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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 126
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
71% Beowulf (2007) " Although the word 'wench' may go unuttered, most of the time this earthbound adaptation is hardly distinguishable from ye olde kitsch." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Nov 21, 2007
64% Dan in Real Life (2007) " Like the movie itself, Carell's performance doesn't really give you a reason to leave home, but if you find yourself watching it, you will be pleasantly surprised. To a degree." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Nov 7, 2007
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) " F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked that there are no second acts in American lives. If only the same could be said about Shekhar Kapur's 1998 Elizabeth." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 24, 2007
57% We Own the Night (2007) " Leave the gun. Take the blini." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 10, 2007
43% The Brave One (2007) " Dirty Jodie" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Sep 26, 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries (2007) " Even a high-powered cast proves unequal to the task of breathing life into these bloodless, lazily conceived phantoms." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 30, 2007
52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) " Director Cherie Nowlan is far too intent on serving up searing pathos washed down, inevitably, with a tub of soaring affirmation." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 15, 2007
91% Hairspray (2007) " A mostly buoyant, candy-colored diversion, leavened by perky performances and upbeat numbers whose lyrics and melodies you'll be hard-pressed to recall once you've left the theater." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 25, 2007
79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " The signal achievement of A Mighty Heart, somewhat at odds with its affirmative title, is the sense it creates of universal complicity." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 27, 2007
17% Georgia Rule (2007) " [An] unruly, often bracing misfire." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 23, 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) " As the Goblin and Sandman and whatnot multiply and start whizzing about, the proceedings in this grand hodgepodge are so disordered that it would be no surprise were a Nazg? wing into the scene, perhaps ridden by Dr. Zaius." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 9, 2007
43% In the Land of Women (2007) " Unintentionally makes a case for believing that the young have nothing of interest to say to their seniors, and very little of interest to say to each other." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 3, 2007
8% The Reaping (2007) " Makes The Omen look like a masterpiece of spiritual probing and cinematic integrity." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 18, 2007
64% Reign Over Me (2007) " Reign Over Me surrounds its weighty subject with so much contrived nonsense that after a while the film feels like an affront to real suffering." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 4, 2007
66% Miss Potter (2007) " Something of a muddle....The level of social criticism and psychological portraiture shifts from Howard's End to Mary Poppins." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Mar 21, 2007
70% Amazing Grace (2007) " History as one might wish it to be taught to an earnest child." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Mar 7, 2007
84% Breach (2007) " The Spy Who Catechized Me" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Feb 21, 2007
93% Children of Men (2006) " The startling offhandedness with which tidings of the apocalypse are delivered is the keynote of this bracing, sometimes shocking new film." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jan 24, 2007
14% Black Christmas (2006) " It's hard to get worked up over the fate of characters whose identities remain largely a matter of conjecture." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jan 10, 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) " Smith's bottomless capacity for charm saves the movie from itself." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 31, 2006
51% The Fountain (2006) " A cross between Stanley Kubrick's 2001 and Douglas Sirk's delicious 1954 soaper, Magnificent Obsession." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 6, 2006
55% Marie Antoinette (2006) " Films, like royalty, it turns out, cannot survive on style alone." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Nov 1, 2006
37% The Guardian (2006) " Something about swimming pools renders them unfit settings for high drama." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 11, 2006
32% The Black Dahlia (2006) " Forget it, Jake. It's not Chinatown." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Sep 27, 2006
42% Gridiron Gang (2006) " Bad News Bangers" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Sep 20, 2006
74% The Illusionist (2006) " Leaves you pleasantly tantalized." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 30, 2006
68% World Trade Center (2006) " Stone isn't cut out for making big, simple affirmative statements." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 16, 2006
54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) " Yo Ho Hum" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 19, 2006
81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) " What's most interesting about this coffee-table book of a movie is its exposure of the media-architectural complex." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 21, 2006
91% Water (2005) " The movie's sentimental vision rests on the flimsy idea that 'real' religion never sanctions cruelty." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 7, 2006
91% United 93 (2006) " A brilliant and harrowing document of human beings facing unanticipated terrors with a steadfastness that is all the more moving for being completely believable. " — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 10, 2006
36% Preaching to the Choir (2005) " Not even the presence of Eartha Kitt can bring this negligible and amateurish work to life. " — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 25, 2006
62% ATL (2006) " As clich?mount, realism and make-believe jostle against one another more discordantly." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 14, 2006
78% Why We Fight (2006) " You might think that any explanation of so human an undertaking as war would give a nod to folly, ignorance and misguided idealism. You won't find any of that here." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 2, 2006
22% The Pink Panther (2006) " No Sellers, No Buyers" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Feb 22, 2006
73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " The intermittent pleasures [Nanny McPhee] affords, provided chiefly by a standout cast in high camp mode, make it a passable destination for a family outing." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Feb 8, 2006
46% Rent (2005) " However electrifying Rent may have seemed on Broadway a decade ago, on the big screen its musical and dramatic shortcomings can't be ignored." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Dec 8, 2005
93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) " [Demonstrates], once again, that the thinnest line in the emotional realm can be the one between love and hate." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Nov 23, 2005
28% Elizabethtown (2005) " Relentlessly lumbering, tone-deaf and even, by the end, a little repellent." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 26, 2005
62% Proof (2005) " A melodrama is a melodrama, even if the people in it occasionally announce something like, 'I figured out how to get a lower bound for H.'" — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Oct 12, 2005
38% The Skeleton Key (2005) " There are enough surprises to let you leave the theater mostly satisfied, if not exactly transformed." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 24, 2005
37% The Great Raid (2005) " The characters are stiff, depthless and remote, like figures engraved on a banknote." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Aug 10, 2005
75% Wedding Crashers (2005) " If you've ever witnessed high-school students try to whip up SNL-type sketch comedy, everything in Wedding Crashers will have a familiar feel." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 27, 2005
13% Rebound (2005) " It took no fewer than five writers to come up with this dull, harmless re-tread of The Bad News Bears." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jul 13, 2005
6% The Perfect Man (2005) " In place of characters we can relate to, the movie delivers a witless, mechanical series of complications." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 29, 2005
85% Batman Begins (2005) " After much unnecessary padding and delay, the film settles down to...a thinly veiled and thoroughly trivialized reworking of 9/11." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 15, 2005
72% Walk on Water (2005) " In spite of the string of false notes struck at the close, Walk on Water leaves you with much to admire and to ponder, including a trio of fine performances." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Jun 2, 2005
56% The Interpreter (2005) " A cross between Hitchcock at low ebb and a State Department white paper. Thrilling it's not." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted May 4, 2005
87% Millions (2005) " An edgy and endearing exploration of childish faith knocking against the hard and mysterious facts of a world ruled by grown-ups." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 20, 2005
43% Guess Who (2005) " To say that the whole question of race in this movie is only skin- deep is an insult to the strength and elasticity of skin." — Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Posted Apr 6, 2005
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