Peter Galvin

Peter Galvin
Peter Galvin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): FILMINK (Australia) Sydney Morning Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Clueless (1995) For all the gloss and bubbly good humour, Heckerling establishes a truthfulness to Cher's teen dilemmas that is Anally quite poignant. Great fun. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kabhi Kabhie - Love Is Life (Sometimes) (1976) Since there are so many moments in Kabhi Kabhie that are really wonderful it's easy to dismiss anything that might appear dated. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
2.5/5 11% Tees Maar Khan (2010) The screenwriters manage to redeem Khan; but it's not quite enough to save the movie, which, given the velocity of the frantic action, should have played brisk and buoyant. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/5 81% The Founder (2017) [Hancock has] cast the film with splendid actors who can handle that kind of breezy energy. It's never laugh out loud funny, but we're invited to enjoy Kroc as a rascal, not a villain... almost til the end. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3.5/5 91% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) The best thing about Raiders the doco is the way it penetrates the cute feel-good story of the Guys so often re-told in news clips and magazines in order to uncover a painful story of adolescent angst, divorce, familial abuse and drug addiction. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) For me, its best moments are those where Stone surrenders to his baroque instincts. That's something I never thought I would hope for. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 38% Golmaal 3 (2010) This is, essentially a broad appeal, 'comedy for everyone', but what's intriguing about it, is the way Shetty and co. have fashioned a moral about the importance of family harmony, and the need to belong. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/5 50% Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) The numbers are big, overblown, well shot and rather humorous, and the second half has some very strong last minute plot moves. Still, it's a strangely lumbering, awkward affair. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012) It's a nice way of summing up the film; here fathers and sons share in each other's dreams. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) There's a lot of power in Bhardwaj's sense of playfulness. Love, he seems to suggest, is a game played for keeps. It requires total commitment. Or else. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 100% Kahaani (2012) The film, with its tough, intelligent femme hero, seems to be a wry rejoinder to the male-centered action of so much Bollywood and Hindi cinema. It's great fun. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 71% Bol Bachchan (2012) The energy, the performances, the comedy, the story rhythms, production and styling, and the sheer manic craziness takes hold from the get-go and does not let up over its nearly three-hour running time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
3.5/5 89% Blood Father (2016) Blood Father has been dismissed as trash after its Cannes preview. That's the curse of the action movie. For fans of the genre, that kind of thing is a badge of honor. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
4/5 92% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The performances are uniformly excellent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/5 76% Goldstone (2018) I came away with more rewards than not and Sen and Aaron Pederson have created a terrific character in Jay Swan with more than one movie in him. I hope he's back soon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/5 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino is a show-off and a showman and both tendencies pay-off big time here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
4/5 90% Bridge of Spies (2015) From Janusz Kaminski's cinematography... to the expert performances, to the typically rumbling action scenes -- the U2 crash is mind-blowing -- this is Spielberg getting absorbed in material he clearly relishes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/5 92% Sicario (2015) The cast inhabit their roles with a mix of terror and resolve. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015
4.5/5 91% The Gift (2015) It's a psychological thriller and it does what thrillers are supposed to do; create a sense of genuine dread out of those murky, unwanted thoughts that we all share about who we are and what we want. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2015
3.5/5 88% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Drunk Stoned Brilliant and Dead is a reminder that the NL's reach, scope and legacy is rich and varied; indeed it might be thought of the putrid petri dish where an entire generation of North American comics were cultured. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/5 87% Inception (2010) What's exciting about the movie has nothing to do with content, or a coherent style; it has to do with watching a master crafts person conjure tricks with the best the modern movie tool box has to offer. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
