003) " A Big Mac with a mineral water chaser." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 29, 2008
96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) " The fault is not in our steroids, but in ourselves." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 16, 2008
51% Get Smart (2008) " Another pop-culture icon lazily mined for ready cash. Mission accomplished." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 2, 2008
37% You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) " Sandler's unflappable Jewish gigolo superhero hairdresser act is an overconceptualized drag." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 17, 2008
79% Open Range (2003) " Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 9, 2008
50% Sex and the City (2008) " As the movie drifts into its third hour, you start to feel that it's not joy that's keeping you in the theater. It's duty." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 4, 2008
69% Babel (2006) " Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 1, 2008
27% What Happens in Vegas (2008) " It Happened One Drunken Night" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 21, 2008
90% Capote (2005) " The Passion of Truman Capote" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 17, 2008
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) " All [Gibson has] done...is to trade in the Hollywood conventions of yesteryear for the crasser, more bloodthirsty conventions of today." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 17, 2008
63% Love Actually (2003) " Transfixed by the taboos of the...British class system, Curtis seems to think that nothing could be more erotic than the subordinate who fetches tea or dusts the crockery." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 17, 2008
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) " It is marked by a peculiarly English celebration of the Church Militant. That noted, it's also a ripping yarn." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 17, 2008
97% The Queen (2006) " Whatever the Sex Pistols say, she is a human being." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 12, 2008
92% Volver (2006) " With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 12, 2008
87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) " At times feels as ancient and familiar as any well-worn piece of American legend, even if its content could set John Wayne spinning in his grave." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2008
91% Knocked Up (2007) " For all its avowed interest in life -- as in, you know, the biological imperatives of our existence -- its characters seem acquainted only with television." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2008
96% Ratatouille (2007) " Journey to the Center of the Broth" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2008
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) " Burton has done that rare thing -- turned a great play into a great film." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2008
96% Persepolis (2007) " As a reminder that Iran is a complex society with a long tradition of cosmopolitan interchange with the West, Persepolis could hardly be more welcome. As a narrative, however, the film sometimes loses its way." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2008
37% August Rush (2007) " Someone in Hollywood must have it in for Thanksgiving. How else to explain the cruelly timed release of August Rush, a wretched confection that only the most determined will be able to count among their blessings?" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 8, 2008
79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) " Earth, as Robert Frost thought, might be the right place for love, but television is certainly the right place for Dr. Seuss." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 8, 2008
80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) " Lord of the Deathly Thingamabob" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 7, 2008
84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " The trademark Apatow mix of pasty, media-addled boy-men and the gorgeous, gorgeous women who badger them into an imitation of maturity already feels dated." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 7, 2008
71% Cold Mountain (2003) " A kitschy, lugubrious and deeply unhistorical exercise in self-congratulation." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 6, 2008
75% Intolerable Cruelty (2003) " A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 6, 2008
94% The Counterfeiters (2007) " An especially impressive achievement." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 6, 2008
65% Stop-Loss (2008) " The Worst Years of Our Lives" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 11, 2008
49% Doomsday (2008) " The only thing that saves Doomsday from complete disgrace is that it knows it's trash." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Mar 28, 2008
76% Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007) " An efficient, simply told story...in spite of the plot's neat contrivances and the movie's determination to pull some edifying nugget from the heartbreak and hopelessness at its core." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Mar 12, 2008
41% 27 Dresses (2008) " Like its protagonist, 27 Dresses undoes itself with niceness." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Feb 4, 2008
89% The Savages (2007) " The latter half suffers from degenerative indie-itis, that epidemic syndrome whose main symptom is unwarranted interest in the ennui afflicting well-read urban misfits." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jan 23, 2008
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