Karen M. Peterson

Karen M. Peterson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 67% Paradise Hills (2019) Even if this doesn't break any new barriers, Alice Waddington's voice is a welcome one and it will be fun to see where she goes next. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% Paddleton (2019) Even when things get sad, they never swerve too far into depressing. This isn't a film that tries to manipulate the viewer into tears. It simply asks you to feel, in whatever way is natural. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
1.5/4 58% Wounds (2019) The underdeveloped mystery never satisfies. The result is a general sense of bewilderment as the credits roll and you realize that everything is meaningless. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Setting the stage primarily in Los Angeles, Gilroy provides a view of a city that is constantly in motion and never seeming to find its destination...a perfect setting for a supernatural horror film with roots in the contemporary art scene. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) The filmmaking is pretty standard, and it hits all the expected plot points, but "Fighting with My Family" has a tremendous amount of heart. It's the kind of feel-good movie that families can enjoy together. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Farewell (2019) "The Farewell" is not a film about loss or grief. It is about family and identity and love. It is about the people we are and how we become. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 100% Gaza (2019) Much like "Cries from Syria" two years ago, "Gaza" should be viewed far and wide. It needs to be seen by the biggest audience possible. The world needs to know the truth of what decades of ignorance have done. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) "On the Basis of Sex" is an essential film to cap off what has been a banner year for films by and about women. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Because it is entertaining, "Aquaman" can rest comfortably as the second best film in the DCEU. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary's loving lessons remind us that sometimes we need to simply let go of the bad, embrace the good, and leave ourselves open to a little bit of imagination. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) Chris Pine gives a strong performance in this well-constructed tale of Robert the Bruce's fight for Scotland's freedom. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 62% Bird Box (2018) Susanne Bier provides an atmospheric horror film that blends in drama and doesn't give up all the answers, making this a good choice for a night in. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 64% Suspiria (2018) At 151 minutes, "Suspiria" is a commitment. But Luca Guadagnino is the kind of director who knows how to use the time he takes. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It doesn't break new cinematic ground, and it might be nice to see the story moved into a more modern era. But its celebration of both science and art make it a worthwhile choice this season. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a magnificent performance as Lisa. She is fully committed to the part, portraying a woman searching for beauty in a dreary existence. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3.5/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Paul Feig is one of the few men who know how to direct women. The trio of Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding is a great one. Each is entertaining on their own, but putting any combination of the three in a scene together is electric. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) "The Nun" is sometimes bad, but mostly disappointing. Potential and a good jumping off point proved too high a bar to meet. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3.5/4 54% Burden (2018) Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, and Forrest Whittaker give good to great performances. In a world that is becoming increasingly divided over arbitrary things, it's good to see an example of love overcoming hate. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
4/4 95% Blaze (2018) Ben Dickey is phenomenal in his first film. He is quite a find and embraces the role of care and compassion. It is a film that proves Ethan Hawke is as good off screen as he is on. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) "A Wrinkle in Time" is necessary. We need this now... we need this version of this film, by this director, with these stars right now. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke prove they are going to stick around awhile. And, hopefully, this will be only the first of many interesting films from Cory Finley. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/4 38% Gringo (2018) "Gringo" calls itself a dark comedy. And it is so out of touch, it probably believes it is. If this movie was a person, it would be a dudebro and call itself woke. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/4 80% Unsane (2018) This is a film with a lot to offer, and a lot to distract. It is intentionally uncomfortable, but could have channeled that discomfort into a more focused way. The end result is that nothing feels finished, even when it is. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) "Finding Your Feet" won't be for everyone. But if you are looking for comfort food on a rainy afternoon, this is sure to charm you in all the best ways. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay parcels out little pieces of the story, then pulls back and reveals something else. It is one that is almost impossible to predict, which is refreshing in an age of cookie cutter mysteries and by-the-numbers blockbusters. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 50% The Miracle Season (2018) The world needs more of these stories, and there are a lot of them out there waiting to be told. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 90% Lean on Pete (2018) "Lean on Pete" is a film that takes its time, and asks you to do the same. It is one that requires thought and some patience. And that patience is rewarded with an ending sequence that feels like the peace that comes at the end of a very long day. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 38% Life of the Party (2018) "Life of the Party" isn't groundbreaking. But it isn't trying to be. It is a sweet, charming, and funny story about carrying on when things don't work out the way they're supposed to. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/4 40% Mary Shelley (2018) It's unfortunate that such a fascinating life should be confined to a film of such limited scope. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) "On Chesil Beach" is both a lovely story and a heartbreaking one. Ronan and Howle bring such strength and depth to their performances that you can't help rooting for them. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) "Ocean's 8" doesn't solve Hollywood's gender issues, nor does it try to. This isn't a movie that seeks to change the world or make a statement. It exists simply because it can. And for that reason, yes it should. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 69% Damsel (2018) Nothing about "Damsel" is offensive or bad. Frequently, it is quite good, and its endeavor to offer something new is the biggest reason to celebrate. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) As the 20th film in the MCU, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" finds itself somewhere in the middle. But in a series with very few misses, that's a pretty good place to land. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/4 65% The Little Stranger (2018) "The Little Stranger" is a film that has so many good things going for it. And yet, it tiptoes toward a conclusion that is unsettling in the wrong way. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2.5/4 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) This film gives glimpses into the promising director we used to know. Unfortunately, between those glimpses are a whole lot of problems that never really come together. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) "The Spy Who Dumped Me" isn't a perfect movie. But much like Paul Feig's similarly themed "Spy," this manages to find the heart in the middle of the laughs, action, and intrigue. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Many biopics seem either intent on celebrating or condemning the life of the subject. What Niccharielli does with Nico's story, though, is to simply and succinctly give us the portrait of someone who lived on her own terms. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/4 61% Dog Days (2018) A sweet, easy-to-enjoy movie with romance, humor, and some of the cutest pups around. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The Tom Cruisiest action film ever made manages to lift a franchise that, at this point, seems unstoppable. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 93% Support the Girls (2018) A slightly shallow but charming and funny look at the girls who work at a Hooters-ish sports bar under the loving and watchful eye of their tireless manager. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Constance Wu and Henry Golding are perfectly charming in this sweet romantic comedy, while Michelle Yeoh is here to remind us how amazing she has always been. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018