Peter Canavese

Peter Canavese
"I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." —Groucho Marx in Duck Soup

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Peter Canavese's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93%

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

"Though Holm's film can be plenty sentimental and emotionally manipulative, it also manages to be about sentiment and emotional manipulations, and how those aren't necessarily bad things." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 19, 2016
.5/4 17%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Only in a well-populated movie theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when Gadot's character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in the picture." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/4 93%

Duck Soup (1933)

"For all its wild comic abandon, Duck Soup has darker implications than the usual Marx Brothers comedy and, as such, feels the most relevant and sharp in its satire. [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/4 96%

Horse Feathers (1932)

"The opening ten minutes of Horse Feathers have more laughs than most comedy features muster in their entirety. And there's more where that came from... [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Monkey Business (1931)

"Keeps plot at a minimum, anarchy at a maximum, which is a good place to be for the fearless foursome of 1930s screen comedy. [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Animal Crackers (1930)

"More so than any of the other Paramount films, Animal Crackers is Groucho's picture. [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Cocoanuts (1929)

"Sophisticated absurdity and sublime nonsense. [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 18, 2016
1/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"The running-gag emotional expression of another of the film's autistic characters pretty much sums it up: 'Heavy sigh.'" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"A mental health exploitation picture." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 5, 2016
2.5/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Unsettlingly, Parker's historical film depicts a tragic uncivil war that bears comparison to our modern racial struggles, and while it's history not to be forgotten, it's also not to be mischaracterized." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 80%

Patterns (1956)

"The main draw remains Serling, whose story seems every bit as relevant-indeed, more so-today. There is efficiency but also music in his theatrical language... [Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Hammer[s] home what the news media didn't much convey in 2010: the human-level horror of being on the rig and the sheer scope of the unnaturalness of the enterprise." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/4 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"A co-production of Disney and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe unsurprisingly has a calculated quality to it...What's thrilling is the story's girl power, with Phiona described as an aggressive player of 'astonishing power.'" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 26, 2016
4/4 94%

Blood Simple (1984)

"Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Ate...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. [Criterion Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 54%

The Dressmaker (2016)

"Part slow-burn mother-daughter drama, part slow-burn suspense thriller, and part slow-burn romance, with a few twists for good measure as the town begins to come apart at the seams." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3/4 64%

Storks (2016)

"Samberg's jittery-nerdy energy comes through, and Stoller applies a level of taste and restraint to the film's use of source music and amusingly awkward pauses. " ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Born on the Fourth of July for millennials...Stone effectively streamlines Snowden's story for mass consumption, edification, and identification." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"As artless as it can be--and as thuddingly predictable about the baby's parentage and whom Bridget will end up with--even grumps will admit to scattered amusing bits...and the likeability of Zellweger and Firth." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"The significant visual appeal and magnetic turns by the leading players make this four-hander a diverting dip into human nature: specifically, jealousy and the folly of opting for interiority over communication." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/4 92%

Zangiku monogatari (The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums) (1979)

"The story, the effective acting, and the period-specific recreations of Kabuki would be enough for most films, but this one has Mizoguchi behind the camera, applying his rigorous formalism." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2/4 82%

Sully (2016)

"The so-called 'untold story' is essentially nonsense...The struggle is real for screenwriter Todd Komarnicki..." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 93%

Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (1940)

"Double-crosses and disguises, captures and escapes make up the momentum of Reed's nicely pacy adventure. [Criterion Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/4 92%

The Immortal Story (1968)

"A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. [Criterion Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"An amiable, gentle, light drama with coming-of-age and outsider elements...a movingly attentive Robinson has never been allowed to be this warm on screen." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Cianfrance makes intimate, psychologically penetrating films, with quiet spaces and moments of brutal intensity...As unlikely as the story is, Cianfrance deftly steers the material through elemental themes..." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 31%

Equals (2016)

