Peg Aloi

Peg Aloi

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Peg Aloi's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Phoenix, PopMatters

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Last Emperor (1987)

"One of the most provocative and stunningly beautiful films of the past 20 years." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 21, 2015

Level Five (2014)

"This film demands every cell of your cerebellum, but its compelling surreality is hard to shake off." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 13, 2014
2.5/4 26%

La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) (2012)

"The cast is fine, especially the boys, and the cinematography lush and wistful, but the score is pure fromage and the storyline sacrifices tension for romance." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 24, 2012
1/4 3%

The Apparition (2012)

"Doesn't offer anything new, let alone entertaining." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 28, 2012
3/4 90%

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)

"Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 25, 2012
3/4 95%

5 Broken Cameras (2012)

"Shocking footage details the horrors of the village's daily routine; but amidst the violence, a spirit of resistance prevails, providing hope of redemption." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 20, 2012
3/4 90%

La fée (The Fairy) (2012)

"Though occasionally the absurd humor falls flat, the attempt to forge something utterly unlike anything else happening in cinema today gives this film a mesmerizing and memorable charm." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 76%

Kill List (2012)

"Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2/4 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"West only manages to wrangle a tepid horror film out of a fine opportunity to explore the territory of paranormal belief in a down-to-earth way." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 31, 2012
2.5/4 76%

The Debt (2011)

"The story itself sometimes feels implausible and overwrought, but the film's taut pacing and artful editing make for a chilling and satisfying spy drama." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 30, 2011
3/4 36%

One Day (2011)

"Hathaway shines as always, Patricia Clarkson is a marvel in a key role, and Scherfig's masterful treatment of silences, surfaces, and locations is worth watching." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2.5/4 15%

Priest (2011)

"As happens with big-screen comics, the dialogue fizzles at times. But mostly this is a delicious mash-up of styles and genres: gothic, steampunk, Wild West, martial arts, dystopian fun." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 19, 2011
3.5/4 75%

Stake Land (2011)

"This is The Road meets Testament by way of The Devil's Rejects, in the best possible way: a brutal, elegiac take on how a post-apocalyptic America might look and feel." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 27, 2011
3/4 44%

White Irish Drinkers (2011)

"This is a gritty, dreamy Everyman story, sure to resonate with viewers who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3.5/4 92%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"This is really a story of finding peace and purpose in a chaotic world." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/4 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"Fattening fairy tales for the screen is tricky, and Hardwicke gets it half right, valorizing romance over duty, integrity over tyranny." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 9, 2011
2.5/4 39%

The Eagle (2011)

"There's an annoying "buddy movie" feeling to this that just won't go away. At least Centurion had a sexy witch to offset the unintentional homo-eroticism." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 9, 2011
2/4 20%

The Rite (2011)

"Those wanting to see a film devoid of clichés and implausibility should look elsewhere. Still, Hopkins is terrific, inhabiting the role like, well, a man possessed." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 26, 2011
2/4 9%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"Poor plot twists and CGI-heavy action further muddle what might have been an intriguing story of fanaticism and superstition." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 11, 2011
3/4 88%

Kings of Pastry (2010)

"Hegedus and Pennebaker treat this event as both rehearsal and performance, allowing occasional moments of beauty and humanity to peek through." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 21, 2010
2/4 72%

The Last Exorcism (2010)

"The purity of the docu conceit falls apart thanks to the intrusion of a spooky score and deliberately eerie camera shots." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 25, 2010
3/4 70%

28 Weeks Later... (2007)

"Every bit as visceral and provocative as the original, but cinematographer Enrique Chediak's deserted London can't hold a candle to Anthony Dod Mantle's." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3.5/4 87%

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"British cinema fans shouldn't miss this one." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3.5/4 63%

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

"The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 63%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Top-notch performances buoy up this sentimental (some might say clichéd) musical romp -- and who doesn't enjoy a guilty pleasure of the vintage Parisian variety?" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
2/4 42%

The Last House on the Left (2009)

"What's missing are the subversive, shocking conceits of the original." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
2/4 8%

The Number 23 (2007)

"There is something to this 23 stuff, and a film about apophenia (obsession with random connections) would be fascinating. But no." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

"The result is an action film that is also a scrumptious slice of a much-maligned era." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 6, 2004

Whale Rider (2003)

"It sounds like a recipe for precious melodrama, but writer/director Niki Caro creates a gripping portrait of a people managing to sustain a living mythology." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 2, 2003

Treasure Planet (2002)

"With its inventive art direction and stunning action sequences, not to mention sophisticated hilarity and no small amount of tongue-in-cheek homo-eroticism, this may be the sci-fi space pic for the grown-ups to see this holiday season." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 30, 2002

The Ring (2002)

"Deliciously implausible and deliriously unsubtle at times, yet it does a satisfying job of creating a world (okay, Seattle) where videotapes kill their viewers within seven days." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 18, 2002

Spirited Away (2001)

"Miyazaki understands the magic Disney intended, and he elevates it to a higher realm of dreamy, worldly mysticism that is appealing to children of all ages and temperaments." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 21, 2002

Feardotcom (2002)

"Some fine European actors are caught slumming in this piece of glittery trash, including Stephen Rea (with a flat upstate accent), Udo Kier, and Nigel Terry. Now that's scary." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 9, 2002

Insomnia (2002)

"A film that manages to be intimate and heart-rending as often as it is cold-blooded." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 25, 2002

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

"You thought reality TV was bad? How about movies based on video games?" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Songcatcher (2001)

"Promising but ultimately disappointing historically derived fiction." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Queen of the Damned (2002)

"A darkly satisfying night out for the post-Cure crowd." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Princess Mononoke (1999)

"Princess Mononoke resonates with quiet truths rarely channeled by hollywood." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Funny Games (1998)

"This is still the most frightening film you will ever see: unforgettably sadistic, utterly plausible, and totally f---ing terrifying." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 24, 2002

Fly Away Home (1996)

"Cuteness galore, terrific aerial shots, and a healthy dose of environmental awareness." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 31, 1999