3.5/5 90% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls, a crime melodrama from Italy in the official festival competition, is a dark journey indeed -- but it does open with one corker of a gag. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/5 91% Grandma (2015) Grandma is Lily Tomlin in her first lead role since Big Business in 1988 and that's recommendation enough. It's a mix of the erudite, the tough and the goofy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 78% Pasolini (2019) Chief amongst the films principal virtues is Willem Dafoe who plays Pasolini with the quiet dignity of an aristocrat straight out of some lost Visconti epic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 20% Aloha (2015) I actually enjoyed the sprawling messiness of it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/5 30% Poltergeist (2015) Remakes aren't always a bad idea. Even a creative re-think isn't out of order. But Poltergeist 2015 doesn't seem to have anything on its mind and what it does say isn't very interesting. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Miller remains a supreme master of action. With his splendid tech cohorts, the action here is immersive and high impact; it has a nasty, believable edge. It plays well, real... when characters are close to die, we feel it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 81% Talaash (2012) The great pleasure of the film is watching how Reema Kagti and co-writer Zoya Akhtar slowly pull the many strands of the action together. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
3/5 50% Rowdy Rathore (2012) The very funny and charming Sonakshi Sinha, by the way, plays Shiva's romantic interest. But the love story seems much less important than the mayhem. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/5 22% Manny Lewis (2015) It's often funny, episodic and threatens to go to dark places before settling into something that's sweet and wholesome. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 93% A Canterbury Tale (1949) It's a wonderful film; bizarre, and pulsing with a weird sexual undertow, it abounds with mysticism, beautiful images and a plot that's as compelling as it is daffy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Don't imagine a conventional crime melodrama. Its pleasures I found to be cerebral rather than kinetic and visceral. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2014) For all its evasions, short cuts, and mismanaged ideas, Selma can't be dismissed. Its modest achievements engross. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/5 72% American Sniper (2015) We feel Kyle's detachment and disorientation (and Cooper is excellent) because Eastwood, working with his long-time collaborators, have punished us with the best action scenes of his career. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2015
2.5/5 51% Unbroken (2014) O'Connell is such a plank of stoicism I never thought he was at risk of breaking. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 92% Frank (2014) The film's desire to reduce its cultural and artistic conflicts to simple one-on-one propositions gives the film a know-it-all air of superiority, likes it's the worst kind of rock snob journalism. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
3.5/5 90% Locke (2014) The thriller feel is aided and abetted by the fact that Knight traps us inside the world of a guy who is himself trapped. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) Linklater here is full of optimism, as always, but he remains a doggedly unsentimental realist. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
2.5/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) St.Vincent flies by and moment-to-moment it has that buoyant bubbling feel of good stand-up, but none of it sinks in. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
2.5/5 82% The One I Love (2014) It's proof positive of how really good Moss and Duplass are here once you realise that in terms of technique that haven't been asked much more than to re-act deadpan and endure ever so long pauses no matter how stupid it all gets. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 62% Son of a Gun (2015) In the end, it's not a movie of character but plot. Its excitement is waiting for the next elaborate move and waiting to see how it plays out. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 62% The French Minister (2014) I think what I liked best is the way that Tavernier makes the film about Arthur's sentimental education and the universal tendency to dismiss politics as a triumph of style over substance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
3.5/5 25% Devil's Knot (2014) In its way, this is the most terrifying horror movie I've seen in a long time; the woods where the kids die are like something out of Evil Dead. I was left angry and wrung out. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 74% Léon: The Professional (1994) No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson's skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
2.5/5 62% Non-Stop (2014) This is a near perfect object of 21st century film-technique, the kind of gee-wow-gotcha movie-skill unallied to such apparently insignificant values as story, believability or anything resembling recognisable human behaviour. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 100% Utopia (2013) Despite its flaws in conception and coverage, this is an angry and sorrowful film about an important subject and it's typical of Pilger. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/5 62% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) A potent mix of uplift and corn. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
4.5/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) This is living history as a surreal pageant. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Mt. Zion (2013) Mt. Zion, a likeable drama from writer director Tearepa Kahi, cleaves closely to this ancient coming-of-age parable about how the quest for showbiz success can corrupt the innocent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 92% The Immortal Story (1968) The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2013