Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
An avid film buff, Aaron began his descent into film criticism as a means to elaborate on a myriad of genres, while also serving as a sounding board for the those who can appreciate any form of art without an ounce of pretentiousness. Winner of both The Academy of Podcasters and the Podcast Award for his work in film and television media, Aaron continues to contribute as an online film critic as well as host on several successful podcast ventures. Enjoy yourself. Be unique. Most importantly, 'Buy Popcorn'.
Publications: The Hollywood Outsider

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6.5/10 77% Ride the Eagle (2021) Ride the Eagle is a laid-back comedy full of heart, breathtaking scenery, and wonderful performances across the board. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
5/10 37% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Snake Eyes delivers a modern G.I. Joe film with an underwritten lead and stronger supporting characters than the coolest commando in all of cartoons, but it's still fun. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
7.5/10 85% Werewolves Within (2021) Cultivating a talented cast, weaving together a gleefully madcap tone, and a smartly paced script; Werewolves Within is one of the most fun movies of the summer. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
5.5/10 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is an enjoyable enough action romp, and Salma Hayek is an easy standout, but this cast deserved a tighter script. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
8.5/10 95% In the Heights (2021) In The Heights is the crowd-singing, chair-shaking, summer fever-inducing, electrified block party we all needed after the past year and a half. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
8/10 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) We all need a cathartic release, and no film is currently better suited to scream with your neighbor than John Krasinski's worthy follow-up. A film which demands to be seen on the biggest of screens. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
5.5/10 46% Seance (2021) Seance could have benefitted from a bit more logic in its plotting and a dose of manic energy in the proceedings, but overall this is an entertaining thriller - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
7/10 89% High Ground (2021) A simplistic yet beautifully shot historical revenge thriller, highlighted by Simon Baker's restrained performance and newcomer Jacob Junior Nayinggul. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
6/10 62% Wildcat (2021) Fueled by Georgina Campbell's captivating performance, Wildcat is a taut drama with a thrilling final act. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
7/10 79% Beast Beast (2021) Danny Madden has delivered a strong indictment of the teenage experience in a film that should only grow esteem with age. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
7/10 80% Ludi (2021) An examination of the difficulties inherent in that so-called American Dream, with a magnetic lead performance from Shein Mompremier. Ludi is a charming, tragic, painful, and beautiful film to behold. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
5/10 78% Kid Candidate (2021) Kid Candidate provides insight into a fascinating story that could have used a bit more focus on the more compelling aspects of an innocent being baptized in the fiery waters of political discourse - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
6.5/10 86% Here Before (2021) Stacey Gregg's script and the tension within unravels as both a mystery and a heartfelt discussion of loss, and at the center of it is Andrea Riseborough's heartbreaking performance. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
5.5/10 44% Our Father (2021) What begins as a compellingly quirky dark comedy, captivating us with the honesty of this obviously fractured family, loses focus and momentum as it rolls into its final moments - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
6/10 95% I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) Kelley Kali's warmth and clinging optimism is what keeps I'm Fine engaging even when various storylines zigzag in the most obvious of directions. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
6/10 86% The Feast (2021) Lee Haven Jones has found a voice in horror with this slow-burn approach, carefully and quietly laying his puzzle pieces down, before careening wildly into chaos for its final act. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
8.5/10 71% Violet (2020) Justine Bateman delivers a fantastic dissection on the importance of self-reflection in regards to our own internal dialogue, anchored by a layered, heartfelt performance from Olivia Munn - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
5/10 37% Cherry (2021) Chery is a beautifully shot and (mostly) well-acted tale, but an overstuffed and flawed script does it no favors and ultimately leads to a film that is easily 30 minutes too long. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
7/10 90% The Vigil (2021) Director Keith Thomas delivers a modern, innovative spin on classic demonic storytelling, with a deep respect for Jewish culture. The Vigil is this year's first must-see horror film. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
6/10 52% Silk Road (2021) Silk Road is not the immersive detail on everything that spawned from the actions of Ross Ulbricht's fascinating endeavor, but it remains a riveting account on one of the greatest crimes of this century. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
5.5/10 88% Sator (2019) Sator captures a compelling story dripping with atmosphere, yet struggles due to pacing issues. Nevertheless, an auspicious tale from director Jordan Graham. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
6/10 19% The Reckoning (2021) If you are looking for a tightly-paced thriller with enough truth to prompt a bit of historical research and engaging leads to keep you invested, The Reckoning is wicked fun. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
6/10 80% The Night (2021) Kourosh Ahari's The Night is a thought-provoking thriller with a generous amount of atmosphere to complement the captivating performances of Shabab Hossein and Niousha Jafarian. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