"Too closely resembles the narcotic world it depicts. Without ever doing anything conspicuously wrong, Equals plays like one big miscalculation..." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 28, 2016
2.5/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Once Don't Breathe detonates its big twist...some audience members will feel the film stops being fun while others will feel the fun has started in earnest." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 24, 2016
2.5/4 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"The film works as well as it does on the strength of its acting. DeNiro is in fine, grounded form, and his verbal sparring with Ramírez, [et al]...elevates the film, the overlapping dialogue highly effective in infusing naturalistic energy." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 23, 2016
1/4 22%

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

"I'll say this for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. It's a film that takes a big roll of the dice. Is it wrenching? Is it wacky? Well, it's definitely weird." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Old-school bank robbery meets the new economy-and the New West-in Hell or High Water, a lean tale of cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and customers and bankers." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"Captures something of runaway modern greed, played out as a bro movie from bro stars and a bro filmmaker...[but] might have been a fresh classic of political satire instead of a crime comedy that plays as sub-Scorsesean riff." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/4 86%

A Taste of Honey (1961)

"Pushed the culture-shock of kitchen-sink drama further with its female protagonist and depictions and discussions of interracial coupling, teen pregnancy, the possibility of abortion, and homosexuality. [Criterion Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"Bergman's effortlessly poetic diary and letters provide more evidence, though patently unnecessary, of her artistic temperament, her lyrical view of experience. [Criterion Blu-ray]" ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"While Anthropoid tends to the sober and dour, it also breaks into the brutal, the intense, and the emotionally devastating, all the right 'moves' for a war story of moral heft compromised by Pyrrhic victory." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"A legitimately fascinating central character...Not surprisingly, Streep expertly shades every eccentricity, embodying Jenkins in her musical waywardness..." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/4 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Pinpoints a creative community that's never been explored in a narrative film...its wistful, naturalistic presentation of a thirtysomething turning point-a forced maturation of sorts-rings true." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 2, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"A novel but muddled supervillain action movie...Some comic-book fans will lap it up, but Suicide Squad is all sauce and no meat." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Aug 2, 2016
1/4 64%

Nerve (2016)

"When this thriller has to turn the screws of its climax, its fundamental stupidity surfaces." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 27, 2016
1.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Terrified to do anything different (which, believe it or not, would be entirely possible) only takes a moment of awareness to step outside the movie and see how poorly written, insultingly recycled, and anti-creative Jason Bourne is." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"What works (marginally) in this instantly forgettable entry: a few diverting character fairy dust...action, action, action." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1/4 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"The mammoths and their mammalian buddies...take direction from [a] lunatic SAVE THE WORLD by DIVERTING THE PATH OF AN ASTEROID (emphasis mine)." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"The film's saving graces are the uniformly strong performances...and its intriguing subject matter...[but it] develops third-act problems as it devolves into calculated contrivances, didacticism, and sentiment." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3/4 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Moves at a rhythm akin to the gently lapping waves...yet somehow swiftly establishes the personalities of the three sisters, a contradiction that speaks to the resonance of the performers and Koreeda's skill at eliciting emotional truth." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 18, 2016
2.5/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Should you see Sony's new Ghostbusters remake? Yes. Yes, you should. Will you be entertained? Yes. Yes, you will. Will you also be a little annoyed? Well, yeah,'s all a bit too self-consciously self-conscious..." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 12, 2016
2.5/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"A sturdy but uninspired crime docudrama that's neither convincingly colloquial nor thrillingly stylish." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 12, 2016
1.5/4 22%

The Boss (2016)

"Needlessly starting out on such a false, bombastic note emblematizes the film's mistake of blowing up the character past what made her recognizable, and thereby funny, in the first place." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 91%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"From the evidence of Thorsten Schütte's found-footage documentary...Zappa saw the interview as sometime endurance test, sometime amusement, and all-the-time chess match he could never lose, played as it was against lesser lights." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Has more genuinely funny moments than most so-called comedies at the multiplex, abetted by Waititi's now-practiced comic sensibility, his stylized snap of performance and editing." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
.5/4 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"The fact that Mike and Dave will inevitably turn into a rom com blunts its potential as a black comedy of comeuppance for the titular jerks." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2.5/4 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"Even if the material's not always up to the title's ironic reference to wit, the cast and their director carry the day with a good stock of laughs." ‐ Groucho Reviews
Posted Jun 16, 2016
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