Karen M. Peterson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 64% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Lady and the Tramp doesn't need to exist any more than any other Disney live-action (or photoreal) remake does. But if they are going to make them anyway, it would be nice if more of them would do what this one does. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
3.5/4 87% Richard Jewell (2019) A welcome respite from the decreasing quality of Clint Eastwood's recent filmography. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
3/4 47% Last Christmas (2019) This isn't a tale of finding love, it's one of learning to love. And in that, it succeeds. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is told in a way that could only be done by Taika Waititi, and has become one of the most misunderstood films of the year. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
3.5/4 78% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) "Scandalous" doesn't break a lot of new ground in style, but it is a fascinating and essential examination of the media we consume and what consumes us. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The costumes, casting, and overall design are lovely, but the finished product is a mess. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Dexter Fletcher has reinvigorated the musical biopic. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Much like the Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix is a performance artist who uses audacity and shock as substitutes for depth. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a celebration for women. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) As good a sequel as we ever could have hoped after the heights reached by its predecessor - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) Samara Weaving is a delightful star on the rise and Adam Brody emerges as a surprising favorite. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen is an imperfect but entertaining gangster movie that shows women can do anything men can. Even run major crime rings. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 42% Stuber (2019) Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista are an enjoyable pair in a movie that is sometimes amusing but almost never funny. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/4 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a disappointing experience that hides its shortcomings with pretty pastels and a lot of gore. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) "Brittany Runs a Marathon" is one of the more unexpected delights this year. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Mckenna Grace adds another performance that makes her one of the most intriguing young actors working today. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
2.5/4 54% Ma (2019) Putting aside bad editing, undeveloped characters, and major plot holes, "Ma" still manages to be the kind of entertaining movie destined for midnight screenings and cult status. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2.5/4 34% Poms (2019) Like last year's "Book Club," or "Finding Your Feet," "Poms" is the kind of harmless fun that isn't out to change cinema. Instead, it seeks to join the collection of entertaining movies that remind us that life doesn't end at 65. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 14% The Hustle (2019) In their effort to prove that women could be devious, they overlooked the point of the previous films. THE HUSTLE is proof that there is more to gender-swapping a story than switching the leads from male to female. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" isn't a bad movie. It is an unfinished one. With so many missed opportunities and a clear reluctance to lean all the way in any direction, this is not a romantic comedy that will stand the test of time. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 47% Little (2019) Often laugh-out-loud funny, this take on the body switch comedy sometimes wanders off its own path, but never loses its heart or humor. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) "Pet Sematary" is more concerned with being gross than being interesting. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
1/4 55% The Beach Bum (2019) The time for boring, middle-aged men to succeed at doing nothing, and to be heaped with praise and adoration for it, is over. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is both an antidote to a male-dominated genre, and a welcome addition to the collection. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Kevin Costner brings new levels of dignity to a man haunted by the things he has seen and by the things he knows he needs to do. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While her story asks some important questions and tackles significant issues, it may not become a universal rallying cry. But with the most impressive powers in the universe, she is well-suited to lead our heroes into the next phase. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who has worn out their DVD copy of "When Harry Met Sally," or who has ever dreamed of a meet-cute in a park. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/4 60% Greta (2019) Once a staple of 90s horror/thriller cinema, the stalker subgenre takes an unfortunate step backward in Neil Jordan's new film. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 62% 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 89% 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 53% 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 63% 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 92% 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 99% 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 95% 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
74% 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 79% 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 62% 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 63% 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 66% 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 33% 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 91% 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 (2020) 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 40% 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