8/10 94% Hunter Hunter (2020) Hunter Hunter is a twisted, must-see thriller, with a ferocious lead performance from Camille Sullivan. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
6/10 60% Dreamland (2019) Margot Robbie illuminates the screen as a bank robber pulling a conflicted young man towards a darker future. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 97% Shithouse (2020) Cooper Raiff establishes himself as a voice for his generation, one who focuses on the humanity of two young people ultimately learning who and where they truly want to be. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
6.5/10 77% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is fascinatingly entertaining, dripping with dread, tightly paced, and actually worthy of your investment. And in a year like 2020, who has time to waste? - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
7/10 97% Spontaneous (2020) Katherine Langford's captivating performance guides this modern day Heathers through an unpredictable journey of life, love, and combustible high school students. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
7/10 70% Tenet (2020) Christopher Nolan's mission to save cinema mostly succeeds with a convoluted yet thrilling experience designed to be witnessed in movie theaters. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
5.5/10 35% The New Mutants (2020) The New Mutants benefits from an exciting young cast and a fresh perspective, yet the film fails to capitalize on its full potential. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
5/10 10% The Unfamiliar (2020) Despite a solid leading turn from Jemima West, The Unfamiliar concludes with that ole' horror feeling we are all a bit too used to, one of familiarity. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
4.5/10 58% Tesla (2020) Tesla is stacked with potential: talented performers, brilliant yet tortured historical figure, and modern solutions to narrative tropes. Unfortunately, it fails to find its footing and a steady tone. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
6/10 52% The Bay of Silence (2020) Claes Bang and Olga Kurylenko elevate this fascinating take on the effects of childhood trauma. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
6/10 28% Dirt Music (2019) Though the third act could stand to be tightened up, Macdonald and Hedlund deliver poetic performances, accompanied by Jordan's beautiful camerawork throughout lush Australian vistas. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
7.5/10 83% Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2019) Psych 2 has the three H's in spades: heart, hijinks, and hilarity. James Roday and Dulé Hill continue their run as one of the best duos in entertainment. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
5.5/10 13% Darkness Falls (2020) Despite questionable story choices, Darkness Falls remains an entertaining enough venture with a fascinating serial killer setup. While not quite hitting the heights of Seven, it ultimately satisfies. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
6/10 14% Survive the Night (2020) Survive the Night is a straight-forward thriller where cliches abound. But despite an overly familiar plot, it remains an entertaining ride. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
4.5/10 48% Scoob! (2020) Scoob! has the look of classic Scooby-Doo down, but somewhere along the way the film loses focus on the character itself. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
6.5/10 69% The Flood (2019) The Flood tackles immigration in the form of a topical thriller, anchored by the nuanced performances from Lena Headey and Ivanno Jeremiah. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
7/10 94% Faith Based (2020) Faith Ba$ed is a delightful romp delivered with respect for the material and charming performances from Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
6/10 71% Stray Dolls (2020) Geetanjali Thapa's captivating performance carries this taut, effective thriller across the finish line. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
5.5/10 80% The Carnivores (2021) A captivating performance from Tallie Mendel carries an abstract, occasionally muddled storyline to its fitting conclusion. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
7/10 84% I Used to Go Here (2020) Kris Rey and Gillian Jacobs have delivered a winning film that may even spark a little self-reflection of your own before the credits roll. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
7/10 57% The Hunt (2020) Occasionally ham-fisted with its dissection of American politics, The Hunt is nonetheless a crazily entertaining film led by a monstrously charismatic performance from Betty Gilpin. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
6.5/10 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) A small character piece, Matthew Pope directs with a confident vision as Bethany Anne Lind gives a star-making performance and takes us on a tense journey through one hell of a moral crisis. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4.5/10 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Harrison Ford's heartfelt performance nearly salvages the poorly staged CGI, though ultimately this proves to be a missed Call. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
5/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sonic will be short-lived in the memory banks of many, yet there is enough comedy, CGI razzle-dazzle, and heart to recommend for a family in need of a light matinee. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
5.5/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Guy Ritchie has an obvious love for this genre. But with a stellar cast who arrived on set ready-to-play, it's a shame this recycled script settles for clever over consistent far too often. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
7.5/10 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return without skipping a beat for a thrillingly emotional finale to the Bad Boys franchise. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
6/10 85% Just Mercy (2020) Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan elevate an all-too familiar tale of when Southern hospitality meets rogue justice. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020