Karen M. Peterson

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% The Woman in the Window (2021) Never even manages to be a movie that's fun to make fun of. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) There are many wonderful moments contained within this charming gift of cinema, and this is a film that deserves to be celebrated. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
8/10 96% La Llorona (2020) A compelling reminder that true horror comes from the living. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
8/10 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Alexander Nanau's documentary shines a light on a specific crisis in Romania, while reminding viewers around the world of the importance and power of the free press. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
8/10 97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) [Filippo] Meneghetti is a gifted director, confidently crafting his first narrative feature with the skill of a veteran. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
72% Mulan (2020) Like its heroine, this is a film that forges its own path and is content to be its own magnificent creation. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) At just over two hours, and with unnecessarily repetitive reminders of basic things, the film often loses its focus and veers into tedium. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) A powerful blend of artistry onscreen and behind the scenes. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) It would be easy to dismiss the plot as confusing, but that would be generous. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man works as the retelling of a classic monster, channeling the energy of that bygone age into something relevant to our modern era. - Citizen Dame EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 88% Onward (2020) The colors are pretty and the scenery is fun, but most importantly, this is one of Pixar's most effectively emotional projects. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) This is the kind of movie that will hold up well on repeat viewings as we find new bits we missed the first time or three. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
3.5/4 38% Wendy (2020) Behn Zeitlin has a Terrence Malick-like gift of turning beautiful images into powerful, emotional experiences. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2.5/4 87% Emma. (2020) A very pretty movie, but Anya Taylor-Joy's Emma Woodhouse is aloof and cold rather than happy and frivolous. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
1/4 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) It feels like large chunks of the story are simply missing, as though someone went in and deleted all the connective scenes that would make it make sense. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is surprising and subversive, and a cathartic experience for women. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/4 98% Minari (2020) A quiet, steady journey, lovingly crafted. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/4 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) "...violent, brutal, unrelenting. And yet it is colorful and bright, a celebration of girl power." - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig's Little Women is mostly lovely and a decent interpretation for a new generation of girls and boys to discover Alcott's world. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2/4 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell settles for being voyeuristic when it could have been smart and powerful. It is a missed opportunity. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3/4 66% 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 77% 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 46% 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
80% 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 83% 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 39% 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
68% 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 87% 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 24% 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 88% 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 65% 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 56% 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 36% 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 13% 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 46% 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 56% 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 96% 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 58% 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 79% 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 63% 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