Peter Gray

Peter Gray
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Peter began his freelance writing career in 2010 with QNews, one of Australia's top-rated LGBT-friendly magazines. Biding his time between film reviews and entertainment reports and interviews, his freelance career has grown to include a multitude of outlets based across Australia (The AU Review, This Is Film, Brisbanista) covering weekly film releases and national events and premieres.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's difficult to harbour any ill will against the film as both a continuing chapter in a larger story and a strikingly shot balletic thriller on its own accord. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 32% Poms (2019) A safe comedy that'll play successfully to an older, less jaded crowd, Poms may not execute the grandest routine but working with what it has at its disposal, it sticks its landing with an unmatched enthusiasm. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) Could swindle a few dollars out of its unsuspecting viewers but its attempt to win big comes up a bust as we've ultimately seen all these tricks before. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
72% All Is True (2019) A human drama that consistently flickers before silently exploding with a passionate angst that drives home Shakespeare's tormented soul. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3.5/5 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Aided by a visual pallet that's fittingly exciting and a surprising charm that manages to extend the film outside Pokemon enthusiasts too ... can sit comfortably as one of the more successful videogame adaptations in recent memory. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
86% Tully (2018) Tully benefits from [Diablo Cody's] razor sharp wit as it manages to place a humorous filter on the trials and tribulations of motherhood. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
63% Ideal Home (2018) May not be groundbreaking queer cinema but it's a meaningful and genuinely hilarious movie-going experience that caters to a wide audience despite its colourful mentality. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
84% Disobedience (2018) Never seeks to condemn the orthodoxy of faith either, rather there's a recognition of its own values, and its ultimate message on the frailties of free will results in a film that is challenging, engaging and affecting. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
39% Mary Shelley (2018) Though the film left me wanting more, the decision to scale back on the horror elements may prove wise to particular audiences who seek to find fascination in a strong literary figure without being subjected to the terror she created. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
92% Thelma (2017) At once a haunting drama, a delicate love story, and a supernatural horror film, Thelma is a captivating picture that burns slow and leaves a lasting mark when pressed. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) In a time when female filmmakers are at the lowest end of industry statistics, The Breaker Upperers deserves attention on principle alone with [Jackie] van Beek and [Madeleine] Sami proving how gracefully the heavy lifting of constructing a film can be. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
86% The Wife (2018) As competently handled as Bjorn Runge's The Wife is, the film ultimately succeeds off the back of Glenn Close's central performance, with the actress delivering one of the finest of her career. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) May have a familiar base but there's a fresh gloss that's been applied that allows Jon M. Chu's comedy to reign as a new wave for a genre that too often settles for mediocrity. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) One of the better example of the genre, and it helps that its cast are all wholly capable of both playing to and against the stereotypes. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
95% 1985 (2018) A quiet, heartbreaking film that never overdoes the melodramatic trappings of its story. - Qnews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) A breezy, funny slice of celluloid that is wholly committed to not taking itself too seriously. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Its quietness shouldn't be mistaken for carelessness as it defiantly drives home how barbaric this idea of changing one's true self is. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
3.5/5 90% I Am Paul Walker (2018) What we can take away from this film though is that the fandom that surrounded him may have been because of what he presented on the surface, but it ultimately should exist because of who he was underneath. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) Reminiscent of Christopher Nolan's breathtaking Dunkirk in that it takes a more subtle approach in its presentation of an event so epic in scale, [Damien] Chazelle has crafted something truly impeccable - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 48% In Like Flynn (2019) Predominantly fizzy and shamelessly cheesy - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) It's good. Like really f***ing good! - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) You could certainly do a lot worse than this bouncy horror/comedy that's sure to please fans of [R.L.] Stine's long-running novel series. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Funny and romantic, appropriately gory, and deliriously catchy. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Sadly suffers from an ensemble cast who fail to elevate the stereotypical material above expectation. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The School (2018) Goes for broke in its bid to provide escapism within the Australian horror landscape and sadly ends up bankrupt - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) If you're willing to surrender to what [James] Wan has created in the depths of his CGI ocean then you're potentially in for a delirious ride of entertaining lunacy. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 69% The Mule (2018) So little ultimate freshness presented here that it's difficult to muster much enthusiasm, especially for a film from someone as prolific as [Clint] Eastwood. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Just as much of a surprise as the delightfully twisted original. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It's there in its own ambition to play against character that the film appears as both a failure and success. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 100% Well Groomed (2019) A mix of awe-inspiring variety and slightly terrifying dedication to a craft that appears to have a larger following than we may expect. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) This ambitious tale should've remained a pipe dream instead of culminating as the frustrating nightmare it ultimately proves to be. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 28% The Aftermath (2019) There's a welcome sense of tension splashed amongst The Aftermath's backdrop that adds a weight the expected romance doesn't muster. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
52% Tomb Raider (2018) A perfectly serviceable actioner that adheres to simplicity and works off the charisma of [Alicia] Vikander - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
84% Blockers (2018) This is a big crowd pleasing comedy that subtly breaks convention in its treatment of women whilst preserving its mainstream mentality to keep audiences at bay. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Just as much a tale of family resilience as it is a survivalist horror film, A Quiet Place is masterful genre filmmaking that soars leaps and bounds above expectation. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Truth or Dare attempts to amp up the tension with its elaborate sequences revolving around the dares, but the nasty spirit of the film isn't embraced wholeheartedly enough for it to be successful, instead leaving us tittering rather than terrified. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
52% Rampage (2018) Rampage was never going to be a movie one would take seriously, and director [Brad] Peyton and the unstoppable charisma that is the [Dwayne] Johnson know their brand and how to work it accordingly. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) You've already made up your mind on whether or not I Feel Pretty is a cinematic choice for yourself, and I garner a personal opinion on [Amy] Schumer is the deciding factor; her usual sex-heavy, gross-out shtick is nowhere to be seen here though. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
80% Unsane (2018) Fans of experimentive cinema and quality thrillers would best be doing themselves a favour by seeking it out, if not for anything other than Foy's deeply devoted performance. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Whilst perhaps too low-key a title to garner major traction, Chappaquiddick is nonetheless an intriguing-enough drama detailing a rather daring subject. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Never rises above the mediocrity and predictability it so frustratingly presents to us. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This overlong next chapter in the Jurassic franchise is unable to overcome its own wild ideas and buries itself underneath near-comical melodrama. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Like the original film, [Paul] Rudd's boyish charm takes Ant-Man and the Wasp further than it should go, and he's an absolute delight to watch as Marvel's most incompetent hero. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) [Christopher McQuarrie] clearly knows how to juggle the extremities of the genre, and whilst he is working with a story that is rife with obstacles, he never lets it get the best of him. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) You may not enjoy what you see but I'll be damned if it doesn't stay with you regardless. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) One of those film ventures that takes you by complete surprise as it gut punches you with both stirring emotion and graphic intensity. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Harmless, tame filmmaking that serves as a loving reminder of how tender the genre can be presented. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Should appeal to the older generation fond of uncomplicated comedy and, perhaps, introduce younger crowds to the effects of humour that doesn't rely on unnecessary crudeness to land a giggle. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
76% Smallfoot (2018) When we've all been spoiled prior with clever animation that mixes wit and whimsy with such ease, a product like Smallfoot can't help but feel a little ordinary. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
27% Night School (2018) Could've been a more consistently enjoyable comedy as opposed to the hit and often miss product it ultimately plays out as. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019